Orono, Maine – The University of Maine men’s basketball team will take on the UMass Lowell River Hawks on Wednesday, January 25th. This match is part of the Coaches vs Cancer series hosted by the NCAA.
|University of Maine (7-12, 1-5 AE) vs. UMass Lowell (17-4, 5-2 AE)|
|Time to meet||Wednesday, January 25 | 7:00 p.m|
|Location||Bangor, Maine | Cross Insurance Center|
|Web Stream: ESPN+
|I’m listening||Black Bear Sports Network | 92.9 The ticket|
ABOUT THE BLACK BEARS:
Maine enters its matchup against UMass Lowell with a 7-12 record for the 2022-23 season, including a 1-5 record in America East Conference action.
The Black Bears’ defense moved into the NCAA’s top 10 after another week of being one of the top teams in the America East and the nation in forcing turnovers. Maine leads the America East in steals per game with 9.8 per contest, good for a national ranking of eight. This ranking is up nine positions (17th) from a week ago. Leading that category for the Black Bears is sophomore point guard, Kellen Tynes.
Tynes is one of the top defenders in the country as he leads the NCAA in total steals and steals per game. He enters the game against UMass Lowell with 58 total steals and is averaging 3.05 steals per game. Both numbers put Tynes on pace to set the Black Bears’ single-season record in both categories.
Tynes has put up incredible defensive numbers while logging the most minutes per game in the America East, averaging 34:48 of floor time per game. That time ranks him 69thth in the country for playing time played.
Gedi Juozapaitis continues to be one of the best shooters in the country. He enters a game against UMass Lowell ranked 15thth in the country in three-point shooting at 43.8% and he also leads all European-born NCAA DI players in three-point shooting. His national ranking is up seven spots from Sunday’s game, where he was ranked 22ndn.d on three-point shooting.
Maine reclaimed the number one ranked team in the America East in turnover margin at 1.7 per game, which moved their national ranking up over 20 spots from a week ago to put them at 87th in the country. As a result of that positive turnover margin, the Black Bears also rank third in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.18, good for 83rd in the country.
RIVER HAWKS PREVIEW:
UMass Lowell is in the midst of its best start since becoming a DI program as it recently tied its program record 17-game winning streak with a 98-79 win over Bryant.
The River Hawks were led offensively on the night by Abdul Karim Koulibaly’s huge double-double. He recorded 18 points on 80% shooting along with 15 rebounds.
UMass Lowell had four others join Coulibaly in double figures.
They shot 50% from the field, forced 17 turnovers and dominated the glass, outrebounding the Bulldogs, 47-26.
That will be the 18thth meeting between these two programs all-time and second for the 2022-23 season. The River Hawks took game one against the Black Bears on Jan. 5, extending their all-time series lead to 13-4.
LAST MATCH AGAINST RIVER HAWKS:
The River Hawks narrowly defeated the Black Bears in the first game between these two sides of the season, winning 72-70 over the Black Bears on January 5th.
The Black Bears had 15 turnovers on the night, led by Peter Filipovich who has a career-best five steals in the loss.
Maine shot 43.9 percent from the field on the night, including 50.0 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent from the free throw line.
Gedi Juozapaitis led the Black Bears with 18 points on the night.
LAST TIME FOR MAINE:
The last out for the Black Bears led them to a decisive victory over the Bearcats of Binghamton on Sunday, January 22nd, 78-57.
Gedi Juozapaitis led the Black Bears in scoring on the night, recording 21 points, including five 3-pointers in the win.
Kellen Tynes filled the stat sheet with 14 points, seven assists and six steals for Maine.
The Black Bears shot 47.6 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three-point range in the win.
Maine dominated the turnover margin on the night as they committed just nine turnovers while forcing 19 turnovers from the Bearcats.
BACK TO TOP FOR YUOSAPITIS
Gedi Juozapaitis regained its spot atop the America East Conference in conference-only scoring. He is averaging 20.2 points per game in six conference games, shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 46.0 percent from three.
Following his recent performance against Binghamton, Juozapaitis extended his lead for the most 3-pointers made in conference games with 23 3-pointers. He has the fourth-best three-point percentage (46.0%) among qualified leaders.
Juozapaitis puts up his numbers at a very efficient rate in conference-only games. He is currently in 16th placeth in field goal% and third in free throw% with 43.6% and 94.1% respectively.
WRIGHT-MACLEISH APPROACHES 100
Ja’Shonté Wright-McLeish has been a consistent scorer for the Black Bears during his time with the team. He averaged 5.6 points per game during his collegiate career and is aiming to top 100 3-pointers at some point in his career. He hit 27 3-pointers this season, giving him 75 for his entire career.
TYNES’ STEALING STRIKE LOOKS TO REACH 20
Kellen Tynes is the most dominant defender in the country as a member of the Black Bears. He recorded 58 steals and 10 blocks for the Black Bears. His steals are good for the best in the country and leads the America East with 25. Tynes will look to keep his steal streak going as he has recorded at least one steal in every game so far for the Black Bears.
|Maine (7-12, 0-4 USA)||Category||UMass Lowell (17-4, 5-2)|
|69.9||Points per game||78.9|
|70.1||Opponent Points Per Game||66.2|
|45.7||Field goal percentage||49.0|
|35.5||3-point field goal percentage||37.6|
|73.9||Free kick percentage||70.6|
|31.6||Fights per game||40.6|
|14.5||Assists per game||15.2|
|12.3||Turns per game||15.0|
|14.0||Turnovers forced for play||14.1|
|9.8||Stealing a game||7.3|