Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hartford (7-9, 5-8) at Black Bears (17-9, 9-4)

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
Alfond Arena, Orono

This game is possible preview of the 3/6 game in the upcoming America East tournament ... at Hartford. The Hawks have a chance to overtake Binghamton for the No. 5 spot (or could slide to No. 7) and a victory against the Black Bears would be crucial.

There has been virtually no movement, however, in the America East standings for the past four or five weeks.

UMaine is battling to hang on to the No. 3 position as Vermont and Stony Brook have essentially wrapped up the top two spots. Boston U. still has hopes of overtaking the Black Bears, but UMaine can thwart those hopes by winning home games against Hartford and Albany in advance of the Feb. 27 date at Boston U.

Hartford is a dangerous opponent today. Joe Zeglinski is one of the top 3-point shooters in the country, burly junior Joel Barkers clears out space underneath and Morgan Sabia rebounds and is a lethal shooter from outside.

Hartford stat leaders
Zeglinski, 6-0 junior, guard ... 16.4 points, 35 percent 3-pointers
Barkers, 6-6 junior, forward ... 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds
Morgan Sabia, 6-8 junior, forward ... 12.1 points, 6 rebounds, 39 percent 3-pointers

Closing schedules
Stony Brook ... Vermont, at UNH
Vermont ... at Stony Brook, Binghamton
Maine ... Hartford, Albany, at Boston U.
Boston U. ... Maine
Binghamton ... UMBC, Hartford, at Vermont
Hartford ... at Maine, at Binghamton, Albany
New Hampshire ... UMBC, Stony Brook
Albany ... at Maine, at Hartford
UMBC ... at Binghamton, at UNH

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