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Maine meets Vermont in America East quarters

first_img Associated Press March 6, 2020 SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Anthony Lamb, Stef Smith and Everett Duncan have collectively accounted for 54 percent of Vermont’s scoring this season. For Maine, Andrew Fleming, Sergio El Darwich and Nedeljko Prijovic have scored 59 percent of the team’s points this season, including 61 percent of all Black Bears points over their last five.OFFENSIVE THREAT: El Darwich has been directly responsible for 47 percent of all Maine field goals over the last five games. El Darwich has 32 field goals and 23 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Maine is 0-19 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 9-2 when scoring at least 63.UNBEATEN WHEN: Maine is a perfect 8-0 when it scores at least 71 points. The Black Bears are 1-21 when scoring any fewer than 71.DID YOU KNOW: The Vermont defense has allowed only 59.3 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Catamounts fifth among Division I teams. The Maine offense has averaged 61.8 points through 30 games (ranked 304th, nationally). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 8 seed Maine (9-21, 5-11) vs. No. 1 seed Vermont (24-7, 14-2)America East Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Roy L Patrick Gymnasium, Burlington, Vermont; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the America East semifinals is up for grabs as Maine and Vermont match up. Vermont swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 5, when the Catamounts outshot Maine 41 percent to 37 percent and hit five more 3-pointers on the way to a 77-52 victory. Maine meets Vermont in America East quarterslast_img read more

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UW preps for Big Ten with home twinbill

first_imgIs it possible to find anything constructive in a dominating performance against two lackluster teams?For a poised men’s tennis team like Wisconsin, the answer no doubt is yes.Sunday’s doubleheader against No. 70 Illinois State and Western Illinois served as a perfect pick-me-up with Big Ten play beginning in six days against No. 10 Illinois.Winning 6-1, 6-0, the double feature allowed Wisconsin an opportunity to prepare for the tough conference season that lies ahead by building confidence and allowing younger players a chance at the action.But mostly, according to head coach Greg Van Emburgh, the team just needed to play a lot of tennis.“Overall, we got what we needed out of [the doubleheader],” he said. “I was hoping that guys in the second match would’ve been pushed a little harder… but they must have just played really well, they took care of business quickly.”“Overall I think we needed to play a lot of tennis today. Illinois is going to be a good team… and I feel like if we’re match sharp we’re going to win that match.”All eight Badgers on the active roster were able to participate in at least two matches on Sunday — five of which came away with a flawless record on the day.Confidence building was a big objective for the Badgers, and not just for the team’s less experienced players. Senior Moritz Baumann, ranked No. 13 nationally, hoped to improve in that facet of the game, as he sat with a 3-3 singles record before Sunday’s match arrived.With two singles victories as well as a win in doubles, Van Emburgh believed Baumann benefited from the opportunity.“We wanted to make sure Moritz was getting a bunch of matches so he could feel good about his game again, which I think we’re really close to doing with him,” he said. “The boy that he was playing (Jeff Cote of Western Illinois) was pretty strong — a good match for him to get some good points and to feel good about his game.”With three wins in one day, Baumann believes it can lead to better play in the future.“It’s all about confidence in tennis,” he said. “When you win, you play better automatically. When you lose, you lose confidence, so it’s good when you win those matches.”With a second chance provided by the doubleheader, freshman Billy Bertha was able to redeem a frustrating singles loss to Illinois State’s Matej Zlatkovic, in which Bertha was shutout in the last set.Paired against Francisco Ortiz of Western Illinois, Bertha didn’t let his last match haunt him, losing only two games en route to sweeping the match.Taking Baumann’s words into consideration, Bertha should be feeling good when thinking about his next match after bouncing back.For others, though, Sunday’s matches offered a chance to test the aspects of their game that have needed improvement.Freshman Chris Freeman made the development of his serve loud and clear, acing three consecutive against Western Illinois’ Rodrigo Azevedo.“We always practice different things and if it’s kind of a routine match you always try and focus on different aspects of your game, rather than just trying to get though the match,” he said. “So I worked on my serve this week and really tried to execute on that, so it helped out in the match today.”Despite the success seen on Sunday, Van Emburgh knows the team has yet to reach its summit in terms of performance. Next week’s match against Illinois will not be a litmus test of sorts like Sunday’s. And with that, Van Emburgh will continue to push the team closer to that summit.“We want to keep working on doubles to keep that sharp, make sure the teams that are out there are going to compliment each other really well – I think we’re really close to that,” he said. “I don’t think we’re peaking yet, we still have room for improvement.”last_img read more

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