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New Hampshire at Vermont, 12 p.m. – CBS Sports Network
The New Hampshire men’s basketball team sat at 0-3 in league play entering a matchup with Vermont about two weeks ago in Durham.
“I think we were desperate and playing desperate because we really needed a win,” UNH coach Bill Herrion told AExtra.
The Wildcats needed a win and they got a win defeating Vermont, 72-64.
Vermont and New Hampshire get together again on Sunday, this time in Burlington, on national television and with much more on the line.
Vermont comes into Sunday’s contest winners of three straight, holding opponents to just over 62 points per game which is second in the league and looking to stay in the top pack of teams in the league standings.
New Hampshire, meanwhile, is coming off a loss at home to Maine and is again in search of an important conference victory.
We spoke with UVM coach John Becker and Herrion about a big conference matchup Sunday afternoon.
Herrion on the win against Vermont earlier in the season…
“When we defend hard and when we rebound the basketball and hold our own on the glass, we have a chance to beat people and I think that’s what we did that day against Vermont. Going into that game we were very concerned about the glass…and we were even on the glass with them. It was a great win for us at the time.”
Becker on the loss UNH earlier in the season…
“They really shot the ball well, played well offensively and when they needed a bucket they were able to get it. First game against UNH we had a lot of breakdowns and they kind of exposed some of our defensive flaws and we’ve been working hard since that game to get better on that end of the court and we’re looking forward to getting another shot at UNH.
Herrion on playing in the tough environment at Patrick Gym…
“After our game here, they’re playing great and look really good. We’re going into a very tough environment against a team that is playing really well. I think taking the crowd out of the game is crucial so the first five-ten minutes of the game we’ve got to execute, take care of the ball.
Becker on what we can expect out of UNH…
“They’re coming off a tough one against Maine. They gave up 80 points so I’m sure coach Herrion will have them ready focusing on their defense. I know it’s going to be a physical, tough game. They’re going to get out and guard us so we’ve got to do a good job of not turning the ball over and hopefully shoot it a little better.”
You can catch all the action on CBS Sports Network Sunday at noon.