UMass Hits Road For Game At Duquesne On CSN NE
UMASS (8-15, 2-7) at DUQUESNE (12-11, 3-6)
UMass Hits Road For Game At Duquesne On Television
The Minutemen (8-15 overall, 2-7 A-10) have played one of the nation's toughest schedules and are in the midst of a difficult patch. Duquense will mark the seventh team in a span of nine that has an RPI in the Top 100 (based on RealtimeRPI.com). The Dukes (12-11 overall, 3-6 in the A-10) have an RPI of 99. Since Jan. 13, UMass has played the following teams in the top echelon of the ratings with four on the road: at Richmond (30), at Temple (17), at Baylor (28), Charlotte (46), Xavier (27) and at Rhody (12).
Live streaming video, audio and Gametracker will be available on UMassAthletics.com. The UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney will cover the game on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass as well as WCRN 830 AM in Central Mass, WBIX 1060 in Boston and WATD 95.9 FM on the South Shore. The pregame begins 30 minutes prior to tip.
Harris Up To Fourth On Scoring List
The UMass-Duquesne Series
Overall, UMass has won four of the last six meetings, with the Minutemen winning the last game in Pittsburgh, 94-80, Jan. 30, 2008. Three Minutemen scored 20 points in a game for the third time during that season as Gary Forbes (23), Etienne Brower (21), and Ricky Harris (21) all reached the mark.
Prior to the recent winning stretch, Duquesne won three of four games in 2004 and 2005. Before that, the Minutemen reeled off 16 straight wins. Duquesne beat UMass in the first round of the A-10 Tournament in 2004, 79-76, for the Dukes' last win.
UMass stands 11-14 against Duquesne in road games, but had won six straight before the Dukes' victory in 2001-02. At the Palumbo Center, the Minutemen have a 7-5 all-time mark. Prior to the win in 2006, UMass' last win over Duquesne in Pittsburgh came on Jan. 27, 2000, an 84-75 win. Monty Mack led UMass with 22 points.
In A-10 Tournament games, UMass and Duquesne have played nine times with the Dukes holding a 5-4 edge after last seasons victory.
The Minutemen lead the series 4-3 in neutral site games (all coming in the Atlantic 10 Tournament), winning four in a row until that 2004 meeting. UMass is 7-1 against Duquesne at the Mullins Center, suffering its first loss this season.
The Last Two Meetings
Chris Lowe tied a career-high with 23 points and Ricky Harris added 17 despite shooting 3-of-13 from behind the arc. Anthony Gurley scored 16 of his UMass career-high 22 points in the first half. Tony Gaffney ended his college career with his 12th career double-double on 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Bolding's 16 second half points gave him 23 for the game to go with 13 rebounds. Evans chipped in with all 14 of his points after halftime. Aaron Jackson and Bill Clark finished with 18 and 16, respectively.
Feb. 25, 2009 - Duquesne 94, UMass 77
Five Dukes finished in double-figures, led by Bill Clark's 22 points and Damian Saunders' 18.
Connections With Duquesne/Pittsburgh
Duquesne has two players who went to Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass in junior Damian Saunders and sophomore Melquan Bolding. Also, Bill Clark went to Worcester Academy.
Both teams have a player who prepped at the Patterson School in North Carolina. Junior Hashim Bailey for UMass and freshman Rodrigo Peggau for the Dukes.
UMass Pounds The Boards
UMass ranks tied for ninth in the NCAA in total offensive rebounds with 350.
UMass has outrebounded 15 opponents. Overall, UMass has a positive rebounding margin (+3.9). That includes margins of 25 vs. Grambling (55-30), 20 vs. Memphis (44-24), 17 at Boston College (50-33) and 9 at Baylor (42-33).
The Baylor margin was remarkable as the Bears were leading the NCAA in rebounding margin at the time (+11.0) and had outrebounded all 17 opponents until that game. Baylor starts a front line of players standing 7-0, 6-11 and 6-10.
Between Dec. 11 and Jan. 6, UMass outrebounded its opponents 48.3 to 31.3 (193-125).
The Minutemen have used a rebounding by committee strategy. Three players average more than five per game. Sean Carter leads the way with 6.4 per game. Terrell Vinson is up to 5.5 boards per game. Hashim Bailey is second with 5.1 per game in just 13.2 minutes per game. Prorated over 40 minutes, Bailey would grab 15.5 boards.
Shooting Tells The Story
In UMass' eight wins, the Minutemen are shooting 47.2 from the floor overall and 33.3 from 3-point range. In the losses UMass is 37.2 on all field goals and 27.1 from beyond the arc.
On defense, in the victories, UMass is holding foes to 40.9 overall and 30.9 from 3-point land. In the defeats, opponents are shooting 46.9 percent overall and a remarkable 40.1 from trifecta land.
It has translated to a scoring margin of 80.2 to 67.5 in the wins and a mark of 79.6 to 66.9 in the losses.
UMass is 7-4 when shooting above 40 percent this year and 1-11 when shooting below 40 percent in 2009-10. The win over Fordham (1/6) marked the first time UMass won a game when shooting less than 40 percent this season (38 percent).
UMass is 7-1 when shooting a better percentage than its opponents and 1-13 when being outshot. Again, the Fordham game was the first time UMass was outshot (44-38 percent) and still won the game.
Win Over Memphis Gets Attention
Harris & Gurley Leading The Way
Harris continues to move up the UMass career scoring charts with his 18.8 average this season. He is fourth all-time with 1,760 points after passing Lorenzo Sutton (1,731) and Rashaun Freeman (1,744) with a season-high 32 at Rhode Island (2/6) as well as current UTEP coach Tony Barbee (1,643) with 15 points at Baylor (1/23). He has scored in double-figures in 33 games in a row, in 86 of his 120 career games and in 83 of his last 88 games dating to his sophomore season. Harris passed the two legends of UMass basketball on the career scoring list this season. Harris moved by Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,387) in the game against Cornell.
Harris was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 7 after he led UMass to a 2-0 week (Dec. 2-5). Harris had exactly 19 points, six assists and three rebounds in each UMass win that week (vs. Quinnipiac and at Holy Cross. The Baltimore native shot a blistering 68 percent from the floor (13-of-19) and made a stellar 7-of-13 3-point field goals.
Harris has continued to be prolific scorer in his career at UMass. In 2009, he was named a Third-Team All-Conference selection. In 2008, he was named the A-10 Chris Daniels Most Improved player.
Harris is leading returning scorer in the Atlantic 10 with a 18.2 scoring average and led the team in scoring in 18 of 30 games in 2008-09. He scored 20 or more in 10 games. Harris was fourth in the Atlantic 10.
Gurley scored in double-figures in 18 of 23 games this season. He is second on UMass in scoring with a 14.3 points per game average. He had at least 13 points in 16 of 23 games this season. He had his first career double-double at Boston College (12/23) with 23 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Against No. 2 Michigan State (11/28), he tied his career-high with 24 points. That came on the heels of 19 vs. Rutgers (11/27). He had 21 points vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21). At No. 19 Temple (1/16), he had 20 points.
Riley returned from minor knee surgery for the game vs. Fordham (1/6) and had a career-game against La Salle (1/10). Riley canned six 3-pointers and netted a career-high 22 points in Springfield. Those six treys, were two shy of the UMass single-game record. Over four games (from Jan. 10-20), Riley averaged 15.5 ppg making 15-of-36 3-point field goals (42 percent).
Riley ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in 3-pointers made per game with 2.4.
Vinson has 11 games overall in double-figures with the last coming at Rhode Island (2/6). At Baylor (1/23) he had his second-career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. He scored 20-plus with 21 vs. Memphis (12/19) and 20 points vs. Grambling State (12/11). He also had double-figures in three in a row from Nov. 18-24. Vinson became the first UMass freshman to post a double-double and a 20-point, 10-rebound game since Rashaun Freeman in 2003-04, when he had 20 points and 11 boards vs. Grambling.
Vinson earned national attention with his game-winning basket with 0:00.7 to upset Memphis (12/19), 73-72. He scored a career-high 21 points along with nine rebounds in the stunning win over the Tigers. He was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week. His game-winner was the ESPN SportsCenter No. 1 Play of the Day on Dec. 19 and No. 6 Play of the Week for that week as well.
Riley has nine games in double-figures including 20-plus twice, with 22 vs. La Salle (1/10) and 20 at Richmond (1/13).
Sampson Carter is averaging 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds with double-figures in three games. Javorn Farrell is averaging 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds including a career-best 10 rebounds vs. Grambling State (12/11) in just 11 minutes of action. He scored a career-high 12 points vs. Xavier (2/3).
Harris Rises on 3-Point, FT Lists
He stands third in career made 3-pointers (251) and second in attempts (717).
Among the players he passed last season was his current head coach Derek Kellogg (138 makes and 362 attempts). Next on te makes list is Anthony Anderson (275 of 705). No. 1 on both is Monty Mack (331-of-910).
Harris is eighth in made free throws with 353 in history. He has moved past Julius Erving (322) and Marcus Camby (308) this season.
Harris has also risen to No. 4 on the career field goals attempted list with 1,375. Next on the list is No. 3 Lorenzo Sutton (1,518).
He is also eighth in career made field goals (578). Next is Edwin Green (580).
This season, Harris 43-of-147 from 3-point range this season and 68-of-92 from the foul line.
Harris is tied for ninth in career steals with 137. Next on the list at No. 8 is Carl Smith (139).
Harris is tied Carmelo Travieso for the single-season mark for made treys with 104 (in 2007-08). Harris' 87 made 3-pointers last season finished tied with James Life for sixth-most in a single-season.
UMass Quick Hits For 2009-10
UMass has one of the youngest teams in the country as UMass features the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 with five freshmen. The Minutemen also welcomed two transfers who will be eligible this season in Sean Carter from Oregon State and Hashim "Big City" Bailey from Memphis. Sophomore Trey Lang also returned to the team after not playing in 2008-09, giving UMass eight newcomers for this season's roster
UMass returned just 36.1 average points. In looking at it by percentages, UMass returned 49.1 percent of its scoring with Harris leading the way. UMass lost nearly all of its rebounding with the graduation of 2009 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year Tony Gaffney, the final cut of the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. UMass has just 24.3 percent of its rebounding returning as Gaffney grabbed 10.2 per game.
Maxie Esho Signs NLI With UMass
The 6-8, 200-pound native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland is currently playing at Lee Academy in Maine. He played his AAU basketball with DC Assault, the same team UMass' Javorn Farrell played for.
"We are thrilled to have Maxie joining the UMass basketball family. Maxie is a player we have known for a long time," said Kellogg, who brought in what is widely-regarded as the top freshman class in the Atlantic 10 this season. "He is another very long and athletic player with great upside. He have watched him grow as a person and a player for the last couple of year and I know the UMass fans will be excited to get to know him on and off the court. We are looking forward to him having a great senior year at Lee Academy and then coming to UMass. He has the length and athleticism that is necessary for the type of players I want to coach here at UMass."
Harris, Riley, Vinson Earn
In the first preseason men's basketball magazine, Lindy's, UMass men's basketball is being praised for the A-10's top recruiting class. Senior guard Ricky Harris is also gaining honors as he was named to the A-10's First Team and the league's "Most Entertaining" player.
Lindy's picks UMass to finish fifth in the A-10 behind Dayton, Xavier, Richmond and La Salle. The magazine mentions: "Ricky Harris is an absolute scoring machine and coach Derek Kellogg has a killer group of newcomers." It finishes with UMass "Will get better as the season progresses and will be a team nobody wants to draw in the A-10 Tourney."
Lindy's calls UMass' incoming class the "Best group of recruits" in the league. "Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg made a name for himself as a recruiter under John Calipari at Memphis, and he proved that he could do it on his own at his alma mater in Amherst. He scored a key early pledge from Freddie Riley, and in the late signing period nabbed a big-time combo forward in Terrell Vinson. Aside from those two, Kellogg got pledges from a pair of small forwards in Sampson Carter and Javorn Farrell, as well as a super athletic power forward Raphiael Putney."
In the UMass team profile, Lindy's cites Anthony Gurley under "Keep An Eye On." The mag says: "Gurley will display his all-around talents in the backcourt, largely because he has to as the Minutemen do not have a true point guard with experience."
UMass Alum Leading UMass
Prior to McLaughlin, the last UMass alum to lead his alma mater was Lorin Ball (Class of 1921), who coached the team from 1945-52.
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