Maine vs. Eastern Illinois
Time, site: 8 p.m Wednesday, Lantz Arena, Charleston, Ill.
Records: Maine 2-1, Eastern Illinois 3-2
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 3-1, Maine 112-82 on 12/19/93
Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (22.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.3 spg, .605 FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (19.5 ppg, 1.5 apg, .625 FG pct.), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (11.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (7.7 ppg, 6.7 apg, .556 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (7.3 ppg, 5.3 apg), 6-7 F Kilian Cato (9.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Eastern Illinois — 6-1 G Jeremy Granger (17.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, .952 FT pct.), 6-7 F Alfonzo McKinnie (11.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg, .556 FG pct.), 6-3 G Joey Miller (8.8 ppg, 3.0 apg, .467 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-6 F James Hollowell (7.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg), 6-8 F Josh Piper (6.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
Outlook: Coming off Sunday’s 62-50 win over Holy Cross, the Black Bears begin a busy stretch of four road games in 11 days. Up first are the Panthers, who were picked to finish ninth in the Ohio Valley Conference. UMaine has been strong defensively (63 points allowed per game) while exhibiting a crisp transition attack and a potent 3-point shooting presence. The injury-thinned Bears need to avoid foul trouble, especially in the post. They also must stay in attack mode with Edwards and Singleton leading the charge off the dribble. EIU lost 107-96 in two overtimes Saturday at Central Arkansas, but is 2-0 at home. Like the Bears, the Panthers haven’t turned the ball over much. However, this game may well come down to which team rebounds better. UMaine must contain Granger, who has a knack for getting to the foul line.