Hoops Looks To Continue Winning Ways Vs. Dayton
UMASS (10-17, 4-9) at DAYTON (18-8, 7-5)
UMass Looks To Continue Winning Ways Vs. Dayton
UMass will be seeking to continue its winning ways against the Flyers as the Minutemen have won the last four meetings, dating to 2005. Last season, UMass picked up one of its biggest wins of the season, a 75-62 victory at the MassMutual Center in Springield -- head coach Derek Kellogg's hometown.
In each of the last two games at UD Arena, UMass ended a significant Flyers' winning streak. In 2008, the Minutemen ended Dayton's 13-game win streak. In 2007, UMass stopped the Flyers' 14-game home win streak.
Saturday's game will be available via live streaming video, audio and Gametracker on UMassAthletics.com. The UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer, Tim Collins and Tim Kenney call the action starting with a 3:30 p.m., pregame show. The game airs statewide on flagship 100.9 FM in Western Mass, 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass., 1060 AM WBIX and 95.9 WATD in Eastern Mass.
RH Factor: Red-Hot Ricky Harris
Harris moved up to fourth on the UMass career-scoring list at Rhode Island on Feb. 6. He now has 1,849 and is the A-10's active career scoring leader. Harris has an outside chance to become the third player in history to score 2,000 points. He needs 151 points with at least three games remaining. He needs just 56 to pass No. 3 Lou Roe (1,905). Jim McCoy is the all-time leader (2,374).
The Series With Dayton
Two seasons ago, In the last meeting at UD Arena, UMass ended Dayton's 13-game win streak as the No. 14/18 Flyers fell at home, 82-71 on Jan. 16, 2008. Three seasons ago, UMass ended the Flyers' 14-game home win streak at UD Arena with a 77-69 victory on Feb. 22, 2007.
The last game at the Mullins Center between the teams came four seasons ago, as UMass ended a five-game losing streak in the series with a 66-47 victory on Feb. 25, 2006 at the Mullins Center. That day was an emotional one as the court at the facility was named in honor of Jack Leaman. Prior to that win, Dayton had won five straight in the series. The previous victory for the Minutemen came at the Mullins Center on Jan. 18, 2001 (62-57).
For games in Dayton, UMass is 3-4 with the wins coming in 1999 in overtime, 59-57 in addition to the last two meetings in Dayton.
For all games played at the Mullins Center, UMass leads the series, 4-3. Dayton had won two in a row before the UMass win in 2006. Dayton won those two trips to Amherst on Jan. 29, 2002 (83-68) and Feb. 8, 2004 (66-59).
This will be Derek Kellogg's second experience coaching against Dayton and his first at UD. The Flyers joined the Atlantic 10 in 1995-96, the year after he graduated from UMass.
UMass Dousts Dayton Streaks
Three seasons ago, UMass ended Dayton's home dominance in 2006-07, handing the Flyers their first loss after a 14-0 start at UD Arena, winning 77-69 on Feb. 22, 2007. The win was also UMass' first at Dayton since 1999. Gary Forbes led UMass with 23 points while the inside force of Stephane Lasme (14 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks) and Rashaun Freeman (15, 12 ) combined for 29 points and 24 rebounds.
Last season Vs. Dayton
Ricky Harris led all scorers with 23 points, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Tony Gaffney (17), Anthony Gurley (16), and Chris Lowe (15) all scored in double-figures for UMass as well. Gaffney pulled down seven boards and swattd seven shots, while Lowe dished out six assists.
Chris Wright and Marcus Johnson were the only Dayton players in double figures scoring 13 and 10, respectively.
After Rob Lowery gave the Flyers the lead, 40-39, on a steal and dunk with 17:42 remaining, the Minutemen put together a huge run. They outscored Dayton, 20-2, between the 17:04 and 10:30 marks, including a 15-0 run over a 4:18 span. It was all capped off by a thunderous Gaffney dunk that brought the crowd to its feet and led to a Dayton timeout with the Minutemen leading by 15, 59-42, with 10 and half minutes to go.
Huge Comeback Win At Duquesne
In the victory at Duquesne, UMass grabbed 60 rebounds including 23 offensive. It was the most by a UMass team since Feb. 28, 1996, when UMass had 60 against Saint Joseph's. Marcus Camby had 15 for UMass in that overtime win.
UMass Pounds The Boards
UMass ranks tied for ninth in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (15.1) and 11th in total offensive rebounds with 409.
UMass has outrebounded 18 opponents. Overall, UMass has a positive rebounding margin (+5.0). That includes margins of 25 vs. Grambling (55-30), 20 vs. Memphis (44-24), 17 at Boston College (50-33), 9 at Baylor (42-33) and by 27 at Duquesne (60-33) on Feb. 11.
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.
The 60 boards at Duquesne were the most by a UMass team since the 1996 Final Four Season, when UMass had 60 against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 28, 1996. Marcus Camby had 15 for UMass in the game.
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 7.0 per game. Terrell Vinson is up to 5.5 boards per game. Hashim Bailey is second with 4.9 per game in just 12.8 minutes per game. Prorated over 40 minutes, Bailey would grab 14.8 boards.
Shooting Tells The Story
In UMass' wins, the Minutemen are shooting 45.4 from the floor overall and 34.9 from 3-point range. In the losses UMass is 37.2 on all field goals and 27.8 from beyond the arc.
On defense, in the victories, UMass is holding foes to 40.2 overall and 30.7 from 3-point land. In the defeats, opponents are shooting 46.2 percent overall and a remarkable 40.3 from trifecta land.
It has translated to a scoring margin of 79.6 to 68.2 in the wins and a mark of 78.2 to 65.9 in the losses.
UMass is 8-4 when shooting above 40 percent this year and 2-13 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 8-2 when shooting a better percentage than its opponents and 1-14 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 19.3 average this season. He is fourth all-time with 1,849 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 37 games in a row, in 90 of his 124 career games and in 87 of his last 92 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 has been named A-10 Player of the Week twice on Feb. 14 and Dec. 7. He earned the honor in February after his 29-point, 6-assist effort at Duquesne. On Dec. 7, he wrapped up a week where he led UMass to a 2-0 week. 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. Harris was fourth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring.
Gurley scored in double-figures in 21 of 27 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 20 of 27 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 as well as at Duquesne (2/11).
Vinson has 13 games overall in double-figures with the last coming vs. Saint Louis (2/21) with 19 points -- his best-scoring game since Memphis. 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 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 fourth in the Atlantic 10 in 3-pointers made per game with 2.2.
Riley has 10 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 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds with double-figures in three games. Javorn Farrell is averaging 4.0 points and 3.6 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 Career Lists
He stands third in career made 3-pointers (261) and second in attempts (740).
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 tied for seventh in made free throws with 374 with Rashaun Freeman. 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 1,439. Next on the list is No. 3 Lorenzo Sutton (1,518).
He is also seventh in career made field goals (607). Next is Lou Roe (661).
This season, Harris 53 -of-170 from 3-point range this season and 89-of-119 from the foul line.
Harris is fifth in career steals with 143. Next up at No. 4 is Mike Williams (145).
Harris has also moved on to the Top 10 list for career games played with 124, standing tied with Tyrone Weeks at ninth.
In 2007-08, Harris tied Carmelo Travieso for the single-season mark for made treys with 104. Harris' 87 made 3-pointers last season finished tied with James Life for sixth-most in a single-season.
UMass Quick Hits
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.