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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.

Thursday, March 13, Session Two Tickets:
1st Round: Session 2 - Brooklyn NY - $32.00-$70.00

All Session Package Through UMass Ticket Office:
My UMASS Account - $266.00 (All games included and are in UMass Seating Block)

For more ticket information call 866-UMASS-TIX or email at umasstickets@admin.umass.edu

Full details on the tournament are also available at Barclays Center :: 2014 Atlantic 10 Basketball Championship

VIDEO: Highlights From UMass Basketball's Loss To Saint Louis

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.


Globe: UMass rallies past Duquesne

Michael Whitmer of The Boston Globe has a recap of last night's UMass men's basketball win over Duquesne.

New York Times: Ads Assert That Atlantic 10 Conference Is 'Next'

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.



Coverage of Atlantic 10 Basketball Media Day

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The Atlantic 10 held its annual men's basketball media day on Thursday at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The building is only a week old and looks outstanding. They were still set-up for Jay-Z as the part owner of the Brooklyn Nets was continuing his run of concerts to open the facility.

UMass was picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll, which was made up of all 16 coaches and a media member from each area in the A-10 membership, totaling 30 voters. Additionally, Chaz Williams was selected to the preseason first team.

Security was pretty tight so nobody was allowed inside the arena bowl but everywhere else the coaches and media went was very impressive. Here are some articles from UMass beat writers Harry Plumer and Matt Vautour, along with stories from around the league. I also posted a Storify link that summarizes as many tweets from media, coaches and administrators at the event as I could find.

ESPN.com Podcast: Andy Katz at A-10 Media Day

Charlotte Observer: Charlotte is lightly regarded
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: SLU Picked Second In The Atlantic 10



Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a story on how UMass' success in making the NIT Semifinals and posting a 25-12 record will help in future scheduling.

The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team hit the Big Apple Tuesday night, and their loyal fans were not about to miss it.

The National Invitation Tournament semifinal game against Stanford was a competition, but the trip to New York was also a culmination - a celebration of a better season than anticipated.

Even a season-ending 74-64 loss to Stanford could not dampen the enthusiasm in UMass basketball this season has regenerated.

Typical of its season, UMass went down battling. The Minutemen overcame an early 12-point deficit to lead briefly in the second half, but a late Stanford run settled the issue.

"This team has just been so much fun to watch,'' said Mike Levine, a 1987 UMass graduate who was on hand at Madison Square Garden.

After much anticipation, game day is finally here as UMass and Stanford will meet tonight at 7 PM in the NIT Semifinals in Madison Square Garden. Lots of great previews and features on the Minutemen who have been in the media spotlight due to the program's history with Madison Square Garden and a certain point guard who hails from Brooklyn.


ABC40 Preview:

After rallying back from a 17-point second-half deficit, UMass now has a date with Madison Square Garden. The Minutemen came-from-behind last night to defeat Drexel 72-70 in Philadelphia. Terrell Vinson scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half leading a Minutemen charge as UMass closed the half shooting nearly 71 percent from the floor.

UMass will face tonight's winner of the Stanford/Nevada quarterfinal game next Tuesday at 7 PM. The game will be televised live from New York City on ESPN2.





Led by Jesse Morgan and Chaz Williams, UMass overcame a five-point halftime deficit using a 15-0 run to start the second half in its 77-71 win over top-seeded and No. 21 Temple on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament Quarterfinals. UMass will play St. Bonaventure on Saturday at 1 PM. It will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.




HIGHLIGHTS:

POSTGAME INTERVIEW:
Looking back on last night's Atlantic 10 Championship First Round win over Duquesne, a number of UMass players performed super on Tuesday, helping them earn its second trip to Atlantic City for the quarterfinals in the last three seasons. Here are some recaps from various media outlets. Don forget, you can still get tickets to Friday's game with top-seeded Temple, which tips at Noon. Click Here to Purchase A-10 Tournament Tickets.


Recaps From Tuesday's 80-73 Win Over Xavier

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Recaps From Basketball Loss To La Salle

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview this morning of tonight's men's basketball game at Rhode Island with both teams coming off big wins. UMass beat Saint Louis last Saturday at the Mullins Center, while the Rams took down Dayton on the road.

Stephen Sellner has a preview of tonight's men's basketball game at Rhode Island with the Minutemen coming off a huge win against Saint Louis on Saturday.

Jackson Alexander of the Daily Collegian has a story focusing on the impact Raphiael Putney has made on the UMass basketball team and its success this season.

Dan Duggan of the Boston Herald looks at the impact Raphiael Putney is having on the UMass basketball team's success and how his efforts in the weight room are making contributions on the court.

ESPN: UMass Again Among Katz's 'Teams That Impressed'

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In Andy Katz's blog on ESPN, he again noted that UMass was a team that impressed over the weekend with its win over Saint Louis to retain the No. 1 spot in the Atlantic 10.

Massachusetts: Derek Kellogg survived a difficult stretch at his alma mater and has come through to the top of the standings. The Minutemen, behind Hofstra transfer Chaz Williams, beat Saint Louis and won at Richmond this past week. UMass is in a three-way tie for first in the A-10 with La Salle and St. Bonaventure.

Chaz Williams
Greg M. Cooper/US PresswireChaz Williams has helped UMass tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 conference.

Pittsburgh Gazette: Dukes face red-hot UMass

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Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a preview of tonight's match-up between UMass and Duquesne.

Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a preview of the tonight's match-up between UMass and Duquesne as the Minutemen are currently atop the Atlantic 10 standings.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on Raphiael Putney and how his development this year has helped the men's basketball team.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of tonight's match-up as UMass heads to Duquesne for a meeting between the Atlantic 10's No. 1 and No. 2 scoring teams.

Following the win on Saturday over Saint Joseph's to improve to 14-4 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic 10, Andy Katz mentioned UMass in his weekly blog on ESPN.com.

Massachusetts: Derek Kellogg has an infusion of transfers and finally some maturity on this team. The Minutemen are atop the standings in the A-10 with Dayton and Xavier after dropping Charlotte and Saint Joseph's.

Derek Kellogg

• What do we make of the Atlantic 10?

Is the league really good or really average? The jury is still out. Xavier lost to La Salle, which lost to Dayton, which lost to St. Bonaventure, which lost to Duquesne, which lost to Saint Joseph's, which lost to Charlotte, which lost to Saint Louis, which lost to Temple, which lost to Richmond.

Who's on first? I don't know, third base? OK, actually it's a three-way tie atop the standings with UMass, Dayton and Xavier all at 3-1. The Musketeers, who have reeled off three in a row after their gigantic skid, seem to be finding their footing. But what to make of everyone else is the question for the league. Perennial tourney entrant Temple is all over the map. Saint Louis, which appeared to be making strides under Rick Majerus, has lost three of its last five. And UMass, winner of eight of nine, is finally turning things around under Derek Kellogg, but doesn't have much to hang a nonconference resume on.


A highlight reel fast-break dunk by Raphiael Putney garnered national attention following the UMass men's basketball team's 72-61 come-back win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday. As impressive as the dunk itself was, Chaz Williams' between-the-legs pass to Putney was equally as sensational making this a true high-flying highlight. It also warrants that the play was all started by a great blocked shot by Maxie Esho that allowed the Minutemen to get out on the fast break.

Recaps From UMass Basketball's Win Over Saint Joseph's

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Previews Of Today's Basketball Game Vs. Saint Joseph's

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UMass and Saint Joseph's meet today for the 60th installment of the series on the hardwood with some early implications in the Atlantic 10 standings. Both teams enter the game coming off Wednesday wins and stand at 2-1 in the league rankings.


Recaps From Men's Basketball Win Over Charlotte

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Andy Katz of ESPN listed 12 games to watch this weekend including UMass' game at La Salle on Sunday at Noon.

UMass at La Salle (2 ET): That's right -- UMass at La Salle. Dr. John Giannini has the 11-4 Explorers playing much better than expected; the same can be said for Derek Kellogg and his 12-3 Minutemen. La Salle has won nine of its last 10, and its victory over Xavier really gave this team credibility. Massachusetts has won six in a row and is looking for a key road win in the A-10.

Recaps From Men's Basketball Win Over Fordham

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Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican previews tonight's game against Fordham saying that after the Rams' win over No. 22 Harvard and Georgia Tech, this game will be challenging.

Matt Vautour looks at UMass' depth heading into the Fordham game tonight and how coach Derek Kellogg will have to manage minutes among his rotation.

VIDEO: Derek Kellogg At A-10 Media Day

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Recaps Of UMass' Loss To Dayton In The A-10s

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Take a look back at the 78-50 defeat to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round on Tuesday night.

• Boston Globe: Flyers race past Minutemen
• Boston Herald: Minutemen out in ugly fashion
• Daily Collegian: Lack of offense spells Minutemen
• Dayton Daily News: Flyers blow by UMass 78-50

Previews For A-10 First Round Vs. Dayton

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Look Back At UMass' Hoop Loss At Fordham

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Here are the recaps from UMass' 77-73 loss at Fordham on Saturday as the Rams snapped a 41-game conference losing streak.

• Worcester Telegram: UMass hits bottom with loss
• Boston Herald: UMass bottoms out against Rams
• Wall Street Journal: Fordham edges Massachusetts 77-73

UMass will host Dayton on Tuesday at the Mullins Center at 9 p.m., here are stories on the Flyers, who lost at George Washington Saturday.

• Springfield News Sun: Staten good to the last block
• Springfield News Sun: Flyers rally, fall in final seconds

Daily Collegian Previews For Finale At Fordham

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The Daily Collegian has a pair of stories on the men's basketball team as the Minutemen enter the final game of the regular-season at Fordham on Saturday, at 1 p.m. The Minutemen need a win to secure the No. 7 seed and home game in the A-10 Tournament. 

• UM looking for help on the road

GazetteNet: Scenarios For UMass In A-10s

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, has calculated the scenarios for the A-10 Tournament involving UMass. The Minutemen can still finish anywhere from 7th to 11th place. The Minutemen can secure the No. 7 seed and a home game with a win on Saturday, thus they control their own fate. Here are the breakdowns from GazetteNet.com:

IF THE ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT STARTED TODAY

If the Atlantic 10 Tournament started today, here's how it would look:

* UMass beat St. Bonaventure and Dayton giving the Minutemen the No. 7 seed.

* Dayton beat St. Bonaventure giving the Flyers the No. 8.

* La Salle beat Saint Louis giving the Explorers the No. 10.

* George Washington beat URI giving the Colonials the No. 5

First-Round Byes
1. Xavier 14-1 faces Dayton/SBU
2. Temple 13-2 faces UMass/LaSalle
3. Richmond 12-3 faces Rhode Island/SLU
4. Duquesne 10-5 faces SJU/GW

First-round games at home sites:
No. 12 Saint Joseph's (3-12)  at No. 5. George Washington (9-6)
No. 11 Saint Louis (6-9) at No. 6. Rhode Island  (9-6) 
No. 10 La Salle (6-9) at No. 7 UMass (7-8)
No. 9 St. Bonaventure (7-8) at No. 8 Dayton (7-8)

Remaining games

*1. Xavier 14-1 -  at SLU -- Has clinched first
*2. Temple 13-2 
-   vs. La Salle -- Has clinched second
*3. Richmond 12-3 - vs. Duquesne - Has clinched third
+4. Duquesne 10-5  at Richmond - Could finish 4-5 -

+5. George Washington 9-6 
vs. Dayton - Could finish 5-6
+6. Rhode Island 9-6  at SBU - Could finish 4-6
+7. UMass 7-8 -  at Fordham - Could finish 7-11
+8. Dayton 7-8 -  vs. GW - could finish 7-10

+9. St. Bonaventure 7-8 -   vs. URI - Could finish 7-11
+10. La Salle 6-9 - at Temple - could finish 8-11
+11. Saint Louis 6-9 - vs. Xavier could - could finish 8-11

12. Saint Joseph's 3-12
 - at Charlotte - could finish 12-13
13. Charlotte 2-13 - vs. St. Joe's - could finish 12-13

^14. Fordham 0-14 - vs. UMass

* Clinched a first round bye
+ Clinched Tournament berth
^ Incapable of earning a tournament berth

 Three-team tie-breakers

If they finish in a three-way tie the order would be: 
Involving UMass:

1. UMass (2-0), Dayton (1-1), St. Bonaventure (0-2) 
3. UMass (2-1), Dayton (1-1), La Salle (1-2) 
4. UMass (2-1), St. Bonaventure (1-1), La Salle (1-2)
5. La Salle (2-1), Saint Louis (1-1), UMass (1-2)
6. Saint Louis (2-1), UMass (1-1), Dayton (1-2)
7. Saint Louis (1-1), UMass (1-1), St. Bonaventure (1-1),  - SLU get higher seed because it would have had to beat Xavier to be tied.

FOUR TEAM TIE BREAKERS
1. UMass (2-1), Saint Louis (2-2),  Dayton (2-2), St. Bonaventure (1-2)
2. UMass (3-1), Dayton (2-1), St. Bonaventure (1-2), La Salle (1-3)
3. St. Bonaventure (2-1), La Salle (2-2), UMass (2-2), Saint Louis (1-2)
4. Saint Louis (2-2), UMass (2-2), Dayton (2-2) La Salle (2-2), - SLU get higher seed because it would have had to beat Xavier to be tied.

FIVE TEAM TIE-BREAKER 

1. UMass (3-2), Dayton (3-2), St. Bonaventure (2-2), La Salle (2-3), Saint Louis (2-3)


Recaps Of UMass' Near-Upset Of Temple

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UMass basketball battled the three-time defending A-10 Champions, but lost 73-67 in overtime on Wednesday. Still, the Minutemen hold fate in their own hands when it comes to hosting a first-round A-10 Tournament game. A win on Saturday at Fordham OR several other scenarios would result in a home game to start the postseason. Read about the Temple game and the postseason situation here:

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Atlantic 10 home game within reach for Minutemen
• Philadelphia Inquirer: Owls get by UMass in overtime
• St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A quick look at the Atlantic 10 race

Previews For Wednesday's Game Vs. Temple

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UMass basketball faces perhaps its stiffest test of the season as the three-time defending A-10 Champion Temple Owls comes to the Mullins Center for a huge contest on Wednesday night. Here are the previews.

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Win against Temple would boost Minutemen for home tourney game

Gazette Looks At A-10 Tournament

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The Atlantic 10 coaches don't seem to love the current format of the league's conference tournament, which starts next week, but a better format with a 14-team field remained elusive. Read about in the Daily Hampshire Gazette: Atlantic 10 men's hoop tourney format could be stronger

Derek Kellogg On A-10 Quick 10

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The thirteenth installment of the A-10 Quick 10 - a video feature where we sit down with the men's basketball coaches of the Atlantic 10 and ask the questions you always wanted to know, were afraid to ask or never thought of. A glimpse into the life of an A-10 coach...

Get to know Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg:

Tuesday's UMass Basketball News

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Lots of stories on the basketball front on Tuesday including injury updates on both Sean Carter (elbow) and Freddie Riley (foot/ankle) read about in these stories.

Injury Updates On Sean Carter, Freddie Riley

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On the UMass Basketball Radio Show, head coach Derek Kellogg gave an update on the injury statuses of Sean Carter and Freddie Riley. Carter is nursing a hyper-extended elbow and Riley is hurting with a right foot/ankle swelling.

Both players are "questionable to out" according to coach.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has this update while the Springfield Republican has this report.

You can also listen to Kellogg on the weekly Atlantic 10 teleconference for some more info on Riley.

Kellogg On Weekly A-10 Teleconference

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Listen back to Coach Derek Kellogg's weekly Atlantic 10 conference. You can also listen to the other coaches of the A-10 to hear their thoughts on their teams.


  • Atlantic 10 Conference Call

  • Gazette's College Basketball Notebook

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    In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a college basketball notebook. He leads with the latest projections for the NCAA Tournament field which do not favor many fan-favorite smaller schools. He also touches on the 10-year anniversary of the Oklahoma State plane crash and the Atlantic 10 Game of the Week.

    Atlantic 10 Coaches Teleconference

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    Listen to the comments of UMass head coach Derek Kellogg as well as this week's opponents' coach Mark Schmidt of St. Bonaventure and Jim Baron of Rhode Island.


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  • Weekly Atlantic 10 Basketball Teleconference

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    Listen to what UMass head coach Derek Kellogg and all of the Atlantic 10 coaches had to say about their teams on the weekly Atlantic 10 Conference Call. Charlotte's Alan Major also talks about the upcoming game with the Minutemen.

    Gazette Update On Sean Carter

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Sean Carter, who not only can see, he can play.

    Neither of those seemed like a definite for anyone who saw the University of Massachusetts junior center writhing in pain on the floor late in the second half of Sunday's 55-50 win over Dayton.

    Carter, who was poked in the eye during a scrum for a loose ball, immediately brought both hands to his injured eye and spent several moments squirming in pain. But he was back at practice Monday and other than a couple of stitches around the eye and a blood spot on the white of it, he proclaimed himself no worse for wear and ready to play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Xavier.

    Daily Collegian's Mega Preview Of UMass Basketball

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    Here are stories on the UMass basketball team as the Minutemen prepare to face Sacred Heart tonight at the Mullins Center. The Daily Collegian ran its 2010-11 season preview with tons of coverage on the Maroon & White.
    • Daily Collegian: Playing hoops with Derek Kellogg
    • Daily Collegian: Walk-ons show promise, potential
    • Daily Collegian: A look at the 2010-11 Minutemen
    • Daily Collegian: Atlantic 10 Predictions
    • Daily Collegian: Sophomores primed to make jump

    Sports Network Previews The Atlantic 10

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    For full coverage on the Atlantic 10, check out The Sports Network preview of the A-10.

    The Atlantic 10 Conference is firmly entrenched as one of the top mid-majors in college basketball. Last season, the teams that were expected to contend for the league title did just that, with Xavier and Temple leading the way. Both of those squads finished with a 14-2 conference mark, tying for the A-10 regular season crown.

    Stories On Atlantic 10 Basketball Media Day

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    Here are various stories on the UMass basketball team and Atlantic 10 Basketball Media Day held at Chelsea Piers and CBS College Sports studios in New York City.

  • Springfield Republican
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • MSNBC.com
  • Boston Globe
  • 2010-11 Atlantic 10 Basketball Preseason Accolades

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    2010-11 Atlantic 10 Preseason Accolades

    First Team
    Lavoy Allen, Temple
    Kevin Anderson, Richmond
    Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
    Damian Saunders, Duquesne
    Chris Wright, Dayton
     
    Second Team
    Juan Fernandez, Temple
    Chris Gaston, Fordham
    Tu Holloway, Xavier
    Delroy James, Rhode Island
    Shamari Spears, Charlotte
     
    Third Team
    Chris Braswell, Charlotte
    Cody Ellis, Saint Louis
    Chris Johnson, Dayton
    Lasan Kromah, George Washington
    Aaric Murray, La Salle

    All-Defensive Team
    Lavoy Allen, Temple
    Kevin Anderson, Richmond
    Dante Jackson, Xavier
    Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
    Damian Saunders, Duquesne
     
    All-Rookie Team
    C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph's
    Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph's
    Jordan Latham, Xavier
    Rob Loe, Saint Louis
    Juwan Staten, Dayton
     
    Preseason Poll (# first place votes), Total Points
    1 - Temple (19), 350
    2 - Xavier (3), 325
    3 - Richmond (3), 311
    4 - Dayton (1), 310
    5 - Rhode Island, 233
    6 - Saint Louis, 223
    7 - Charlotte, 218
    8 - Duquesne, 172
    9 - La Salle, 133
    10 - George Washington, 130
    11 - Massachusetts, 126
    12 - Saint Joseph's, 91
    13 - St. Bonaventure, 80
    14 - Fordham, 28         

    Republican, Gazette Stories on Hoop Schedule

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    Here are some articles about the release of the UMass men's basketball slate:
  • Springfield Republican
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • ESPN.com Feature On Atlantic 10 Basketball

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    Interesting summer reading on ESPN.com with a look at the Atlantic 10 and "Best Case/Worst Case" scenarios. Check out the info on UMass.

    Best case: The heights of Minutemen past are still a ways off, but if UMass can make up for the loss of senior guard Ricky Harris with a pair of lanky sophomores (Terrell Vinson, Freddie Riley) and a couple of talented incoming recruits (guard Jesse Morgan, forward Maxie Esho), they should improve over last year's ugly 12-20 record.

    Worst case: Harris was unquestionably the team's go-to player -- he ranked eighth in the nation in percentage of possessions used and 11th in percentage of his team's shots -- and unless fellow high-usage guard Anthony Gurley becomes much more efficient, the Minutemen are more likely to suffer another sub-standard season.

    Bleacher Report Says UMass Hoops Will Be Improved

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    The Bleacher Report has a summer look at the Atlantic 10. The report mentions: UMass will be improved and should win more than five conference games but may not be able to jump into the top half of the league.

    Bleacher Report's A-10 Summer Report

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    The Bleacher Report has a look at A-10 Hoops during the summer. This site, pegs UMass at No. 10 in a pre-preseason poll.

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