Yahoo! Sports: Winners and losers from Tuesday's 24-hour tip-off marathon - UMass Athletics

Yahoo! Sports: Winners and losers from Tuesday's 24-hour tip-off marathon

Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) from Yahoo! Sports offered up his winners and losers from Tuesday's 24-hour Tip Off Marathon. UMass was listed as a winner and here's what Jeff had to say about the Minutemen...

Of the 37 teams who have started 2-0 so far, none has two better victories than UMass. Two days after dispatching in-state foe Boston College on a neutral floor, the Minutemen survived a late comeback bid to topple rapidly improving LSU 92-90. Granted UMass faded after a strong start last season, but two early resumé wins are noteworthy for a Minutemen program trying to make the NCAA tournament after two straight NIT bids. Even more promising, A-10 player of the year candidate Chaz Williams has more help this season than he did a year ago. Oh sure, Williams is averaging 22 points in the two UMass victories, but the frontcourt is also blossoming. Now fully healthy and in better shape, 6-foot-10 Cady Lalanne has scored 43 points on 20 of 25 shooting in two games and had a huge second half to propel the Minutemen past LSU on Tuesday. Forwards Sampson Carter and Raphiael Putney have also been active on the glass and in the paint. If that continues and Western Kentucky transfer Derrick Gordon continues to shake off the rust, UMass has the potential to challenge VCU, Saint Louis and La Salle in the Atlantic 10.

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