Men's Basketball

NCAA Tournament Watch Parties, Pregame Pep Rally Planned for Minutemen

Head coach Derek Kellogg will lead UMass in its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

Head coach Derek Kellogg will lead UMass in its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

March 19, 2014

Register for events through UMass Alumni Association (free)

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association has announced a number of regional "watch parties" across the country where UMass alumni and fans will be able to come together to watch the Minutemen basketball team tip-off their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998, as well as events in Raleigh, N.C., for fans making the trip to cheer the team on in-person.

For fans heading to Raleigh for the Midwest Regional games, an open practice will be held at PNC Arena at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. Fans will be able to watch Coach Derek Kellogg and his staff run the team through its drills, and show their support to the players and coaches as they familiarize themselves with the arena and prepare for the big game.

After the practice, a pep rally and welcome reception for the team will be hosted at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Fans, family, friends and alumni will join the UMass cheerleaders and the Hoop Band to fire up the team for the next day's action.

On Friday, March 21, fans will gather at restaurants and taverns in Amherst, Boston, New York, Cape Cod, Denver and San Francisco to watch the game together on CBS. Information and locations for each event can be found below, and tip-off for the game is scheduled for 2:45 p.m.

All of these events are free, but fans planning to attend the pep rally in Raleigh or the watch parties around the country are asked to register in advance on the Alumni Association's website. More information about these and any additional events will also be posted on the site as they are developed.

Fans and alumni who have any questions, or who may want to organize watch parties in their area, are asked to contact the Alumni Association at 800-456-UMASS or




Pioneer Valley Alumni Network
Amherst Brewing Company
2 p.m.
10 University Drive
Amherst, Mass.

Greater Boston Alumni Network
The Point
2 p.m.
147 Hanover Street
Boston, Mass.

New York Metro Alumni Network
Professor Thom's
1:30 p.m.
219 2nd Avenue
New York, N.Y.

Cape Cod Alumni Network
2:30 p.m.
Red Faced Jacks
585 Main Street
West Yarmouth, Mass.

Denver Alumni Network
12:30 p.m.
Highland Tap and Burger
2219 W 32nd Avenue
Denver, Colo.

Bay Area Network
11:30 a.m.
Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.
661 Howard Street
San Francisco, Calif.

Events in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, March 20
Open Practice Viewing
2:15 p.m.
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd
Raleigh, N.C.

Pep Rally and Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 South Sailsbury Street
Raleigh, N.C.

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