A brand new season begins tonight for UMaine basketball teams as they hit the road for games at UConn and Harvard.Richard Baron's Bears will be at Harvard for their 13th match-up with the Crimson. The Bears will be looking for their first season opening road win since 2005 when they beat Rider. Maine has an all-time record of 29-22 in season openers.

This will be the start of the most difficult schedule since Baron took the reigns of the program which has been geared to a team that returns all 5 starters from last years team that finished 23-9. Maine also returns its top 8 scorers that include senior Liz Wood who underwent knee surgery in the off-season, and Sigi Koizar who led the team in scoring with 14 points per game.

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Bob Walsh enters his season season as the men's coach and will not be able to ease into their season as they open at UConn who is ranked #20 in the nation.

This will be the 100th meeting between the two programs with the Huskies leading the all-time series 83-16. UConn has won 12 straight against the Bears with Maine's last win coming in 1978.

The bears return 4 starters from last season and add 8 new players to the roster. They will be tasked with trying to improve on last years 3-27 record which included a 1-17 mark on the road.

Kevin Little returns as last years leading scorer with an average of 13 points per game. Til Gloger put in 12 per game a year ago and will be called upon to lead the front court.