Just Take A Minute returns after a Christmas Day break. We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday yesterday. Of course there wasn't much news on XMas day but there are a few items about UMass basketball as the Minutemen host IUPUI on Saturday at 4 p.m.. Former UMass tailback Steve Baylark has been re-signed for the Denver Broncos practice squad.
One other note in reference to SportsCenter. In case you missed it on Wednesday morning former Voice of the Minutemen Bob Behler's call of Boise State back Ian Johnson's WAC record-setting touchdown was featured on ESPN SportsCenter all morning long.
In looking at the NCAA leaders in men's basketball statistics, Tony Gaffney is still second in blocked shots (5.1) while he is fourth in rebounding (12.0). He is also 20th in field goal percentage (61.0) and 38th in steals (2.3). Ricky Harris 23rd in scoring at 20.4. Chris Lowe is 24th in assists per game with 6.2.
Former Minuteman Gary Forbes scored 14 points and had seven rebounds in the Sioux Falls Skyforce's 105-103 loss to the Dakota Wizards on Christmas night. Forbes is second on the team in scoring with a 19.5 scoring average and is being pushed for the D-League All-Star Game on the Skyforce's website.
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UMass Athletics would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday, whatever holiday it is that you celebrate. JTAM will break until Friday when we'll be back with an update on the big weekend of action ahead. There is still plenty to report in this edition, including a shutout performance by former UMass All-American goaltender Jon Quick.
Check out the Hockey East Journal by Andrew Merritt as college hockey is set to return after breaking for the holidays.
UMass men's basketball's upcoming opponent IUPUI had a
record setting defensive effort on its way to a 62-41 win over Indiana State on Tuesday. The Jaguars now look ahead to Saturday's matchup in Amherst, heading into the game with an impressive 7-4 recording which includes a victory over Big East member Seton Hall.
The story of the night has to be Los Angeles Kings goalkeeper Jon Quick, who shut-out the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night by a 3-0 final. He stopped all 24 shots for the first shutout of his young career. It was also his second-ever win and first since his NHL debut during the 2007-08 season.
Updating Mass Attack Alums in the AHL: Matt Anderson (Chicago Wolves: 25 GP, 4G, 10A), P.J. Fenton (Worcester Sharks: 24 GP, 1G, 6A), Mike Kostka (Portland Pirates: 29 GP, 3G, 7A), Mark Matheson (Milwaukee Admirals: 26 GP, 0G, 7A), Greg Mauldin (30 GP, G, 8A), Stephen Werner (Milwaukee Admirals: 23 GP, 7G, 4A)...For those UMass fans in Central Massachusetts who would like to see two alums face each other, you have your chance. Just head to the DCU Center in Worcester on Monday (Dec. 29). Kostka's Portland Pirates face Fenton's Sharks in a make up for a game that was postponed due to snow.
Gary Forbes was mentioned in an NBDL article as having a stellar week. Forbes "led Sioux Falls to three wins, averaging 23.0 points 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Skyforce."
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Don't miss this: The NBA isn't the only basketball happening on Christmas Day. Gary Forbes brings Sioux Falls into action in its annual
Christmas Night Game. Be sure to check JTAM on Friday to see how he did!
Tuesday, Dec. 23
Hope everyone is getting their last minute shopping in! The holiday season is an exciting time of year, and it's no different for UMass Athletics. After breaking for the holidays, the basketball and hockey teams are back in action over the weekend. There is still plenty of news from JTAM, including a strange development in what was supposed to be a meeting between two old friends from their time behind the UMass bench.
In what was supposed to be a meeting of two old friends, John Calipari's Memphis Tigers topped the Drexel Dragons on Monday, 87-49. The only problem was that Bruiser Flint (Drexel's Head Coach) was not on the bench due to a suspension handed down by the CAA from an incident in Saturday's loss to Bucknell.
The Bleacher Report ranked the men's basketball conferences up to this point of the season. The Atlantic 10 comes in sixth place right behind the Pac-10 and ahead of Conference USA. UMass' win over Kansas is mentioned as one of the A-10's "significant wins."
In CBS Sports Monday Look Back by Gary Parrish, the UMass/Hofstra game was mentioned, specifically focusing on the Pride's huge rebounding advantage, 36 coming on the offensive boards. What was more amazing was that the rebounding advantage came in a loss.
Let's check in with former basketball great Marcus Camby, who is in his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Through 24 games, he is averaging 11.2 points/game, 12.3 rebounds/game (second best in the whole NBA), and 2.8 blocks/game.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Check out the halftime interview from Saturday's Hofstra game featuring Charles Barkley with the voice of the Minutemen, Josh Maurer!
Don't miss this: For those of you who get ESPNU, be sure to catch some A-10 men's basketball action as #12 Xavier hosts 9-1 Butler at 7 p.m. tonight. The Minutemen play at Xavier on Jan. 31 at 12 noon, a game also on ESPNU, so it should serve as a great way to preview one of the best teams remaining on UMass schedule.
Monday, Dec. 22
Happy Holidays everyone! What a way for the UMass basketball teams to celebrate the holiday season as on Saturday, the women routed Northeastern, 80-51, while the men cruised to nearly as easy a victory over Hofstra, 97-81. This edition of JTAM features a ton of basketball stories along with a UMass hockey alum in action against the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
Huge game with UMass ties is on tap for this afternoon at 12 noon (ET) when Bruiser Flint's Drexel Dragons travel to Fed Ex Forum to face John Calipari and the Memphis Tigers. Flint was on Calipari's staff at UMass from 1989-96, which included the Minutemen's trip to the Final Four.
The Providence Journal had a good piece on the early season success for Atlantic 10 men's basketball, including UMass' win over Kansas.
The Minutemen were all over the
A-10 Men's Basketball Notebook from Scout.com. Luke Bonner and David Gibbs were both included in the Honor Roll while there was a note about UMass' record-tying 15 three-pointers made. A note about the big Dec. 13 win over Kansas was also included.
There were a number of UMass references in KU bounces back which was about the Jayhawks' 71-59 win over fellow A-10 member Temple on Saturday. Cole Aldrich was quoted as saying "Things weren't going all that well" after UMass handed Kansas the defeat.
On Sunday, Coach Kellogg came out to support former Memphis colleague Chuck Martin who is the head man at Marist. The Red Foxes also run the dribble-drive offense like Memphis and UMass.
Former UMass All-American goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was recalled to the Los Angeles Kings last Tuesday, made 30 saves in a tough 6-4 loss to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings. The Kings were up by a goal late, but gave up two goals in 2:09, then another empty netter gave Detroit the two-goal win. Quick was quoted as saying, "We had the win with three, three-and-a-half minutes left ... they got two goals at the end. It was disappointing."
More great news from the NBDL where Gary Forbes is continuing to impress. Sioux Falls picked up its fifth consecutive win Saturday behind a late run led by Forbes, who finished with 23 points. He later said, "We get buy a lot on talent. Once we have a couple days of practice, we should be able to get back to where we want to be."
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Don't miss this: Expect news from weekly awards, including UMass Athlete of the Week.