Preview: UMaine men’s, women’s basketball vs. Boston University

Posted Jan. 10, 2012, at 9:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 8-5 (2-0 America East), Boston U. 5-11 (1-1)

Series, last meeting: BU leads 56-40, BU 88-78 on 2/1/11

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (20.5 ppg, .419 3-pt. FG pct., .909 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (15.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg, .494 FG pct.), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (14.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .552 FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (5.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.0 bpg), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (4.2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 1.4 spg); BU — 6-6 G Darryl Partin (19.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg), 6-0 G D.J. Irving (11.4 ppg, 5.0 apg), 6-6 F Patrick Hazel (7.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 bpg), 6-7 F Dom Morris (6.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg), 5-10 G Matt Griffin (6.1 ppg, 2.4 apg)

Outlook: The Black Bears have won two straight and five of six, including Saturday’s 89-70 victory over UMBC. UMaine leads the league in scoring (76.2 ppg), but is concentrating on its defense and rebounding. The Terriers, the defending conference champions and the coaches’ preseason favorite, beat Binghamton 68-49 Sunday. That snapped a seven-game losing streak. BU seems to rely on its transition attack and inside game rather than perimeter shooting. Fraser has continued to emerge as a powerhouse in the paint for UMaine, posting at least 16 points and 8 boards in four of the last five games. Rogers leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.36 (61 assists, 14 turnovers).

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Case Gym, Boston

Records: Maine 3-12 (0-2 America East), Boston U. 9-6 (2-0)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 40-28, BU 71-59 on 2/1/11

Key players: Maine — 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (7.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (8.3 ppg, 1.6 apg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (4.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg), 5-10 G/F Becca Knight (4.2 ppg, 3.1 apg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.6 ppg, 2.9 apg), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg); BU — 5-8 G Chantell Alford (12.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.2 spg, .889 FT pct.), 5-7 G Mo Moran (11.7 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.1 spg), 5-8 G Alex Young (9.7 ppg), 6-1 F Rashidat Agboola (8.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, .457 FG pct.), 6-0 F Caroline Stewart (6.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg)

Outlook: The Black Bears are out to halt a nine-game losing streak, one that dates back to a 54-46 loss to George Washington on Dec. 2. UMaine has not beaten BU since Jan. 3, 2008. The Bears, coming off Saturday’s 75-55 loss to UMBC, continue to struggle with turnovers and the resulting lost possessions and points by opponents. The Terriers, who are 5-0 at home, beat Binghamton 60-48 Sunday. BU is holding teams to 37 percent floor shooting and boasts good inside-outside balance and plenty of experience off last season’s league runner-up squad. Baranowski has been among the Bears’ top players of late, averaging 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in the last three games.

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