Preview: UMaine men’s, women’s basketball vs. Binghamton

Posted Jan. 01, 2012, at 7:55 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON

Time, site: Monday, 7:30 p.m., The Events Center, Vestal, N.Y.

Records: Maine 6-5 (0-0 America East), Binghamton 0-12 (0-0)

Series, last meeting: Binghamton leads 12-11, UMaine 77-74 on 1/29/11

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (20.8 ppg, 1.6 apg, .437 3-pt. FG pct., .885 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (16.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.2 spg, .507 FG pct., .435 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (13.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg, .539 FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (7.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (11.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (4.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 spg); Binghamton — 6-4 G Robert Mansell (13.3 ppg), 6-9 F Ben Dickinson (12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg), 6-3 G Chris Longoria (7.8 ppg, .840 FT pct.), 6-0 G Jimmy Gray (6.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg), 6-8 F Omar Richards (3.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

Outlook: The Black Bears open America East play having built a solid foundation during nonconference action. UMaine is coming off Thursday’s 84-72 loss at Florida Gulf Coast. The Bearcats have struggled to an 0-12 start and were blown out 94-51 by Manhattan on Friday. Binghamton has been lackluster on defense, allowing 75.2 ppg on 50 percent shooting, including 41 percent on 3-pointers. The Bearcats also are the least productive offense in the league. Only two teams rank below No. 342 Binghamton in the Rating Percentage Index. UMaine has been potent, averaging an AE-best 75.5 ppg with good balance. If the Bears can rebound well and play strong transition defense, they should have a decided advantage in this one.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON

Time, site: Monday, 5 p.m., The Events Center, Vestal, N.Y.

Records: Maine 3-10 (0-0 America East), Binghamton 6-7 (0-0)

Series, last meeting: tied 10-10, Binghamton 70-43 on 1/29/11

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (8.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (7.0 ppg, 1.6 apg), 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, .486 FG pct.), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (6.1 ppg), 5-10 G Rebecca Knight (3.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 spg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (3.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg); Binghamton — 5-6 G Andrea Holmes (13.9 ppg, 3.6 apg, 1.6 spg), 6-0 F Viive Rebane (12.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.6 spg), 6-0 G Orla O’Reilly (12.2 ppg, 1.9 apg), 5-8 G Jasbriell Swain (7.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 5-10 F Kara Elofson (5.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg)

Outlook: The Black Bears flip the switch to America East play and will try to snap a seven-game losing streak. UMaine, coming off Thursday’s 78-51 loss to Siena, has not won a conference road contest since a 61-58 win at Albany on Jan. 28, 2010. The Bearcats, who lost 60-50 to Dayton on Friday, have dropped four of their last five. Binghamton, 1-4 at home thus far, has some experienced veterans but lacks depth. However, the Bearcats are an average offensive squad that has trouble shooting from the perimeter. UMaine continues to search for some semblance of chemistry but has been plagued by overall inconsistency and a propensity for turnovers. The Bears are likely to again be without senior Sam Wheeler (postconcussion symptoms) and junior forwards Shareka Maner (shoulder/neck) and Amber Smith (illness).

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