Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Comparing notes

With the America East season upon the Black Bears, let's take a quick look back at some of the Black Bears' non-conference opponents and how they fared against AE squads:

lost to Black Bears
lost at Hartford
beat Stony Brook
beat Black Bears by 46
beat Albany by 32
beat Black Bears by 17
beat Boston U. by 18
lost to Black Bears
lost at Stony Brook
lost to Black Bears
lost to Stony Brook
lost to New Hampshire
beat Black Bears (at Orono)
beat Hartford
lost at Vermont

The records of UMaine's non-conference opponents through Jan. 4:

Fordham (2-10), Boston College (9-5), Kennesaw State (5-9), Columbia (6-6), Princeton (7-5), Colgate (3-10), Delaware State (4-7).
Total: 36-52

Syracuse (13-1), UConn (10-3), Quinnipiac (6-6), Norfolk State (1-11), Brown (6-9).
Total: 36-30

Observations: The losses to Norfolk State and Brown stand out, as does the victory at ACC member Boston College. ... Norfolk State was expected to be a contender in the MEAC and has the returning player of the year. Its record is disappointing to say the least. ... The Brown loss was tough because the Black Bears held a lead and then let an average team score 43 points in the second half to pull away. ... The BC stunner speaks for itself. As is natural in these matchups, BC apologists insist the Eagles were sleep-walking; but that doesn't matter, the Black Bears have a W in their column. Besides, UMaine was tied at halftime with UConn just a week earlier so unless BC's roster doesn't scan the Internet or nobody informed them of this, there are no excuses. You either get it done or you don't.

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