Maine vs. Sacred Heart
Time, site: 2 p.m. Sunday, William H. Pitt Center, Fairfield, Conn.
Records: Maine 1-6, Sacred Heart 2-3
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 3-0; Maine won 81-71 on Dec. 30, 2000
Key players: Maine – 6-3 G Errick Greene (16.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg), 7-0 C Justin Rowe (16.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.57 bpg), 6-4 F Rickey White (6.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 6-4 G Freddy Petkus (4.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg), 6-6 F Joe Campbell (2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg); Sacred Heart – 6-7 F Andrew Hunter (14.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg), 5-10 G Omar Wellington (9.2 ppg), 6-10 F Tim Welch (8.8 ppg, 6-1 G Tim Assel (10.0 ppg), 6-7 F Max Yokono (4.0 ppg)
Outlook: The Black Bears are coming off their first win – a decision over Division II Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne. Greene may be banged up, but he’s still a major matchup problem for opposing teams, and was an all-tourney pick at the Michigan State tournament. The Black Bears must shoot the ball better than they are from the perimeter. Petkus and Todd Tibbetts are supposed to be the 3-point snipers, and they’re struggling. Petkus is connecting at a chilly .225 clip from behind the arc while Tibbetts can’t buy a hoop: He’s 4-for-29 (13.8 percent) on 3-point attempts. Bangor’s Campbell has emerged as a player UMaine coach John Giannini has faith in. After playing just 29 minutes in UMaine’s first five games, he played 34 minutes per game last weekend.