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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:51 am
by Tom Nolette
Maine Basketball‏
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Black Bears Edged by Fordham in Overtime
BRONX, N.Y. – The Maine Black Bears men's basketball team came up just short against Atlantic 10 foe Fordham, falling to the Rams 67-66 in overtime at historic Rose Hill Gymnasium. Aaron Calixte, Andrew Fleming, and Ilker Er combined for 51 of Maine's 66 points in the loss.

Calixte led Maine with 20 points, which includes a perfect mark of 7-for-7 from the free throw line. The redshirt-junior totaled four assists and two rebounds before fouling out in the overtime period

Aaron Calixte, Andrew Fleming, and Ilker Er combined for 51 of Maine’s 66 points in the loss.

http://www.goblackbears.com/news/2017/1 ... rdham.aspx

Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:55 am
by Tom Nolette
Maine Basketball‏
@BlackBearMBB
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Maine men's basketball falls to Fordham in overtime 67-66
http://www.foxbangor.com/sports/item/22 ... time-67-66


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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:48 am
by basketball_guy
Admittedly the competion is below their level but right now they need a few wins in a row to build their confidence. This team is working hard, get a few wins under their belt, could make a big difference with Division 1 competition later down the line. They are in these games, but mentally they have got to learn how to close out an opponent. For that it does not matter who the competition is. They need to build some confidence.

Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:20 pm
by Blind Zebra
Really unfortunate that Maine has to schedule these in state sub D3 opponents. Playing a pre season game against Husson makes sense, but these regular season tilts against UMPI and Machias do nothing to prepare Maine for the rigors of conference play and games against other quality D1 teams. Not to offend anyone, but Maine probably gets more out of blue & white scrimmage in practice than they do against these teams. Maine struggles to find home & home matchups in the out of conference slate as no one from MA, CT or NY wants a long bus trip to Bangor, when they can play another school an hour away. Would like to see Maine target some D2 opponents in the NE-10 rather than the in state schools. They need to face better competition, somehow some way.

Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:58 pm
by bcbc55
Blind Zebra wrote:Really unfortunate that Maine has to schedule these in state sub D3 opponents. Playing a pre season game against Husson makes sense, but these regular season tilts against UMPI and Machias do nothing to prepare Maine for the rigors of conference play and games against other quality D1 teams. Not to offend anyone, but Maine probably gets more out of blue & white scrimmage in practice than they do against these teams. Maine struggles to find home & home matchups in the out of conference slate as no one from MA, CT or NY wants a long bus trip to Bangor, when they can play another school an hour away. Would like to see Maine target some D2 opponents in the NE-10 rather than the in state schools. They need to face better competition, somehow some way.


BZ: Excellent, timely, informative, interesting and very insightful post. Couldn't agree more.

Also, would add that Maine does not draw for these games against in state UMaine system teams. Also, should play those games on campus in "The Pit" to keep costs down.

A lot cheaper to play at "the Pit", then at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor especially when the gate is not going to cover the costs at the CIC.

I've been told by someone in the know that Maine has to have 800 at the CIC in order to cover expenses.

Suggestion, how about scheduling some of the top Canadian colleges, unless there is an NCAA rule about not being allowed to do that?

Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:33 am
by basketball_guy
I assume this is why they no longer play in the PIT anymore?

ORONO, Maine — Ever since the University of Maine athletics department announced its proposal to renovate Memorial Gymnasium, it has been searching for ways to convert the outdated structure into a suitable, modern basketball facility.

What UMaine officials have discovered is that undertaking that portion of what is now a more extensive project that includes the field house is not only complicated, but increasingly expensive.

Providing Black Bear basketball teams with an upgraded facility in which to practice and play their home games was a key goal in the original plan. Now, it looks as though that will not happen.

“We had hoped to renovate ‘The Pit’ and turn it into a modern basketball arena,” said UMaine Athletics Director Steve Abbott. “That’s proved to be far more complex than we appreciated and far more expensive than we anticipated.”

UMaine has raised $14 million for a comprehensive renovation of the field house and the adjoining Memorial Gym building, which houses not only the basketball court but locker rooms and the offices of numerous Black Bear coaches and administrators, along with the athletic training facility.

Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:41 am
by basketball_guy
Best to attach a link to the article. Guess it was cheaper going to the Cross Insurance Building in Bangor.

The problem with that is the Basketball teams lose the student body cheering in an on-campus environment,

https://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/03/ ... relatedBox

Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:39 am
by thebam
basketball_guy wrote:The problem with that is the Basketball teams lose the student body cheering in an on-campus environment,

https://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/03/ ... relatedBox

If the Men's team was winning at the level of Vermont and Albany, Maine would have no trouble getting students to Bangor from campus. I believe kids would want to go. Students are a fickle bunch. 6 win teams don't really motivate them to come out of their slumber, even to go across campus to the Alfond. The blind faith and support of teams that is shown by the likes of us just isn't there for the younger generation. They aren't going just because it's their team. That is a sad commentary, but largely true.

Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:00 pm
by basketball_guy
I agree. It really is too bad. I think if they could get the college crowd it could make a big difference.
These guys are in the games but they need to just win a few games in a row. I just don't know if this Coach
can turn this situation around. But they are very close. Their record is not really indicative of how close they
are. These past four games they have looked a lot better. They had Fordham on the ropes. That game could have
gone either way.

Really it is players who have to turn things around. Coaching is just that Coaching. I just wish they could pull out
a few of these close games. It would do a lot to build their confidence.

Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:37 pm
by bcbc55
thebam wrote:
basketball_guy wrote:The problem with that is the Basketball teams lose the student body cheering in an on-campus environment,

https://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/03/ ... relatedBox

If the Men's team was winning at the level of Vermont and Albany, Maine would have no trouble getting students to Bangor from campus. I believe kids would want to go. Students are a fickle bunch. 6 win teams don't really motivate them to come out of their slumber, even to go across campus to the Alfond. The blind faith and support of teams that is shown by the likes of us just isn't there for the younger generation. They aren't going just because it's their team. That is a sad commentary, but largely
true.


basketball_guy:

Well should get your wish. Maine now has 3 home games in a row against real weak competition. Tomorrow against the University of Maine @ Presque Isle a weak D-3 team is at 3-3, followed by next Friday's game against D-1 Dartmouth (1-3) the 345th ranked team in the realtimerpi.com RPI rankings to Maine's 334th.

The Ivy League Conference is ranked 26th in conference RPI out of 32 conferences and the America East Conference is right behind them at 27th.

Dartmouth is 273rd in the Pomeroy team RPI and Maine is 334th.

Then Maine finishes off this 3 game set against a University of Maine @ Machias a NAIA2 team who has lost twice to UM @ PI.

I don't know how much they will get out of those 3 games confidence wise if they win them all as they probably should beat Dartmouth seeing the game is at home and if they don't beat the fellow non D-1 in state Maine system teams then they are going to be in more trouble then they are right now at 1-7. Not much to gain in beating UMPI and UMM and everything to lose if they don't beat them each by 40 plus points. Only positive in playing these two teams is it should give the guys who don't play much to get some floor minutes.

Right now Bryant and White are still out with injuries which doesn't help the situation as both were starting games.