UMass Set To Celebrate 100th Season Of Basketball
Aug. 10, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Get ready to celebrate UMass basketball! The 2008-09 season is the 100th in the storied history of the UMass basketball program. From Trigger Burke to Julius Erving to Marcus Camby, UMass has had some legends of the game and the school will be looking back at the history of the program throughout the season. A logo commemorating the 100 seasons of basketball has been unveiled looking back at many of the previous logos used by the program.
The year will feature numerous initiatives and events surrounding the 100 seasons of basketball. Many of the details including dates and specifics will be released in the coming weeks and months. UMass will be holding a gala celebration near the conclusion of the 2008-09 season.
Throughout the year, all-time teams, all-time greatest games will be announced along with various games featuring honorees from the historic past.
UMass will involve its fans in various portions of the celebrations through online polls and interaction with blogs and fan favorites.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the history and achievements of UMass basketball. We look forward to a celebration of our past present and future," said Athletic Director John McCutcheon.
The 2008-09 season will feature some symmetry as UMass alum and great Derek Kellogg begins his first season as the head coach of the Minutemen.
"It's another great thing going on with UMass basketball and the legacy of great people, players and coaches that have come through Amherst is amazing over 100 years of UMass basketball," Kellogg said. "We will be honoring former players, coaches and brining them back to campus throughout the season.
"The whole year is going to be a great event, celebrating not only the basketball program, but UMass in general. It will be great to have some of the former players come back to campus and spend a little time with our guys and reliving the past UMass players and teams and the programs."
Again, more details will follow in the coming weeks.
In looking back at UMass basketball, the program started with its first season in 1899-1900 with the first game played on Jan. 10, 1900, a 14-9 win over the Northampton YMCA.
The program has had several hiatuses in its history as, this is the 100th season with the program starting 109 years ago. UMass did not field a team in 1900-01, 1909-10 through 1915-16 and during World War II in both 1943-44 and 1944-45.
All-time, UMass has played 2,116 games with a 1,122-994 all-time record.
Under the leadership of John Calipari, the Minutemen become A-10 Tournament Champs five consecutive times (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96). Overall, UMass has appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times, in addition to those five A-10 title years (1961-62, 1996-97 and 1997-98). They have two appearances in the Elite Eight (1995, 1996) and a Final Four appearance (1996).
Last year UMass, went 25-11 in reaching the NIT Championship game.
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