Maine at No. 4 UConn

Connecticut is off to a 2-0 start in the regular season and coach Jim Calhoun will tell you the Huskies have plenty to work on. Perhaps a better effort will come Thursday night against Maine.


Maine (1-0) at No. 4 UConn (2-0)

Date: Nov. 17, 2011

Time: 7:00 p..m.

Site: XL Center, Hartford

TV: SNY (John Rooke, Bob Wenzel)

Radio: UConn Radio Network/WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)

Series: UConn leads, 81-16

Last meeting: UConn 71, Maine (Dec. 22, 2009)

Jerome Dyson led UConn with 27 points and Stanley Robinson had 14 points and 12 rebounds. After a 26-26 tie at halftime, UConn outscored the Black Bears 45-28 in the second half. UConn shot 51.7 percent from the field in the second half. Alex Oriakhi finished with six points and 14 rebounds. .


G 3 Rahem Singleton Sr. 6-0 185 8.0 ppg

G 32 Gerald McLemore Sr. 6-3 190 21.0 ppg

G 14 Justin Edwards Fr. 6-3 185 24.0 ppg

F 15 Alasdair Fraser So. 6-7 245 19.0 ppg

f 23 Kilian Cato Fr. 6-7 225 14.0 ppg


G 13 Shabazz Napier So. 6-1 171 21.0 ppg

G 3 Jeremy Lamb So. 6-5 180 25.0 ppg

C 10 Tyler Olander So. 6-9 225 7.0 ppg

F 34 Alex Oriakhi Jr. 6-9 240 5.0 ppg

F 22 Roscoe Smith So. 6-8 205 4.5 ppg


LOTS OF POINTS: Maine opened its season with a 113-49 victory over Maine-Machias. Freshman Justin Edwards led the way with 24 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks. Senior Gerald McLemore is the top returning scorer in the America East with 1,199 career points. McLemore is the only remaining starter from Maine's game with the Huskies in 2009.

RETURN OF WOODWARD: Maine head coach Ted Woodard was an assistant coach at UConn in Jim Calhoun's first three seasons, from 1986-89. Calhoun has never lost in 14 previous outings vs. former assistants. He is 2-0 against Woodward. Calhoun has defeated Steve Pikiell and Dave Leitao each three times. Woodward, in his eight season at Maine, has a career record of 89-119 with the Black Bears.

WINNING STREAK: UConn now has won 13 consecutive games, dating back to the 2010-11 national championship season. That matches the fifth best winning streak in UConn history. UConn longest streak was 23 wins, set in 1995-96.

HUSKIES IN HARTFORD: This will be the 300th game UConn has played in the XL Center, formerly known as the Hartford Civici Center. The Huskies are 218-81 in their home away from home. UConn is 193-48 in the XL Center under Calhoun and this is the first of 10 regular season games in the building this season.

DYNAMIC DUO: Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier are the first pair of UConn teammates to open the season by scoring 20 or more points each in the first two games of the season. Napier, who played Monday night with a high fever, missed practice Wednesday after undergoing a dental procedure earlier in the day. He is expected to start against Maine.

PRE-GAME QUOTES: From Jim Calhoun:"I continue to be concerned about our offense and this game will be another good test for us in that regard. We saw better play out of some guys, but need to see more consistent play for 40 minutes. We have Maine, then Coppin State and then head to Atlantis for what will be three very tough games, so we need to figure it out in a hurry.

Ted Woodward was a great guy to have on staff and was a part of things here when we started it going in the right direction. He has done a really good job at a very tough place and I know his team will come down here and give us a handful. It is not at all the same UConn that it was when Ted was here, but it is because of the hard work by guys like him and Glen Miller in those days that helped to lay the groundwork for the type of program we are today.

One of the best parts of this time of the year is that there are always plenty of things to work on. Despite our preseason ranking, we still have plenty of experience to pick up regardless of the opponent or style of play. I keep emphasizing to the guys that a 40-minute investment is where it all has to start and everything else will come from there."

From Alex Oriakhi:

"I definitely feel Coach is right about us needing to be more consistent. We can have all of the expectations and hype in the world, but when the ball goes up, it all starts with working harder than the other guy. I think we all have to concentrate on doing those little things, getting a loose ball, tipping a rebound to a teammate, things like that. You can't just walk out there and expect to think talent is all you need. There is no reason for us to get outhustled and no reason for us to not get after it for 40 minutes. If we do that, the results will come."

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