Friday, February 17, 2012

BracketBuster weekend

America East's Bracket Buster schedule:

America East record: 5-4

Marist 77, Maine 71
Albany 70, Rider 61
Radford 64, Binghamton 59
Loyola of Maryland 69, Boston U. 56
Hartford 67, St. Peter's 51
Canisius 73, UMBC 66
New Hampshire 72, Towson 58
Stony Brook 76, Northeastern 69
Vermont 92, Niagara 70

The fortunes for the Black Bears and their BracketBuster opponent, Marist, have flipped nearly 180 degrees since the day ESPN announced the pairings.

UMaine was coming off a solid nonconference performance and had seemed to stabilize themselves in America East. Marist was in the throes of a long losing streak. But the Red Foxes are coming of a string of strong performances that include a nine-point loss to MAAC leader Iona and a win over contender Loyola of Maryland.

The Black Bears will enter Saturday's game against Marist on a four-game losing streak that includes an inexplicable 14-point loss at Hartford Wednesday.

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