#11 Seed UMass Heads To Charlotte For A-10s
UMASS (11-19, 5-11) at CHARLOTTE (19-11, 9-7)
#11 Seed UMass Heads To Charlotte For A-10s
UMass will be seeking its first A-10 Tournament win since 2002 as the Minutemen have lost eight Atlantic 10 Tournament games in a row. Last season, UMass lost to Duquesne 91-81 in the First Round.
The winner of this game will advance to Atlantic City to play No. 3-seeded Richmond on Friday night at 9 p.m., at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
This will be UMass' second A-10 Tourney game against Charlotte and the Minutemen will be seeking to exact a measure of revenge from 2007. The No. 6-seeded 49ers upset the No. 3-seeded Minutemen, 69-65, on March 13, 2008 in Atlantic City.
Earlier this season, Charlotte defeated UMass, 72-58, on Jan. 30, 2010 at the Mullins Center. The 49ers' Derrio Green scored a career-high 34 points, making eight 3-pointers. Ricky Harris led UMass with 25 points.
The game will be available via live streaming video, audio and live stats on UMassAthletics.com. The UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer, Tim Kenney call the action starting with a 6:30 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 FM WATD in Eastern Mass.
RH Factor: Red-Hot Ricky Harris
Harris is averaging 23.8 per game over his last five contests and 19.7 in his last 10. That includes his three best scoring games of the season with 32 vs. Rhode Island (2/6), 29 at Duquesne (2/11) and 27 vs. Saint Joseph's (2/14). He averaged 29.3 in that trio.
He has at least 23 points in nine of his last 11 games. He has raised his scoring average to 19.7, just hundreths of points behind Xavier's Jordan Crawford (19.7).
Harris moved to third on the UMass career-scoring list with a game-high 28 points in the win over Rhode Island and now has 1,917. He is the A-10 active career scoring leader ahead La Salle's Rodney Green (1,914). Jim McCoy is the all-time leader (2,374) and Monty Mack is No. 2 (2,183).
Here's a look at his rankings on the career lists.
THIRD in career scoring (1,917), passing Marcus Camby (1,387) and J. Erving (1,370).
FOURTH in career steals with 147. No. 4 is Anthony Anderson (150).
FOURTH in career field goal attempted (1,501). No. 3 is Lorenzo Sutton (1,518).
FIFTH in games played (127) passing Tony Barbee and Jim McCoy, who were tid at 126/
SIXTH in career free throws at UMass (383). Harper Williams is fifth with 424.
SEVENTH in career made field goals (631). No. 6 is Lou Roe (661).
EIGHTH in career free throws attempted (515).
UMass' A-10 Tournament History
With the new format of keeping the A-10 in one division of 14 teams, UMass is the 11th seed for the first time in history. It is the lowest seed UMass has ever been. Last season, UMass was the 10th seed.
UMass has played Charlotte in the A-10 Tournament once before in 2008 where the 49ers upset the No. 3-seeded Minutemen, 69-65 in Atlantic City.
Overall, UMass has not won a tournament game since 2002. The Minutemen have lost seven games in a row, as they have been knocked out in their first game in each of the last seven seasons after last season's 91-81 loss to Duquesne last year. 69-65 loss to Charlotte on March 13, 2008. In 2007, UMass suffered a 74-71 overtime loss to Saint Louis.
This marks the fourth season the Atlantic 10 Tournament is being held in Atlantic City. It is at a neutral site for the sixth year in a row, as it was at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati in 2005 and 2006. Temple won the last two crowns as there have been three different champs in the last six years. Xavier has won two recent titles taking them in 2004 and 2006 while George Washington won the crown in 2005 and 2007.
Lou Roe (1992-95) is the only player in Atlantic 10 history to be named to four All-Championship teams. Harper Williams (1990-93) is the only player in league history to earn two Most Outstanding Player awards (1992, 1993).
Five former UMass stars earned All-Atlantic 10 Tournament honors more than once in their career. The five players to accomplish the feat are Jim McCoy (1990 and 1992), Harper Williams (1992 and 1993), Lou Roe (1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995), Marcus Camby (1995 and 1996) and Monty Mack (2000 and 2001).
The longest winning streak in Atlantic 10 Championship play is 16, set by UMass when it was winning five straight titles from 1992-96. The Minutemen won three games a year for five years, as well as their first round match-up with La Salle in 1997 before falling to George Washington in the quarterfinals.
Kellogg's A-10 Tournament Success
In his senior year, Kellogg tied for team-high scoring honors in the A-10 title game with 14 points as UMass knocked off Temple for the third year in a row in the final, 63-44 on March 9, 1995. In his last game vs. Duquesne in the A-10 Tournament, Kellogg notched 16 points and handed out five assists in the 1995 A-10 Quarterfinals. His highest scoring game in the A-10 Tournament came in the 1993 Quarterfinals with 19 points in a 75-62 win over St. Bonaventure on March 7, 1993. In that game, Kellogg also set the UMass A-10 Tournament record for assists in a game with 11.
Kellogg has been a part of eight conference tournament winning teams, the four at UMass, George Mason as an assistant coach in 1999 and Memphis in each of the last three years. The Tigers are a perfect 9-0 in conference tournament play over the last three years taking home the Conference USA crowns.
The Series With Charlotte
UMass won its last game at the Mullins Center, 86-79 on Jan. 19, 2008. Charlotte won the first meeting in Amherst, 72-71 in 2006.
UMass is 1-1 at Halton Arena, winning in 2007 and losing last season. Since the 49ers joined the Atlantic 10 from Conference USA in 2005-06, Charlotte has won four of six games.
Two years ago, they split two meetings with the 49ers dusting UMass in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, 69-65 in Atlantic City on March 13, 2008. UMass on the regular-season meeting at the Mullins Center, 86-79 on Jan. 19, 2008.
Prior to being conference foes, the teams split games played on neutral courts, both in New England.
UMass won the meeting on Jan. 15, 1998 as part of the Atlantic 10/Conference USA Challenge held at the Providence Civic Center, winning 68-62 in overtime. In that game, Lari Ketner and Charlton Clarke scored 15 points each, Tyrone Weeks had 15 rebounds and 9 points. Monty Mack had 12 points. Future NBA first-rounder DeMarco Johnson was held to 10 points for the Charlotte.
The first meeting came in 1974 at the Hall of Fame Tournament at the Springfield Civic Center with the 49ers beating UMass, 85-57. The late John Murphy led UMass with 30 points. Murphy's family was honored as part of the 1970s celebration at UMass last Saturday.
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg will coach against Charlotte as the head man for the third time, losing twice. He faced the 49ers many times as an assistant at Memphis when the teams were Conference USA foes. In fact, Memphis was just 2-3 including 0-3 at Halton Arena while Kellogg assisted John Calipari in those games vs the 49ers from 2001-05.
Charlotte's Bobby Lutz will be coaching against UMass for the seventh time, standing at 4-2. Lutz was the coach of the 49ers in all five of those games which Kellogg was on the sidelines for Memphis.
Earlier This season Vs. Charlotte
Green shot 8-for-16 from 3-point range, tying a UMass opponent record for most field goals and attempts from behind the arc in a game. 21 of his 34 points came in the first half.
For the game, UMass shot 34 percent from the field, including 14 percent from 3-point range. Charlotte shot 42 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. The Minutemen held the edge on the boards, led by Sean Carter's 10 and Terrell Vinson's eight, 44-39.
UMass trailed by one, 37-36, with 16 minutes left in the game, but the 49ers outscored the Minutemen, 21-5, over the next 10 minutes, including a stretch in which UMass went without a field goal for 8:37, to fall behind by 17, 58-51, with six minutes to go. The Minutemen managed to get the deficit back to single digits, 65-56, on a Harris 3-pointer with 1:33 left, but the visitors were able to make enough free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
UMass was in Charlotte earlier this season, losing at Davidson, 63-61 on Dec. 30, 2009.
UMass has one Carolina native in sophomore center Sean Carter,who is from Fayetteville. He played high school basketball at the 71st High School before attended the Laurinburg Institute.
UMass freshman Freddie Riley and Charlotte freshman Chris Braswell played together last season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Braswell is from Capitol Heights, Md., and played his AAU basketball with DC Triple Threat where he competed against many UMass foes such as freshmen Javorn Farrell and Raphiael Putney.
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