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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.
Recent UMass guard Chaz Williams was invited to workout for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Following the practice, the Brooklyn native sat down with Warriors TV where he discussed his game and his busy schedule.
He followed the Golden State event with tryouts in Milwaukee on Sunday and Cleveland on Wednesday. The NBA Draft is Thursday, June 26. Some of those not selected will be invited to participate in the Samsung NBA Summer League, July 11-21 in Las Vegas.
The Massachusetts men's and women's basketball programs spent a couple of hours conducting a youth clinic at Belchertown High School to benefit Jessica's Boundless Playground.
More than 100 area children from across western Mass. participated in various individual drill stations and overall camp games during the event, before enjoying a pizza party to wrap up the night's activities.
Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian spoke with a pair of former UMass basketball players who will participate in The Basketball Tournament, which begins today in Philadelphia.
Two former Massachusetts basketball players will soon return to the court to compete with various former professional and collegiate players for a significant grand prize.
Luke Bonner and Anthony Gurley will both participate in The Basketball Tournament, a 32-team basketball tournament based out of Philadelphia. The tournament, which stretches from June 6-8 with the championship game being held on June 28, is comprised of 32 different teams competing in a single-elimination setup for a $500,000 grand prize.
Read the full article here...
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney as they continue to work out for NBA teams in hopes of being drafted or signing as free agents. The duo have each had several team workouts and say the feedback they have received has been encouraging.
James Crepea of the Montgomery Advertiser has a story on former UMass basketball great and Auburn head coach Tony Barbee who is reportedly in discussions with John Calipari about rejoining his mentor at Kentucky.
"He and I are talking about coming with us, so that's an option for him," Calipari said during last week's SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida. "I know there's some NBA opportunities he may go after and he may take a year. He's got three years to figure out what he wants to do. He'll be a head coach again but I think he'll have options."
Former UMass big man Stephane Lasme (@Slasme
) scored a game-high 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made the game-winning free throws with two seconds left to lift Panathinaikos to a 67-65 win over Olympiakos Sunday and force a decisive game five in the Greek League finals. That game will be played on Wednesday night.
EuroBasket Highlights from game 4 - Lasme is No. 11 in green...
Lasme was also named to the All-Euroleague Second Team last month. He has averaged 10.8 points and 4.9 rebounds this season. Here is the highlight video from Panathinaikos, along with one from Euroleague Basketball below.
Dan Malone of MassLive wrote the following article on what folks took away from Chaz Williams' pre-draft workout with the Boston Celtics on Monday.
Chaz Williams was among a number of guards invited to the Boston Celtics' practice facility in Wharham on Monday. A host of Boston-area media were on hand to watch the group, which also included Semaj Christon (Xavier), Bryce Cotton (Providence), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Russ Smith (Louisville) and Xavier Thames (San Diego State), among others.
NESN's Ben Watanabe (@BenjeeBallgame) posted a brief synopsis of the invitees - his words on Chaz are below...
Chaz Williams, UMass (PG, 5-9, 175) -- His intangibles are off the charts, but so is his stature -- as in, it doesn't reach high enough to make it onto the chart. In a workout filled with undersized players who will have difficulty breaking into the two-round draft, Williams was the smallest in attendance. But the diminutive Minuteman possesses point guard skills many of his competitors lack, averaging better than six assists per game in each of his three seasons in Amherst.
Watanabe also wrote a piece that shows Williams' drive to turn NBA doubters into believers.
Chaz Williams is in the midst of a whirlwind trek back and forth across the country, working out for any NBA teams that will allow him onto their court. And he cherishes every minute.
Whereas many of the top prospects in the 2014 NBA draft can't yank their names out of workouts fast enough, Williams would try out at the local playground if a professional scout were watching. The 5-foot-9 point guard out of UMass knows the odds are stacked against him, which is why he is doing everything he can to be seen.
"As much as possible," Williams said Monday after his latest workout, with the Boston Celtics. "It's 'Chaz Williams, the little guy,' so here's my opportunity to prove to everybody, well, I'm little, but I can compete with the best of them. I just want to get out here and show everybody as much as I can."
No player in college basketball last season was more tenacious than Williams, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.9 assists per game for the Minutemen, the first-round NCAA tournament victim of the Tennessee Volunteers.
Former UMass basketball star Chaz Williams had a workout with the Boston Celtics on Monday. A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) of Comcast SportsNet New England spoke with Chaz after his recent workout and wrote how the 5-foot-9 guard knows his role at the next level and will embrace any opportunity he is afforded.
The Celtics' Director of Player Personnel Austin Ainge had the following to say about the Brooklyn native...
"Chaz is a special player. He is exciting and great ball handler and had a very good career. The good thing for Chaz is, he is short but he is pretty strong. And he gets into guys and fights."
You can read the entire story here...
writer Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) posted a conference catchup piece on the Atlantic 10 for men's basketball.
He mention's Derrick Gordon announcing he was gay as one of the top offseason story lines...
1. Derrick Gordon becomes first active men's D-I player to announce his homosexuality
It's one of the three or four biggest headlines of the offseason, and how often can we say the A-10 contributes that? Big news. Positive news. And you can't help but wonder how this story plays out once the games begin in November (hopefully in the best way).
This headline of course reverberated beyond college hoops. And maybe it speaks to the news cycle, how long this offseason can feel, or how accepting -- generally speaking -- society has grown with the subject, but doesn't Gordon's story feel four of five months old? In fact the news broke less than two months ago.
Gordon, who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds last season, followed in the footsteps of Michael Sam. And his decision to announce he's gay will likely encourage others in the sport to eventually do the same. Gordon will be a junior next season. He'll also likely start and be a key factor in getting UMass back to the NCAA Tournament.
He also summarizes each team in 140 characters or less. Here's what he posted about the Minutemen...
UMass: Gone is the team's best player, Chaz Williams. Minutemen fans got a taste of real success. Next season's team has questions galore but burgeoning talent.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Chaz Williams who worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday and will head to work out for the Boston Celtics on Monday. One of Williams' best games of the year came in front of Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge this year in a 31 point, 15 assist performance against BYU in Springfield.
Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) has been a busy guy lately, breaking out a number of top 5, top 10, underrated and overrated lists on the CBS Sports.com Eye On College Basketball site. Today's list is the top 5 Under the Radar Transfers to Watch in 2014-15... which is headlined by UMass rising junior Jabarie Hinds. He has this to say about the top-50 recruit from Mount Vernon, N.Y. who played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to UMass last summer.
Jabarie Hinds, UMass
A former Top 50 recruit out of high school, Hinds will be a perfect replacement for Chaz Williams in the Minutemen's high-octane attack. The 5-foot-11 point guard is made for open court basketball and that's just what Derek Kellogg implements on a daily basis. Hinds was somewhat confined during his two-year stretch at West Virginia and should give UMass a dynamic troika on the perimeter along with Derrick Gordon and Trey Davis. Hinds averaged 7.4 points in each of his two seasons in Morgantown.
Read the complete CBS Sports story on the other four under-the-radar transfers here...
Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein
) has a good chunk of thoughts on the Atlantic 10 in his latest 'Observations' piece on CBSSports.com, including placing the Minutemen back into the underrated category.
4. Don't assume an Atlantic 10 downturn: Last summer, this conference was supposed to be down and forgotten. Instead it had a landmark season. The Atlantic 10 lost Temple, Butler, Xavier and Charlotte last year but managed six NCAA tournament teams after earning five spots in the 2013 field of 68. This league repeatedly has shown it can absorb defections, and don't be surprised if that's the case again next season.
Programs like Saint Louis and Saint Joseph's will retool after losing the bulk of their cores from last year, but VCU, Dayton and others look primed to be a nuisance on a nightly basis. George Washington lost Maurice Creek and Isaiah Armwood to graduation but return a strong quartet of juniors in Joe McDonald, Kethan Savage, Patricio Garino and Kevin Larsen. McDonald and Savage never were healthy last season and it will be interesting to see how they respond after an off-season of rehab.
Richmond has one of the country's more electrifying players in undersized combo guard Kendall Anthony, and Dan Hurley has Rhode Island primed to make a jump after big-time additions during the late signing period. The Rams looked like a 20-win team last summer but the loss of starting center Jordan Hare (personal reasons) before last season took away their main defensive anchor. Hare's impending return and the addition of a Top 75 recruit in combo guard Jared Terrell give Hurley two starting caliber players who could be difference makers.
Two more underrated programs? UMass and La Salle. The Minutemen have the A-10's best big man in Cady Lalanne (11.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks last season), while the Explorers have arguably the league's best frontcourt combo: Jerrell Wright and Steve Zack.
The Atlantic 10 isn't like some other leagues where there are "built-in wins." For the most part, every team is a tough out, and the 10th or 11th best team is this conference often is ahead of the 10th or 11th best team in another conference. Snagging six NCAA bids will be awfully hard to achieve, but history proves completely writing it off wouldn't be wise.
Check out the complete article which includes some scheduling info for Dayton...
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.