MAINE vs. NORTHEASTERN
Time, site: 1 p.m. Sunday, Cabot Gym, Boston
Records: Maine 4-7 (1-2 America East), Northeastern 4-4 (0-0)
Series: Northeastern leads 53-36
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);; Northeastern – 6-6 F Ty Mack (16.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 6-7 F Lin Lattimore (8.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 5-10 G Harold Miller (9.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg), 6-2 G Marcus Blossom (5.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg), 6-9 C Changa Adams (1.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears cap their Boston swing against the school Wills began his career at, and against former Black Bear boss Rudy Keeling. This matchup will feature a distinct battle of tempo. UMaine likes to run and averages 79.7 ppg, while Northeastern is more deliberate and is last in the league in scoring at 60.6 ppg. The Bears and Huskies are making similar transitions: Northeastern has nine new faces on its roster and the Bears have only four players returning. Mack and Lattimore provide a potent 1-2 punch that should test Ledbetter and Haynes. Conversely, nobody has found a recipe to slow Maine’s two-guard charge of Wills and Meeks thus far.