Maine visits Patrick Gym on Wednesday to take on Vermont. It gets started at 7 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN3.com. The Black Bears beat the Catamounts 71-68 on Jan. 22 and are 2-8 against them over the last four years.
Maine is in sixth place in the America East and Vermont is in second. Both teams continue to fight for position.
In a 64-60 triumph over Binghamton on Feb. 16, Zarko Valjarevic put up 25 points for the Black Bears. In addition to his 9.3 points per game, he is also chipping in 1.4 rebounds per game. For the Catamounts, Luke Apfeld finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds in the 65-48 loss to Stony Brook on Feb. 15. He contributes 4 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.4 points per game. One category in which Vermont is especially proficient is free throw rate at 44.9 percent, ranking first in their conference (and 12th nationally).
StatSmack! Maine is better than Vermont
The Maine blocks leader (Mike Allison, 40 blocks) has more blocks than the Vermont blocks leader (Ethan O`Day, 29 blocks).
Maine is better under pressure, and has defeated Vermont in nine out of the last 15 games decided by five points or fewer.