Preview: UMaine men’s basketball vs. Notre Dame

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 8:10 p.m.

MAINE vs. NOTRE DAME

Time, site: Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Ind.

Records: Maine 3-2, Notre Dame 5-4

Series, last meeting: Notre Dame leads 2-0, Notre Dame 97-72 on 11/22/10

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (20.5 ppg, .406 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (20.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 3.2 spg, .591 FG pct.), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (12.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, .571 FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.0 ppg, 4.2 apg, .778 FT pct.), 6-7 F Kilian Cato (7.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (6.8 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.0 spg); Notre Dame — 6-5 G Jerian Grant (14.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, .448 3-pt. FG pct., .778 FT pct.), 6-1 G Eric Atkins (14.1 ppg, 3.4 apg, .524 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-8 G Scott Martin (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 spg), 6-5 G/F Pat Connaughton (9.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, .444 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-6 G Joey Brooks (6.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

Outlook: The Black Bears head back out on the road for a tough test against the Fighting Irish, who have won 24 in a row at home. UMaine, coming off Sunday’s 76-74 overtime win at Rhode Island, plays the third of four straight road contests. Notre Dame, from the Big East, dropped a 78-71 decision Sunday to Maryland. UMaine will attempt to slow down a squad that has several good scorers by playing tough defense. However, the Bears can’t afford to get too overaggressive and get into foul trouble with a limited frontcourt lineup. UMaine is likely to have some matchup issues against UND’s taller guard lineup.

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