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Herald: Hoops Beanpot Idea Stirring

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The Boston Herald has a story on the idea of playing a Basketball Beanpot.

Tonight and next Monday, college hockey will take center stage on the Boston sports scene. Alumni and fans of Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and Harvard will pack into the Garden as the schools battle for city bragging rights in the Beanpot.

It's a great tradition that leads to a simple question: Why doesn't basketball have a similar event?

"I think in the state of Massachusetts you have to do some untraditional stuff just to keep the fans interested and give them kind of a special day," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "Massachusetts is such a strong professional sports state that you have to keep people's interest by doing some different things on the college level."

Gazette: Let's Play Three! Tip-Off Sparks Idea

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a column on a great idea for playing a Boston tripleheader of basketball at the TD Garden.

hey were the circle-on-the-calendar days on the Philadelphia college hoop calendar. Palestra Tripleheaders - the city's six Division I teams all playing each other in back-to-back games at the city's historic old basketball cathedral.

For one Saturday afternoon, no matter what was going on with the Flyers or Sixers, Philly's sports focus was firmly on college basketball.

It could happen in Massachusetts.

Recaps Of Basketball's First Loss, To BC

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Look back at the UMass 76-71 loss to BC before more than 10,600 fans at the TD Garden. We have many new stories from Monday morning, check the revised list.

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Freshman point guard returns for UMass
• Daily Collegian: Undefeated streak comes to an end
• Daily Collegian: Rough first half dooms Minutemen

Republican: Kellogg & Flint Connect Through Texting

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Ron Chimelis has a nice feature in the Springfield Republican about UMass coach Derek Kellogg and Drexel coach Bruiser Flint. The former UMass guard and Minuteman coach connect via texting. Check out the story.

"Derek Kellogg and I talk once or twice a week. And, we text,'' said Bruiser Flint, whose Drexel Dragons beat Northeastern 63-58 in Saturday's doubleheader opener at TD Garden.

Basketball Stories Heading Into Garden Game

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Here's a look at the stories heading into the Boston Tip-Off Classic as the 7-0 Minutemen take on Boston College at 6:30 p.m. at the TD Garden.

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen get first real hoop test in BC
• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Declaring for draft helped Gurley improve
• Boston Herald: Anthony Gurley better with age
• Boston Herald: UMass has its Mr. Right

Boston Herald: Kellogg Is Mr. Right For UMass

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UMass coach Derek Kellogg, a former Minutemen player, is piecing together a winning program, as evidenced by his 7-0 start this season. In the Boston Herald, Steve Buckley has a great column on how Derek Kellogg is the right man for the job in Amherst.

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."

Daily Collegian Previews UMass-BC Hoops

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The Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass-Boston College game at the TD Garden on Friday. Minutemen look to stay unbeaten against instate rival BC. The paper also takes a look at the rivalry: TD Garden resonates for Kellogg, Minutemen.

Boston Herald Feature On Anthony Gurley

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The Boston Herald has a pair of stories on UMass. The first one is a feature on senior guard Anthony Gurley, who leads UMass into Saturday's game at the Garden.

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."

ESPN.com Blogs On UMass vs. BC At Garden

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On ESPN.com, blogger Diamon Leung has an entry on UMass and how Derek Kellogg agreed to play BC in Boston, at the TD Garden.

UMass is giving up a scheduled home game against rival Boston College in order for the two teams to play Dec. 4 in the Garden as part of the first Boston Tip-Off Classic. Why make the trip to the road team's city instead? The attraction of being able to promote the program and college basketball on the parquet floor was too good to pass up.

"Our goal is to make New England and the Boston area the epicenter of college basketball where for maybe one day in every year, this is the place where college basketball happens," UMass coach Derek Kellogg told reporters.

"To give up a home game is tough for a college coach, but at the same token, to be able to come and play in this event, to have the venue and to have a little nostalgia of a Boston College-UMass game in the Garden is something that as a coach, I don't think you can turn down. Let UMass fans know -- the 200-something thousand that live within a five-hour ride of Boston -- that we're doing this for you.

"To give up a home game I think is worth it for our fans. We want to be known as the state school."

UMass is 4-0 at the TD Garden, pulling off an upset of Memphis in the building last season.

Boston Stories On Tip-Off Classic At Garden

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Even with what was at stake, UMass men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg never had to think twice. Stay home while Boston College makes the 80-minute journey to Amherst for an early-season game, or brave the Mass Pike to play their in-state rival at the Celtics' pad.

The 2010 Boston Tip-Off Classic was announced yesterday at TD Garden, which will host the Dec. 4 doubleheader featuring three local teams. Northeastern will face Drexel, followed by UMass going up against BC. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital Boston.

Here are the stories from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Herald: Hub Wins Opening Tip-Off

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Skip Connors combined an intrastate rivalry with an intercity one to create the 2010 Boston Tip-Off Classic. Read the full story in the Boston Herald.

On Dec. 4, UMass will rekindle its Commonwealth Classic rivalry with Boston College (6:30 p.m.), and Northeastern will host Philadelphia-based Drexel (4 p.m.) in the doubleheader scheduled for the Garden.

The four Division 1 programs representing the Atlantic Coast Conference (BC), the Atlantic 10 (UMass) and the Colonial Athletic Association (NU, Drexel) will gather for a press conference this morning at the Garden. Proceeds from the Tip-Off Classic will benefit Children's Hospital and Al's Angels, a program that serves the homeless in the Greater Boston area.

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