The Wildcats rank third in scoring defense, holding its opponents to just 65.0 points per game will look to shutdown sophomore guard Mike Trimboli and keep the conference’s leading rebounder Chris Holm off the glass to prevent any second chance scoring opportunities if they want to succeed. The Wildcats rank last in offensive rebounds, while Vermont is first in both offensive and defensive categories. UNH will need to make shots, including from beyond the arc as the Wildcats boast the most three-pointers made in the America East with 172 to make up for size in the paint. UNH attempts to avenge a heartbreaking buzzer beating 62-60 loss to Vermont on January 9. New Hampshire registered an 0-2 last week... UNH lost by a combined eight points in the two defeats... The Wildcats fell to UMBC on Thursday, 45-44, in another heartbreaking loss... Sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs  and senior forward Blagoj Janev  combined for 28 points and freshman forward Radar Onguetou posted his first career double-double (12 rebounds, 11 points) in the loss... UNH held UMBC scoreless for 12:39 in the first half, but a second half of offensive struggles halted their season-high three-game winning streak... UNH hosted defending America East champion UAlbany on Sunday and rallied in the second half for 42 points, but the Wildcats fell to the Great Danes for a second time this season, 71-64... Gibbs led the way for the UNH as the guard notched three-consecutive three-pointers in the final minutes of play and scored a team-high 21 points and seven rebounds... Senior Jermaine Anderson tallied 12 points, while Janev posted 18 points and five assists in the loss... UNH hosts the upstart Maine Black Bears on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game will be televised on NESN and broadcasted on the UNHSN.

Scouting the Catamounts (15-6, 7-1 AE)
The Vermont Catamounts look to remain in the top spot in America East on Wednesday along with sweeping the season series against New Hampshire. Leading the way for the ‘Cats is sophomore guard Mike Trimboli, who leads Vermont in scoring, averaging 14.6 per game. Vermont also boasts the conference’s leading rebounder in Chris Holm, who averages 11.5 rpg. Vermont wrapped up a three-game road swing this week with a pair of victories... The Catamounts have won 12 of their last 14 overall and eight straight on the road... Sophomore Mike Trimboli  netted 20 and senior Chris Holm tallied 18 points and pulled down 14 boards as Vermont downed Hartford 76-63 on Thursday... Holm went 8-for-13 from the floor, with two blocks and two steals, while Trimboli nailed a team season-high five three’s in the victory... On Sunday Trimboli and junior Kyle Cieplicki  combined for 33 points as the Catamounts held on to defeat Stony Brook 71-61... Of Vermont’s 15 wins, 11 have been by at least nine points... Vermont is 5-0 away from Patrick Gym in conference play... Vermont the most road/neutral wins in the country as the Cats are now 11-3 away from home this season... Vermont has out-rebounded 19 of its 21 opponents this season and is currently eighth in the nation in rebounding margin ... UVM is 10-3 when three or more reach double figures ... Sophomore Ryan Shields scored his first career point on a free throw with four seconds to go in the game... Five of Vermont’s last eight regular season games will be at home.

Near Perfection
    Senior Blagoj Janev recorded a career day last time out against Vermont on January 9. The America East Preseason All-Conference forward went 11-of-11 from the field, 5-of-5 from beyond the arc and posted a 4of-5 effort at the charity stripe en route to scoring a career-high 31 points.

    Senior captain Jermaine Anderson’s clutch performance of late have carried UNH to two huge road victories at Dartmouth and at Binghamton before a 69-56 victory against the Seawolves of Stony Brook at home. The captain shot a clutch 7-of-7 from the charity stripe in the final 36 seconds of play to lift the Wildcats past intrastate rival Dartmouth College, 65-61. The senior guard then tied a career-high in made foul shots, by going 8-of-8 in the final minutes to help UNH defeat Binghamton, 75-72. Anderson is second in the America East in free throw percentage (85.5%) on 59-of-69 shooting. During the 2005-06 campaign, Anderson shot 68-of-74 (91.9%) from the foul line, placing him second in all of Division 1 basketball.

On The Radar
    Freshman forward Radar Onguetou is starting to make an impact in head coach Bill Herrion’s starting lineup. The forward has made four straight starts en route to scoring an average of 8.6 ppg and 8.2 rpg for UNH.  Onguetou delivered a double-double against UMBC on January 25. (11 points and 12 rebounds).

Gibbs Getting It Done
    Tyrece Gibbs has stepped up on the offensive side for the Wildcats after UNH witnessed its second leading scorer in Mike Christensen go down with a broken foot on January 9. Since that time, UNH has posted a 4-2 record and Gibbs has averaged 14.3 ppg, including a career-high 22 points in a win over Hartford on January 11. 

Three Ball
    The Wildcats lead all of America East in three-point baskets made with 171, which is nine more then second ranked Hartford . In 22 games played, UNH averages 7.77 trifectas per game. UNH is sixth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (34.8 percent) and is second in 3-point field goal defense percentage (32.2 percent).

 Janev Moves into UNH’S Sixth Place
For All-Time Scoring Ranks
    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev recorded 18 points in a 71-64 loss tp Albany on January 28.  He has now registered 1,251 career points. Janev moved into sixth all-time for scoring, surpassing alum Matt Alosa’s 1,247 career points.

Stealing the Show
    Senior Jermaine Anderson recently moved into seventh place on UNH’s all-time steals list with 124, moving ahead of Robin Dixon’s (1979-83) 121 career steals.

Fresh Starts
    The Wildcats have six freshmen this season in Dan McGeary (12 starts), Radar Onguetou (11 starts), Seth Price (9 starts), and Sam Herrick (2 starts). The six have combined to start 32 games throughout the first 20 games of the season.

 Road Warriors
    The New Hampshire Wildcats endured the toughest road schedule of all America East teams this season. UNH went on an eight game road trip, posting a 3-5 record in the process. UNH played Harvard on November 29 before returning home on January 9.

America East On The Rise
    With just three regular-season non-conference games remaining, America East squads have sailed past last year’s non-conference win total. America East teams are currently 49-61 (.445) in 2006-07, compared to just 33-69 (.324) a season ago. The conference is on pace to register 50 regular-season non-conference victories this campaign, which would be the most since the league recorded 52 in 1994-95 when there were also nine teams in the league.

Anderson Assists
    Senior Jermaine Anderson ranks fifth in the America East in assists with 72, averaging 3.79 per game.

Rivaly Renewed
    Two of the biggest rivalries in America East will be renewed on Saturday, February 3 when Maine heads to Lundholm Gym to take on New Hampshire. In a battle of New England rivals with significant implications in the standings on the line, Maine will look avenge an early season 73-68 loss to the Wildcats. The game can be seen live on television (NESN) and online as part of America East Basketball Presented by Boston Herald.

    UNH veteran play-by-play announcer Jim Jeannotte, who has been broadcasting Wildcat athletics since 1973, will continue to anchor men’s basketball coverage. He’ll be joined courtside for color-commentary by Mike Murphy of WTPL (107.7 FM) in Concord. Also picking up the Wildcat Sports Network signal will be WFEA, 1370 AM in Manchester, WTPL 107.7 FM in Concord, WNHV in Claremont and WNTK 1020 AM and 99.7 FM in New London.

WED., NOV. 29 - vs. Harvard, L 83-81 (OT)
MON., DEC. 18 - at Northeastern,L 51-41
SAT., JAN. 6 -  at Maine, W 73-68
TUE., JAN 9-  vs. Vermont L, 62-60
THU., Jan 11- vs. Hartford W, 72-59
TUE., JAN 16- at Dartmouth W, 65-61
SUN., JAN 21- vs. Stony Brook W, 69-56
SUN., JAN 28 - vs. Albany L, 71-64
WED., JAN 31-6:30 pm at Vermont
SAT., FEB 3-2:30 pm vs. Maine
SUN., FEB 11-12:30 pm vs. Boston Univ.
THU., FEB 15-6:30 pm vs. Binghamton
SUN., FEB 25-12:30 pm vs. UMBC

 Anerson Nets America East Player of the Week

 Senior guard Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team was named America East Player of the Week as the co-captain averaged 16.7 points per game to pace the upstart Wildcats to three wins on the week.
    Anderson connected 23-of-25 from the charity stripe (92.0 percent), including a 7-of-7 effort in the final 36 seconds of play to lift UNH past intrastate rival Dartmouth College, 65-61, on January 16. Anderson’s clutch shooting also proved to be the difference makers in a 75-72 come-from-behind win at Binghamton on January 18 as the senior guard shot 8-of-8 at the foul line to fend off the Bearcats. Anderson poured in 50 points during the current three game winning streak, shooting at a 41.1 percent clip (14-of-34). The starting point guard leads all of the America East in free throw percentage, shooting 55-of-63 (87.3 percent) in 17 games of action. He is fifth in assists with 69, averaging 4.09 per game for the 8-12 Wildcats.
 In addition to the honor, Anderson recently moved into seventh place in regards to UNH’s all-time career steals list, eclipsing Robin Dixon’s mark of 121 career steals.

Janev Unanimous Selection for PreSeason All-America East Squad

     The 6-8 forward with long-range capabilities will most likely be a miss-match for other bigs around America East. Last season Janev, the league’s second-leading returning scorer (14.4 ppg), led the Wildcats to the semifinal round of the conference championship for the first time since 1995. The Australia native has proven to be the key to success for UNH as he averaged 17.6 ppg in the Wildcats’ eight league wins last year, compared to just 11.1 ppg in their conference losses. Another solid year from Janev could go a long way toward the revival efforts of UNH basketball.

Herrion Reaches 250th Career Victory
    Head coach Bill Herrion  notched his 250th career win in a 64-59 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats on November 26.  Bill Herrion was named the 20th men’s head basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire in June 2005. 
    Herrion returns to the America East following six seasons at Conference USA member East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.  Prior to ECU, Herrion made his mark in the basketball world while a head coach at former America East member, Drexel University.  Between 1991 and 1999, Herrion’s squads posted an impressive 167-71 record, including three NCAA appearances in 1994, 1995, and and 1996.  He also led the school to its first ever NIT appearance in 1991.  Herrion also posted five consecutive 20-game winning seasons. 
    Herrion was also an assistant coach at nearby America East member Boston University from 1985-1990.  The Terriers posted a 101-51 record and the team made NCAA appearances in 1988 and 1990 and received and invite from the NIT in 1986.

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