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

Posted Feb. 10, 2012, at 10:51 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. ALBANY

Time, site: 2 p.m. Saturday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 11-12 (5-7 America East), Albany 15-12 (7-6)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 11-10, Albany 76-75 on 1/14/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (17.7 ppg, .393 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (12.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.7 spg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (13.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, .553 FG pct., 1.4 bpg), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (7.9 ppg, 3.2 apg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (7.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg, .522 FG pct.), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (3.3 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.0 spg); Albany — 6-4 G Gerardo Suero (21.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 spg, .483 FG pct., .830 FT pct.), 6-3 G Logan Aronhalt (15.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, .889 FT pct.), 6-0 G Mike Black (13.0 ppg, 4.3 apg), 6-8 F Luke Devlin (5.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg), 6-9 C Blake Metcalf (4.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, .670 FG pct.).

Outlook: The Black Bears look to regain their collective footing and end a two-game skid. UMaine has battled hard in the losses to Vermont and Boston U., both of which came without the injured Fraser (ankle). UMaine encounters a potential first-round tourney opponent in Albany, which has lost three in a row, including Thursday’s 69-64 decision at New Hampshire. The Bears must buckle down defensively against the Great Danes, whose 75.2 ppg are tops in AE play. Albany likes to force the tempo and attack the basket led by Suero, the league’s scoring leader. UMaine also must control the boards and prevent the offensive rebounds on which Albany has feasted to the tune of 13.8 per contest.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. ALBANY

Time, site: 2 p.m. Saturday, SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.

Records: Maine 6-17 (3-8 America East), Albany 16-9 (10-2)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 16-8, Albany 60-48 on 1/14/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 F Sam Baranowski (9.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, .497 FG pct.), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (7.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (8.0 ppg, 1.4 apg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.1 ppg, 3.0 apg), 5-10 G/F Becca Knight (4.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (5.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg); Albany — 5-10 G/F Ebone Henry (13.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.5 spg), 5-7 G Cassandra Callaway (11.5 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 spg, .820 FT pct), 6-0 F Julie Forster (9.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg), 5-6 G Lindsey Lowrie (7.0 ppg), 5-7 G Adrienne Jones (5.2 ppg)

Outlook: The Black Bears haven’t got the wins to show for it, but they’ve been more competitive of late. UMaine is coming off Wednesday’s 73-50 loss to Boston U., its second in a row. The Great Danes have won three straight, including Wednesday’s 68-59 defeat of New Hampshire. The Bears played well in the first meeting against Albany, but will need to limit turnovers, box out and be efficient on offense. The Danes feature the league’s stingiest defense at 48.1 ppg, but aren’t that prolific on offense. Contesting 3-point shots and bottling up Forster in the paint are other keys. Albany also struggles at the foul line, so some well-timed fouls on drives to the basket could be effective.

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