MAINE vs. DARTMOUTH
Time, site: 2 p.m. Saturday, Leede Arena, Hanover, New Hampshire
Records: UMaine 1-8, Dartmouth 4-5
Series, last meeting: Dartmouth 11-10, Dartmouth 73-66 on 12/8/2017
Key players, UMaine: 6-7 F Andrew Fleming (14.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game), 6-5 G Isaiah White (13.9 ppg), 6-8 F Vilgot Larsson (8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg), 6-4 G Sergio El Darwich (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg); Dartmouth: 6-7 F Chris Knight (15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg), 6-2 G Brendan Barry (12.1 ppg, 3.8 apg, .558 3-pt. percentage), 6-8 F Adrease Jackson (11.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg), 6-4 G James Foye (10.2 ppg, .538 3-pt. percentage), 6-3 G Ian Sistare (10.1 ppg, .543 3-pt. percentage)
Game notes: UMaine seeks to build on Tuesday’s double-overtime victory over Fordham that featured Fleming’s 29-point, 12-rebound effort. After playing all 50 minutes against Fordham, the junior forward ranks third in Division I minutes played (39.1 mpg). He trails only Fairleigh Dickinson teammates Darrell Edge (40.3) and Jahlil Jenkins (39.2) entering Friday’s play. UMaine also received a big boost off the bench against Fordham from senior Celio Araujo, who provided 42 minutes of steady point-guard play after seeing just 43 minutes of duty during the Black Bears’ first eight games. Dartmouth is coming off a 64-59 home-court loss Wednesday against Quinnipiac, a team that beat UMaine this season. Knight, the Big Green’s leading scorer, had a career-high 23 points in that loss. Dartmouth relies heavily on 3-pointers, with 47 percent of its field-goal attempts (261 of 554) so far this season coming from beyond the arc. The Big Green is shooting 42.9 percent from long range and making 12.4 3-pointers per game compared to 6.0 per game for UMaine on 28.3 percent shooting. UMaine returns home Monday to host the University of Maine at Machias.
MAINE vs. BROWN
Time, site: Saturday, 1 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine
Records: UMaine 6-2, Brown 6-5
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 7-5, UMaine 58-53 on 11/29/14
Key players: Maine — 6-1 G Blanca Millan (18.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2.4 apg), 5-10 G Tanesha Sutton (12.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2 spg, 1.8 apg), 6-1 F Fanny Wadling (11 ppg, 8.7 rpg), 5-6 G Dor Saar (9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.1 apg. 1.3 spg), 5-8 G Parise Rossignol (8.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), 5-4 G Maddy McVicar (3.8 ppg, 1.3 apg), 5-11 F Maeve Carroll (3 ppg, 4.5 rpg); Brown — 6-0 G Justine Gaziano (19.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 spg), 5-7 G Shayna Mehta (18.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.8 spg), 5-11 G Taylor Will (11.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.4 spg), 6-2 F Erika Steeves (7.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 apg), 6-0 F Mary Butler (4.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.3 blocks), 6-3 C Haley Green (2.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), 5-9 G Maddie Mullin (2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg)
Game notes: The Black Bears have won four in a row and will be playing their first home game since the 66-63 loss to Duke on Nov. 15. Millan became the 20th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone with 26 points in a 67-60 win over Harvard on Tuesday. Saar has dished out nine assists in each of her last two games. Gaziano is shooting 48.3 percent from the floor so the Black Bears will have to be cognizant of where she in on the floor at all times. Mehta is a 41.8 percent shooter from the floor. Butler is a Bangor native. Brown is coming off a 72-67 loss to the University of Rhode Island in the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday. Wadling has missed the last five games due to a concussion and her status is up in the air.
MAINE vs. US UNDER-18 TEAM
Time, site (exhibition game): Saturday, 7 p.m., USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth Township, Michigan
Records: UMaine 5-7-2, USA Under-18 team 17-6
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 4-1, Team USA 6-2 on 1/6/17
Key players: Maine — C Chase Pearson (8 goals, 6 assists), LW Mitch Fossier (1 & 11), C Tim Doherty (5 & 3), RW Eduards Tralmaks (3 & 4), D Brady Keeper (2 & 4), D Rob Michel (2 & 3), G Jeremy Swayman (5-7-2, 2.91 goals-against average, .913 save percentage); Team USA — C Jack Hughes (9 & 36), RW Trevor Zegras (12 & 23), RW Cole Caulfield (19 & 8), LW Matthew Boldy (15 & 10), D Cam York (2 & 14), G Spencer Knight (11-2-0, 2.26, .924), G Cameron Rowe (6-4-0, 3.57, .878)
Game notes: The Black Bears will use this exhibition game to evaluate players especially for spots on the third and fourth lines, the No. 5 and 6 defenseman spots and potential power-play contributors. Team USA has gone 4-4 against college teams including wins over Notre Dame (4-1) and Michigan (6-3). It also gives UMaine an opportunity to get some of its slumping scorers a boost of confidence if they can put one or two in the net. UMaine has only two players with more than three goals in Pearson and Doherty. UMaine head coach Red Gendron can experiment with personnel on the power play to try to get it untracked. Team USA will be fast and highly skilled and will give the Black Bears a useful tool to continue its defensive improvement. Goalie Knight has committed to Boston College. This will be the first time the teams have met in Michigan.