Men's Basketball

Just Take A Minute: Dec. 7-11


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   Friday, Dec. 11

There's a basketball twinbill tonight at the Mullins Center. The women's team hosts Providence at 6 p.m., followed by the men's team taking on Grambling State at 8 p.m. Come out and support the teams as they both look to even their records. Happy Birthday to men's basketball senior guard Lex Mongo!

  • The Springfield Republican has an outlook on tonight's men's basketball game as UMass looks to move to 5-5 vs. Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams' alma mater.

  • In looking at tonight's men's game vs. Grambling State, coach Derek Kellogg is seeking more intensity from his Minutemen. The Daily Hampshire Gazette has the story.

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of tonight's game with Grambling State.

  • After playing three games in one week, the Massachusetts men's basketball team is feeling the effects of back-to-back games on the road, including four of its past five away from the Mullins Center. The Daily Collegian has a look a UMass' difficult schedule.

  • UMass' next men's hoop opponent, Memphis, is having a hard time shooting free throws. The Memphis Commercial Appeal has a story. On Saturday, Memphis travels to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock to face Arkansas-Little Rock. Then, the following Saturday, the Tigers will face UMass at TD Garden in Boston.

  • The D-League's Springfield Armor fell to 0-5 overall with a 90-74 loss to the Tulsa 66ers last night. Of note, UMass alum Dante Milligan is out with a broken nose, but said he expects to play in two weeks.

  • UMass alum Jeff Howe has a story on Inside College about the shuffling in the Hockey East standings. Heading into the final weekend of conference play of the season's first half, New Hampshire (7-2-2, 16 points), Boston College (6-3-2, 14 points) and Maine (6-4-1, 13 points) have locked down Hockey East's top-three spots, overtaking UMass Lowell (5-4-1, 11 points) and Massachusetts (5-4-0, 10 points) to reclaim their upper-echelon status.

  • UConn's school paper, the Daily Campus has a preview of the Toyota UConn Classic which takes place in Storrs at the Freitas Ice Forum. It features UMass along with the host Huskies, Union and Bentley.

  • The Boston Globe has a college hockey notebook with a focus on UMass' Saturday opponent Merrimack.

  • The Massachusetts women's basketball team has seen freshmen Jasmine Watson, Shakia Robinson and Dee Montgomery shine in their new roles with the Minutewomen. Watson has played an important part in improving the team's defense. The Daily Collegian has a look at tonight's women's game vs. PC.

  • The Sports Network has a long look at today's FCS Semifinals as Appalachian State travels to Montana and Villanova hosts William & Mary. The story takes a look at UMass' 2006 win at Montana in the frigid temperatures in the first-ever night game for the Grizzlies.

  • The Massachusetts swimming and diving team should get some time in the sun as well as some competition during winter break. UMass will head to San Juan, Puerto Rico to compete in the Loyala Invitational on Jan. 9. The actual meet is little significance to UMass , and solely for preparation. The Daily Collegian has a look at the aqua men and women.

  • Check This Out On Looking for all the latest special events taking place at UMass games? Visit the Promotions Page brought to you by UMass Dining. Tonight is Non-Profit Night -All staff, members, and volunteers of any non-profit organization will receive a $6 GA ticket to the game.

  • Don't Miss This: Spend the night at the Mullins Center for a basketball doubleheader with the women hosting Providence at 6 p.m., followed by the men vs. Grambling State at 8 p.m.

       Thursday, Dec. 10

    The Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show is back tonight, coming to you from Charlie's In Amherst. Be sure to come on down and say hello to coach Derek Kellogg along with player guests including Anthony Gurley. The show gets underway at 7 p.m. JTAM also has stories on the women's basketball loss last night at home as well news on Freddie Riley and the hockey team.

  • Freshman hoop shooter Freddie Riley had minor knee surgery on Wednesday and will be out for a few weeks. The Daily Hampshire Gazette and Springfield Republican.

  • If you watched last night's 64-61 Kentucky win over UConn in men's hoops on ESPN, you saw plenty of old clips from UMass basketball when John Calipari led the Minutemen in the early and mid 1990s. has this feature story and Dana O'Neil has a blog with mentions of the UMass days for Coach Cal.

  • Recaps from last night's women's basketball loss are in the">Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Burlington Free-Press, Boston Globe.

  • Despite losing to the Catamounts last night, UMass got production from its bench, with 22 of its 38 points coming from players like Jasmine Watson, Megan Zullo and Dee Montgomery. The Daily Collegian has a sidebar on the reserves.

  • Friday's hockey game vs. Merrimack is previewed in the Daily Collegian.

  • Over the Winter Break, the UMass hockey team will have several stiff challenges on the schedule as most of the games will be on the road. The Daily Collegian has a look at the intersession schedule.

  • For those who are worried about the Mass Attack losing three in a row, Daily Collegian columnist Nick O'Malley feels that UMass has the experience, depth and balance to overcome its three-game losing skid and find the success in the second half of the season that has avoided them the past two seasons.

  • UMass alum Jonathan Quick had his first game off in close to a month last night as the Kings beat the Sharks, 5-4 in overtime. Quick is having a stellar season as he is first in the NHL in games played (29), second in wins (17) and fifth in overall saves (781).

  • Football All-American Jeromy Miles was honored last night at the Southern New Jersey TD Club Awards Banquet as the top FCS player from the area in he Garden State. Newark Star-Ledger has the story.

  • Check This Out On As Hockey East action heats up this season, the UMass Ticket Office is offering fans a sensational ticket offer. The Sizzlin' Seven Package gives fans the chance to buy tickets for the final seven home games for just $49 dollars. That package includes three televised games, this Saturday's game against Merrimack, the home weekend against Vermont, and next semester's game against Boston College.

  • Don't Miss This:Come on down to Charlie's in Amherst for tonight's Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show at 7 p.m.

       Wednesday, Dec. 9

    Hello snow! Winter has arrived in full force today. Tonight's women's basketball game vs. Vermont is still on as scheduled for 7 p.m. Also, the UMass Sports Luncheon is also still set for 12:15 p.m. at the Campus Center Room 1009. Derek Kellogg is the featured speaker along with the Fall Scholar-Athletes. Check back for updates on the luncheon as the day progresses.

  • The Burlington Free-Press and Daily Collegian have previews of tonight's women's basketball game at the Mullins Center vs. Vermont. Courtnay Pilypaitis (19.1 points a game) and Kotsopoulos (18.9) are the leading scorers in the America East Conference and have driven the Catamounts to a 70.9 scoring average and 6-1 record.

  • Throughout the season, the Massachusetts women's basketball team lived and died on the 3-point shot. Right now, that dependence is paying off as the Minutewomen have become deadly beyond the arc. The Daily Collegian

  • Women's hoops freshman Dee Montgomery is mentioned in the Bristol Herald Courier. n just the third game of her college career, Danielle Montgomery delivered an impressive performance for the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team. Montgomery, a former Tennessee High standout, had 10 points and four rebounds on Dec. 2 in a 73-64 loss to Northeastern. Montgomery has appeared in five games for UMass and is averaging 3.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per contest.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a story on UMass basketball and how the Minutemen are "learning the hard way."

  • From New Jersey, here is a follow-up from the Newark Star-Ledger on Seton Hall's perspective after beating UMass on Monday night, 86-68. The story says the Pirates played their most complete game of the season.

  • Massachusetts men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg wanted most of his team's games in neutral sites or on the road during winter break so the Minutemen would get to play at the Mullins Center plenty of times once students came back. The Daily Collegian has a story on team's tough intersession schedule.

  • With UConn taking on Kentucky tonight at Madison Square Garden. There are several stories on the "history" between John Calipari, when he was at UMass, and long-time Huskies' mentor Jim Calhoun. The Lexington Herald-Leader, Hartford Courant, The Greenwich Time, The Day .

  • In his "Hitting To All Fields" Garry Brown adds UMass senior basketball guard Lex Mongo to his list of all-time favorite sports names. He also mentions: It's women's hoop time at the Mullins Center tonight, with Vermont visiting.

  • On a side note in terms of UMass, but certainly major news in the sports media world: Peter Gammons is leaving ESPN to join MLB Network and NESN, which covers the Red Sox. The Bleacher Report has a story from a UMass alum's perspective.

  • The Daily Collegian has a Hockey East notebook on various topics.

  • Check This Out On As Hockey East action heats up this season, the UMass Ticket Office is offering fans a sensational ticket offer. The Sizzlin' Seven Package gives fans the chance to buy tickets for the final seven home games for just $49 dollars. That package includes three televised games, this Saturday's game against Merrimack, the home weekend against Vermont, and next semester's game against Boston College.

  • Don't Miss This: Again, the UMass Sports Luncheon takes place at 12:15 at the Campus Center Room 1009. Derek Kellogg will speak along with the Fall Scholar-Athletes. At night, the women's basketball team hosts Vermont at 7 p.m., at the Mullins Center. These events are still on as originally planned.

       Tuesday, Dec. 8

    UMass' hockey team is now ranked 15th in the polls. The Minutemen lost to undefeated Seton Hall (7-0) on Monday night. Just Take A Minute has all the recaps. Also a few quick notes on some alums who were in Newark.

  • In the Poll, UMass comes in at No. 15. Also in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll, UMass is 15th. Many other UMass foes are ranked: No. 7 Yale, No. 8 Quinnipiac, No. 9 UMass-Lowell and No. 10 Boston College.

  • Here are the recaps on Seton Hall's wire-to-wire win over the Minutemen on Monday night: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Newark Star-Ledger, New York Times, North Jersey, CBS Sportsline, ABC40 TV.

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a sidebar on UMass' problems in the post last night at The Rock.

  • The ers-upset-louisville-out-of-national-rankings/">Daily Collegian has a notebook on men's college basketball.

  • On Wednesday night, UConn coached by Jim Calhoun will take on Kentucky coached by John Calipari. The two battled for recruits and headlines in New England in the 1990s. The Hartford Courant has a story.

  • Taking a look at former UMass All-American Marcus Camby in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers, he is averaging 8.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in 20 games this season. Camby is sixth in the NBA in rebounds per game. He has at least 10 rebounds in 11 games this season with a season-best 21 vs. Indiana on Nov. 25. He has posted four double-doubles.

  • With the Minutemen in New Jersey a few former athletes were in town. Former 1970s football stars Frank and John DiTomasso were at the game to support the Minutemen. Former swimmer John Manning, class of 1999 was also spotted in Newark.

  • Virginia has a new head football coach -- former Richmond head man Mike London. Check out stories from:, Washington Post, Daily Press.

  • For the first time this season, the Massachusetts swim teams traveled to different locations. The men competed against Yale while the women took on Northeastern as both teams dropped their meets after impressive showings at Boston University's Terrier Invitational. The Daily Collegian has a recap of both events.

  • Check This Out On The Auctions Page includes 15 street banners from the 100 Years Of UMass Basketball. They make great holiday gifts.

  • Don't Miss This: Enjoy a free night with no UMass events or radio shows. On Wednesday, the UMass Sports Luncheon takes place at 12:15 at the Campus Center Room 1009. Derek Kellogg will speak along with the Fall Scholar-Athletes. At night, the women's basketball team hosts Vermont at 7 p.m., at the Mullins Center.

       Monday, Dec. 7

    The men's basketball team faces its second Big East team of the season on Monday night as UMass takes on Seton Hall at the state-of-the-art Prudential Center at 7 p.m. JTAM recaps the great weekend for the hoops teams and tough weekend for the hockey squad. Also today, look for a special holiday auction of the 100 Years Of UMass Basketball Banners running for the next week.

  • Previews of the UMass at Seton Hall basketball game today are in the Springfield Republican and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

  • Boston University's John Holland and UMass' Anthony Gurley are certainly among the five best players on their respective teams. Yet, when the ball goes up for the opening tip, both stars have found themselves mostly in the same place: on the bench. The Boston Herald has a nice feature on the two players in a story by UMass alum Dan Duggan. This is a new weekly feature in the Herald, which will run each Monday.

  • The Bleacher Report has a feature story on UMass scoring duo of Anthony Gurley and Ricky Harris.

  • Check out the Atlantic 10 Basketball Notebook which features Ricky Harris being named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week.

  • UMass evened its basketball record at 4-4 with a convincing 84-63 win at the DCU Center, over Holy Cross on Saturday. Here are the game recaps: Springfield Republican, Boston Globe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, y-game-8463">The Examiner, Daily Collegian, and Associated Press.

  • After sitting out a year due to his transfer from Memphis, there were questions surrounding Hashim "Big City" Bailey's conditioning. Despite dealing with injuries, Bailey has proven he can play a large and his share of minutes for the Minutemen, and hopes to continue as they take on Seton Hall. Here is the Daily Collegian story.

  • Here are the recaps of the UMass hockey 5-3 loss at UMass-Lowell on Saturday night: Springfield Republican, vid_vallorani_uml_take_out_umass/srvc=home&position=recent">Boston Herald, Daily Collegian, Examiner and ABC40.

  • Against Boston College and UMass Lowell, the Minutemen had lackluster second periods that forced them to play catch up. Combined in the two second periods this weekend, UMass was outshot 34-12 and outscored 4-1. The The Daily Collegian has a sidebar.

  • The women's basketball team captured the Brown Classic for the second year in a row with wins over the host Bears and Quinnipiac. The Daily Collegian and Daily Hampshire Gazette have complete coverage on both games from Neil Carroll. The Examiner has a recap of the win over Brown and the title game vs. Quinnipiac. The Boston Globe and Springfield Republican also have mentions.

  • The Daily Collegian has a look at Kim Benton and Megan Zullo's contributions to the weekend championship at Brown.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a fascinating column about UMass football and what the future might possibily hold.

  • UMass' only alum in the NFL in action on Sunday was part of a big win. The Jacksonville Jaguars topped the Houston Texans, 23-18 as Jeremy Cain snapped the ball eight times on kicks and punts. He also had a tackle on punt coverage.

  • The new UMass Recreation Center, which was officially opened on Friday, received high praise in the Springfield Republican.

  • Check This Out On Looking for a nice holiday gift? Want to relive great moments from UMass Athletics? Visit the Photo Gallery page for all the best images from UMass teams.

  • Don't Miss This: UMass basketball seeks to move above .500 for the first time this season with its third win in a row at Seton Hall at 7 p.m.

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