ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine has announced game times for the football team’s 2012 home schedule. All home games are played at Alfond Stadium on the UMaine campus.
The Black Bears play their home opener at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, against Northeast Conference champion Albany before battling perennial power Villanova at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
Maine hosts New Hampshire in the 100th game of the storied rivalry and the Black Bears’ homecoming contest at noon Saturday, Oct. 20.
Maine plays James Madison in a rematch of the Black Bears’ 25-24 overtime win over the Dukes last season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Black Bears finish their home schedule with the inaugural contest between Maine and Georgia State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.
The Black Bears are coming off a 9-4 season that saw them advance to the NCAA Final Eight and a ranking of No. 8 in the final national polls.
Ticket info is available by calling 581-BEAR or 800-756-TEAM.
Kane, Rogers gain academic honors
Former University of Maine men’s basketball player Andrew Rogers of Philadelphia and University of Maine at Farmington senior guard Dan Kane of Bradford have been named to the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court.
The award recognizes those players with a junior or senior standing who have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
Kane captained the Beavers in 2011-2012 with 5.8 points per game and a team-high 117 assists. He was also a two-time North Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team honoree.
Rogers, who just completed his senior season and earned his degree in kinesiology and physical education, was a three-time America East All-Academic Team selection as well as earning the University of Maine ‘M’ Club Dean Smith award, given to the school’s top male and female student-athlete. He was also a CoSIDA First Team District I All-Academic selection as well as earning the 2011 Honors Court distinction.
On the court, Rogers ranked among the top players in NCAA Division I basketball in assist-to-turnover ratio while averaging 3.4 assists per contest.
The men’s basketball team as a whole also received recognition according to the NCAA, scoring a perfect 1,000 on the Academic Progress Report for the 2010-11 academic year. Maine’s multiyear APR rate is 967 while the Division I average is 950-951.