Tuesday, January 13, 2009

UMaine (6-10, 1-2) at Hartford (5-11, 1-1)

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.
Chase Family Arena

Look up and down the America East statistics and there are many similarities between the Black Bears and Hartford. Both appear to favor the three-point arc. Hartford has a better success rate, but the Black Bears are volume shooters. As with most teams in America East year-in and year-out, the clubs are perimeter oriented.

The Black Bears, however, would appear to have a bit of an advantage on the boards where UMaine is in the middle of the pack in rebounding margin while the Hawks are dead last. Hartford is being outrebounded by about nine a game. Sean McNally, Troy Barnies and Malachi Peay need to play strong, but stay out of foul trouble so the Black Bears can exploit this advantage.

Hawk notes: All-Conference guard Joe Zeglinski was recently lost for the season. Zeglinski suffered a torn tendon in his left ankle Dec. 9 against Brown. ... The Hawks still have solid scoring options in 6-0 guard Jaret von Rosenberg (12.9 ppg, pictured), 6-8 forward Morgan Sabia (11.0 ppg) and 6-5 guard/forward Michael Turner (9.9 ppg). Turner is the Hawks leading rebounder at 4.6 a game. ... The Hawks were picked to finish third in the pre-season poll of league coaches.

Last year: Hartford won both games.

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