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Herald: UMass Basketball Stays Upbeat

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In this New England College Basketball Notebook by UMass alum Dan Duggan in the Boston Herald, the Minutemen are keeping an upbeat attitude despite four losses in a row.

After a 7-0 start, UMass has dropped four straight games. There could be a "here we go again" feeling in Amherst, but the Minutemen are staying optimistic.

"There's obviously disappointment that we're not coming away with victories, but at the same token, there's no sense of quit in the guys," coach Derek Kellogg said. "I think they still feel like we can make something happen this season."

One obvious cause of the slide is stiffer competition. The losses have come against BC, Maine, Seton Hall and No. 24 Central Florida.

UMass is a mostly young team, which has led to some inconsistency. But Kellogg is confident the underclassmen will continue to develop.

"All in all, I like where we are as a team and a program," Kellogg said. "My job is to get a consistent effort every single time out from all the guys."

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