Former UMass basketball standout and assistant coach Tony Barbee was elevated to Assistant Coach at Kentucky under longtime mentor John Calipari Friday. Barbee had been the special assistant to the head coach during the 2014-15 season, following eight years as the head coach at UTEP and Auburn.
The Indianapolis native starred at UMass from 1989-93 where he helped the program to a pair of NCAA and two NIT appearances. He is currently ranks eight in school history in points (1,643), third in free throws made (477), fourth in free throws attempted (657), tenth in games played (126), fourth in starts (118) and sixth in minutes played (3,692).
After his playing career, he was a graduate assistant on the 1995-96 team before being promoted a year later to a full-time assistant during the first two years of Bruiser Flint's tenure.
Ed Odeven, the basketball beat reporter and Olympic writer of the Japan Times, has a nice article on the relationship between Julius Erving and Bob Nash that began during the Schoolboy Basketball Classic in upstate New York in the spring of 1968, progressed during the pair's time as part of the 1970 U.S. Olympic Development Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. and 14-game European Tour, and has continued today.
Former Massachusetts men's basketball standout and nationally recognized coach Al Skinner was named the head coach at Kennesaw State over the weekend.
Skinner was a three-year letterman at UMass from 1971-74 after playing on the freshman team in 1970. He was a 3-time all-Yankee Conference pick and a Honorable Mention All-America choice as a senior 1973-74. He finished his career with 1,235 points, 749 rebounds and 320 assists in 79 games. The native of West Hampstead, N.Y. was inducted into the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982, and his No. 30 jersey was retired by the Minutemen on Feb. 18, 2004.
Kennesaw State will hold a press conference inside the Hospitality Suite of the KSU Convocation Center on Tuesday (April 28) to introduce Skinner. The press conference will begin at 11 a.m. (ET) and streamed live at www.ksuowls.com.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on junior men's basketball student-athlete Derrick Gordon and what his life has been like over the past 12 months, since coming out as a gay man a year ago.
Former UMass men's basketball coach John Calipari had his named called for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, joining an 11-member class that will be honored during Enshrinement Weekend, Sept. 10-12 of this year.
Former UMass standout Chaz Williams has joined the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. The Philadelphia 76ers affiliate acquired the point guard from the available player pool after he was released by the Maine Red Claws earlier this month.
While the team's next game is Friday night against Erie at home in UD's Bob Carpenter Center, he is on the inactive list and may not see action in the team's final five games.
Williams saw action in three games for the Red Claws, where he averaged 4.7 points and 6.3 assists in 19.2 minutes per game.
Prior to that, he averaged 10.4 points and 2.0 assists in 22.8 mpg in five outings with Eskishehir Basket in the Turkish Basketball League.
Men's basketball seniors Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho don't want Thursday to be their last game at UMass. They both said as much this week when Nick Canelas of the Maroon Musket talked to them about their legacy.
C.J. Anderson had gone 17 Atlantic 10 games without scoring a point despite playing nearly 10 minutes per game. That changed on Saturday at George Washington when the rookie from Memphis recorded a pair of baskets. Dan Malone of MassLive.com spoke with the guard at practice on Monday.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com stopped by men's basketball practice on Monday and spoke with Derek Kellogg and Trey Davis about the fresh start the team is experiencing this week with the opening of the Atlantic 10 Championship. He also liked Trey Davis' new haircut.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team suffered an 87-65 loss at George Washington in Saturday's regular-season finale. The Colonials had their best shooting game of the season and made 14-of-18 from outside.
It's game day in Foggy Bottom as UMass and GW meet at the Smith Center in the final game of the regular-season. It's pretty simple math for the teams to go after the 6 seed in next week's A-10 Tourney. Winner gets the 6 seed! If UMass loses, it can end up as the No. 7 or 8 seed depending on a couple of factors. First, if the Minutemen lose and Fordham beats St. Bonaventure, UMass will be the 7 seed., If they lose and St. Bona wins, UMass can still be the No. 7 seed but only if either Dayton or Rhode Island is in first place. If Davidson ends up as the top seed, UMass would be the 8 seed.
But none of that matters if the boys in Maroon (yes, they are wearing the Maroon uniforms today) take care of business in a place they have won two straight. Tune it at 3:30 p.m. on NBC SN or listen to Josh and Tim on the UMass Sports Network, beginning at 3:10 p.m. They'll try to give you the same level of excitement as Cody and Brock did on last night's... I mean this morning's record-setting hockey victory.
UMass (17-13, 10-7 A-10) at George Washington (19-11, 9-8 A-10)
Chuck Culpepper of the Washington Post has a story on Derrick Gordon and how the season has been after his announcement last April that he was gay. Gordon says he has found more support than anything during the course of the year and that by-and-large everything has maintained the status quo.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a terrific story on UMass legend Lou Roe and his son Sam'i. Vautour looks at how basketball has helped the father/son bond as Sam'i plays for Hopkins Academy during the Western Mass Tournament. The elder Roe talks of the joy of seeing his son play on the same court where he made so many memories and what the experience means to both.
There was extensive coverage following Wednesday's announcement that UMass would be retiring a jersey in honor of John Calipari next season as part of the 20th anniversary of the 1995-96 Final Four team. A jersey in his honor marks the 6th such honor for a member of the basketball program joining George "Trigger" Burke, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Marcus Camby, Lou Roe and Al Skinner.
The UMass men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid with a solid 82-74 win over Fordham on Saturday. Four players reached double figures and the team used a 13-0 run that epitomized Derek Kellogg's definition of 'UMass Basketball,' grabbing six steals and forcing seven turnovers in a part of the game that the Minutemen took control of the game.
The Minutemen are tied for fifth place with Richmond in the Atlantic 10 standings, meaning Wednesday's Senior Night title with the Spiders in Mullins is going to be a big one.
In a Saturday afternoon (4 pm) contest at the Mullins Center, UMass will look to snap a 3-game losing streak when Fordham pays a visit to western Mass. The Minutemen are currently tied for fifth in the A-10 standings.
UMass (16-12, 9-6 A-10) vs. Fordham (11-15, 5-9 A-10)
UMass will try to rebound from the disappointment of Wednesday's loss at Rhode Island with one of the other Rams in the league - 25th-ranked VCU. The Rams are tied for first with Dayton and URI, while UMass is a game back and tied for fourth with Davidson.
UMass (16-10, 9-4 A-10) at #25 VCU (20-6, 10-3 A-10)
The UMass Sports Network put together a video for the UMass Sports Insider and a photo gallery for facebook.com/umassathletics to show fans the progress being made inside the John Francis Kennedy Champions Center for UMass Basketball.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team was unable to overcome too many mistakes in Wednesday's 75-59 loss at Rhode Island. Jabarie Hinds was strong off the bench with 17 points (his most at UMass) but the inside game never got going and URI was very successful in transition, capitalizing on 18 UMass turnovers, manufacturing a 21-8 margin in points off turnovers.
Today is game day at Rhode Island. UMass opens a crucial stretch against the Rams in the Ryan Center tonight at 7 p.m. The Minutemen and Rams are among four teams tied for first in the Atlantic 10 standings.
There is also a UMass Amherst Alumni Association event at Gillian's Ale House, beginning at 4 p.m. Gillian's is located at 7835 Post Road in North Kingstown, R.I.
The UMass basketball team continued to roll on Saturday with a 82-74 win over Duquesne at the Mullins Center. Trey Davis has continued his strong play, scoring 26 points for his second 20-point effort in the last four games. The Minutemen made a season-high nine 3-pointers, were dominant on the glass once again and committed a season-low nine turnovers.
The was the recipe for success to keep pace with the other three teams who all won and are in a 9-3 log jam atop the Atlantic 10 standings.
It's game day in western New York as UMass takes on St. Bonaventure tonight at 7 p.m. The Minutemen have won four-straight and five of their last six, while the Bonnies are riding high after back-to-back buzzer-beating wins over Davidson and VCU. Add in the fact that the Reilly Center has one of the more intense atmosphere's in the league and this game will be an exciting one for sure.
The game is televised by Time Warner SportsChannel in parts of New York State and is also available for free on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network.
UMass (14-9, 7-3 A-10) at St. Bonaventure (13-8, 6-4 A-10)
The UMass men's basketball team continued to get contributions from a variety of players and Sunday was no different. Donte Clark sparked the offense in the first half, making all six of his field goals, including four 3-pointers before finishing with 23 points and a career-high seven rebounds, while the front court tandem of Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho had 11 points each in the team's 66-59 win over La Salle. That's four-straight W's for the squad as they get ready to make a trip the western NY and face St. Bonaventure Wednesday night.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today where he get the thoughts of men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg and football coach Mark Whipple on the departure of athletic director John McCutcheon. McCutcheon's 11-year tenure will come to an end on Feb. 20 at UMass as he takes over at UC Santa Barbara.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team rebounded from a tough first half to take control of the second half and erase a 9-point deficit for a 78-72 road victory over Fordham.
Trey Davis caught fire from outside, making five 3-pointers, Derrick Gordon had his first double-double as a Minutemen and Jabarie Hinds took over the game for a couple of stretches as he has done at times this season. Cady Lalanne also joined the 1,000-point club at UMass, becoming the 47th player in school history to achieve the feat.
UMass has now won three straight and four of its last five overall. The team also is 4-1 in A-10 road play.
The UMass basketball team continues its road stretch of five of the seven away from home, heading to Fordham Wednesday night. Tip-off at Rose Hill Gym, the nation's oldest regularly-used basketball arena, is at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised regionally on SNY. That is available primarily in Western Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. It is also available on AT&T U-Verse Channel 704 and DirecTV on their Sports Pack Channel 639. Use the link below to access their coverage map and see if your cable provider is on their list. It will also be available for free on the A-10 Digital Network.
UMass (12-9, 5-3 A-10) at Fordham (5-14, 0-8 A-10)
UMass heads to the Gateway to the West today for a game at Saint Louis. The Billikens have had the Minutemen's number over the years since joining the A-10 a decade ago, but that could change today at 3 p.m. CT/ 4 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network. The teams played Thursday night on the East Coast so it will be a quick turnaround for both.
UMass (11-9, 4-3 A-10) at Saint Louis (9-11, 1-6 A-10)
UMass got a strong performance from a number of players in a variety of areas Thursday night, holding on for a 66-64 win over Dayton, which entered the game second in the A-10 and holding a No. 25 RPI rating. The Minutemen were the first team to truly exploit the Flyers' lack of an inside presence int he 10 games since they kicked their two tallest players off the team. Cady Lalanne feasted on lob passes and finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. In fact, his 15 field goal attempts tied his season high.
The UMass men's basketball team suffered a disappointing loss at Saint Joseph's Wednesday night, unable to score during a crucial stretch at the end of the game. SJU outscored UMass 9-0 to claim a 59-49 lead with a minute to play, handing the Minutemen their fourth-straight loss at Hagan Arena.
It's game day for men's hoops as they take on Saint Joseph's tonight at 7 p.m. in Philly. The Minutemen have lost their last three games in Hagan Arena over the last four seasons. Tonight's contest on CBS Sports Network provides an excellent opportunity to gain some momentum going into a week off before the next game.
UMass (10-8, 3-2 A-10) at Saint Joseph's (7-9, 1-4 A-10)
The UMass men's basketball team got a very nice come-come-behind 60-56 victory over Rhode Island on Saturday. Maxie Esho was dominant when he was in the game but battled foul trouble for much of the game. His back-up Zach Coleman came up huge with a career-high 13 points, including eight during the decisive 13-3 run that saw the Minutemen overtake the Rams for their seventh-consecutive victory over their New England rivals.
Daily Collegian men's basketball writer Mark Chiarelli has a story on sophomore Demetrius Dyson and what the guard has been doing to maintain his spot in the rotation with the start of Atlantic 10 play.
UMass got a big road win on Sunday at Geogre Mason to improve to 2-1 in the league. Now the team returns home for a couple of tough opponents this week against Davidson who can shoot as well as any team in the country, especially from outside, and a very much improved Rhode Island team.
UMass plays at George Mason Sunday afternoon and is looking for its second-consecutive road win. The game will be broadcast on the UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Collins on the call. Video will be provided by George Mason on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network.
UMass (8-7, 1-1 A-10) at George Mason (6-8, 1-1 A-10)
UMass and La Salle are both looking to bounce back from disappointing conference openers last weekend. Both coaches didn't mix words in their post game remarks, saying that their teams were out hustled and outworked by their opponents. We'll find out Wednesday night at historic Tom Gola Arena which team can get the game to their style of play and be successful in that effort.
The UMass basketball team opened Atlantic 10 play with a disappointing 69-55 loss to St. Bonaventure on Saturday. Both coaches agreed that the team that played tougher won the game. But with the way the 18-game conference schedule is laid out, there isn't time to dwell on the loss too much, with road games at La Salle (Wednesday) and George Mason (Sunday) on the horizon.
The UMass men's basketball team got a nice 87-82 win over Iona on Tuesday night, giving it some nice momentum heading into Saturday's Atlantic 10 opener against St. Bonaventure.
Trey Davis broke out of a shooting slump with one of the best performances in the league this season, going 10-of-11 with five 3-pointers and 25 points, along with seven assists. Derrick Gordon also impressed with 19 points, seven boards, three assists and two steals.
Tonight the UMass Minutemen welcome the Iona Gaels to the Mullins Center for the final regular-season non-conference game of the 2014-15 season and it should be an exciting one (7 pm tip; doors open at 6 pm). Both teams like to get out in transition and score in a variety of ways. UMass will attack the rim more, while the Gaels will take a lot of 3-pointers. Either way, it should be a fun game before Saturday's Atlantic 10 opener against St. Bonaventure at home.
The Massachusetts basketball team fought hard but saw its hopes of a road victory slip away in the form of an 77-71 overtime loss at BYU on Tuesday. The team played much better across the board than on Saturday at Providence and is improving daily.
The final game before the Christmas holiday will see UMass make its first trip to the western half of the country for the first time in a decade. It will be a tough test against a BYU squad that leads the country in scoring, likes to push the ball in transition as much as UMass and has won five of its last six games.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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