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ESPN.com writer Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) has a quick look back and look ahead of the Atlantic 10 men's basketball season. He doesn't mention a ton about UMass, but says the team "looks solid moving forward." I tend to agree. But you can read what he has to say using the link below...
Jim Kinney of the Springfield Republican has a story on the Champions Center which includes its updated completion time-table of Spring 2015. The 53,000 square foot facility is expected to be a huge asset for both the men's and women's programs.
Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon announced he was gay on Wednesday, becoming the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player.
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Around 9:45 pm Eastern Time tonight, Kentucky and Louisville will meet in an NCAA Tournament Round of 16 game in Indianapolis. Two coaches with deep UMass ties in John Calipari and Rick Pitino will direct their respective teams in their own, unique ways. And there will be subtle nuances they gained during their time in Amherst with the Minutemen's all-time winningest men's basketball coach Jack Leaman.
Here are a few stories that have been written on the duo's associations with Jack, who compiled 217 victories from 1966-79 and spent a total of 37 years associated with the University.
The Patriot Ledger in Quincy has a nice feature on former UMass basketball great George "Trigger" Burke.
QUINCY - It was no surprise to see Quincy lawyer George "Trigger" Burke at Friday's Boston Amateur Basketball Club tournament at Quincy High, checking out the ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade talent, just as Quincy High coach Dave Parry and North Quincy High coach Kevin Barrett were.
After all, if any man's name is synonymous with Quincy hoops, it is Burke, and as he is quick to point out, he's been happy to donate money to both high schools' programs, even though he is a 1950 Quincy High grad.
But it might have been a little surprising to find Burke at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn two weekends ago, although he thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the new arena.
"What a beautiful arena," Burke said from his Hancock Street office. "And out front they had these giant pictures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce!"
Burke wasn't there to catch up on former Celtics, although he is one himself, but rather to receive yet another honor for his own basketball exploits. In conjunction with the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the conference honored a select few former players from its schools with the Atlantic 10 Legends Award.
"They asked the schools to nominate people from their past, and UMass nominated me," Burke explained. "Of course, in those days there was no A-10 - we played in the Yankee Conference - but it was nice recognition from the school and the A-10."
Read the entire article here...
UMass spent Thursday with another practice at NC State, an open workout at the PNC Arena, met the media and wrapped things up with a pep rally at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Raleigh. And UMass alum Julius Erving paid a visit to the team and offered them a message about life and basketball.
It's here! 16 years in the making and the UMass Minutemen will make their ninth appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament today at 2:45 p.m. against Tennessee. Here are the previews of the game.
Fans and alumni around the state, in New York, Denver and San Francisco will have the opportunity to join fellow Minutemen on Friday afternoon to see UMass take on Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. Check the link below for information on Watch Parties and other events scheduled by the Alumni Association. The events are free to attend, but a registration is preferred.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story discussing the return of UMass basketball to the NCAA Tournament and the journey that has taken place.
The Minutemen officially found out their Round of 64 opponent last night as Tennessee defeated Iowa in overtime at Dayton. The team will hold practice this afternoon, which is open to the public, before having a pep rally and fan reception at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh.
Check out the all-access video and photo gallery from the travel day to Raleigh, including hotel check in and practice at NC State's practice facility.
President Obama filled out his official NCAA Tournament bracket and picked UMass to beat either Iowa or Tennessee on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. He did pick Duke to beat the Minutemen, but even the President isn't perfect every time!
Out of the six A-10 teams in the tourney, he has UMass, Saint Louis and VCU advancing to the round of 32.
ABC40 was on location this morning at Barnes Airport as the Minutemen departed Western Mass for Raleigh, N.C. Derek Kellogg spoke about the excitement of finally getting on the road for the NCAA Tournament.
The Minutemen officially departed the Bay State for North Carolina this morning as UMass gets ready for Friday's NCAA match-up in Raleigh. Tons of news items covering the Minutemen this morning as we get closer to tip-off.
Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe has a feature today on the Minutemen's Derek Gordon who reached the NCAA Tournament with Western Kentucky as a freshman before transferring to UMass. Gordon's experience in tournament play will certainly be beneficial to the squad this weekend.
Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a feature story on Sampson Carter who talks about his path to UMass and what it means to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican writes that UMass will focus on improving its game during the early part of this week until the Minutemen find out exactly who they will play on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa and Tennessee play on Wednesday night in Dayton with the winner making the trip to Raleigh to face UMass.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story in today's paper about the UMass basketball team using certain negative critiques in the media as fuel and motivation for Friday's NCAA Tournament game against either Iowa or Tennessee in Raleigh, N.C.
Casey Viera of ABC40 has a look at the UMass basketball team which returned to practice on Monday to begin preparation for the NCAA Tournament. UMass will play either Iowa or Tennessee on Friday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C.
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg will appear on a pair of national shows today - one on satellite radio and another on national television - to talk UMass hoops and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
Derek will be on the Tim Brando Show this morning at 9:30 am ET as part of Sirius College Sports daily lineup. The show can be heard on Sirius XM 91 from 9 am-Noon ET.
This evening after practice, he will be a guest on CBS Sports Network's "Bracket Breakdown" show, which airs from 4-6 pm ET. Derek is scheduled to call in at 5 pm for a live interview.
If you aren't already excited as it is with the Minutemen earning a No. 6 seed to the NCAA Tournament, here is the official 2013-14 intro video for the UMass basketball team.
Go ahead - enjoy those slow-mo alley-oop dunks - you've earned it!
Boston's WBZ-TV was at the Amherst Brewing Company last night for Selection Sunday and helped provide the live look-in for CBS's selection show.
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UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg was a guest on 98.5 FM The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz show on Monday afternoon to talk about the Minutemen earning the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Springfield Republican and the Daily Collegian both have additional feature stories and sidebars on last night's announcement of that the UMass basketball team was receiving a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe had this story in Sunday's paper on the job Derek Kellogg has done in returning the UMass basketball team to national prominence.
Listen to Derek Kellogg talk about UMass and the NCAA Tournament today at 6 p.m. He will be a guest on The Average Joe Show (@AverageJoes1450
) on 1450 AM The Hall with host Kyle Belanger (@kylebelanger1
George Washington jumped out to an early lead and held off UMass for a 85-77 win the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship on Friday night. Maxie Esho had a career-high 22 points and Chaz Williams added 19 in the loss.
UMass will now wait until Sunday's NCAA Selection Show to see where it will be playing its first NCAA Tournament game since 1998.
A selection show watch party will be held at Amherst Brewing Company, 10 University Drive in Amherst, beginning at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.com spent a day with Chaz Williams prior to the VCU game and authored up this piece on the senior guard.
Mike Whitmer of the Boston Globe spent some time with Chaz Williams earlier this week and explored his journey from Hofstra to UMass. It offers a bit of a different slant on the story from previous years.
NEW YORK -- When Chaz Williams decided after his freshman season at Hofstra to continue his college basketball career someplace else, the University of Massachusetts wasn't at the top of his initial list of transfer schools.
UMass wasn't first. Or second, or third, or even fourth. The Minutemen weren't anywhere on Williams's list. Departing Hofstra, he simply wanted to play for a bigger school closer to his Brooklyn home. One came to mind.
"I wanted to go to St. John's. I wanted to stay home, near home, and I wanted to play in the Big East," Williams said.
But Hofstra -- taking a step that many schools do in a similar situation -- informed Williams that he would not be permitted to transfer to a select group of schools, at least if he wanted to accept an athletic scholarship. All the schools on Hofstra's list -- roughly 10 -- were in the New York area.
St. John's was out. UMass swooped in.
Read the entire article here...
It's game day in Brooklyn! Tonight UMass opens play in the Atlantic 10 Championship with a first round game against Rhode Island.
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on Chaz Williams who will be headed to his home town of Brooklyn for the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Well, we are starting to wade into the waters of championship week with seven different conference tournaments in progress on Tuesday and seven bids already awarded. The Atlantic 10 starts with an opening round game on Wednesday night and the quartet of first round action commences on Thursday. Here are a few conference previews from various national outlets. You may agree with some and disagree with others. Either way, I know it's all part of two of the greatest weeks in our national sports scene.
For fans looking for tickets to see UMass take on Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday night, here are two links to purchase tickets.
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UMass suffered a tough 64-62 loss to No. 17/16 Saint Louis on Sunday. As a result, the Minutemen finished the regular-season with a 23-7 record and tied for fifth with George Washington in the A-10 standings at 10-6. UMass will face Rhode Island on Thursday night at 9 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Chaz Williams led all scorers with 20 points and became the UMass career assist leader. He also moved into 26th place on the NCAA Division I all-time list.
Despite a tough loss to St. Louis, there were plenty of UMass highlights in the game. Watch them here. UMass will open their bid for an A-10 title against URI on Thursday at 9:00pm.
Kainani Stevens of ABC40 has a recap of yesterday's loss to Saint Louis, but says UMass is still focused on making a run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
Denis Hamill of the New York Daily News has a feature story on Chaz Williams, his family and his Brooklyn roots.
One last time at the Mullins Center. It's Senior Day 2014 and the No. 17/16 Saint Louis Billikens are in town for a battle of Atlantic 10 heavyweights. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. today and we're giving away 9,000 rally towels.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the transition of the UMass basketball program thanks in part to seniors Raphiael Putney, Sampson Carter and Chaz Williams. The trio talk about the increased success of the program in their four years and how exciting a packed Mullins Center is to play in.
We're just posting this video again because we loved the atmosphere. Expect more of the same on Sunday when Saint Louis comes to town - 9,000 more rally towels will be on hand for the game.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story with UMass seniors Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter where they share their favorite Mullins Center memories. Malone includes several video clips in the story as well.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story looking back at some of the great memories UMass seniors Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter have as Senior Day approaches on Sunday.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette takes a look at the seeding possibilities for the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the final weekend plays out. UMass could finish anywhere between 2nd and 6th.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story following the Duquesne win featuring the possibility of the Atlantic 10 having six teams make the NCAA Tournament. Coach Derek Kellogg felt the win helped UMass' cause, but he also feels the league is strong enough to have five or six teams represented in the Big Dance.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a sidebar story on Raphiael Putney and Chaz Williams who each reached career milestones earlier this week in the win at Duquesne.
Putney hit the 1,000 point mark for his career, while Williams tied Chris Lowe for the program's all-time assist record.
Be sure to check out our UMass Hoops Fan Guide for the Saint Louis game. It has all the details you need for parking, traffic, seating, promotions and more!
Get there early and remember Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday.
We expect with 9,000 Rally Towels, the game will look something like this!
Members of the UMass Amherst Hoop Band will be wearing T-shirts promoting the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund honoring the former UMass Boston student killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, when the men's basketball team plays Saint Louis at the Mullins Center on Sunday, March 9. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. The fund was created by UMass Trustee Richard P. Campbell of Cohasset in memory of Krystle M. Campbell, 29, of Arlington.
The Boston Herald has a recap of last night's UMass men's basketball victory over Duquesne.
Michael Whitmer of The Boston Globe has a recap of last night's UMass men's basketball win over Duquesne.
Today marks the final road game of the regular-season as the Minutemen take on Duquesne in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. The game is very important in terms of UMass maintaining its top four spot in the Atlantic 10 standings. If UMass wins both of its final two games, it will secure one of the four byes into the quarterfinals of next week's tournament. If they go 1-1 or 0-2, they will need some help to ensure not having to play until Friday of tourney week.
Tonight's game is not televised so you can listen to Josh and Tim on the radio or watch the Duquesne broadcast on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network All of the links are listed below.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a notebook today looking at the announcement of the 2014 UMass football schedule, a preview of the Hockey East playoff game for UMass at Vermont, an update on men's lacrosse moving up in the national polls and an announcement that NBC Sports has added several television games for the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament.
A whopping 109-62 win over New Hampshire on March 3, 1962 gave the UMass basketball team its first-ever Yankee Conference crown and its first NCAA Tournament Berth. The point total was a school record at the time as was the margin of victory. UMass fell in the NCAA First Round to New York University 70-50 in a game played at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
Join us tonight at Fathers & Sons on Memorial Ave. in West Springfield tonight at 7 PM for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show with Derek Kellogg. Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer will be joined by Coach Kellogg, freshman guard Demetrius Dyson and NCAA Executive Vice President of NCAA Basketball Dan Gavitt. They'll look back at last week's split with Rhode Island and Dayton, and preview this week's games at Duquesne and at home on Sunday against Saint Louis.
You can listen to the show live on 105.5 FM WEEI in Springfield, online at http://www.weei.com/umass
, or on your mobile device using the TuneIn App.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team suffered a disappointing 86-79 loss at Dayton on Saturday. While it wasn't an RPI crushing setback, it did move the Minutemen into fourth place in the Atlantic 10 standings with two games remaining. The top four teams in the finals standings will receive byes into the quarterfinals, something that could be extremely valuable considering the depth and quality of the entire league. Up next is a road game at Duquesne, who is coming off a road win at league leader Saint Louis on Thursday - meaning the Dukes will be at home with six days between games while UMass will be playing its second-consecutive tough road contest.
It's game day in Dayton for the Massachusetts men's basketball team. This is a big game for both teams - UMass can maintain pace in the Atlantic 10 race in its quest for the league title and a top four seed, while Dayton is has been projected as one of the first four teams on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament bubble. The game is televised nationally on ESPNU and follows the early hour of college basketball game day, so the game should have a daily large viewing audience.
Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe has a feature today on UMass' Chaz Williams. Cullen looks at the significance of the current season the Minutemen are having and how opportunities missed last year are used as motivation for Williams.
Joe Dzuback is the Rush The Court correspondent for the Atlantic 10 Conference.He's also on twitter at @vbtnBlog.
In Wednesday's check-in on the A-10, he discusses team efficiency ratings, league player/freshman of the year and all-conference debates and possible tournament scenarios. He mentions UMass and GW making a run at VCU for the No. 2 spot in the league... not sure he realizes Saint Joseph's is alone in second and playing pretty well right now.
Read the entire article here...
UMass continued its recent dominance over Rhode Island, winning 70-67 at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen struggled to start the game but took control down the stretch, while dominating the glass all game long.
Next up is a trip to Dayton, where the teams will meet at 11 a.m. in a game televised nationally on ESPNU.
Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe has a feature story on Trey Davis and how he has developed in his short time at UMass.
It's time for the final Wednesday home game of the season and it comes against Rhode Island tonight at 7 p.m. The Minutemen are looking for their fifth-consecutive win over the Rams and second-straight season sweep. The game is broadcast in Rhode Island and central Connecticut by Cox Sports (URI broadcasters). You can listen to Josh Maurer, Tim Collins and Jason Germain on the UMass Sports Network with a simulcast on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network (video stream broadcast).
We've also got a couple of nice promotions to remind you of. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is still holding its food drive for the Amherst Survival Center. Please bring a nonperishable food item or items such as soap, shampoo and other necessities to the Mullins Center and drop them in the bins near the North and South entrances.
Also, if you are a student who wants to ensure you get a ticket to the March 9 finale against Saint Louis, come to tonight's game and pick up your "Early Bird Voucher" that will guarantee you a spot in the student section against the Billikens.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a preview of tonight's hoops match-up against Rhode Island. He focuses on what UMass' will have to do defensively to contain an explosive Ram offense.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of tonight's basketball game against Rhode Island in the Mullins Center (7 PM). The match-up between the long-time rivals especially after UMass' late come-from-behind win earlier this year at the Ryan Center.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a look at tonight's match-up between UMass and Rhode Island. In particular he highlights the superb guard duo for the Rams in Xavier Munford and E.C. Matthews.
Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian has a story today on how UMass' more consistent guard play has been leading to better results for the basketball team this season and will be key as the regular-season winds down.
After doing media interviews, Maxie Esho shows off his skills by dunking over UMass basketball media director Brian Henry.
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg recaps his team's big win over VCU and talks about the competition level in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season on Inside College Basketball - SiriusXM College Sports Nation.
Jason Schwartz of BostonMagazine.com has a Q&A today with UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg. They discuss the season, the future of UMass basketball and Kellogg's relationship with his mentor John Calipari.
Listen to head coach Derek Kellogg today at 12:30 pm ET when he joins Chris Childers (@ChildersRadio
) and Mateen Cleaves (@Mateen_Cleaves
) on the Inside College Basketball from Sirius College Sports (@SiriusXMCollege). The show can be heard on Sirius XM 91 from Noon-3 pm ET.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a notebook today talking about the ups-and-downs of the season with Derek Kellogg, previewing the upcoming game against Rhode Island and looking at the AP and USA Today national polls that were released yesterday with UMass once again receiving votes.
Taylor Snow has a photo slideshow on the Daily Collegian's website featuring some of their best photos from last Friday's win over VCU for the men's basketball team.
Join us tonight at The Hangar in Amherst tonight at 7 PM for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show with Derek Kellogg. Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer will be joined by Coach Kellogg, junior center Cady Lalanne and ESPN.com writer Jeff Goodman.
You can listen to the show live on 105.5 FM WEEI in Springfield, online at http://www.weei.com/umass
, or on your mobile device using the TuneIn App.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on Derrick Gordon and his role on the UMass basketball team. The transfer guard played a pivotal role in the win over VCU last Friday.
Marty Dobrow of ESPN Boston has a look at UMass' win over VCU last Friday, how the sold out Mullins Center created a special atmosphere and where the team can go from here.
NBC22 had highlights and a look at the atmosphere of the Mullins Center for the UMass basketball team's win over VCU last Friday.
The Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field meet begins today over in Rhode Island, but last night UMass and VCU put on a 94-foot, end-to-end track meet on the hardwood that resulted in the Minutemen collecting another RPI top-50 win as they beat the Rams 80-75. Chaz showed the national television audience why he is on every major player of the year award list and the UMass faithful put on one heckuva show inside the Mullins Center. Let's enjoy this for a bit and then come back against Rhode Island on Wednesday night at 7 p.m..
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature on Cady Lalanne and his importance to the UMass basketball team in the final five games of the regular-season.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a feature on how the UMass basketball team is preparing to deal with VCU's high pressure "HAVOC" defense.
Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian has an editorial today looking at what tonight's game against VCU can mean for the Minutemen.
Stuart Elliott of the New York Times has a story covering the Atlantic 10 Conference's new branding campaign for basketball - WhoWantsNext - which is aimed at educating fans and the public of the league's tremendous basketball programs.
The campaign includes print media, an online video, commercials, magazine spreads and social media activities for fans.
John Rothstein (@JonRothstein) of CBS Sports.com has a couple of UMass and Atlantic 10 hoops mentions in his latest Triple Threat article online.
He lists Friday's VCU-UMass game among his three games he's looking forward to watching...
3. VCU at UMass (Friday, 7 PM ET)
It seems like every week the Rams have a brutal road game. VCU beat the Minutemen twice last season and it's no secret that these two teams push the pace as much as anyone in the Atlantic 10. If you love helter-skelter type basketball, this is the game for you. Look for Derek Kellogg to use three-guard sets with regularity featuring Chaz Williams, Derrick Gordon, and Trey Davis in an effort to offset the Rams' vaunted HAVOC defense.
And he feels the league can get more than four teams in the NCAA Tournament - something he didn't think he would ever write...
2. The Atlantic 10 has a legitimate chance to get more than four teams in the NCAA Tournament.
How does a league lose Temple, Xavier, Butler, and Charlotte and still be in this position? It's a good question. We're still three-and-a-half weeks away from Selection Sunday but right now it looks like barring any major collapses the Atlantic 10 should again be well represented in the NCAA Tournament. Saint Louis, VCU, UMass, and George Washington have all posted marquee wins this season and Saint Joseph's has quietly joined the bubble conversation at 17-7 overall and 7-3 in A-10 play. Dayton and Richmond are also very much in the mix as well, giving the Atlantic 10 seven teams with a fighting chance for the field of 68.
Read the full article here...
Here's the podcast from Monday night's Bud Light UMass Basketball Show. Head coach Derek Kellogg talked with hosts Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney about last week's games against George Mason and George Washington, and offered up a preview of this Friday's sold out home game with VCU. Sampson Carter was the player guest after he averaged 18 points in last week's contests.
Here are the recaps from Saturday's big 67-61 road win over George Washington. Sampson Carter tied his career high with 20 points to lead a total team effort at the Smith Center. The Minutemen fought through injuries to both point guards, foul trouble to just about everyone except Derrick Gordon and a loud, hostile environment to bounce back and move into fifth place in the Atlantic 10 standings with five games remaining.
It's game day in the nation's capital for UMass. The Minutewomen take on the GW women at 11 am, followed by the men's teams at 2 pm. The men's game could go a long way in determining possibly first round byes in the Atlantic 10 Championship, which starts March 12. Both teams are 19-5 overall and enter with RPI numbers in the 20s - UMass at 21 and GW at 29 = according to rpiforecast.com.
The game will be broadcast by Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic and SNY (channel finders below) and streamed on the A-10 Digital Network for free.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today on Chaz Williams be named a top-30 finalist for the Naismith Award which is given annually to the best collegiate player in the nation.
Here are the recaps and reaction from Wednesday's 91-80 loss to George Mason. The Minutemen had some nice performances from Trey Davis and Sampson Carter, along with flashes of strong play from some other contributors, but were unable to get past the Patriots for a second time this season.
UMass will continue "George Week" as it heads south to face George Washington on Saturday afternoon. The 2 p.m. tip at the Smith Center in D.C. will air on SNY, Comcast Mid-Atlantic, The Comcast Network and be streamed on the A-10 Digital Network. The Minutewomen will face the GW women at 11 a.m. in the front end of the doubleheader.
Tonight at 7 pm, UMass welcomes George Mason to Amherst for the second meeting of the season. Tickets are still available using the phone number and link below. The game was not selected for television so the viewing option if you can't make it to the Mullins Center is to watch online at the A-10 Digital Network.
Stephen Hewitt (@steve_hewitt
) of the Daily Collegian
has a very touching piece on former basketball standout and NBA player Lari Ketner and his fight against cancer.
Read the entire article here...
It's game day and another big road contest. Sunday's game at URI marks the start of the second half of Atlantic 10 play and the chance to gain some ground on the league leaders. URI is only the second team with a losing record that UMass has faced this season, but the Rams are 8-3 at home and play up to their competition. Expect a passionate crowd but a good number of friendly faces with a large UMass fan base expected for this one.
UMass got a solid 40 minutes of play and used a couple of first-half runs to build a double-digit lead on La Salle en route to a 79-67 win over the Explorers.
Here's the podcast from Monday night's Bud Light UMass Basketball Show. Head coach Derek Kellogg talked with hosts Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney about last week's games at St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph's, while previewing the La Salle home game on Wednesday. Derrick Gordon was the player guest.
Saturday was a tough one for the Minutemen. They fought back from a 17-point hole and tied the game on two occasions, but couldn't quite get over the hump and take the lead. On top of that, junior Maxie Esho was injured with around four minutes to play in the first half when he caught an elbow in the head going for a rebound. The team has lost three of its last four but is undefeated at home and returns to the Mullins Center on Wednesday to face La Salle. Tip off is at 7 p.m.
It's game day for the Minutemen on Hawk Hill! UMass will look for a season sweep of Saint Joseph's and try to snap a two-game road losing streak. The game is nationally televised on CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover, Steve Lappas and Jon Rothstein on the call.
Here are some recaps from Wednesday's 78-65 loss at St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen appeared ready for another strong comeback when Trey Davis knocked down a three from the right win and brought UMass to with 55-54. But the Bonnies answered with a banked-in 3-pointer to ignite an 11-2 run and keep the Minutemen at bay. Trey Davis had a career-high 18 points.
Listen to head coach Derek Kellogg this evening at 5:00 pm ET when he joins Mark Packer (@MarkPacker) and Steve Lappas (@stlappas) on College Sports Today from Sirius College Sports (@SiriusXMCollege). The show can be heard on Sirius XM 91 from 3-6 pm ET.
With the calendar hitting on Jan. 29, it seems only appropriate to remind fans of what happened on campus 21 years ago today. It's our little Throw Back Thursday (on a Wednesday) to get you pumped for tonights road game at St. Bonaventure.
Good morning from a very cold Olean, N.Y. where the temperature this morning (at 8 am) is minus-8. UMass will face St. Bonaventure tonight at 7 p.m. and look for the season sweep, as just 18 days ago they erased a 13-point deficit
with nine minutes to play. The game is not televised but the link to St. Bonaventure's portion of the Atlantic 10 Digital Network is below. They offer it for free according to their pre game info
Here's the podcast from Monday night's Bud Light UMass Basketball Show. Head coach Derek Kellogg talked with hosts Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney about last weeks games at Richmond and the home win over Fordham, along with this week's games at St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph's. Seth Berger was the player guest. The freshman from Seattle talked about the season, life in the Pacific Northwest (not the west coast), and gave his choice for the Super Bowl - SPOILER ALERT: His father's entire family for the past few generations is from Denver.
Zach Schonbrun of the New York Times stopped by campus a couple of weeks ago and spent some time with coach Kellogg and some members of the university and basketball program. His story was published in today's paper.
AMHERST, Mass. -- Shortly after Derek Kellogg was hired at Massachusetts in the summer of 2008, he toured the surrounding countryside, popping into restaurants, coffee shops and bars across the Pioneer Valley to shake hands, and to promote and reminisce about the Minutemen.
He was a local product who had starred at UMass under Coach John Calipari during its heyday in the mid-1990s, back when Mullins Center rocked and N.B.A. scouts routinely visited. His sanguine message to the community in 2008 was that he could bring those days back.
It was, Kellogg reflected recently, "a tough sell."
Fans had a right to seem skeptical. After Calipari left for the Nets in 1996, the program tumbled, cycling through three coaches in 12 years while reaching the N.C.A.A. tournament only twice. Recruiting dried up and attendance dipped, ranking 92nd in the nation in 2007, with fewer than 6,000 fans a game.
Kellogg slicked his hair back like Calipari, and he seemed to breathe the same fire on the sideline, but his early results at UMass were mediocre at best. It was difficult to shut out the negativity; already, there was grumbling that another coaching change was necessary. The administration, though, stuck with him.
Read the entire story here...
It was a wonderful day at the Mullins Center on Sunday as No. 13/12 UMass defeated Fordham 90-52 in the most lopsided game in the series history. The regular rotation did what they had to do in taking apart the Rams defensively and capitalizing on the offensive end. And the freshmen saw considerable playing time and made numerous strong plays. Next up are a couple of big road game at St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph's. The Bona game is not available on TV, just the Atlantic 10 Digital Network web stream. The Saint Joe's game is a 6 p.m. start on the CBS SN this Saturday.
The UMass men's basketball team returns home for a brief one-game stint before another two games in enemy territory next week. But first, we've got a sold out Mullins Center for the 61st time to welcome Fordham to town today at Noon. You can watch the game on NBC SN or online via their video stream (you'll need your cable provider info). Plus, we're honoring the newest class of the UMass Hall of Fame at halftime so make sure you stick around for some of the greatest to wear the maroon and white in their particular sports.