Monday, January 18, 2010

UNH (6-9, 1-3) at Black Bears (10-6, 2-1)

Monday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
Alfond Arena, Orono

UMaine is in a situation where it can deal a severe blow to New Hampshire's hopes in the league race. After coming within a 20 seconds of hosting the America East championship game last year, the Wildcats were expected to carry over that momentum to the new season.

UNH has stumbled out of the blocks, but the Black Bears should remember this is an experienced team that took league champion Binghamton to the brink in a thrilling semifinal game before untimely late turnovers did them in.

Dane DiLiegro (10.9 points, 9 rebounds) is an active big man and must be kept off the offensive boards. Alvin Abreu (13.5 points) is a versatile player who is complemented by Tyrone Conley (11.9 points) and Radar Onguetou (6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds).

In many ways, the Wildcats and Black Bears are very similar in personnel: McNally/DiLiegro, McLemore/Abreu, Mitchell/Conley, Barnies/Onguetou. So maybe the real question is, which team is deeper. We'll find out tonight.

The difference in the game just might come down to Junior Bernal, Mike Allison, Murphy Burnatowski and Andrew Rogers.

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