Here’s a quick look at UConn’s next opponent: Maine, at XL Center on Friday night.
The Huskies had a day to revel in their big-time win over Florida on Monday night. They got back to work on Wednesday to prep for the Black Bears, who are 1-5.
On paper, this looks like the lightest opponent the Huskies have had so far. Maine is 1-5, going into its game against New Jersey Tech Wednesday night, having lost thus far to Rhode Island, George Washington, NJIT, Quinnipiac and Dartmouth. Quinnipiac won at Orono, 102-61 on Nov. 25.
The Black Bears are minus-10 in the rebounding battle. They have four players from Europe, three from Canada and one, Christian Ejiga, who prepped at the Hyde School in Connecticut, from Nigeria. Maine’s tallest players are 6-foot-9. Sophomore swingman Dimitry Akanda-Coronel, 6-6, from Boston, is the top scorer, with 17.3 point per game.
Coach Ted Woodward began his career as a grad assistant under Jim Calhoun at UConn in 1986. He has been Maine’s head coach since 2004.