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Ten-year veteran head coach Tom "Skip" Chappelle (140-113) has been around long enough to know what must be accomplished to complete a successful basketball season in 1981-82. He just doesn't know if his inexperienced squad can overcome the difficult schedule of opponents facing the Bears. Maine's schedule is its toughest ever with foes to contend with on the road like DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame and Villanova. "The keys to our season are, first, our ability to maintain control of the game's tempo as well as we did last season, especially in light of the fact our schedule is very challenging," says Chappelle, who will again be assisted by former Maine great Peter Gavett, and first-year assistant Jim Hutnik, a former player at Lafayette. "Someone will have to pick up the roles played by Rick Carlisle (transferred to Virginia) and Champ Godbolt (to Holy Cross) last year. The second factor is the development of 6-10 sophomore center Jeff Cross. We'll play as well as he plays. Beyond Jeff our size is limited," Chappelle adds.


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