Andrew Fleming of the University of Maine (right) defends against Connecticut's Brendan Adams during a Dec. 2019 game. The Black Bears host Vermont on Wednesday looking to snap a 17-game losing streak against the Catamounts. Credit: Jessica Hill | AP

Men’s College Basketball


Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Records: UMaine 6-13 (2-3 America East), Vermont 13-6 (3-1)

Series: Vermont 73-70, Vermont 73-57 on 3/9/2019

Key players, Maine: 6-7 F Andrew Fleming (15.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists per game), 6-4 G Sergio El Darwich (14.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 steals per game), 6-8 F Nedeljko Prijovic (9.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg), 6-8 F Vilgot Larsson (6.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg); Vermont: 6-6 F Anthony Lamb (16.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg), 6-2 G Stef Smith (14.8 ppg), 6-6 G Everett Duncan (8.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg), 6-5 G Robin Duncan (5.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

Game notes: UMaine has dropped its last 17 games against Vermont, including four straight America East quarterfinals. But the Black Bears look to be in their best position to challenge the reigning America East champions in recent years after back-to-back conference victories over UMass Lowell (104-98 in overtime) and Binghamton (86-63). El Darwich, who averaged 31.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 9.5 assists in the two games, was named America East Player of the Week as well as the National Mid-Major Player of the Week. UMaine’s improving offense will be challenged by a Vermont defense that has yielded a league-low 59.2 points per game on 37.2 percent field-goal shooting. Vermont has won three straight conference games since opening its America East schedule with a homecourt loss to Stony Brook. The Black Bears, 5-3 at home this season but 1-10 on the road, play their next game at last-place Maryland Baltimore County (7-12, 0-4 AE) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...