Men’s Basketball


Time, site: Thursday, 7 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Records: UMaine (5-15, 1-4 America East), New Hampshire 11-7 (2-2)

Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 118-71; UNH 88-75 on 2/8/2016

Key players: UMaine — 6-2 G Wes Myers (16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds per game), 6-7 F Andrew Fleming (10.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg), 6-7 F Marko Pirovic (7.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg), 6-8 C Vincent Eze (5.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg); UNH — 6-7 F Tanner Leissner (15.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg), 6-4 G Jaleen Smith (14.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.3 assists per game), 6-0 G Daniel Dion (13.6 ppg, 54 3-pointers), 6-9 F Iba Camara (8.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg)

Outlook: The America East border rivals meet for the 190th time, with New Hampshire still on the upswing after a 19-win season last winter while UMaine continues to battle through an injury-plagued season. Eze, a redshirt freshman, has been playing better of late during the absence of freshman Fleming of South Paris, who has missed the last five games with an ankle injury. Eze has scored in double figures in three of the last four contests and has averaged 8.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in five conference games. Dion scored his 1,000th career point during UNH’s 71-59 loss to Vermont on Monday. Bill Herrion, the Wildcats’ 11th-year head coach, has recruited heavily in Texas, with six members of his 15-player roster from the Lone Star State. UNH has won four straight in the series since UMaine’s 73-39 home-court win on March 2, 2014. The Black Bears follow Thursday night’s game with a trip to the University at Albany for a 2 p.m. game Sunday. The Black Bears then return home to face Binghamton on at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Women’s Basketball


Time, site: Thursday, 7 p.m., Lundholm Gymnasium, Durham, N.H.

Records: UMaine 10-10 (3-2 America East); UNH 14-3 (4-0)

Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 51-33, UMaine 58-47 on 3/5/16

Key players: Maine —  5-8 G Sigi Koizar (13.2 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists), 6-2 F Laia Sole (9.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), 5-11 F Blanca Millan (8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 steals), 5-8 G Julie Brosseau (7.4 ppg, 1.6 apg, 41 three-pointers), 5-10 G Tanesha Sutton (7.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), 6-0 G Naira Caceres (4.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg); UNH — 6-2 F Carlie Pogue (13.9 ppg, 7 rpg), 6-2 F Kat Fogarty (12.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg), 5-6 F Brittni Lai (13 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.9 apg), 5-10 F/G Olivia Healy (10 ppg, 7.3 rpg), 6-3 F-C Ashley Storey (5.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg),  5-9 G Aliza Simpson (5.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg)

Game notes: UNH is seeking a program-best ninth straight win and has a veteran team comprised mostly of juniors. The Black Bears will have to hold their own on the boards because UNH has outrebounded its opponents by 5.5 rebounds per game. UMaine has won the last three meetings. The Wildcats have found ways to win as they have been in nine games decided by eight points or less and have won seven of them. There are three Maine natives on the UNH roster: Greene’s Anderson, Cumberland’s Storey and Falmouth’s Sarah Clement. Anderson ranks second in the country in assist-to-turnover ration margin (3.61). UNH has the nation’s 15th stingiest defense, allowing just 55 points per game. The freshmen-laden Black Bears are 49th nationally in team defense (58.4 points per game allowed).