Cim's Maine MBB Thread 2019

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Re: Fleming will look to help Maine build for the future

Postby bcbc55 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:03 pm

Blind Zebra wrote:You have to pull for Andrew Fleming. I’ve seen a lot of personal growth from him on the court in the last year. Early in his career, you could see the losing and personal frustrations getting to him. If things started going against him, he would sulk and have bad body language.
Last year, I began to see him play with more passion and become a better team leader even though the wins weren’t there. I like to see him playing with energy and determination. This team needs that. He needs to show the young guys how to fight through adversity and to keep playing hard.
The team needs to learn to play with confidence. They must be decisive and play with purpose if they want to start winning games. Andrew needs to help lead the way.


"BlindZebra": Well written post. Did you read the article on Fleming that MBRRadio posted above and if you did what did you think of it? I thought it was well written and made a lot of UMaine men's basketball sense.

It certainly is Fleming's team as he is the only 4 year player on the roster and he is also a true Mainer. It's his team to lead and you made some excellent points in your post above.

Always enjoy your well thought out UMaine basketball posts here on MBR.
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UMaine men's BB opponent Wed. is new D-1 Merrimack

Postby bcbc55 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:57 pm

The UMaine men's basketball team opens up it's 2019-20 non-conference schedule Wednesday night when they play home at 7:00pm at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor when they host first year as a D-1 team the former D-2 Powerhouse Merrimack.

Merrimack has an exhibition win a 87-26, yes 26 win over a Maine connection the D-3 University of Maine at Fort Kent a team that 3 years ago beat UMaine at the Memorial Gym's "THE PIT" 85-80 in a pre-season exhibition game.

Maine will have a big size advantage in the front and back court court as Merrimack only has 1 6'8"er and 1 6'7"er to go against Maine's size in the front court of 2 at 6'7", 3@ 6'8" and 3 @ 6'9". Maine has outstanding reach and size defensively at all positions as they started 6'7" Fleming, 6'8" Larsson, 6'5" El Darwich the 3 returning starters along with transfer Projovic at 6'8" and 6'5" red shirt Yagodin. Maine also can bring off as much size as started when they go to their bench. Merrimack's guards are in the 5'11" to 6'3" range having to match up with Maine's 1 @6'6", 2 @6'5", 1 @ 6'4" and 1@ 6'3".

Merrimack is fairly young with 8 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 2 juniors and 3 seniors compared to a young roster of Maine's 7 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 3 juniors and 2 seniors.

Merrimack is ranked 284 out of the 353 D-1 teams in the KenPom preseason rankings with Maine at 336.

Merrimack will have a tough time matching up to stop Maine's inside game which has scored 88 of their 113 points in the paint in their 2 exhibition game winsD-3 .

Merrimack has to hope that Maine continues to have 3 point shooting difficulties in adjusting to the new long distanced 3 point line as they are only shooting 23.1% on 12 for 51 along with only shooting 59% from the foul line in their 2 exhibition wins over D-3 Husson and Canadian McGill University.

Merrimack overall size wise has in addition to 1 player 6'8", 1@ 6'7" have 3@ 6'6", 2@ 6'5", 2 @ 6'4", 2@ 6'3", 2@ 6'2",
1@ 6'1", 1@ 6'0" and 1@ 5'11".

Merrimack's leading scorer is 6'0" senior guard Juvaris Hayes and team leader who has a career average if 17ppg, 7.9 assists per game and 6.3 rebounds per game and is a 1000 point scorer in 3 seasons. He averaged 19.3ppg last year.

"TeamRankings" gives Maine a 57% chance of winning against Merrimack.

Game is listed to be streamed on ESPN+.
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KenPom Pre-season D-1 Men's College Basketball rankings!

Postby bcbc55 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:18 pm

KenPomRankings is the second pre-season D-1 basketball pre-season ranking that I could find, the first one was the America East Conferences Coaches Poll.

KenPomRankings..........AE Coaches Poll
Pos.......Team...............Coaches Ranking
77.........Vermont..................1
153........Albany....................4
201........UMBC.....................2
229........Stonybrook..............3
247........UMass-Lowell............5
315........Hartford..................6
323........UNH.......................9
324........Binghamton.............6
336........Maine....................8

Interesting to compare the AE coaches poll (who should know the teams better) with the only 353 team poll I could find so far this pre-season. AE coaches could not vote for their own team.


Maine's opponent on Wednesday Merrimack was ranked 284 in the KenPom Pre-season Rankings to Maine's 336.
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"TeamRankings" pre-season D-1 College BB team rankings

Postby bcbc55 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:22 pm

With tonight being the opening night for D-1 men's college basketball TEAMRANKINGS.com has JUST come out today with their 353 individual pre-season team rankings.

Team..........America East Conf.....Team
.....................Rankings...........Rankings
Vermont..............1....................89
Albany.................2...................176
Stonybrook...........3...................179
UMass-Lowell........4....................242
UMBC..................5...................255
Hartford...............6...................310
Maine..................7...................325
Binghamton..........8....................333
UNew Hampshire....9...................337

Maine is projected to finish 11-19 to 6-24 in wins and losses for the year
They are given a 57% chance of beating Merrimack tomorrow night.

TeamRankings rankings to me are the most thorough and most accurate.
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Maine men's BB non-conf opponents pre-season"Team Rankings"!

Postby bcbc55 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:37 pm

Off the 353 D-1 college basketball teams here are the 13 non-conference opponents pre-season rankings for the UMaine men's basketball team for the 2019-20 Season.

The UMaine men are 336 in "KenPomRankings" and 325 in "TeamRankings" rankings of the 353 total D-1 college basketball teams in the country.

Opponent...Team.....KenPom
..............Rankings..Rankings
Virginia.........5...........12
Washington...47..........42
Connecticut..72..........84
Harvard........75..........80
Northeastern.138.......129
Columbia......151........170
Hawaii.........173........191
Dartmouth....193........190
Massachusetts 240.......233
Portland.......259.........265
Quinippiac....266.........289
Merrimack.....284.........311
Central Conn St 345......344
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Cimbollek Spam

Postby UMaineSuperfan » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:02 pm

Sooooooo, can we all agree that Cim is basically spamming the site at this point. He's posted something like 14 threads in the last few days, 11 of them with no responses. Bob, I know I can just ignore them, but could you just...like start a thread, pin it, and put all your updates in that?
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Maine men's basketball team shoot by Merrimack 86-54.

Postby bcbc55 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:01 pm

6'7" senior captain Andrew Fleming has 20 points to lead Maine at the half as Merrimack as been very vunarable on the block. 6'8" junior Vilgot Larsson also is in double figures with 10 points with most of their points coming from the block and foul line. Fleming also scored his 1000th point in the first half.

Merrimack has struggled against Maine's overall size and height advantage as Maine has really taken advantage of their strength there.

Maine has done a great job of attacking the Merrimack's 2-3 zone with a high low offense. They are shooting 15 for 21 from the floor for 71.4

2nd Half: Maine scored 43 points in the second half to match their first half 43 points. They held Merrimack to 31 2nd half points after holding them to 33 in the first half.

Maine went 28-50 from the floor for 56.3% to Merrimack's 22-64 for 34.4%.

From beyond the new distanced 3 point line Maine went 6-18 for 33.3%, Merrimack went 6-29 for 20.7%

For 2 pointers Maine was outstanding as they got the ball inside regularly for 24-32 for 75% and Merrimack was 16 for 35 for 45.7%.

Maine had 38 points in the paint and Merrimack had 32. Each team had 64 possessions.

Maine only took 18 of their 50 FGA's as 3's for 36% and Merrimack 29 of 64 for 45.6%.

From the charity stripe Maine was an impressive 22-27 for an outstanding 81.5%, while Merrimack was 14-17 for 87.4%.

Maine improved on their 2 exhibition games 3 point shooting 23.1% and their foul shooting 59.0%.

Maine had 4 starters play 40 minutes, Fleming, Larsson, El Darwic and Prijovic. Maine completely out played Merrimack both offensively and defensively from start to finish.

Scoring wise Fleming finished with a game high 37 points, had 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Larsson had 19 and El Darwich had 10 points.

Merrimack had 4 in double figures, Minor 16, Reid and Lord 12 each and Hayes 10.

Maine out rebounded Merrimack 39-30.

Maine had 21 assists on their 28 FG's, Merrimack had just 8.

Turnovers Maine 13 Merrimack 10.

Personal fouls Merrimack 22 Maine 13.

Maine had 6 blocks to Merrimack's 1.

Keys to Maine's win was their tough man-to-man defense, their getting the ball inside to the paint and really improving their 3 point shooting percentage, foul shooting percentage and getting 21 assists on their 28 baskets.
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Re: UMaine men leads Merrimack at the half by 10--43 to 33.

Postby MBRRadio » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:16 pm

bcbc55 wrote:6'7" senior captain Andrew Fleming has 20points to lead Maine at the half as Merrimack as been very vunarable on the block. 6'8" junior Vilgot Larsson also is in double figures with 10 points with most of their points coming from the block and foul line.

Merrimack has struggled against Maine's overall size and height advantage as Maine has really taken advantage of their strength there.

Maine has done a great job of attacking the Merrimack's 2-3 zone with a high low offense. They are shooting 15 for 21 from the floor for 71.4%.


Fleming puts up 37 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maine to their first victory of the 2019-20 season. Also scores his 1000th Point in 84-64 win over Merrimack: https://twitter.com/BlackBearsMBB/statu ... 8637811713
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Re: UMaine men leads Merrimack at the half by 10--43 to 33.

Postby bcbc55 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:29 pm

MBRRadio wrote:
bcbc55 wrote:6'7" senior captain Andrew Fleming has 20points to lead Maine at the half as Merrimack as been very vunarable on the block. 6'8" junior Vilgot Larsson also is in double figures with 10 points with most of their points coming from the block and foul line.

Merrimack has struggled against Maine's overall size and height advantage as Maine has really taken advantage of their strength there.

Maine has done a great job of attacking the Merrimack's 2-3 zone with a high low offense. They are shooting 15 for 21 from the floor for 71.4%.


Fleming puts up 37 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maine to their first victory of the 2019-20 season. Also scores his 1000th Point in 84-64 win over Merrimack: https://twitter.com/BlackBearsMBB/statu ... 8637811713



MBR Radio: Thanks for setting me up with the thread by itself.
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Re: Cim's Maine MBB Thread 2019

Postby Blind Zebra » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:41 pm

Maine controlled the tempo of the game from start to finish. Impressed with their offensive execution and solid team defense. Made Merrimack work the entire shot clock on many possessions. A nice effort from the foul line. Fleming did a great job using ball fakes when he received the low post entries. Sergio played an excellent floor game. Played calmly and within himself. Nedja did a nice job as a secondary ball handler. Coach Barron’s decision to go with a very short rotation paid off. He used 3 subs and all played short minutes. I was concerned about conditioning but Maine appears to be in excellent physical shape. Merrimack is undersized but they have some very quick guards and good shooters. If they are able to play at a faster pace, they will certainly win some games this year. Nice start to the season for Maine! Congrats to Andrew on 1000 points. Probably his best home game as a Black Bear.
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