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."