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After eight days to rest and recharge, its finally time to play another game. No. 21/22 UMass will face Eastern Michigan at the EMU Convocation Center tonight at 7 p.m. It should be a good game with two teams that will get after each other on both ends of the floor.
Gameday HQ: UMass Travels To Eastern Michigan For First True Road Game Of 2013-14 Season | UMassAthletics.com
UMass basketball vs. Eastern Michigan: Minutemen travel to face Eagles in first true road game of season | masslive.com
Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) posted a list of the seven surprise teams of the college basketball season thus far. He's got UMass and Dayton on the list so here's his intro paragraph and the section on the Minutemen. It's an ESPN Insider article so you'll need to use those account credentials or ask a friend to read for their's to see the entire list.
We all knew Michigan State would be a national title contender when Gary Harris and Adreian Payne returned. We also knew that Kentucky and Kansas -- with loaded freshman classes -- would be among the elite teams in the country. But who has surprised thus far? Here are seven teams that weren't expected to be where they are right now. But can they keep it up?
4. Massachusetts Minutemen
Derek Kellogg's Minutemen have put themselves in a position to earn an at-large berth and get to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 1998. Chaz Williams is one of the most underrated point guards in the nation and brings a level of toughness to the team, but the key has been the emergence of big man Cady Lalanne, who leads the club in scoring (17.8), rebounding (11.3) and blocks (2.7). Kellogg also has gotten good production out of Sampson Carter, Raphiael Putney and Western Kentucky transfer Derrick Gordon, who all are averaging double figures in scoring.
Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) of CBS Sports mentioned the Minutemen a couple of times in his Monday Morning Notebook. He praised the play of Dayton and the Flyers' performance in the Maui Invitational, saying UD "belongs in the conversation with VCU, Saint Louis and UMass atop the Atlantic 10 standings."
He also said the following about UMass...
UMass coach Derek Kellogg told me that he's very happy with the Minutemen's 6-0 start, but feels that in order for them to legitimately have a chance to win the Atlantic 10 they need to find a quality eighth or ninth man in their rotation.
"That could be the difference between being a good team and a great team," Kellogg said in reference to expanding his team's depth. "We need someone else to add something to our top seven."
The two top candidates for UMass to fill those roles are rugged sophomore forward Tyler Bergantino and 6-foot-5 freshman guard Demetrius Dyson. UMass is at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday and hosts BYU on Saturday on CBS Sports Network (1:30 PM ET).
Dan Malone of Masslive.com caught up with freshman Zach Coleman and spoke with the freshman from Dallas about his recovery from a left leg injury. Coleman mentioned that he hopes to be back soon but coach Kellogg will be extra cautious about his return.
UMass freshman Zach Coleman back practicing, looking to fully return from stress fracture 'hopefully in a couple of weeks' | masslive.com
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the return of Zach Coleman to practice for the Minutemen after missing time with a stress fracture.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today on the Minutemen coming back after more than a week between games and some time off for Thanksgiving.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican talks to Derek Kellogg about how the team deals with success and national prominence as the Minutemen prepare for Eastern Michigan.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette writes that UMass' leadership this year on the hardwood is a major reason in early season success.
As the team makes its way to Ypsilanti, Mich. for Tuesday's game at Eastern Michigan, we've got a few of the stories that have been written over the last four days on the men's basketball team, including some more on the expectations that will come with being ranked in the Top 25. And when the polls come out, we'll be sure to update where the Minutemen stand this week.
No stranger to winning, UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg discusses success, how to handle it | masslive.com