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UMass' Final Rage In The Cage Was 21 Years Ago Today #TBT

With the calendar hitting on Jan. 29, it seems only appropriate to remind fans of what happened on campus 21 years ago today. It's our little Throw Back Thursday (on a Wednesday) to get you pumped for tonights road game at St. Bonaventure.

Gazette: Rage In Cage Worth All The Praise

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has an opinion piece on how wonderful the return to the Curry Hicks Cage was back on Nov. 27 as UMass beat Holy Cross. Read his story: Rage in the Cage worth all the praise.

Gazette, Collegian: Carter Re-Energized In Bench Role

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a basketball notebook leading off with Sean Carter's important and increased play off the bench for the last four games.

Since then Carter has thrived. He's averaging 6.25 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in four games as a reserve, culminating in Saturday's effort.

The Daily Collegian also has a story on Carter and his contributions to the UMass win.

"That may have been the best game he's played since he's been here," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said after the win. "I thought Sean was great. Since he's gone to the bench, it's ironic that he's played such good basketball."

Gazette Feature: Cage Returns To Its Glory

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Check out Matt Vautour's story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about the Cage's return to glory.

The T-shirts and jerseys were summoned from the backs of closets and the bottoms of old drawers, called into duty for the first time in over a decade.

Among the crowd of 3,395 fans Saturday were T-shirts that read "Final Rage in the Cage," "Sweet Sixteen '92" or "Refuse to Lose." Other fans had old replica tank tops of Marcus Camby and Lou Roe.

Most didn't seem to fit quite as well as they probably did when they were purchased. But nostalgia trumped comfort. Heck, nostalgia trumped pretty much everything Saturday as the Minutemen moved back up the hill for one day.

Recaps Of The Basketball Win At The Cage

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Take a look back at the media stories on the 83-76 win over Holy Cross at the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday.

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen hold on to defeat Holy Cross
• Worcester Telegram: UMass keeps Purple caged
• Boston Herald: UMass will take it

Game Previews Of UMass-Holy Cross Basketball

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Here are your game previews to get you set for the UMass return to the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday.

Republican: UMass Returns To Cage Saturday

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The Springfield Republican has a nice preview of the UMass-Holy Cross game at the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday.

To the players, it has been a place to practice when the Mullins Center is not available. To older fans, it was home to Julius Erving, Al Skinner and Jack Leaman, and where John Calipari first forged his coaching identity.

Nearly 18 years after the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team abandoned Curry Hicks Cage as a prime tenant, the 4,058-seat barn retains a beloved place in school annals.

Harper Williams Among Cage Game Honorees

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UMass will be honoring former players that played at the Curry-Hicks Cage as the Minutemen play their first regular-season game at UMass' home from 1941-1993 on Saturday at 3 p.m. vs. Holy Cross. Harper Williams headlines the group with many more expected. Among the players who have confirmed attendance are:

Don Akerson '58
Jim Burke '76
Chuck Demers '53
John Edgar '57
Bob Eichorn '60
Eldon Goodhue '65
Thomas Kelly '43
Tom McLaughlin '73
Ed McGrath '49
Sam Provo '72
Peter Trow '76
John Widdison '62
Harper Williams '93

Men To Wear Throwback Uniforms Saturday At Cage

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With a throwback game at the Curry-Hicks Cage on Saturday, the Minutemen will be sporting their new throwback uniforms for the first time in the game against Holy Cross. This year's throwback jerseys are replicas of the 1995-96 Final Four season. The style was worn from 1994-97 and will be on display Saturday. They will be worn several other times this season.

For tickets call 1-866-UMASS-TIX.

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
  • Send Us Your Favorite Memories Of The Cage

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    We have had tremendous feedback about the UMass vs. Holy Cross men's basketball game at the Curry Hicks Cage slated for Nov. 27. We want to hear from UMass fans with their favorite memories of The Cage. Send twitter messages @UMassAthletics or to Feedback at We will post the best responses on in the coming days.
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