MAINE WOMEN vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Time, site: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 6-2 (1-0 America East); Boston Univ. 2-6 (0-1)
Series: Maine leads 22-13
Key players: Boston University – 5-7 G Jamie Nicholls (13.6 ppg), 6-2 C Alicia Charles (12.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 spg), 5-9 G Kelly Jo Gallagher (11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.4 apg), 6-2 C Alison Dixon (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 5-3 G Cara Millett (5.0 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.0 spg); Maine – 5-9 G Cindy Blodgett (29.4 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.8 rpg), 6-4 C Jamie Cassidy (17.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg), 6-1 F Klara Danes (9.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg), 5-7 G Amy Vachon (8.3 ppg, 6.1 apg, 2.8 spg), 5-9 G Sandi Carver (4.8 ppg).
Outlook: Coming off four consecutive road games, the Bears return to league play against the Terriers. Maine is coming off Sunday’s loss at Miami. The Bears are paced by Blodgett, who leads America East and the nation in scoring. BU has lost three straight, including Sunday’s game at Providence. Charles, back after a knee injury last season, gives BU an inside force, but the Terriers can be streaky on the perimeter. Maine wants to bottle up the middle, forcing BU to score from outside. The Terriers like to play aggressive man-to-man defense, but haven’t exhibited much depth as four players average more than 30 minutes per game. Maine has won the last five meetings and seven of the last eight.
MAINE MEN vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Time, site: 7 p.m. Friday, Case Gym, Boston
Records: Maine 4-6 (1-1 America East), Boston Univ. 5-4 (0-0)
Series: Boston University leads 34-31
Key players: Maine – 6-1 G Fred Meeks 24.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-1 G Marcus Wills (22.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-6 F Allen Ledbetter (15.5 ppg, 12.4 rpg), 5-11 G Dade Faison (3.9 ppg, 6.8 apg), 6-7 F Colin Haynes (6.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg); Boston University – 6-9 C Joey Beard (13.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg), 6-6 F Walter Brown (9.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg), 6-4 G Mike Costello (8.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg), 6-6 F Matt Curley (6.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 5-11 G B.J. Fearrington (1.0 ppg, 4.4 apg, 2.6 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears head to Boston for their annual three-day, two-game set against BU and Northeastern, with last year’s conference champs first on the menu. Beard presents a tough matchup as a quick 6-9 player who can shoot from the perimeter and use his height down low. BU has reinstated starting point guard LeVar Folk, who was suspended for four games. The Bears will severely test BU on the perimeter with Wills and Meeks, but frontcourt defense will be the test. This isn’t last year’s BU juggernaut, but the Terriers still have some bite. Three of the losses have been to UConn (by 14 points), Rhode Island (15) and Alabama (8).