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Here are the various recaps and columns on Saturday's 85-65 loss at Providence.
It's game day in the Ocean State! UMass and Providence has developed into a very competitive rivalry over the past two season and they teams will lock horns today at the Dunk in Providence. This 2-game road trip for the Minutemen begins at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com sat down with Derrick Gordon and asked him five questions about Providence, last year's game-winner with the Friars, outside shooting and working the rust off after a long layoff away from game action.
The following two links have coverage of Thursday's announcement that sophomore forward Seth Berger will miss approximately 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot.
Daily Collegian sports editor Mark Chiarelli has an article on how Demetrius Dyson is working to improve his game after a rough start to his sophomore season.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com spoke with sophomore G Demetrius Dyson about his development this season and what a talk with his parents did for him confidence and attitude.
Dan Malone from MassLive.com spoke with Cady Lalanne about his outside shooting and when he needs to turn it up or turn it off.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has an article on Cady Lalanne's outside shooting.
The UMass basketball team used a dominant first half to distance itself from Canisius and snap a 3-game losing skid.
The UMass men's basketball team returns to the Mullins Center on Saturday to face Canisius at 4 p.m. The game is the third all-time meeting between the schools but the first since 1963.
Cady Lalanne spoke with Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian about how he is working to handle the constant double and triple teams that come his way each game.
Daily Collegian sports editor Mark Chiarelli spoke with members of the men's basketball team this week about what they can do to improve their offensive production, in particular their half-court offense.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com had a chat with Zach Coleman on Wednesday. The redshirt freshman talked about how he's feeling health-wise, why he works on his game before practice and what he views his role on the team at this point in the season.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with freshman guard Donte Clark on Wednesday. Clark mentioned how he learned a long time ago that you can't worry about the previous play, "just worry about the next play, not the play that just happened." That mindset has served him well recently, going for a career-high 25 points on Sunday - his fourth double-figure game in the last six outings.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com has an article about UMass' attempts to get the ball to Cady Lalanne throughout a ball game.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com has an article on freshman guard C.J. Anderson and his pursuit to improve as his freshman season evolves.
Nick Canelas of the Maroon Musket has an article about how the UMass basketball team is using its practice time during finals week to work on fundamentals by getting back to the basics.
The UMass men's basketball team suffered a disappointing 9-point loss to Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday in Springfield. The Minutemen took their first lead of the game early in the second half but were unable to maintain the momentum, seeing it slip away to the Eagles.
UMass returns to Western Mass to face Florida Gulf Coast in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase today at 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The Minutemen have dropped their last two, while the Eagles are flying high at 7-1.
The UMass men's basketball team struggled on Tuesday night, falling to LSU 82-60 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Minutemen shot a season-low 38 percent and committed a season-high 18 turnovers, something that head coach Derek Kellogg mentioned would be addressed in the coming days and weeks. UMass will have more time for extended practice after being one of just 10 teams nationally to play 8 games in the last 18 days, often leaving 1-2 days to prepare for an opponent due to quick turnarounds and NCAA-mandated off days.
Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a feature story on UMass Sports Network color analyst Tim Collins who is in his 10th season as a member of the broadcast crew. Collins earned a walk-on spot with the Minutemen under former head coach Steve Lappas from 2003-05 after initially serving as a team manager. After graduating, Collins has spent much of his free time working as a broadcaster.
The UMass men's basketball team fell 75-73 at Harvard on Saturday in a game with two evenly-matched squads that have aspirations of returning to the NCAA Tournament in March.
The UMass men's basketball team head out on its first true road game of the season today against one of the tougher opponents on its non-conference schedule. UMass and Harvard will tip off at sold out Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge at 2 p.m. today. If you don't have a ticket, be sure to listen to Josh Maurer and Tim Collins on the UMass Sports Network. There will also be streaming video provided on ESPN3 through the Ivy League Digital Network.
UMass got an unexpectedly easy win over Northeastern on Wednesday, shooting over 50 percent in each half and setting a Mullins Center record with 17 steals.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team returns home for a non-conference matchup with in-state rival Northeastern on Wednesday afternoon. Tip off is at 2 p.m. and the game is not televised. It will be web streamed on UMassAthletics.com via the A-10 Digital Network for as little as $4.95. Josh Maurer will also have the call on the UMass Sports Network, beginning at 1:40 p.m.
Derrick Gordon currently leads the nation in free throws made and is second in free throw attempts. Dan Malone of MassLive recently sat down and talked with him about his success in getting to the line and his success rate once there.
Freshman guard C.J. Anderson talked with Dan Malone about his first career basket that came on a 3-pointer against Florida State Sunday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Derrick Gordon is leading the country in free throws made (37) and is second in free throws attempted (44), while ranking 172nd with an 84.1 percentage. Although that is a misleading stat because the minimum to qualify for the rankings is 2.5 makes per game. Either way, anyone who has watched DG shoot free throws last year and this year will tell you that his stroke and results are night-and-day from each other.
Nick Canelas of MaroonMusket.com has an article on DG at the line and how much effort he has put in to that part of his game since last season.
Many of UMass' beat writers wanted to talk to Zach Coleman after his play off the bench and what he expects to do going forward.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team got a big lift from its bench on Sunday in a 75-69 win over Florida State to complete a 2-1 week of play. The bench scored a season-high 37 points, with Donte Clark and Jabarie Hinds scoring 15 each.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday - a 81-68 defeat to Notre Dame. The Irish had a couple of big second-half runs that UMass wasn't ably to recover from as four players scored in double figures.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports has his latest 'Observations' piece and UMass and Cady Lalanne are mentioned. Rothstein speaks highly of Cady and writes:
UMass is like a cat -- it always seems to land on its feet. The Minutemen have trailed at halftime in each of their first three games but are undefeated. The biggest reason why? Fifth-year senior Cady Lalanne. The 6-10 big man is averaging 16.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks. That's gaudy, gaudy stuff.
Read the entire article here...
UMass and Manhattan went back-and-forth all game long... until the Minutemen controlled the overtime session with a 16-7 margin and came away with their third-consecutive win on the year and in ESPN Tip-Off Marathon games 77-68.
It's time for morning hoops again. This year, ESPN (2) is back and will televise UMass and Manhattan at 11 a.m.
Sports Illustrated college basketball writer David Gardner has an article on the family bond between Derrick Gordon and his brothers Darryl and Mike, along with his life as a college basketball student-athlete.
Gardner spent time in New Jersey with the Gordon family and in Amherst with the men's basketball program for the piece.
The UMass basketball team improved to 2-0 on the year with a strong 71-62 win over Boston College on Sunday. Maxie Esho went for a career-high, Derrick Gordon was a beast in the second half the Minutemen won their third-straight over the Eagles.
Game two on day three of the 2014-15 season is upon us in the form of the second Coaches vs. Cancer Tripleheader at the TD Garden in Boston. UMass and Boston College meet on the historic parquet today at 3 p.m. as both teams look to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
On Friday night the UMass men's basketball team opened the 106th season in school history with an exciting 95-87 victory over Siena at the Mullins Center.
The 'Big Four' as coach Kellogg referred to the veteran group of Trey Davis, Maxie Esho, Derrick Gordon and Cady Lalanne all scored in double figures to lead the Minutemen. Davis took over the role of the team's starting point guard after the departure of Chaz Williams and had a career-high of 28 points. Cady Lalanne blocked a career-high six shots despite only playing five minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.
Longtime UMass writer Marty Dobrow was on campus earlier this week for an ESPN Boston preview of the Minutemen and spoke with head coach Derek Kellogg, along with a few student-athletes about the upcoming season.
It's game day in Massachusetts! Finally, the wait is over and we can get this hoops season started. The Minutemen open the 106th season of men's basketball against Siena tonight at 7 p.m.
We've reached the end of Dan Malone's play features as he counts down the days until today's season opener. The final Minutemen bio is on senior Maxie Esho.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian spent some time with Derek Kellogg in his office that overlooks the Mullins Center and talked about a lot of things - How he got into coaching, what loyalty means to him and how last season played, out among other things.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on the path that Derek Kellogg has taken in his six previous years at UMass.
Daily Collegian sports editor Mark Chiarelli has a nice feature article on Derrick Gordon in today's Basketball Preview issue of the campus newspaper.
Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a nice feature article on Cady Lalanne in the campus newspaper's basketball preview issue.
MassLive.com writer Dan Malone has a Siena injury update from this week on the Saints' starting center Imoh Silas.
Mark Singelais is the Siena beat writer for the Albany Times Union and spoke with UMass head coach Derek Kellogg on Wednesday morning. He offers up this preview of the Minutemen in advance of Friday's season opener.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a preview article on the 2014-15 men's basketball season.
Today's player preview from Dan Malone in MassLive.com is on junior transfer Jabarie Hinds.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com has another player preview and today's selection is Derrick Gordon.
Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe has a profile piece on Derrick Gordon and how at peace he is with his life after coming out as gay in April.
Former UMass forward Raphiael Putney competed in his first-ever NBA D-League preseason game on Monday night for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Putney was a free agent addition to the Houston Rockets affiliate following the D-League Draft on Nov. 1
RGV defeated Fuerza Regia -- one of the top teams in the Ligo Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, Mexico's top professional league -- 133-101 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Putney started the second half and finished with 13 points
-- third-highest on the team
-- on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor, 1-of-3 from outside and 6-of-7 at the FT line. He also grabbed five rebounds with two assists, two blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes. Check out the complete box score here.
The Vipers had 16 players in training camp and need to be down to a maximum of 10 active players and 2 inactive players by Thursday. That does not include affiliates assigned by the Rockets. The Vipers have three of those - forwards Akil Mitchell and Tony Bishop Jr., and guard Gary Talton. They waived three players on Tuesday and are now at 13.
The 2014-15 regular season begins Friday, Nov. 14 when the Vipers host the Austin Spurs at home.
The Boston Globe posted its college basketball preview capsules of the seven Division I teams on Tuesday and here's what they wrote about UMass.
Coach: Derek Kellogg (seventh season, 109-85).
2013-14: 24-9 (10-6 in Atlantic 10, tied for fifth).
Starters: G Derrick Gordon, 6-3, Jr. (9.4 ppg); G Trey Davis, 6-0, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 2.5 apg); C Cady Lalanne, 6-10, Sr. (11.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg); F Maxie Esho, 6-8, Sr. (8.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg). F Seth Berger, 6-7, So. (0.4 ppg).
Key reserves: G Jabarie Hinds, 5-11, Jr. (transfer); F Zach Coleman, 6-7, Fr.; G Donte Clark, 6-4, Fr.; F/C Tyler Bergantino, 6-9, Jr. (0.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg).
Outlook: A repeat of last season would be surprising, but the Minutemen will still be tough, especially if Lalanne continues to improve and uses his great physical skills to become an all-league-caliber player. Gordon needs to increase his scoring output and Davis has to be a calm influence. Depth could be a problem.
Joe Sullivan can be reached at email@example.com.
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg will stick with the starting lineup he used in the exhibition game against AIC back on Oct. 30 at the Mullins Center. The seventh-year Minutemen leader stated that Trey Davis, Derrick Gordon, Seth Berger, Maxie Esho and Cady Lalanne will have their names called on Friday by Matty G. Dan Malone of MassLive reports as such in today's article.
Scott Gleeson (@ScottMGleeson) of USA Today has a profile piece on junior guard Derrick Gordon, where, in it, the Plainfield, N.J. product talks about his relationship with his twin brother Darryl, his personal life and the outlook for the 2014-15 basketball season.
Today's player preview from Dan Malone of MassLive.com is on sophomore shooting guard Demetrius Dyson.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com has another player preview, this time on junior guard Trey Davis.
MassLive writer Dan Malone has a player preview of redshirt freshman Zach Coleman.
Nick Canelas of the Maroon Musket has a recap of what Derek Kellogg has taken away from last Thursday's men's basketball exhibition win over AIC and what he hopes to gain from future practices before the season begins.
Maroon Musket hoops scribe Nick Canelas says Zach Coleman is healthy and ready to contribute to the Minutemen this season.
Daily Hampshire Gazette writer Matt Vautour has an update on Zach Coleman's health, among other things.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports published his list of 20 players he feels are 'under the radar' guys who will have breakout seasons this year. With the amount of Atlantic 10 games he sees in person, there are a fair amount of players from other league schools on his list (Mo Allie-Cox of VCU, Shawn'Dre Jones of Richmond and Scoochie Smith of Dayton), along with a trio of players who UMass will see in non-conference play this season (Zack Auguste of Notre Dame, Jarquez Smith of Florida State and Rich Williams of Manhattan).
Here's what he had to say about Trey:
Trey Davis, UMass: Derek Kellogg is going to need everyone on his perimeter to do more this season following the departure of Chaz Williams. Now a junior, the 6-foot Davis showed moments of promise last season as a sophomore and scored in double figures in four consecutive games from Feb. 21-March 5. If UMass is to have a chance to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, it needs 12-14 points a night from Davis.
Check out the entire list here...
Daily Hampshire Gazette writer Matt Vautour spent some time with Tyler Bergantino earlier this week and talked about his role on this year's team, his timeline at UMass and how his body has changed over the course of his career.
AMHERST -- Few players in college basketball are as secure in their specific role as Tyler Bergantino.
Barring an injury, the 6-foot-9 Floridian is unlikely to unseat Cady Lalanne as the starting center and as it is looking less and less likely that either freshman Malik Hynes or Rashaan Holloway gets eligible, there's nobody else on the roster physically capable of taking his backup spot.
"I was about 250 and solid. Now I'm back to 235, trying to get lean muscle," Bergantino said. "I worked on my body over the summer. I'm more explosive, I'm faster. I'm in better condition. I think that's what my game was really lacking the past couple years. My problem was knowing how hard to go at the tempo we would play."
Read the entire article here...
The UMass men's basketball team made quick work of AIC in an exhibition game on Thursday, defeating the Division II Yellow Jackets 120-71. Seven different players reached double figures in scoring and all 13 who dressed played at least five minutes.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team will play host to American International College Thursday at 7 p.m. in its lone exhibition contest prior to the start of the much anticipated 2014-15 season. The game will be shown online at UMassAthletics.com via the Atlantic 10 Digital Network with Josh Maurer and Jason Germain on the call.
Trey Davis spoke with Dan Malone about how offseason ankle surgery has helped the junior guard get over lingering pain that had persisted for close to four seasons after injuring it on his recruiting visit to George Washington during his senior year of high school.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with head coach Derek Kellogg about Jabarie Hinds' role of either starting or coming off the bench.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a starting lineup update as junior transfer Jabarie Hinds may not start, but that he's okay with that.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a starling lineup story focusing on the opportunity for Seth Berger to take a shot at starting Thursday's exhibition game against American International.
The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitor's Bureau announced a partnership with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to promote the 2014 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase game between UMass and Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, Dec. 7.
Michael Hurwitz of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission announced that business and restaurants in the downtown Springfield area will decorate their buildings for the event.
A special Hall of Fame Tailgate was also announced that includes free admission to the Hall of Fame Museum and appearances by the UMass band, cheerleaders and Sam the Minuteman mascot.
Fans can purchase tickets to the game and use the promo code: TAILGATE to get a FREE pass to the Hall of Fame Tailgate. This offer is valid with purchase of the $41 and $22 tickets only and is limited to the first 300 people so secure your pass today!
Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler
) of OutSports.com has a story on what things Derrick Gordon may face on and off the court this season, along with how his relationship has changed with his teammates over the past six months.
A year ago, University of Massachusetts shooting guard Derrick Gordon was contemplating his retirement from basketball. Hiding deep in the closet, Gordon had isolated himself from his teammates, choosing to spend each night alone in the gym or in his bedroom.
Six months ago he came to a crossroads in his life: Quit basketball or come out as a gay man. He chose the latter, making him the first active Div. 1 male athlete in basketball, baseball, football or hockey to come out publicly. As Robert Frost one said, "That has made all the difference."
Since coming out publicly and to his team last April, his relationships with his teammates have transformed. Whereas they suspected he was gay a year ago, Gordon taking the bold step of coming out liberated both him and his teammates. They now spend countless hours together on and off the practice court. Gordon no longer shies away from them, and according to Gordon they embrace him, inviting him to dinner, parties and to spend hours playing video games in their dorm rooms.
"When I see that it tells me they want me to be around and it makes me a lot more comfortable," Gordon told Outsports. "The gay thing doesn't even run through their heads. They don't care about it at all."
Read the entire article here...
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with UMass sophomore Seth Berger on Tuesday after practice and has an update on how the wing from Seattle is feeling after shin and wrist injuries.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an article on the progress of freshman guard C.J. Anderson.
AMHERST -- C.J. Anderson was about a stride behind Trey Davis when he hit midcourt in a 5-on-5 drill at UMass men's basketball practice.
Anderson was on defense when a teammate deflected a pass sending the ball bouncing quickly toward the opposite end of the floor.
By the time Anderson passed Davis it was too late to secure the ball, which bounced over the baseline out of the bounds. In one motion, the freshman leapt, grabbed the ball and caromed it off Davis to give his team possession.
Watching from the sideline, UMass coach Derek Kellogg smiled quickly, before resuming the action.
Anderson's "best attribute is he wants to win," Kellogg said. "Every drill we've done that's competitive he tries to win."
Read the complete story here...
Dan Malone of MassLive talked with Derek Kellogg about what lengths the seventh-year UMass coach is going to during the preseason to figure out which lineups and combinations he may use to begin the season.
Kellogg mentions that playing in more 5-on-5 situations helps develop the players' conditioning into the type of defense and offensive pace he is looking for.
Derrick Gordon has spent a good deal of time in the offseason working on his outside shooting and free throw attempts. And Dan Malone of MassLive has an in-depth look at DG's shot practice routine and the counsel he sought from head coach Derek Kellogg.
Sports Illustrated writer Dan Greene has a preview of the upcoming Atlantic 10 men's basketball season. He also mentions a collaboration on a statistical projection system developed between economist Dan Hanner and writer Luke Winn that can predict the leading scorer and rebounder for any team in the country.
They pick UMass to finish tied for third (with GW) and an 11-7 league mark. VCU and Dayton are 1-2, with Richmond and Rhode Island tied for fifth at 10-8, and La Salle and St. Bonaventure tied for seventh at 9-9.
Their outlook on UMass in 68 words (or less) is as follows...
Shooting guard Derrick Gordon, who became D-I's first openly gay men's player when he came out in April, will likely take on a bigger role in the Minutemen's uptempo attack, which lost relentless star Chaz Williams. And keep your eyes on the frontcourt, where senior Cady LaLanne provides strong rebounding and shot-blocking and athletic classmate Maxie Esho should take kindly to his first starting role.
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg was among the 14 head men's basketball coaches from around the Atlantic 10 who participated in the annual media day at the Barclays Center on Tuesday. The day began with the Minutemen being picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll
for the second-consecutive year. Here are some stories from UMass beat writers, along with some national articles and from writers in other member schools markets.
Campus Insiders Interview...
Jeff Goodman has 10 observations on his ESPN Insider Blog. Goodman was at practice last week to watch the Minutemen as they get ready for 2014-15. His main question - can UMass sustain the success it had last season.
The website CollegeSportsMadness.com has announced it's preseason Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams. Cady Lalanne and Trey Davis were both honored from UMass, with Lalanne on the first team and Davis on the fourth team. The teams appear to be done with position played as a criteria, as opposed to doing a first team of the best five players and so on. Additionally, all 14 teams have at least one player chosen among the 20 selections.
Here's the CSM intro to their teams...
College Sports Madness is announcing the 2014 - 2015 Preseason All-Conference Men's Basketball Teams. The staff at College Sports Madness has picked the top men's basketball players from each conference. These players are expected to make significant contributions to their teams during this coming season and deserve significant recognition.
You can view the entire selection of teams here...
Jeff Goodman of ESPN posted his Atlantic 10 Conference preview on Thursday. He polled many of the 14 head coaches and offered a consensus of their thoughts on a variety of topics. It's an ESPN Insider article so, while I would like to give you the entire post, I will respect the subscriber rules as an Insider and give you the UMass stuff.
UMass is picked tied for 4th with Richmond. VCU got every first place vote.
His roundup of the coach's thoughts:
On the mystery team: "UMass. Without Chaz Williams and some of their veterans that really bought in, it'll be interesting to see if Derek Kellogg can keep that program where it can compete for one of the top spots in the league. Chaz was so tough, and looked like a great leader. I'm not sure they will be able to find someone who can do what he did."
Now most UMass fans will agree with his assessment about how important Chaz was to the team, but at the same time are anxious to see what the program will be like in the years A.C. - After Chaz. It's nice to see that a number of the coaches feel the same way.
ESPN Senior Writer Jeff Goodman spent the day in Amherst on Wednesday, talking with Derrick Gordon about his summer and what the junior guard expected out of the upcoming season - his first as an openly gay Division I men's basketball player.
AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon told ESPN that he would have quit basketball if he did not come out publicly as gay last April.
The 6-foot-2 junior, who averaged 9.4 points last season for a UMass team that lost to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, said he was beyond miserable and was on the verge of quitting the sport.
"I was coming out or giving up basketball," Gordon told ESPN on Wednesday. "It was breaking me down."
Gordon said he had lived with the secret since when he entered college at Western Kentucky. He transferred to UMass after his freshman season and rarely -- if ever -- hung around his teammates.
"My secret," Gordon said in explaining why he was a loner in college. "I didn't want to be put in a situation where they found out."
Gordon told his parents, brother and teammates just days before making a public announcement to ESPN that he was set to become the first active Division I men's basketball player to be openly gay. Gordon said the support he's received from everyone has been overwhelming, and that his life has completely changed, although the experience wasn't quite so easy for his twin brother, Darryl.
Read the complete story here...
Matt Vautour of the Daly Hampshire Gazette spoke with Derrick Gordon on Monday about the transition the junior guard has gone through since coming out in April as the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player.
Dan Malone of MassLive spoke with head coach Derek Kellogg about the similarities and differences between last year's 24-win team and the prospects of this year's team.
Dan also chatted with DK about how the level of expectations are changing after ending the program's NCAA Tournament drought last season.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette visited with a few members of the men's basketball team on Monday evening and wrote about the return to the court for transfer Jabarie Hinds and redshirt freshman Zach Coleman.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian spoke with senior Cady Lalanne and junior Derrick Gordon about the disappointment of last season's loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament and the outlook for the 2014-15 team.
Daily Collegian sports editor Mark Chiarelli spent some time at historic Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday and took in part of the men's basketball team's first practice of the season. He also wrote about the optimistic outlook that comes with the start of the 2014-15 season.
The Atlantic 10 and UMass announced the 2014-15 men's basketball schedule and league TV agreements on Wednesday. The schedule by the numbers includes:
* 31 games - 13 non-conference and 18 A-10 games
* 17 games against teams that participated in the postseason last year
* 17 games with teams that won at least 20 games a year ago
* 13 contests slated for national TV and web stream
* 6 games against New England schools
* 3 games against Boston-area schools
Daily Hampshire Gazette beat writer Matt Vautour has a story on the personal battle with ALS former basketball star Mike Babul has been facing for just over a year.
ESPN revealed it's analysis of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic Wednesday. While it's not much of a bracket for the teams in the Naismith side of the event, since a number of the teams are scheduled to play other regular-season games against each other, it is always fun to see what the folks at ESPN think of the Minutemen and their chances against other marquee programs.
While the Noon tip off times were already announced earlier this summer, we have now learned that the Notre Dame game on Saturday, Nov. 22 will be on ESPN 3 and the Florida State game a day later will be on ESPN U.
TICKET UPDATE: Tickets for the neutral site rounds of the 2014 Hall of Fame Tip Off at Mohegan Sun will go on-sale this coming Friday (8/8) at 10:00 a.m. Visit Hoophall.com for more info.
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ESPN officially announced the schedule for the 2014 College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Monday. The Minutemen will be appearing in the event for the third-consecutive season and fourth overall. UMass and Manhattan will meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. in the Mullins Center. Here are some stories that spotlight various games in the event, which actually runs approximately 29 hours if you went from start to finish for all 19 men's and women's games on the schedule.
Yesterday we linked to a story Dan Malone wrote on MassLive.com and today we've got a collection of stories from Davidson on how the move has been perceived in North Carolina.
And here is Davidson's home page for it's conference move...
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican takes a look at the new Atlantic 10 logo scheme which the league officially announced on Monday afternoon. The updated brand gives the conference a more modern feel which symbolizes its growth as a basketball power.
Today marks Davidson's first day as the newest member of the Atlantic 10 Conference giving the league 14 members now. Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the school's addition and what that means to UMass fans.
Former UMass hoops standouts Luke Bonner and Anthony Gurley both participated in The Basketball Tournament earlier this month, making strong runs in the inaugural $500,000 bracketed event before falling short in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Luke authored the following on his experience.
I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My left calf twitched, an unrelenting ache lived somewhere within my right ankle, and the thought of stairs made me quiver. I fidgeted on my barstool unable to escape the discomfort.
We were driving back to New Hampshire following an overtime loss in the semi-finals of The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a startup 32-team, single-elimination, $500,000 winner-takes-all tournament in Philadelphia. The first of its kind. And the finals are Saturday.
We exited 95 in New Haven, Connecticut and stopped at the first sports bar we could find. Game Two of the Spurs vs. Heat series was on -- my brother (Matt Bonner) was playing on the biggest stage basketball has to offer, the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, I tried to make sense of the past month: temporarily escaping my sedentary office lifestyle to play in one of the most unique, bizarre and mind-boggling basketball tournaments few but hardcore basketball fans even knew about.
But I'm getting ahead of myself -- the story of how I got there is a trip itself.
Read the entire article here...
UMass basketball head coach Derek Kellogg will be the featured guest at Thursday's Valley Blue Sox game when he throws out the first pitch. The Blue Sox will be hosting the Plymouth Pilgrims with a 6:30 p.m. start at Mackenzie Stadium (500 Beech Street, Holyoke, Mass.).
This will be the first-ever first pitch opportunity for the right hander from Springfield.
After a pair of strong seasons with Greek power Panathinaikos, former UMass basketball star Stephane Lasme (@Slasme) will take his talents to Turkey, where he has signed a 2-year contract with Anadolu Efes SK (@AnadoluEfes) in Istanbul. The link on the team site wasn't working this morning so here's what was written on the EuroBasket site.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican looks at the final attendance results of NCAA basketball from this past season. With an increase of 1,289 fans per home game at the Mullins Center, UMass had the 10th best increase in attendance nationally. With an average of 6,544 fans per home game, UMass ranked 77th nationally in home attendance, 4th in the Atlantic 10, and posted its best figure since the 1998-99 season.
USA Today has compiled a list of the top 20 point guards available for the upcoming NBA Draft with UMass' Chaz Williams being among the group. Williams has been working out for several teams over the last few weeks in hopes of improving his draft stock or earning a spot on a team as a free agent.
20. Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
- Overall rank: 99.
- Height: 5-9. Weight: 175.
- Year: Senior
- 2013-14 statistics: 15.8 ppg, 7.0 apg, 1.5 spg
- Comments: Williams is speedy and crafty and averaged more than six assists in three seasons at Massachusetts after starting his college career at Hofstra. He can score from all three levels. But at 5-9 he probably will have to take the longer approach and make a team as a free agent.
- Projection: Undrafted.