The Last Meeting
November 21, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Minutemen Rout BC In Commonwealth Classic, 82-46
Led by a stifling defense that forced 23 turnovers that led to 28 points, UMass beat Boston College, 82-46 in the Commonwealth Classic on Monday night at Conte Forum. The Minutemen (4-0) outscored the Eagles (1-2), 28-6 over the final 10 and a half minutes to turn an 11-point halftime lead into a 36-point win, the largest margin of victory in the 45 games between the in-state rivals.
The Massachusetts men's basketball team will open the 2013-14 season against Boston College as part of the Inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer Massachusetts Tripleheader event.
This is the 105th season of UMass Basketball. UMass has an all-time record of 1,207-1,071 (.537) in 2,278 games. UMass is 448-308 (.593) in conference games, including a 284-288 in Atlantic 10 play. The Minutemen have claimed 15 regular-season conference championships and five tournament titles.
The 2013-14 season marks the sixth for head coach Derek Kellogg ... Kellogg starred as a point guard for the Minutemen from 1992-95, playing for coach John Calipari ... Kellogg spent a year as a graduate assistant with Bruiser Flint at UMass, two years at George Mason with Jim Larranaga and eight at Memphis with Calipari, culminating with the 2008 NCAA Runner-up season ... UMass' win totals under Kellogg have gone 12, 12, 15, 25 and 21 last season with a second-consecutive NIT appearance.
SERIES HISTORY WITH BC
Boston College holds a 26-19 advantage in the all-time series with UMass, which began in the 1905-06 season. The teams had played every year from 1995-96 until 2011-12 - as the Commonwealth Classic - before the series was abruptly stopped prior to last season. BC led those 17 meetings 10-7.
Two years ago, UMass posted an 82-46 win at the Conte Forum - the largest margin in series history. Chaz Williams scored a game-high 16 points, dished out five assists, and had three steals. The Minutemen forced 23 turnovers which led to 28 points. UMass also won the rebounding battle 46-31.
Three years ago, BC withstood 20 second-half points by UMass' Anthony Gurley as the Boston native scored a game-high 22 points to defeat the Minutemen, 76-71, in the Boston Tip-Off Classic at the TD Garden on Dec. 4. The loss was UMass' first of the season after starting 7-0.
In games played on the Boston College campus, the Eagles hold a 10-4 advantage with a 4-2 mark at the Conte Forum. The schools have also played 10 times at either the Boston Garden or the TD Garden, with UMass leading 6-4 in those contests. BC has won all five games played at the Mullins Center in Amherst, winning in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
The two programs first met a century ago with the Minutemen winning the first game 20-15 on Dec. 8, 1905 in Drill Hall. The two teams did not play again until the 1950-51 season, but met regularly since then with the exception of the 1980-94 seasons. In that time, they played once on Dec. 29, 1990 in the Abdow's Classic in Springfield, Mass.
UMASS & THE GARDEN
UMass has a special history with the original Boston Garden, compiling a 5-12 mark in the building that was in service from 1928-95. UMass and BC played the first college basketball game in the facilty on Dec. 10, 1951 - a 76-52 Eagle victory.
Since the current Garden was opened, UMass has posted a 4-1 mark, 3-1 against BC and 1-0 against Memphis. BC edged UMass 76-70 in 2010, despite 22 points from Boston native Anthony Gurley. A year prior, UMass posted a dramatic 73-72 win over Memphis on Dec. 19, 2009 as Terrell Vinson scored on a putback with 0:00.7 left on the clock to down the Tigers.
The Minutemen played the first-ever college basketball game at the home of the NBA's Boston Celtics and NHL's Boston Bruins. UMass knocked off BC, 65-57 on Dec. 9, 1995 in the first Commonwealth Classic before a sellout of 18,974.
UMass has won two more Commonwealth Classics played at the Garden. The Minutemen beat the Eagles on Jan. 18, 1997, 90-78 before 15,215 and 65-57 on Dec. 14, 1997 in front of 9,218.
CANCER CONNECTIONS RUN DEEP WITH UMASS IN REGARDS TO COACHES VS. CANCER TRIPLEHEADER
One of the most frequently mentioned facts about cancer is that most people know someone who has been affected by it in some way, and that is no different for the members of the UMass basketball program. A check this week showed 11 members of the team, coaches and support staff had a total of 19 family members who had been diagnosed with some form of cancer at some point in their lives.
VETERAN'S DAY IMPORTANT FOR MANY IN UMASS PROGRAM
Much like the previous note with many in the Minutemen program having a close connection to those with cancer, quite a few in the program have an equally as important connection to family and friends who have served or are currently serving in various branches of the U.S. Military.
Sophomore Trey Davis' brother is currently in the Air Force and is stationed in Guam, while his father served more than 20 years in the Marines. Sophomore Tyler Bergantino's great grandfather was in World War I. Junior Cady Lalanne's cousin is in the Navy. Freshman Demetrius Dyson's uncle was in the marines, while his grandfather was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait with the National Guard. Assistant coach Marlon Williamson's father and uncle were both in the Army. Athletic trainer Dave Maclutsky had both grandfathers with the Army and Navy in World War II, while his father was with the Marines in Vietnam. Assistant to the Head Coach Tom Doherty served in the Navy for five years as a flight deck operator before receiving an Honorable Discharge.
UMASS SELECTED FOURTH IN A-10 PRESEASON POLL
UMass was selected fourth in the preseason Atlantic 10 Poll in a vote by media and coaches. VCU was a near unanimous choice for first as the Rams received 19 first place votes (out of 24 ballots). Defending regular-season and tournament champion Saint Louis took second in the poll as five voters picked the Billikens to repeat. La Salle was chosen third with 265 points, just ahead of the Minutemen's 236.
UMass senior guard Chaz Williams picked up a pair of honors as he was named preseason first team all-conference and to the all-defensive teams. The two-time first team all-league honoree from Brooklyn has averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in two seasons as a Minuteman.
KELLOGG AMONG UMASS TOP FIVE IN VICTORIES
With 85 victories entering Sunday's opener, sixth-year head coach Derek Kellogg has tied Harold M. Gore (1952-59) for fourth all-time in coaching victories at UMass. Gore collected 85 victories in three stints covering 11 years surrounding World War I. One of Kellogg's mentors, Bruiser Flint is third on the list with 86 `W's. Jack Leaman won 217 over 13 seasons and John Calipari is second with 193 over eight.
WILLIAMS NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
UMass PG Chaz Williams was named to the initial group for the Bob Cousy Award Watch List that was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last month.
Williams is one of 46 Division I players named to the list, which recognizes the top point guard in men's college basketball.
The senior from Brooklyn, N.Y. has averaged 16.2 points and 6.8 assists in two seasons at UMass. His 473 assists rank fifth in school history and are 203 shy of the school record. Additionally, his assist total since arriving on campus from Hofstra is the second-highest nationally among D-I returnees.
This watch list of candidates is fluid with the potential for a student-athlete to be added or removed during the season, but will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then the final five by early March. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.
BARBEE AMONG NEWEST UMASS HALL OF FAME CLASS
The University of Massachusetts Department of the Athletics has announced six new members will be inducted into the George "Trigger" Burke UMass Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013. This group will join former UMass softball head coach Elaine Sortino who was inducted in a special ceremony in October following her passing earlier this fall. The newest class of the Hall of Fame will be introduced to UMass fans at halftime of the Minutemen's home basketball game against Fordham on Sunday, January 26 before the official ceremony takes place at 3 PM that afternoon in the Student Union Ballroom. The Class of 2013 is made up of Tony Barbee (Men's Basketball, Ned Deane (Football), Julie Ready-Mulvey (Women's Basketball), Jim Weller (Men's Lacrosse), Rebecca Donaghue (Women's Cross Country/Track & Field) and Doug Welenc (Baseball).
Tony Barbee was one of the most memorable players to wear a UMass basketball uniform and was at the forefront of the program's resurgence in the early 1990s. He helped lead the Minutemen to four-consecutive postseason appearances from 1990-93, including the 1991 NIT Final Four and 1992 NCAA Sweet 16, along with back-to-back Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament crowns in 1992 and 1993. The Indianapolis native finished with 1,643 career points to rank third all-time at UMass (currently seventh). He was a two-time all-Atlantic 10 choice and all-freshman team member who later spent six years as an assistant coach under John Calipari and four years over two stints as an assistant coach under Bruiser Flint.
As a head coach, Barbee led UTEP to the 2010 Conference USA regular-season title and participated in the NCAA Tournament. He was named the 2010 NABC District 11 and C-USA Coach of the Year. He also spent six seasons as an assistant at Memphis under Calipari, helping the Tigers to six postseason appearances, including an NCAA Elite Eight in 2006. He is currently in his fourth year as head coach at Auburn.
UMASS MARCHING BAND TO PERFORM IN MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON NOV. 28
Under the direction of Director, Tim Anderson and Associate Director, Thomas P. Hannum, the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band (The Power and Class of New England) will be traveling to New York City to march in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade among one of the several marching bands, as announced on April 3, 2012. More than 3.5 million people will witness this phenomenon in person and over 50 million will witness it from the comfort of their own home. The UMMB is the largest college marching band in the northeast and has traveled many times to make public appearances including: both of President Ronald Reagan's Inaugurations, and President George W. Bush's first presidential Inauguration including five appearances at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, but this is the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance for the UMMB.
ATTENDANCE ON THE RISE
Over the past two seasons, UMass' home attendance at the Mullins Center has risen 55 percent.
The Minutemen averaged 5,492 in 13 regular-season dates last season, including 6,002 over eight A-10 contests (2 games suffered low numbers due to snowstorms). A season-high 9,341 were on hand for the Butler game, marking the largest non-sellout in the 20-year history of the facility.
2013-14 SCHEDULE AMONG STRONGEST SINCE 1990s
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has repeatedly said that the 2013-14 schedule is the toughest in his six seasons and was built around potentially high-RPI games that should help the Minutemen in their attempt to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. This year's 30-game slate includes 14 home games, a game in Boston and a game in Springfield.
The Minutemen will play 12 games against teams that finished in the top 100 of last year's RPI - and that doesn't include potential opponents in the Charleston Classic bracket.
The ledger has 14 games against 12 teams that participated in the postseason last year (5 NCAA, 5 NIT, 2 CBI), with as many as 16 based on the Charleston Classic bracket outcomes.
14 NATIONAL TV GAMES HIGHLIGHT 2013-14 SCHEDULE
TUMass wil have more than half of its games on television this year after the A-10 announced its 2013-14 national television package with CBS Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN, in early September.
UMass was already guaranteed six televised non-conference games via the previously announced non-conference slate, giving the Maroon and White a total of 14 during the upcoming season. There is also a possibility for additional games to be added at a later date.
The current breakdown shows seven on the ESPN affiliates, four on CBS Sports Network and three on the NBCSN (formerly NBC Sports Network). Eight contests will be shown from the Mullins Center and six away from the Pioneer Valley.
An additional four games will be shown on regional networks - Nov. 10 vs. Boston College on NESN; Jan 8 vs. Saint Joseph's on SNY and The Comcast Network; Jan. 15 at George Mason on SNY and MASN; and Feb. 15 at George Washington on SNY and Comcast Mid-Atlantic
UMASS & NEW ENGLAND BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMER RAY ELLERBROOK PASSES AWAY EARLIER THIS YEAR
Former Massachusetts two-sport star Ray Ellerbrook passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Ellerbrook, 65, died at his Pioneer Knolls home with his wife, Wendy, their two sons, Mike and Tom, and other family members and friends gathered around.
A two-time All-Yankee Conference selection in basketball (1969 and 1970), Ellerbrook was a third-team All-New England selection in 1968-69. He was also a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection in baseball (1969 and 1970) and an honorable mention All-New England and All-Northeast second team selection in 1970.
A member of the basketball team that captured three straight Yankee Conference titles (1968-70), Ellerbrook was the captain of the 1969-70 squad that advanced to the National Invitation Tournament for the first time in school history. Ellerbrook scored 1,224 career points in three seasons, which currently ranks 22nd on the all-time chart.
At the time of his graduation he ranked second in career assists, fourth in points, third in field goal attempts and sixth in scoring. His 16.5 points per game ranked ninth on the all-time list while his 1,156 career field goal attempts were 10th.
In baseball, Ellerbrook played first base and posted a career batting average of .299. He was a member of the 1969 squad that captured the Yankee Conference title and advanced to the College World Series, upsetting No. 1 Southern Illinois, 2-0. Ellerbrook was the Samuel S. Crossman Two-Sport Athlete Award winner in 1970.
Ellerbrook, who was the first member of his family to attend college, graduated from UMass in 1970. The Hawthorne, N.J. native also graduated from Hawthorne HS.
Ellerbrook was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 1998. The six-member class that year also included Dick Bergquist (baseball) and Jack Leaman (basketball) - his two coaches during his time at UMass.
In 1999, the Daily Hampshire Gazette named him one of the top 25 local athletes over the last 100 years. The Ray Ellerbrook Athletic Fields were dedicated on June 13, 2009 in Northampton. He was also enshrined into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.