The Atlantic 10 held its annual men's basketball media day on Thursday at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The building is only a week old and looks outstanding. They were still set-up for Jay-Z as the part owner of the Brooklyn Nets was continuing his run of concerts to open the facility.
UMass was picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll, which was made up of all 16 coaches and a media member from each area in the A-10 membership, totaling 30 voters. Additionally, Chaz Williams was selected to the preseason first team.
Security was pretty tight so nobody was allowed inside the arena bowl but everywhere else the coaches and media went was very impressive. Here are some articles from UMass beat writers Harry Plumer and Matt Vautour, along with stories from around the league. I also posted a Storify link that summarizes as many tweets from media, coaches and administrators at the event as I could find.
Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass picked 5th in Atlantic 10 preseason basketball poll
MassLive.com: Media Day Video Interview with Derek Kellogg
ESPN.com Podcast: Andy Katz at A-10 Media Day
Associated Press: Commissioner McGlade leads Atlantic 10 through conference realignment
CBSSports.com: Realignment a sure boost for A-10 basketball
Wall Street Journal: Atlantic 10 handles realignment well
Indianapolis Star: Butler's new home: Atlantic 10 handles realignment well
Charlotte Observer: Charlotte is lightly regarded
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Coaches poll predicts last-place Atlantic 10 conference finish for Duquesne
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: SLU Picked Second In The Atlantic 10
The Star-Ledger: At Rhode Island, Dan Hurley getting do-over to leave 'my comfort zone' he passed up 21 years ago
Cincinnati.com: Xavier picked 9th in Atlantic 10 preseason poll
Cincinnati.com: Mack ignores low A-10 ranking
Storify: Tweets from Atlantic 10 Media Day