Friday, January 22, 2010

Black Bears (12-6, 4-1) at Hartford (5-14, 3-3)

Saturday, Jan. 23, 1 p.m.
Chase Family Arena, West Hartford, Conn.

The Hawks have won three of four following an 11-game losing streak that extended from Nov. 24 to Jan. 9. Hartford is led by guard Joe Zeglinski (16.4 points), one of the top perimeter threats in America East and brother of Virginia guard Sammy Zeglinski. Morgan Sabia, a 6-8 forward, is also a threat from outside. He checks in at 12.3 points and leads the Hawks with 5.9 rebounds a game. Point guard Andres Torres has been out since injuring a knee against Kentucky.

Spotlight game: The Black Bears and Hawks are America East's only game Saturday.

For the Black Bears to win: Chase the Hawks off the three-point line and force Zeglinski to become an assist man. ... Minus the point guard, UMaine may employ some trapping just to use up some shot clock early in Hawks' possessions. ... Offensive glass. If the Black Bears get 10 offensive boards, it should bode well. ... Tough plays. Zeglinski is a hard-nosed Philly kid. Don't let the Hawks establish themselves as the leader with the hustle plays.

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