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Javorn Farrell could return to Minuteman lineup this season

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The University of Massachusetts senior is healing faster than expected from offseason ankle surgery, which was originally expected to sideline him for the entire 2012-13 season.

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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.

Matt Vautour has a look at tonight's men's basketball match-up between UMass and Central Connecticut State as the Blue Devils visit the Mullins Center for a 7 PM tip-off.

Recaps From Men's Basketball Win Over Davidson

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Derek Kellogg indicating at UMass media day on Friday that the starting five for the Minutemen's season opener this Friday against Elon at the Curry Hicks Cage could be Chaz Williams, Freddie Riley, Javorn Farrell, Raphiael Putney, and Sean Carter. The Minutemen played their second and final closed scrimmage of the season on Saturday at Seton Hall.

Vautour also points out some jersey number changes for the Minutemen this season. Check out the online roster.

UMass men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg names starting five - Hampshire Gazette
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette takes an in-depth look today at the UMass men's basketball lineup and who could potentially take over more of a scoring role for the Minutemen in 2011-12. Vautour goes through each player, saying why he's a candidate to increase his scoring, and what could possibly prevent that. An interesting read for UMass fans.

UMass men's basketball looking for scoring threat - Hampshire Gazette

Gazette: Farrell Goes Extra Mile For Grieving Friend

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a great story on Javorn Farrell and how he went out of his way to be their for a friend.

Anyone in the stands or watching on TV couldn't help but root for Thomas Robinson on Saturday.

The Kansas sophomore was playing for the first time since attending his mother's funeral two days before, a service that concluded a miserable month for the 19-year-old Washington D.C. native. Robinson's two grandparents died shortly before Lisa Robinson, his 43-year-old mother, died of an apparent heart attack on Jan. 21.

Only the most passionate of Kansas State fans, the Jayhawks' foe that afternoon, weren't wishing success for the heavy-hearted forward.

Few were rooting harder for Robinson than Javorn Farrell. The University of Massachusetts sophomore was glued to the television as the game aired Saturday night. He and Robinson were teammates at Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro, Md., and have been very close ever since.

Recaps From UMass' 55-50 Win Over Dayton

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Recaps Of UMass' Loss To No. 24 UCF

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Take a look back at the UMass 64-59 loss to No. 24 UCF at the Mullins Center in front of the largest home crowd of the season.

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen rally but fall to Central Florida
• Daily Hampshire Gazette Notebook: Strong game delivered by UMass freshman Putney
• Worcester Telegram: Feeble offense dooms UMass
• Boston Globe: UMass comes up short
• Fox The new MJ
• Central Florida Future: Knights defeat UMass Minutemen, 64-59

Gazette Basketball Notebook

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a basketball notebook updating several topics including Hashim Bailey's suspension. Also, Sean Carter will be among a sizable contingent of UMass student athletes that will deliver presents to kids at the Shriners Hospital in Springfield this afternoon.

Gazette: Dinged-Up UMass Hosts Maine

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a look at tonight's UMass-Maine basketball game.

Daryl Traynham's foot, ankles for both Javorn Farrell and Terrell Vinson - they're all healthy enough to play but problematic enough to keep three key players in the University of Massachusetts' rotation well below 100 percent.

After Saturday, the Minutemen will have 10 days between games, allowing coach Derek Kellogg to rest some of his players as they focus on final exams.

Until then he's hoping his players can keep grinding through two more games at the Mullins Center, tonight against Maine (7 p.m.) and Saturday against Seton Hall.

Republican: UMass Looking For The Points

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On a University of Massachusetts men's basketball team with its share of question marks, one has stood out since Chris Lowe graduated in 2009.

Point guard.

But, as UMass takes a 7-1 record into Wednesday night's game against Maine (2-5), the concerns about this key spot are being erased by three distinctly different players.

"I think the point guard spot is a microcosm of our team. The guys have done a good job, they have all been somewhat effective in their own ways. but there is still a lot of room for improvement,'' coach Derek Kellogg said.

Read the full story in the Springfield Republican.

Recaps Of The Thrilling Win At Quinnipiac

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Check out these stories on UMass basketball's 66-64 win at Quinnipiac.

• Boston Globe: Minutemen abuzz over win
• Worcester Telegram: Perfect Minutemen barely escape

Gazette Feature On VA Thanksgiving Visit

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a great feature story on the UMass basketball team and its visit to the VA Hospital in Northampton.

With too little time between Wednesday's win over American International College and Saturday's 3 p.m. game against Holy Cross, most of the University of Massachusetts men's basketball players didn't go home for Thanksgiving.

Instead, the Minutemen visited and shared a turkey dinner with staff at the Northampton Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Northampton on Thursday.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg said it was a new experience for most of his players and he was proud of the way they handled themselves.

"It was an eye-opening thing for a lot of us. You want to go and have a good time and brighten somebody's day and let them know we appreciate what they've done," Kellogg said. "Some of them don't have families or can't get home to their families, so it was good to go and change the monotony."

Recaps Of The Basketball Win Over TCU

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Here are stories on UMass' basketball's 67-48 win over TCU on Monday night in Springfield.

• Boston Globe: UMass races to 4-0 start
• Worcester Telegram: Farrell sparks UMass in Classic
• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen dominate TCU at Tip-Off Classic
• Boston Herald: Minutemen stomp 'em
• SportPage Magazine: Minutemen Dominate TCU in, 67-48, Win

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

Farrell Likely Out For Sacred Heart Game

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a basketball notebook which mentions that sophomore swingman Javorn Farrell is likely to miss Wednesday's game vs. Sacred Heart.

"His ankle swelled up and he was having some major pain afterward," said UMass coach Derek Kellogg, who wanted to be cautious. "It's early in the season. We need him to be healthy to do anything special this season

Sacred Heart suffered a 69-51 loss To Fordham last night at Rose Hill Gym and is now 0-2 on the season.

Happy Birthday to sophomore swingman Javorn Farrell and senior defensive midfielder Stephen Zorkers.

Javorn Farrell  Stephen Zorkers

Gazette: Brief Preview Of Brandeis Game

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From the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Thursday: UMASS vs. BRANDEIS - The Minutemen play their only exhibition game against Brandeis at 7 tonight at the Mullins Center. Admission is two nonperishable canned goods that will go to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield. Kellogg hopes to use the game as a chance to evaluate players and lineup combinations. "I'm going to try to play a lot of different lineups and a lot of guys. I want to win the game, but I'm not as concerned about winning as our guys playing the right way," Kellogg said. "The one thing I really want is for some of our guys who haven't played to play under the bright lights of the Mullins Center with a crowd here and get some real game action. "There's no substitute for real game action," he added. "That's as important as anything. I'm just focusing on getting my team to play the game like it's supposed to be played." Kellogg said he had not yet settled on a starting lineup for the season, but planned to start Sean Carter, Terrell Vinson, Sampson Carter, Anthony Gurley and Gary Correia against Brandeis. The Judges went 22-7 last year and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament where they were eliminated by Williams. They will be without three of their top four scorers and top two rebounders from that team. Their leading returning scorer is junior Vytas Kriskus, a 6-foot-6 wing who averaged 12.8 points per game last year. Brandeis has two local connections. Freshman guard Connor Arnold played at Deerfield Academy, while assistant coach Shawn Bloom graduated from Minnechaug and spent one year as a walk-on at Memphis. FARRELL IMPROVING - UMass sophomore Javorn Farrell no longer has a walking boot on his right ankle, but is not close to basketball action yet. "Friday might be the first day he jogs," Kellogg said. "I'm hopeful he can play against Rider (Nov. 12), but I'm not optimistic that it's going to happen."

Farrell Suffers Ankle Sprain

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour reports on Javorn Farrell's ankle injury.

"It's a bad high ankle sprain," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "I was hoping it would be something where he could come back quick, but it ballooned up pretty quickly."

Gazette: Feature On Hoops Sophomores

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a great feature on the sophomore class of UMass basketball.

A year ago, the four University of Massachusetts freshmen didn't know just how much they didn't know. As they prepared for the 2009-10 season, the rookies - Terrell Vinson, Javorn Farrell, Freddie Riley and Sampson Carter - all declared the freshman class ready for prime time.

At times they looked the part. Each had promise-revealing moments during their first collegiate season in which all four played a lot of minutes. But over the course of the year the Minutemen freshmen played like freshmen.

Now sophomores, the quartet is considerably more seasoned and wiser about what to expect.