With an unassuming seed and some horsepower off the bench, some consider the University of Maine a secret favorite to win the America East Conference. But what do we really know about them? Let’s get to know the University of Maine!
Hometown: The University of Maine is located in the sleepy northern town of Orono, Maine, a city of roughly 9,000. You probably known Orono as the birthplace of Wallace Rider Farrington, the sixth territorial governor of Hawaii for eight years. In fact, he is credited for coining Hawaii’s official state motto Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono, which loosely translates to the English Dude, this place is soooo much better than Orono, Maine.
Mascot: The Black Bears. More specifically, Maine's mascot is Bananas T. Bear, a bear who inexplicably and alternately enjoys bananas/is "bananas!" Many accredit this proclivity to the fact that during the years of 1972-74 the university was known as the Gorillas, until a research study pointed out that there were far more bears than gorillas in Maine's natural environment. You can check out Bananas' Facebook page here, but his status updates usually suck because they're all about bananas.
Notable Alumni: Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction producer Lawrence Bender is a U of M graduate, as is Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown. Perhaps the university’s most famous graduate, however, is author Stephen King, who based the novel Course Credit – about a group of people stranded inside a tanning salon as an evil state university threatens to eat them – on his alma mater.
Sports: Outside of the Black Bear basketball program, the school boasts two national championships in Division 1 men’s ice hockey and a 1965 trip to the Tangerine Bowl, where they were soundly drubbed 31-0 by East Carolina. Club sports on campus include ice hockey, field hockey, roller hockey and baseball, which students play with hockey sticks and a hockey puck on an ice rink.
Accolades: The University of Maine features the Fogler Memorial Library, which is the largest library in the state and contains the largest number of books on the subjects of hockey, bears and trees in the country. The university also claims the Maine Business School, which is the largest business school in the state of Maine and best known for preparing their graduates for a lucrative career in the hockey, bear or tree business.
Maine’s Seed in the America East Tourney: 3
The Black Bears play their first round game at 8:30 pm tonight in Hartford, Connecticut against #6 New Hampshire.