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A new era in Orono

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ORONO, Maine -- The Maine Black Bears men's basketball teams tips off its 98th season on Tuesday night, taking on the Denver Pioneers in the first of a six-game road swing to begin the 2018-19 season. Maine will battle the Pioneers Tuesday at Magness Arena, before playing Utah on Thursday and San Francisco on Friday. The matchup between the Pioneers will be broadcasted regionally in the Mountain-West area on Altitude. Fans can listen to the game on 96.1 WGUY, or stream the radio broadcast on goblackbears.com or on the TuneIn radio app.

A NEW ERA: Richard Barron takes over the Black Bear men's program, which went a combined to go 24-100 the past four seasons. Eight returners and eight newcomers fill out the 2018-19 roster. Maine will take on a challenging non-conference schedule to prepare for the America East schedule, highlighted by three Power-5 teams (Utah, NC State, Rutgers). The Black Bears will participate in the Wildcat Classic, which features away matchups with NC State (Nov. 17), North Texas (Nov. 20) and Saint Peter's (Dec. 1). The Black Bears' home opener against Princeton is also a part of the Wildcat Classic. Maine begins America East play on January 5th at the defending

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