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Minutemen fans will remember that Gurley actually declared for the draft last year at the end of the 2009-10 season. Though Gurley ultimately decided to return to UMass to finish his senior year, he managed to work out with the Cs, apparently getting tips on how to improve his game. It isn't clear just how serious Gurley was about entering the draft or whether he planned on coming back to the Minutemen all along. Gurley said at the time that he "got good feedback" at the 2010 workout and that he was "excited about our season coming up at UMass."
Also in town for the backcourt-heavy workout were UMass guard Anthony Gurley, Morehead State guard Demonte Harper, Georgetown guard Chris Wright and Indiana guard Jeremiah Rivers, the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
If NFL labor talk wasn't giving you your fill of legal fun, the NBA appears ready to follow suit as rumors of a basketball lockout continue to gather steam.
If the NY Daily News is right, the NBA Las Vegas summer league won't be happening this year. The league is usually a chance for rookies to prepare for their first season, while players who were undrafted, or played int eh D-League or overseas can use the league as a chance to get an invitation to somebody's camp. This helped earn Gary Forbes a job last year. Without a summer league there'll be fewer chances for someone to crack a roster.
If there is a work stoppage, even a short one, that postpones the start of the 2011-12 season. It's likely that NBA will have shorter training camps. Players with NBA experience will be safer invites to people camp. For someone like Gary Forbes, who'll be a free agent after the season, this is a good thing.
For someone like Tony Gaffney, who played this season in the D-League, or Anthony Gurley, who isn't expected to be drafted, there is less chance of becoming the next Gary Forbes.
Read about the game in the following recaps.
• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Gurley hits critical 3 as shot clock expires to key UMass win over URI
• Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass notes: Bailey bobbles big moment (but scores anyway)
• Springfield Republican: Hashim "Big City'' Bailey delivers a big play at a big time
• Boston Globe: UMass numbers start to take shape
• Worcester Telegram: Big City's rumble sparks Minutemen
• CBS 3 Springfield: Minutemen Take Down URI, Now 5-2 in A-10
• Daily Collegian: Gurley, Bailey make big plays over URI
• Daily Collegian: Minutemen defeat Rams
• Providence Journal: UMass 64, URI 54: Not much goes right for Rams
• Providence Journal: URI journal: Knee injury knocks out Outerbridge
Here are stories from the win in Springfield.
• Springfield Republican: Gurley's 20 points lead UMass basketball to win in Springfield
• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen survive last-minute mistakes to defeat La Salle at MassMutual Center
• Boston Globe: Minutemen locate their comfort zone
• Boston Herald: BC beats buzzer, not the U
• Worcester Telegram: Minutemen craft a total team effort
• Philadelphia Inquirer: La Salle falls at Massachusetts
• ESPN.com: Massachusetts 74, La Salle 71
• WWLP NBC22: UMass bounces back, beats LaSalle
• Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia: NCAAB Wrap: Penn State falls just shy vs. No. 2 OSU
Here are stories about the game:
• Boston Globe: UMass thrilled with 'ugly' win
• Boston Herald: Minutemen pretty happy with ugly win
• Worcester Telegram: UMass wins league opener at foul line
• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen open A-10 play with win over Dayton at Mullins Center
• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Correia's return provides lift for UMass
• Springfield Republican: For the image of UMass basketball, beating Dayton could not have come at a better time
• Springfield Republican: With grit if not grace, UMass shuts down Dayton
• Daily Collegian: UMass defeats Dayton, 55-50, in first conference game
• Dayton Daily News: Poor shooting, lack of energy sinks Dayton
• Dayton Daily News: Flyers say rebounding hurt by lack of urgency
• ESPN: Massachusetts 55, Dayton 50
• WWLP NBC22: Defense dominates, UMass downs Dayton
It's not every day that a men's basketball team enters conference play with an 8-5 record, trying to convince its fans the sky isn't falling. But that is what the University of Massachusetts will try to prove, starting with Sunday's Atlantic 10 opener against Dayton at the Mullins Center.
"Our backs are against the wall, but guys have been coming to practice with unbelievable intensity,'' UMass senior guard Anthony Gurley said. "The chips are stacked against us, but we have to put the last game behind us. We're a family, we lose together and we win together.''
After the toughest week of the season so far, University of Massachusetts senior guard Anthony Gurley knows little is expected of the Minutemen as they start Atlantic 10 play at the Mullins Center.
"We know we're pretty much all we got. No one's really expecting us to do much in conference play. But we're going to go out there and surprise some people this year," Gurley said. "I think everyone has a chip on their shoulder. We're all kind of embarrassed about what happened the other night. That was uncharacteristic of us. We still think we have a lot to prove."
The first time Anthony Gurley laid eyes on Derek Kellogg, he was convinced good days were ahead for the UMass basketball program.
"You could tell he wasn't just here for the job," said Gurley, a senior guard for the Minutemen who made his way to Amherst via Newton North High School with a brief stop in Winston-Salem, N.C., along the way. "Coach Kellogg has done a great job of putting together a blueprint of a top-25 program and putting us on the rise. I'm very confident in the direction this program is headed."
urley has a scorer's mentality, a focus that frequently resulted in individual play in his first two seasons at UMass. Now a senior, Gurley is scoring more than ever. But he's also become an all-around player, with career-highs in rebounds, steals, field-goal percentage and 3-point shooting. Most importantly, UMass is 7-0 entering tomorrow night's Boston Tip-Off Classic game against Boston College at the Garden.
"I think I've matured a lot," said Gurley, a Roxbury native and former Newton North star. "My game has expanded. I'm trying to play a more complete game, get my teammates involved more and just play to my strengths."
University of Massachusetts senior guard Anthony Gurley enjoyed the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team's Saturday night win over New Mexico State, but warned against getting too excited.
"Last year we had a big time win against Memphis and in the next game we had a let down against Boston College," Anthony Gurley said. "It's important that we keep steady progress. We're not satisfied yet. We want more."
Anthony Gurley thinks the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team is going to be good this year. After finishing 12-20 last year, the senior guard is excited about that possibility.
But as the Minutemen get set to open the 2010-11 season tonight against Rider at 7:30 p.m. at the Mullins Center, Gurley is wise enough to know that his optimism doesn't make him any different than almost every other Division I basketball player on the eve of the start of the season.
"Everybody thinks they're good at this time of year. Everyone feels like they can do something," he said. "We're anxious to get in a real game and see where we stand."
"It's not going to be an easy season," the redshirt senior said. "We know what we have to work on. We've definitely got to continue to get better on the defensive end, rebounding the basketball, and just fine-tuning everything. "We've just got to keep our confidence and make sure we play as hard as we can every single time we step on the floor."
"College hasn't always been easy for me,'' the 6-foot-3 guard said, his eyes trained on the Mullins Center floor before practice. "But everybody here is working hard, and I definitely see improvement. I just want to end my career on a good note.''