Scouting the Wildcats (9-19, 5-10 AE)
The Wildcats need to take care of business at home against the upstart UMBC Retrievers, a team that has won two straight and handed UNH  a heartbreaking 45-44 loss on January 25. With a win over UMBC, paired with a Hartford loss at Vermont, the Wildcats would secure the seventh spot in the America East Championships and avoid the first round game. New Hampshire dropped its last two games...UNH fell to Binghamton University, 66-37, as senior Jermaine Anderson posted a game-high 18 points in the loss... The ‘Cats were defeated last Sunday on the road at Stony Brook, 67-49... Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson  and freshman forward Dan McGeary combined for 39 of the 49 points for the Wildcats... McGeary netted his first five three-point attempts en route to scoring a career-high 19 points in the loss... Anderson was named America East Player of the Game for his 20 point effort along with four rebounds and four assists... The Wildcats shot just 21.7 percent on 5-of-23 shooting from the floor in the second half... The Seawolves held a major advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Wildcats by a margin of 44-32...UNH wraps up the regular season as the America East Championship begins next weekend (March 2-4) at the Agganis Arena in Boston.

Scouting the Retrievers (11-17, 7-8 AE)
In his final home game, senior guard Chris Pugh scored a team-high 20 points as the suddenly-hot UMBC Retrievers nipped visiting Maine, 80-77 before a raucous crowd of 2,609 at the RAC Arena. With the win, the Retrievers moved into sole possession of fourth place in the America East Conference with a league mark of 7-8...UMBC junior guard Brian Hodges recently became the 14th player in school history to hit the 1,000-point plateau with his eighth point (of 14) at Hartford...He also became just the fourth player in UMBC’s 21-year Division I history to score 1,000 points by his junior season... Last Sunday, Hodges scored all 19 of his points in the second half, leading UMBC to a rally past Boston University... Hodges hit seven of eight shots in the final 15 minutes, including back-to-back field goals to snap a 59-all tie and propel UMBC to the victory... The Retrievers snapped a four-game slide in the win over Boston University and achieved their sixth conference win, the most in UMBC’s four-year America East tenure...The Retrievers hit 50 percent from the floor (25-for-50) in the game, after making just 33.2 percent from the floor in the 0-4 slide... Sophomore guard Jay Greene  recorded eight assists versus the Terriers and his 136 assists this season is already the sixth-best single season mark in school history.

Senior Day At UNH
    Senior co-captains Blagoj Janev and  Jermaine Anderson will be honored before the game for their accomplishments on the hardwood. The duo has combined for 2,151 points, 720 rebounds, 371 assists, 173 steals and 73 blocks for their careers.

Wildcats Playoff Push
    In order for the Wildcats to secure the seventh seed in the America East Championships, UNH must defeat UMBC and hope for a Hartford loss. Both UNH and Hartford would end up with identical 6-10 league records, but UNH wins the tie breaker and would ultimately face the defending conference champions and number two seed University at Albany.

               2007 Championship Schedule at Boston University’s Agganis Arena

First Round: Friday, March 2
#8 vs. #9, 7 p.m.
Quarterfinals: Saturday, March 3
#8/9 vs. #1 Vermont, 12 noon
#5 vs. #4, 2:30 p.m.
#7 vs. #2 Albany, 6 p.m.
#6 vs. #3, 8:30 p.m.
Semifinals: Sunday, March 4
TBD, 12 noon
TBD, 2:30 p.m.
Title Game: Saturday, March 10
at higher remaining seed, 12 noon (ESPN2)

Herrion’s Success In America East Championships
    Wildcat head coach Bill Herrion is the all-time winningest coach in America East Championship play. Herrion, who posted 18 of the 19 wins while at Drexel (1991-99)  has compiled the second most conference titles with 3.  University of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun, who coached Northeastern from 1979-86, has registered the most conference titles with five.

McGeary Delivers Career Performance
    Freshman forward Dan McGeary tallied five straight 3-pointers in a loss to Stony Brook on February 18. He finished with a career-high 19 points, shooting 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Anderson 32nd In D1 Free Throw Percentage
    Senior captain Jermaine Anderson’s is first in the America East at the charity stripe (78-90), shooting at an 86.7 percent clip and is 32nd overall throughout division 1 basketball. Anderson has compiled 218 career points at the line during his tenure at UNH. During the 2005-06 campaign, he 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 making an impact on head coach Bill Herrion’s starting lineup. The forward has made 11 straight starts en route to scoring an average of  6.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg for UNH.  Onguetou delivered a double-double against UMBC on January 25. (11 points and 12 rebounds). He was named America East Player of the Game on Feb. 8 for his 15 point effort, shooting 7-of-7 from the field against the University of Hartford Hawks.

Sensational Sophomore
    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 5-7 record and Gibbs has averaged 13.2 ppg, including a career-high 22 points in a win over Hartford on January 11.  He has scored in double-digits eight of the last 12 games.

3-Point Specialists
    The Wildcats lead all of America East in three-point baskets made with 217, which is 18 more then second ranked Binghamton. In 28 games played, UNH averages 7.75 trifectas per game. The Wildcats rank 51st in all of Division 1 3-point percentage. Jermaine Anderson ranks third in the conference in regards to 3-point field goal percentage as the point guard is shooting 47-of-110 (42.7 percent).

Defending the Trey
    The Wildcats stingy 3-point defense ranks first in the America East, holding opponents to shooting just 32.1  percent from beyond the arc.

 Janev Fourth Overall For UNH All-Time Scoring Ranks
    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev has recorded 1,307 career points. Janev moved into fourth all-time for scoring, surpassing alum Scott Drapeau’s 1,290 career points in a 60-55 win over Boston University on Feb.11 as the forward posted 13 points.

Stealing the Show
    Senior Jermaine Anderson recently moved into fourth place on UNH’s all-time steals list with 129, moving past former UNH alum Chris Brown, who played for UNH during 1997-2001.

 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.

Christensen Out
    The Wildcats lost their second leading scorer Mike Christensen on Jan. 9 with a broken foot.  His last full game was against Maine as he torched the Black Bears for a career-high 28 points in a 73-68 win. The Reston, Virgina native compiled 196 points, 85 rebounds and 25 assists on the season.

America East On The Rise
    With the non-conference regular-season complete, America East squads sailed past last year’s non-conference win total. America East teams are 49-64 (.434) in 2006-07, compared to just 33-69 (.324) a season ago. Forty-nine wins is the most since the league recorded 52 in 1994-95 when there were also nine teams in America East.

Working Overtime
    The Wildcats recently fell 82-79 in double-overtime to America East leader Vermont on Wednesday. The loss marks the fourth time this season that UNH played in an extra session, with all four overtimes resulting in loses. UNH tied the 1989-90 squad with the most overtimes played in a single season. UNH has lost by a combined 14 points in those defeats. UNH has also suffered two loses in the final possession this season at the hands of UMBC on Jan. 25 and a buzzer beater against Vermont on Jan. 9.

Anderson Assists
    Senior Jermaine Anderson ranks fifth in the America East in assists with 91, averaging 3.65 per game.

Glass Cleaner
    Freshman forward Radar Onguetou leads the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with 50 and is third on the team in overall rebounds with 115, averaging 4.1 rebounds per game. He also ranks tenth in the conference in offensive rebounds.

Janev Leads Player of the Game Honors
    Senior Blagoj Janev has been named America East Player of the Game on ten occasions to lead the Wildcats. Jermaine Anderson follows with nine, while Tyrece Gibbs and Mike Chirstensen have garnered four apiece. Radar Onguetou is the lone freshman to be named conference player of the game for his efforts against Hartford back on February 8.

Tale of Two Halves
    The Wildcats are a second half team as UNH has scored more points in the second half in the last 9-of-13 games.  They are 3-12 when trailing at the half, but 5-6 when holding a lead.

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