Old man winter has returned with his wicked ways, so stay warm UMass fans! The No. 14 hockey team hits the road for a pair of games starting tonight at defending NCAA Champion Boston University. Tomorrow at the Mullins Center, the hoops team hosts Charlotte at 6 p.m. Come on out for the nationally-televised game on ESPNU.
USCHO.com has a look inside Hockey East with many references to the Mass Attack.
In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a follow-up after Wednesday's win at St. Joe's as UMass seeks more consistency.
After winning its first Atlantic 10 road game of the season, the Massachusetts men's basketball team will look to make it two in a row against Charlotte at the Mullins Center on Saturday with the game televised on ESPNU. In their matchup last season, the 49ers defeated the Minutemen in heartbreaking fashion, claiming a 69-64 win in overtime. The Daily Collegian has the preview.
Though the Massachusetts men's basketball team has had one of the toughest non-conference schedules of any team in the Atlantic 10, UMass coach Derek Kellogg feels the games are a good test for the team. In their last game, the Minutemen picked up their first conference road win of the season against Saint Joseph's.
Check out Adam Miller's story in the Daily Collegian.
RealGM.com also has a look at Ducasse's Thursday workout. The site cites: "UMass project Vlad Ducasse had a better overall day."
The Chicago Bear Report, reports Ducasse had a meeting with the Bears as they are looking at him as a possible draft pick.
With a 1-4 record in the Atlantic 10, the Massachusetts women's basketball team sits in 11th place in the conference standings. This weekend, the Minutewomen will get an opportunity to claim their second A-10 victory when they travel to Kingston to face Rhode Island. The Daily Collegian has the story.
Despite the Mullins Center fairing well for opponents, the Massachusetts women's basketball team has struggled to find its shot and rhythm at home this season. Along with home woes, the Minutewomen have had trouble in their backcourt with injuries, placing strain on guards Kim Benton, Diatiema Hill and Megan Zullo. Read more about it in the Daily Collegian.
TRACK & FIELD
The Massachusetts track and field teams will travel to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on Friday for the annual Reebok Boston Indoor Games. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, UMass will get an opportunity to perform with Olympic athletes and watch gold medalists train. The Daily Collegian has a preview.
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Don't Miss This: Tonight, make the trip to Agganis Arena in Boston to watch a fierce Hockey East battle as Mo. 14/15 UMass takes on
defending NCAA Champion Boston University at 7 p.m.
After running up the famed Rocky stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Minutemen were able to deliver a late-round KO at Saint Joseph's with an 87-80 win snapping a five-game losing streak. The Bud Light UMass Basketball Show takes place at McMurphy's tonight at 7 p.m. Back home, it was a tough 64-54 loss to GW for the women's hoop team at Field Trip Day.
Scott Coen also ran a notebook this morning on the play of UMass' freshmen calling the win at Saint Joseph's "a statement game."
Matt Vautour has a notebook centering on Terrell Vinson's play late in Wednesday's game. Late in the second half after a St. Joe's run gave the Hawks momentum and energized the home crowd, Vautour writes that "the Minutemen in desperate need of a win, freshman forward Terrell Vinson took control."
UMass alum and former Collegian writer Joe Meloni has a nice piece on Casey Wellman on CollegeHockeyNews.com. Meloni centers the piece around Wellman's nearly 200-foot dash to score a goal with 5 seconds remaining in the 2nd period against Vermont on Saturday.
One of the more popular stories about Jon Quick's professional career is his ability to sleep which actually cost him a demotion early on after missing a practice. Sean Fitz-Gerald of the Canadian Press has a short feature on Quick's rise from that incident to becoming one of the top NHL goalies and an Olympian.
Despite an energetic crowd of over 2,000 youngsters for the annual Field Trip Day, the Minutewomen dropped a tough one to George Washington, 64-54. The game is covered by The Daily Collegian and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
From the GW perspective, here is a story from the GW Hatchet.
On Wednesday, Inside Lacrosse ran its 2010 Preview of the #18 Minutemen. The piece also has two videos one of which is an interview with coach Greg Cannella.
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Don't Miss This: Tonight, join us at McMurphy's for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show at 7 p.m. We will be announcing ticket prices soon for Men's Lacrosse and Softball. Season Ticket Packages for both sports are available as the spring sports season will officially get underway in just a few weeks.
You will hear the cheering, screaming and yelling all around late this morning and early this afternoon as UMass hosts its annual Field Trip Day at the Mullins Center. The women's hoop team welcomes George Washington at 11:45 a.m. The UMass Sports Luncheon takes place at 11 a.m., just prior to the game in the Massachusetts Room of Mullins. Tonight the men play at St. Joe's in Philly.
Updates from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on UMass' Vladimir Ducasse: CBS Sports.com reports "he stars of yesterday's practice on the offensive line for the North, UMass's Vladimir Ducasse and Idaho's Mike Iupati, once again looked strong but also displayed some holes in their games. ... Ducasse held his own in team play, looking more comfortable as the day went on."
On NFL.com, Jason Feller has an entry on Ducasse and his performance in Mobile. "He's going to have a great career. I know he's had to overcome a lot to get to where he is," UMass alum and Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum said.
"I'm glad he's down here. He'll do well. A good offseason program will help him with the strength. There's no reason why he can't play in the league a long time."
The the_anguish/">Boston Globe has a great feature on Ducasse staying focused on football during the tough times in his homeland of Haiti.
The Sports Network mentions that UMass' Chris Zardas will play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game on Feb. 6 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso at 2 p.m. It will be televised on CBS College Sports.
The Easy Bridgewater Star has a story on football newcomer Greg Nlland, who transferred from Northeastern after the program was ended. "I had visited UMass out of high school. I was considering it then. I know the coaches here are great and it's a prestigious program with a winning tradition. It's a little bit of an upgrade. This place has all the tools to win. The tradition is here. They have great facilities. The coaches are awesome. I'm excited to just get better and have the best year that I can.''
USCHO.com has the latest on the Hobey Baker Watch. Elliot Olshansky mentions: "All along, there's also been a powerful scoring duo leading UMass in national scoring leader James Marcou and prime beneficiary Casey Wellman."
Jon Quick continues to win for the L.A. Kings. When the Kings last played in Toronto four years ago, Quick was a freshman at UMass. Last night, he led the Kings to a 5-3 win at Air Canada Center.
The men's basketball team will play a Saint Joseph's team tonight at Hagan Arena that is either energized by its recent success after a disappointing start, or a Hawk squad that is exhausted by playing its third game in five days. The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview.
The Springfield Republican's Ron Chimelis files this preview on the hoop team. "I think Ricky has done better with it, especially considering it's not his natural position," Derek Kellogg said about Harris playing point guard. "The problem is, it takes away from his scoring, which is what he does best. The best situation is probably Ricky at (shooting guard)."
The Daily Collegian has a story on how UMass has been dominating the glass including becoming the first team to outrebound Baylor this season, last Saturday.
Kentucky and John Calipari's stay at No. 1 might last just this week, as the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season at South Carolina, 68-62.
The Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass-GW game this morning at the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen (7-12, 1-3 Atlantic 10) have lost three of their last four games, while also enduring a barrage of injuries.
UMass hopes to have all of its players back in uniform for today's game after suffering injuries to Jasmine Watson, Kristina Danella and Stephanie Lawrence.
On Wednesday, Inside Lacrosse will release its preview of the No. 18 UMass men's lacrosse team. We will post the preview on UMassAthletics.com.
Also from Inside Lacrosse, UMass alum Jeff Zywicki tops off the NLL Insider after he was left off the Canadian World Team. Zywicki, who was named the `06 tournament's top attacker in addition to landing a selection on the All-World Team, almost four months after being snubbed, is still not sure why he won't be wearing the red-and-white come July, when the Canucks travel to Manchester, England to defend their gold.
Don't Miss This: Start with the UMass Sports Luncheon at 11 a.m., guest speaker is softball coach Elaine Sortino. At 11:45 a.m., move down to the court for the women's basketball game vs. GW. Tonight at 7 p.m., tune into see if the men's team can end a five-game losing streak, at Saint Joseph's.
Check out the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show on Tuesday night at 7 p.m., live from the Hangar Pub & Grille. The hockey team moved to 14th one poll, while staying put at No. 15 in the other. Just Take A Minute has stories on the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys giving a strong look at UMass' Vladimir Ducasse. Also, ESPN's Todd McShay has Vlad's scouting report. Also news on Marcus Camby's return to New England.
The Newark Star-Ledger has a wonderful feature on Vladimir Ducasse. His agent, Joe Linta, has been representing NFL players for several decades and has had to take care of all kinds of demands from his clients. So when Ducasse wasn't asking for anything at all the past couple of weeks, Linta was stunned.
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth mentions Ducasse as a possible first-rounder. The general consensus seems to be that the Cowboys need--and will go and get--an offensive tackle in the first round. If this is indeed their approach, the team will likely have their eyes fixed on two small school behemoths for most of the weekend--Vladimir Ducasse of UMass, and Mike Iupati of Idaho.
KC Chiefs.com has its "Insider Blog" from Day 1 of Senior Bowl practices and Ducasse impressed the Chiefs. Here is their write-up: " Ducasse is a tackle, but similar to Iupati, scouts want to see how this kid adjusts to the speed of elite talent lined up across from him. Everybody seems interested about this small-school kid who moved to the United States in 2002. Immediately after workouts he was whisked away to an interview with the NFL Network."
Arrowhead Pride report that the Kansas City Chiefs met with Ducasse on Sunday night. A few months ago, the website caught word that Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli personally attended a University of Massachusetts practice to observe Vladimir Ducasse. Today we learn that the Chiefs are interested in learning more about the offensive lineman. Adam Caplan of Scout.com reports that representatives from the Chiefs, Panthers and Jaguars met with Ducasse last night.
Saturday's Kings at Bruins game sees the return of UMass' Jonathan Quick to New England. The Examiner has the story. Since the demise of the old Hartford Whalers, all of New England seemingly now roots for the Bruins. But there will be one town in Connecticut which can be forgiven for rooting against the B's on this day, as Hamden native Jonathan Quick likely starts in goal for the Kings in Boston. He led Avon Farms to consecutive New England Prep championships, and his nine shutouts during his senior season are still a record there. Quick will also likely have some collegiate supporters in the Boston area as well, as the former UMass netminder led the Minutemen to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007.
The Daily Collegian also has a look at the A-10 with some news on St. Bonaventure Charlotte, and Temple.
UMass foe Temple (17-3), 5-0 A-10) moved up to No. 15 in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll after winning two games last week. Congrats to former UMass had coach John Calipari, who has his Kentucky Wildcats at No. 1 in both polls. Michigan State, who beat UMass back in November is No. 5 in both polls. Last Saturday's opponent Baylor is up to No. 24 in the AP Poll.
On Masslive.com, Scott Coen has a column on Calipari looking at his three teams which he has led to No. 1: UMass, Memphis and Kentucky. He joins the legendary Hall of Fame coach Frank McGuire, as the only two coaches to ever acheive such success.
In his return to New England, Marcua Camby and his Clippers lost at the Boston Celtics, 95-89. Camby had 14 rebounds and three points in the defeat.
WEEI.com has a column on UMass' Marcus Camby. Mike Petraglia writes: "Camby has come a long way from his days at the University of Massachusetts.
He is no longer just a lanky, talented big man in the middle. He is widely regarded as one of the best defensive post players in the league.
Chad Paronto pitched with the Astros last season.
The Daily Collegian has a notebook on Atlantic 10 basketball. Dayton and Xavier are featured in the story.
The Berkshire Eagle has a feature on UMass grad Chad Paronto signing with the Boston Red Sox. "I can't wait to get down there," Paronto said Monday night. "I can't even imagine the opportunity to have that uniform on and pitch at Fenway Park."
The Duquesne baseball team is being eliminated. Duquesne University today announced a strategic restructuring of its varsity sports program in an effort to maximize financial resources and ensure sustained athletic success. The move will reduce the number of varsity sports from 20 to 16 and keep all related scholarship and operational funding within the athletic department. The Pittsburgh Review Tribune also has coverage.
SWIMMING & DIVING
It was a very busy weekend for the Massachusetts swimming and diving teams. Not only did both teams travel on Friday to compete in their first dual meet since Dec. 5, but after a short turnaround, they competed in another race. On Sunday, UMass traveled to Colgate for their seventh dual meet of the season.
The Minutemen were able to capitalize on yet another strong day off the diving board by sophomore Jason Cook, as well as an impressive day from the UMass Athlete of the Week Joey Sbordon. UMass emerged victorious against the Red Raiders with a score of 182-106. Cook for the second time in one weekend, placed first in both the one and three meter dives. The Daily Collegian has the recap of the meets.
After impressive performances from junior Darius Velez and senior Lisa Wilson, UMass heads to Roxbury, Mass. to compete in the Boston Indoor Games after the Minutemen finished third out of seven in the URI Invitational, while the Minutewomen finished fifth out of 25 in the Great Dane Invitational. The Daily Collegian has the story.
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Don't Miss This: Come on out to the Bud Light UMass Hockey Radio Show tonight at 7 p.m., at the Hangar Pub & Grille. Looking ahead to Thursday, the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show takes place at McMurphy's in Amherst.
Lots of action over the weekend. The No. 15 hockey team split two games at the Mullins Center with Vermont, but moved up in the Pairwise Rankings, which are a good indicator of NCAA Tournament teams. The men's hoop team lost at No. 25 Baylor on Saturday. The swimming and diving teams as well as the track and field teams were in action.
The Detroit Free-Press has a projection of the 2010 NCAA Hockey Tournament, which has its Frozen Four in Detroit at Ford Field. UMass is included in the 16 teams projected to be in the field.
Former UMass star goalie Jonathan Quick won a battle with former Maine goalie Jimmy Howard on Saturday as the L.A. Kings downed the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena. Quick finished with 31 saves.
Here are the highlights of Sunday's nationally televised game against Vermont from ESPN:
UMass legend Marcus Camby had 12 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks in the Los Angeles Clippers 92-78 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Camby is third in the NBA in rebounds with 11.8 per game. He had 25 in a game on Jan. 20 vs. Chicago.
In the NBA D-League, UMass' three players continue to be contributors. Now with the Maine Red Claws, Chris Lowe played 14 minutes in a 106-104 win over Bakersfield on Sunday.
Here are the highlights of Saturday's Baylor game from ESPN:
Lots of stories on UMass' probably NFL Draft pick Vladimir Ducasse. The stories can be found in one location here on UMassAthletics.com. All stories will be added to this page as they continue to debut.
CBS Sports.com has a notebook on the Senior Bowl with mention of Ducasse. It says: "Ducasse is a possible mid-to-late second-round pick (at tackle or guard) because of his size and athleticism. "
The New York Jets run in the NFL playoffs came to an end on Sunday as several UMass alums saw their season finish. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, Assistant Coach Brian Smith and Safety James Ihedigbo were all key parts to a great Jets season, where they exceeded expectations. In the 30-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Ihedigbo saw lots of playing time due to some injuries on the Jets' defense. He racked up four tackles, two solo as well as two hits on Peyton Manning.
Vladimir Ducasse is discussed by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay as one of the top offensive line prospects for this season's NFL Draft.
The Bristol Press in Connecticut has a mention of All-American Jen Hadley. Former Bristol Eastern All-State and UMass All-American softball pitcher Hadley, one of the most celebrated softball players in all of New England, is director of softball operations at Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy in Stamford. It's the premier athletic training facility in the Northeast, providing instruction and coaching to softball and baseball enthusiasts of all ages.
UMass alum Jeff Zywicki had two goals and four assists for the Washington Stealth as it beat Calgary, 16-15 on Saturday. Zywicki leads the NLL in scoring with 26 points on 10 goals and 16 assists.
The Everett Herald has a great feature on Zywicki. Imagine being named to a list of the world's best field lacrosse players after helping lead your national team to its first world championship title in 28 years by scoring a tournament-high 28 goals. Now, consider how it would feel to be left off the team for this year's championship tournament. Washington Stealth veteran forward Jeff Zywicki knows first-hand because it's his story.
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Don't Miss This: Weekly league honors will be handed out on Monday. Check out the latest hockey polls on Monday. See if UMass moves up after splitting with Vermont this weekend. Derek Kellogg also has his weekly A-10 teleconference at 11 a.m., check back for the transcript.