Scouting the Wildcats (3-10, 0-1 AE)

New Hampshire most recently fell to the America East defending champion University at Albany, 69-52, on January 3, which was part of America East opening night. Senior captain Jermaine Anderson posted a team-high 18 points as the starting point guard drilled four three-pointers in the loss. Blagoj Janev scored 13 points en route to his tenth game of the season scoring in double digits, while junior forward Mike Christensen added 11 points on the night. The Wildcats participated in the Kent State Classic on December 29-30. UNH opened the tournament with a thrilling 65-64 victory over Elon in the first round as Janev poured in 22 points, while Anderson  posted six points, six assists and five rebounds. Anderson scored the winning basket with two seconds remaining when he raced down the full length of the court to put the ‘Cats into the title game on a drive to the basket. UNH suffered a tough 74-47 loss to the host team Kent State in the title game. Janev recorded a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) en route to being named to the all-tournament team. UNH’s season-high two game winning streak was snapped in the loss. 

Scouting the Black Bears (5-8, 0-1 AE)
Maine is led by Jon Sheets who is scoring 11.6 points per game. He is dishing out 3.2 assists per game and grabbing 2.2 steals per game along with a team-high 36 three-point field goals on the season. Kevin Reed, who is an America East Preseason All-Conference member is averaging 11.4 points per game and pulling down a team-high 5.8 rebounds a game. Reed is second on the team with 31 three-point field goals. Junior Bernal is adding 11.2 points per game. Bernal leads Maine in assists with 3.6 per game and is averaging 2.0 steals per game. Philippe Tchekane Bofia (Yaounde, Cameroon), who hails from the same country as UNH’s Radar Onguetou, is averaging 8.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds a game.  Mark Socoby is scoring 8.0 points per game. He is third on the team in both assists with 2.0 per game and in steals, averaging 1.3 per contest. Maine is averaging 66.0 points per game, while their opponents are scoring 66.1 points per game. The Black Bears are shooting 40.3 percent from the floor, while their opponents are connecting 42.1 percent of the time. Maine is pulling down 36.6 rebounds a game, while their opponents are grabbing 36.4 a contest.

THE SERIES:  This is the 169th all-time meeting between Maine and New Hampshire. The Black Bears hold a 107-61 advantage. Maine has won the last seven games in the series and 20 of the last 23 meetings. In the last meeting between the two schools, the Black Bears earned a 59-56 victory in overtime.

This contest features two America East Preseason All-Conference First Team members. Wildcat senior co-captain Blagoj Janev and Maine’s Kevin Reed.  Janev, who posted his tenth game of scoring in double digits (13 points) in a loss to Albany on January 3 leads all Wildcats in scoring with 13.5 ppg. Senior Jermaine Anderson tallied a team-high 18 points against Albany, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He recently moved into the ninth spot in UNH’s all-time career steals list with 116.
    For the Black Bears, Reed has made all 13 starts on his way to averaging 11/4 ppg and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. Like the Wildcats, Maine posts three players with a scoring average in double digits. Jon Sheets (11.6 ppg) leads the team in scoring, while  Junior Bernal is third (11.2 ppg). Both teams are in search of its first win in America East play.
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