Thursday, February 9, 2012

America East tonight

Black Bears at Boston U.
UMaine center Ali Fraser missed Monday's game vs. Vermont. Black Bears need his inside presence to help open up the perimeter for Gerald McLemore. Terriers torched UMaine from 3-point land in the first meeting. Boston's D.J. Irving and Darryl Partin are an explosive duo. Partin scored an America East season-high 33 points in the Terriers' comeback win at Albany. UMaine must commit to a 40-minute defensive effort and become more efficient on the offensive end. Black Bears have the talent to contend better with the upper half teams in America East, but have yet to beat anyone other than UMBC, Binghamton or UNH.
The pick: Boston U. keeps its No. 2 seed hopes alive.

Albany at UNH
The Great Danes gave up a 16-point lead in the final 11 minutes in a loss to Boston U. Monday and will be looking to get back on track in Durham. The Wildcats don't figure to have enough offensive firepower to keep up with Albany's backcourt trio.
The pick: Albany.

UMBC at Stony Brook
Long Island is not the place you want to visit coming off a home loss to Hartford. Seawolves set up showdown with Vermont.
The pick: Stony Brook.

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