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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a UMass basketball notebook: Correia uncertain for FridayUniversity of Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg said senior point guard Gary Correia seemed to be improving after a stomach ailment kept him out of last week's loss to Central Florida.

But Kellogg said the nature of the ailment hasn't entirely been determined yet and that Correia's status for Friday's 2 p.m. game against Boston University is still uncertain.


Correia uncertain for Friday

AMHERST - University of Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg said senior point guard Gary Correia seemed to be improving after a stomach ailment kept him out of last week's loss to Central Florida.

But Kellogg said the nature of the ailment hasn't entirely been determined yet and that Correia's status for Friday's 2 p.m. game against Boston University is still uncertain.

"He seems to be feeling better, but I'm not 100 percent sure," Kellogg said. "It's something that lingered on for a little but so we're going to have to keep a close eye on it."

Correia declined to be interviewed about his health.

TRAVEL WOES - The snowstorm that affected travel throughout the northeast hindered several Minutemen's ability to get back to campus after going home for Christmas. Kellogg had hoped to practice twice on Monday and ended up having only a small group workout.

"With so many guys flying and even the guys driving, couldn't get here," Kellogg said. "I was hoping we'd be able to concentrate on us for three or four days and iron out some things I wanted to work on. Sometimes Mother Nature and God work in mysterious ways and hopefully this turns out to be beneficial. There are some things that are out of your control. You control what you can and you roll with what you can't."

While most of the team was back on Tuesday, junior big man Sean Carter's arrival time was still up in the air as the Fayetteville, N.C. native has been stranded by the storm.

"Sean is stuck somewhere, but we can't quite figure out where," Kellogg said. "The airlines are accommodating but they're going to accommodate the people that bought their tickets first or are willing to pay a little bit and Sean's not going to pay."

Monday's workout featured a small handful of players as New England natives Anthony Gurley, Matt Hill and Andrew McCarthy were joined by Philadelphia native Jesse Morgan.

Freddie Riley was expected back from Florida at some point Tuesday evening.

Schools around the country have faced similar challenges. Xavier guard Mark Lyons actually bused back to Cincinnati with the Musketeers' opponents. The Schenectady, N.Y. native's flight to Ohio was cancelled by the storm as was the University of Albany's. The Great Danes were forced to go by bus and coach Will Brown agreed to let Lyons ride along.

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