The Massachusetts men's basketball team will open the 2013-14 home portion of the schedule by hosting LSU as part of the annual ESPN Tip Off marathon event.
This is the 105th season of UMass Basketball. UMass has an all-time record of 1,208-1,071 (.537) in 2,279 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.
UMASS DEVELOPING SOME ESPN TIP OFF MARATHON CACHE
The LSU game is part of the ESPN-sponsored College Hoops Tip Off Marathon. The teams will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 in the Mullins Center. The game will be the sixth of 14 during the actual marathon, with a total of 18 on the various ESPN family of networks that day, following fellow Atlantic 10 member La Salle hosting Quinnipiac at 9 a.m.
This will mark the second-consecutive year and third overall that UMass has participated in the event. The Minutemen opened the 2012 campaign with a thrilling, come-from-behind 67-64 win over Harvard in the 10 a.m. time slot. Sampson Carter's 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left capped an 8-0 run over the final 1:21. UMass also participated in the initial event in 2008 when they played at Memphis in a game that began at midnight EST as the first contest of 14.
SERIES HISTORY WITH LSU & THE SEC
UMass and LSU will be meeting for the first time in men's hoops.
The Minutemen are 9-12 all-time against current members of the Southeastern Conference. UMass' recent games against SEC foes include an 83-69 loss to Tennessee in last year's Puerto Rico Tip-Off, a 101-96 double-overtime win at Mississippi State in the 2012 NIT First Round and a 78-48 setback to Vanderbilt during the 2009-10 season - the last visit to the Mullins Center by a league member.
UMASS LEFTOVERS FROM THE BC GAME
UMass outscored Boston College 54-37 in the second half, due in large part to 10 Eagle turnovers - two directly off the press - and a 33-9, game-changing run over a 9:17 period. Some notes on the run: the Minutemen had all five of their 2nd-half steals, forced the Eagles into nine of their 10 2nd-half turnovers and saw them make just three field goals in 17 possessions.
The 54 points in the second half were the most since going for 63 at St. Bonaventure last year.
Two players scored 20 points for the first time since the Elon game last year on Dec. 15, 2012.
Junior C Cady Lalanne had a career-high 27 points (on 12-of-16 shooting), to go along with 12 rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes.
Senior PG Chaz Williams scored 20 points, thanks in large part to a 5-for-5 day from outside. He also had four assists and two steals.
Senior F Sampson Carter turned in a second big game in five days. After a team-high 20 points in the exhibition win over AIC on Tuesday, he collected 12 points and eight rebounds versus BC on Sunday. With UMass trailing 45-36 in the second half, he scored seven-consecutive that sparked the 33-9 run that turned the game in the Minutemen's favor.
Sophomore G Derrick Gordon had seven points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in his official debut for UMass after transferring from Western Kentucky two years ago. His four steals marked a career high.
LALANNE NAMED ATLANTIC 10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Following his dominant performance in the win over Boston College on Sunday, junior C Cady Lalanne was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week. He is the first UMass player to earn the award in two years. The last was Chaz Williams on
The Orlando, Fla. native had a career-high 27 points on 12-for-16 (.750) from the field and added 12 rebounds for his seventh career double-double. He was a beast on the offensive glass, pulling down eight boards as he either dunked or laid the ball in on seven of them giving him 14 points on eight offensive rebounds. In the second half alone, he had 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds in 15 minutes. He added three blocks and was 3-of-4 (.750) at the line.
VETERAN'S DAY SPECIAL FOR MANY IN UMASS PROGRAM
Coming off Veteran's Day this past weekend, we took a tally of how many in the basketball program have a 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 in the Marines in Vietnam. Assistant to the Head Coach Tom Doherty served in the Navy for five years working in flight deck operations before receiving an Honorable Discharge. His brother was a captain in the Army and father was a sergeant in the Army who fought in the Korean War. Strength & Conditioning Coach Rich Hogans, who was born in Germany, grew up in the Army where his father served for 25 years.
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 86 victories entering Tuesday's home opener, sixth-year head coach Derek Kellogg has tied one of his mentors, Bruiser Flint, for third on the list with 86 `W's. Jack Leaman won 217 over 13 seasons and John Calipari is second with 193 over eight years in Amherst.