Category Archives: College

Answering these questions could determine success of UMaine basketball teams

. Entering the 2016-2017 season, the University of Maine men’s basketball team had more experience than the women’s program. The men had one senior, three junior college players, two redshirt freshmen, a junior transfer, a junior starting point guard, two returning sophomores who had played a lot of minutes and only two new freshmen, one […]

Maine’s high school basketball coaches should follow the rules

Televised college games are again negatively influencing some of our state’s high school basketball coaches, who are imitating college coaches. In the past, I’ve criticized the influence of the college game as some of the state’s coaches imitate the college style of play on their high school teams and the results are lack of basketball […]

Here’s how your basketball team can stop a top scorer

Many outstanding scorers at the high school and college levels are lighting up scoreboards in our state this season. Some of those basketball players on the high school courts include Kolleen Bouchard of Houlton, Matt Cooper of Lawrence in Fairfield, Justin Thompson of Schenck in East Millinocket, Ian McIntyre of Hampden Academy, Mackenzie Holmes and […]

More success possible for young UMaine women’s basketball team

More overall size and athleticism could make this year’s University of Maine women’s basketball team more successful than last year’s team that lost in the America East championship game. Eight seniors graduated off that team and this year’s squad has eight new freshmen, seven of whom are international recruits. Maine is 5-5 in non-conference action. […]

UMaine men’s basketball program on right path after making changes

The University of Maine men’s basketball coaching staff has made some recruiting and needed style of play changes this season after going 11-49 the past two seasons. The style of play consisted of an uptempo offense, allowing players to dictate when and who shoots, pressing full-court and using 10 or 11 players. That style didn’t […]

Regular-season champs are more deserving of NCAA Tourney’s automatic qualifiers

March Madness should include all 32 NCAA regular season conference champions instead of the format in which the conference tourney winners get the 31 automatic bids to college basketball’s Big Dance. The Ivy League’s regular season champs and the 31 tourney champs make up the 32 automatic bids, 46 percent out of the 68 teams […]

Coaches, Maine players help Husson basketball programs succeed

Husson College won the Northeast Maine Small College regular season men’s basketball championship in 1956 and then won the Maine State Small College title under the tutelage of coach Del Merrill. Husson, now a university, has since been one of the most successful men’s college basketball programs in the state. From Merrill in 1955 to […]