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Boston Herald: Carter's been waiting at UMass

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a feature story on Sampson Carter who talks about his path to UMass and what it means to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the transition of the UMass basketball program thanks in part to seniors Raphiael Putney, Sampson Carter and Chaz Williams. The trio talk about the increased success of the program in their four years and how exciting a packed Mullins Center is to play in.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story with UMass seniors Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter where they share their favorite Mullins Center memories. Malone includes several video clips in the story as well.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story looking back at some of the great memories UMass seniors Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter have as Senior Day approaches on Sunday.

Herald: Davis, UMass take down Duquesne

The Boston Herald has a recap of last night's UMass men's basketball victory over Duquesne.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a preview of tonight's hoops match-up against Rhode Island. He focuses on what UMass' will have to do defensively to contain an explosive Ram offense.

VIDEO: Highlights From UMass Hoops' 105-96 Win Over BYU

Check out the fast paced highlights from No. 21 UMass' 105-96 win over BYU on Saturday at the sold out Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.

ESPN Boston: UMass' Carter lined up for solid season

Steve Richards of spent some one-on-one time with Sampson Carter following the win over LSU on Tuesday. He touched on the redshirt senior's improved bill of health after surgery from two years ago left lingering pain in Carter's body.

     AMHERST, Mass. -- A frequent topic of conversation in the first days of the college basketball season is a rules change essentially directing officials to give offenses more room to maneuver and defenses a little less leeway.
     The change coincided with the University of Massachusetts getting to the free throw line 40 times in its 92-90 win over LSU in a Tuesday morning game pitting teams on the NCAA tournament bubble in early projections.
     On the surface, UMass' Sampson Carter seemingly was a primary beneficiary, getting to the line 15 times and hitting 11, both career highs. But most of the calls would have been made regardless of any adjustment to the rules. Carter was aggressive to the basket from the start despite the presence of a solid LSU front line. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior finished with 17 points, matching his career best. That came on the heels of a 12-point effort that including a personal 7-0 outburst that sparked an 86-73 win over Boston College on Sunday.
     "As you all can see, I'm really not as athletic as [teammate Raphiael Putney] or Maxie Esho," Carter said. "All my life when I have to play with these type of guys, I have to do the grunt work, using ball fakes, using my body. I knew what I had to do coming into the game. That's just the player I am."
     More than just a mindset, Carter's early success also can be attributed to his health.

Read the entire article by clicking the link below...

MBB Recaps From Tuesday's 92-90 Win Over LSU

UMass put on a nice show in its second game of the season, defeating LSU 92-90 in front of more than 5,000 fans on Tuesday morning. The crowd was rockin' and so were the Minutemen, who debuted new gray jerseys for their second-consecutive ESPN Tip Off Marathon game.

Stories from the LSU media outlets

MBB Recaps From Tuesday's 89-76 Exhibition Win Over AIC

     The Massachusetts men's basketball team gave fans their first look at the 2013-14 edition in Tuesday night's exhitibion. As with most exhibitions, there were some bright spots and some not so bright spots. Sampson Carter's 20 points in 20 minutes was solid. Derrick Gordon showed off some of his fast break moves to the basket that fans have been waiting for since her transferred from Western Kentucky. Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho combined for 24 points, 16 rebounds and three dunks.
     In regards to the tighter hand-checking and block/charge calls with the rules changes, there were 37 fouls and 49 free throws taken, so we didn't have one of the games that have been popping up around the country with 80 fouls and a matching number of freebies, so that was nice. I think most fans will agree that it was a good first game and the coaching staff has some things to work on before, and after, the season-opener with Boston College on Sunday. It is early and the team will improve as the season progresses.

VIDEO: Men's Basketball Practice Update

Here is an update from UMass basketball practice as the Minutemen get closer to starting the 2013-14 season.

Here's a well-written piece by Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican on the unique road to success and Amherst for UMass assistant coach Shyrone Chatman and his brother - 12 years his junior - junior forward Sampson Carter.

So just after Carter began his junior year of high school, he and his older brother Marcus hopped on a Greyhound together and rode to Memphis.
It happened fast after Chatman extended the offer.

"It was a better situation, it was a better opportunity, so I just ran with it," Carter recalls. "I dropped school like in a day."
Once their mother tied up her loose ends in Baton Rouge, she sold her house and followed them.

Read the entire article here.

Sampson Carter To See More Time Down Low

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Sampson Carter was a popular request at Monday's basketball practice, and for good reason. The 6-foot-8 forward is expected to see increased time at the 5 spot for UMass to help solidify its presence in the paint. The Minutemen will face some talented bigs this week when they play Siena and Miami.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette had this article on Sampson Carter and the excitement he has in getting to return to the court and play another team.

Rob Dauster of College Basketball Talk put out his list of ten men's basketball programs on the rise entering the 2012-13 season.

UMass: UMass basketball history is limited to, more or less, two people. Julius Erving played for the Minutemen from 1968-1971 before going on to become Dr. J. The other person is John Calipari, who took over a program in 1988 that had 10 straight losing seasons. In his fourth year, he led UMass to the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles, advancing to the NCAA tournament. He would accomplish that feat for five consecutive years, which culminated in his run to the 1996 Final Four, riding on the shoulders of Marcus Camby, before leaving the program. Bruiser Flint took over and led the Minutemen to two more NCAA tournaments, but they've only won one A-10 title -- the 2007 regular season -- since then. Outside of those seven consecutive NCAA tournaments, UMass has been to one. Ever. In 1962.

That could change this season, as Derek Kellogg has put together arguably the best team in Amherst since the late 90′s. The Minutemen return all but one member of their rotation from last season, including Chaz Williams, who is one of the most exciting and underrated point guards in the country. They also bring back Sampson Carter and Cady Lalanne, both of whom were injured for much of last season. The Atlantic 10 is going to be a rugged league this season, but UMass has the horses to make a run at a top four finish.

Rothstein Files: Five Observations From UMass

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National college basketball writer and television announcer Jon Rothstein offered up his thoughts on UMass as it prepares for the 2012-13 season. Leading off with a note on junior PG Chaz Williams' infectious energy that envelops the entire team.

Chaz Williams is a like a magnet. The undersized point guard has an infectious personality -- and it's easily noticeable if you're in the gym with him for even just a matter of moments. The 5-9 Williams was one of the best players in the Atlantic 10 a season ago and figures to be so again thanks to the biggest weapon he has -- his heart.

UMass basketball hits the Big E as fan interest builds

Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican was in attendance at the Big E on Saturday (along with more than 80,000 others) and stopped by the Massachusetts building where the UMass men's basketball team was hosting a free clinic for youths 12 & under. Check out his article on the excitement surrounding the anticipation for the upcoming season.

Photographer Michael Beswick was also on hand and snapped these photos of the event.

Don't forget, you can reserve your season tickets right now by calling the UMass Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.
** 5 Game Packs go on sale beginning Monday, Oct. 1.
** Single-game tickets will go on sale Monday, Oct. 15.
** Group tickets of 15 or more may be purchased through the UMass Group Sales Office for as low as $8/ticket by contacting Jason Blanchette at 413-577-0340 or

Recaps Of Basketball's 83-67 Win Over Northeastern

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The men's basketball team improved to 2-0 on Monday night with a 83-67 win over Northeastern at the Mullins Center. Sophomore point guard Chaz Williams led the way again for the Minutemen, recording the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 10 assists, both tying career-highs. Terrell Vinson (14) and Sampson Carter (12) both reached double-figures for the second game in a row. Check out coverage of the game below.

  • UMass men's basketball pulls away from Northeastern - Hampshire Gazette
  • Gary Forbes checks in on Minutemen - Hampshire Gazette
  • A double-double by Chaz Williams leads a double-digit UMass win - Springfield Republican
  • Offense in full swing as Minutemen cruise to 83-67 victory - Daily Collegian
  • Sloppy play plagues UMass despite win - Daily Collegian
  • Williams points way for UMass - Boston Herald
  • UMass basketball beats Northeastern - Boston Globe
  • UMass pulls away with game on line - Worcester Telegram
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  • Williams scores 20, dishes out 10 assists, Massachusetts beads Northeastern 83-67 - Washington Post
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  • 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
    Both the men's and women's basketball teams visited Springfield over the weekend looking to bring some cheer to children affected by the recent tornado damage. Ezra Broder of CBS3 had a story on the men's team visiting on Saturday, while the women visited on Sunday.

    Sampson Carter remembers flying on a faulty airplane that was spitting smoke in the cockpit as it cruised above the clouds.

    "Your brain becomes a collage, thinking of good times and bad times,'' the University of Massachusetts men's basketball player said. "Looking down ... that's a hard fall.''

    Carter and the rest of the UMass entourage made an emergency landing Tuesday in Albany, N.Y. Thus ended a harrowing 15 minutes that, according to UMass personnel, saw flight attendants running through the aisles and thumbing through procedural manuels, after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

    Read the detailed and graphic stories in the Springfield Republican and Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Recaps Of UMass' 71-54 Basketball Win Over BU

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    Take a look back at the basketball victory over BU on New Year's Eve in these stories.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen end losing streak with win over BU
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Carter rebounds in second half
    • Worcester Telegram: Gurley looks grand as Minutemen win
    • SportsPages Magazine: UMass Pulls Away from BU in, 71-54, Win

    Sampson Carter To Guest On Radio Show

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    Sampson Carter will be the guest of the night on the UMass Basketball Radio Show at the Hangar Pub & Grill on Monday night. Listen in at 7 p.m., or join us in person.

    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.

    On Sept. 11, we have three UMass student-athlete birthdays: men's basketball forward Sampson Carter, swimmer Molly Elkins, top lacrosse scorer Will Manny.

    Sampson Carter                    Will Manny

    Riley Nets 30 In Summer Pro-Am Game

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    UMass sophomore Freddie Riley scored 30 points last night as the Springfield Slamm lost in Pro-Am Basketball, 125-118 to the Fairview All-Stars. Riley nailed four 3-pointers including three in a row in the first half. Fellow Minuteman Sampson Carter had 10 points and five rebounds. The Springfield Republican has a small story on the game.