Maine hopes to improve on is 11-19 record from a year ago this season.
Maine hopes to improve on is 11-19 record from a year ago this season.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Maine Men's Basketball Team Capsule

Release: 10/18/2013

Each weekday through Oct. 29, an America East men's basketball team will be profiled on with a team capsule, head coach interview and info graphics.


Schedule     2012-13 Stats

Head Coach: Ted Woodward

Year at School: 10th

2012-13 Record: 11-19, 6-10 AE

Finish: 6th (No. 5 seed, 0-1)

Postseason: None

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 5/5

Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3

Newcomers: 7

Top Returnees: Xavier Pollard, Jr., 9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.3 apg in 12-13

                         Zarko Valjarevic, Jr., 8.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 48 3-pointers in 12-13



  • Maine will try to improve on an 11-19 season in 2013-14.
  • Ted Woodward is entering his 10th season as Maine's head coach and is the second-longest tenured coach in the league (Will Brown).
  • The Black Bears were third in the conference last year, averaging 66.3 points per game but were also eighth in scoring defense, allowing 69.7 points per game.
  • Maine is 32-32 in conference play the last four years, one of just three active members (Stony Brook, Vermont) to be at the .500 mark in that span.
  • The Black Bears nearly reached the America East semifinals for the first time since 2005 last season, but dropped a heartbreaking 50-49 loss to Albany in quarterfinal round.
  • Junior Xavier Pollard is the team's top returning scorer after averaging 9.7 points per game last season.
  • Junior Zarko Valjarevic is also back for Maine. He sank 48 three pointers a year ago and averaged 8.4 points per game.
  • He also ranked fourth among league leaders averaging 4.3 assists per game and was fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5-to-1).
  • Maine will have to replace a pair of all-conference selections in America East's reigning scoring champion, Justin Edwards, who transferred to Kansas State, and Alasdair Fraser, who is pursuing professional endeavors oversees.
  • The Black Bears will have a new primary home in 2013-14, playing the majority of their games at the new Cross Insurance Center in downtown Bangor.
  • Maine opens its season with Fisher on Nov. 10.


Team Capsules
UMass Lowell
Binghamton (Oct. 21)
UMBC (Oct. 22)
New Hampshire (Oct. 23)
Hartford (Oct. 24)
Albany (Oct. 25)
Stony Brook (Oct. 28)
Vermont (Oct. 29)