Connecticut has won 13 straight games since the end of the 2010-11 regular season. The Huskies have also won 35 consecutive non-conference home contests, and they're 81-16 against Maine.
Perhaps the Black Bears are due.More likely, Connecticut has a great chance to add to those impressive numbers when it hosts Maine in an early season matchup Thursday night in Hartford.The Huskies (2-0) followed Friday night's 70-57 win over Columbia by defeating Wagner 78-66 on Monday, but neither victory was as easy as UConn may have hoped. Coach Jim Calhoun's team got outrebounded 20-10 on the offensive end in the opener, then saw an 18-point lead against Wagner dwindle to eight in the second half before putting the game away.Still, UConn did enough to keep its unbeaten run -- which includes the NCAA and Big East tournaments and dates to a March 5 loss to Notre Dame -- intact."We won it," Calhoun said after the Wagner game. "We didn't play bad. We rebounded better. We're just not invested into the whole process of 40 minutes of basketball."I didn't think that everyone on our team invested fully into playing defense."Sophomore Jeremy Lamb, UConn's top returning scorer, had 20 points against Wagner after his career-high 30 versus Columbia. Fellow sophomore Shabazz Napier has scored 21 in each of the first two games, including seven during the Huskies' decisive 11-2 run Monday.Lamb played all 40 minutes against Wagner and Napier played 35 despite battling a fever. The duo's workload might be relieved somewhat if and when Ryan Boatright makes his debut, but the freshman point guard is still awaiting an eligibility decision from the NCAA."I don't have any information except that I'm being told not to play him," Calhoun said. "We do need that other guy that can go by people."UConn and Maine last met Dec. 22, 2009, when the Huskies broke open a game that was tied at halftime and rolled to a 71-54 win. Junior center Alex Oriakhi is the only Huskies player remaining from that contest, during which he had 14 rebounds, four blocked shots and six points. Oriakhi had eight points, nine rebounds and one block against Wagner.Maine cruised to victory in its season opener, routing Division II Maine-Machias 113-49 on Monday. Freshman reserve guard Justin Edwards had 24 points and went 10 of 13 from the field to lead the Black Bears, who shot 69.8 percent.Senior guard Gerald McLemore added 21 points while sophomore forward Alasdair Fraser added 19 points and 12 rebounds.McLemore is Maine's lone remaining starter from the last matchup with the Huskies. He finished that game with 10 points and was the only Black Bears starter to reach double figures, but he shot 2 of 13 and 1 of 8 from 3-point range.