• Coming off a 3-0 start, which included a pair of wins over teams from the ACC and SEC in a span of 46 hours to begin the season, Massachusetts will open play at the Charleston Classic presented by Gildan against Nebraska, Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
• Fans unable to attend the game can watch online at ESPN3/the Watch ESPN app, or listen to the radio call on the UMass Sports Network.
• This is the 105th season of UMass Basketball. UMass has an all-time record of 1,210-1,071 (.537) in 2,281 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 IN REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
• The Minutemen have an all-time record of 78-69 in regular-season tournaments, including a 8-8 mark in Derek Kellogg’s five years at the helm.
• UMass has posted a 1-2 record in similar 8-team bracketed events each of the last two seasons (1-2 in the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis in 2011 and 1-2 at the Puerto Rico Tip Off last season).
• The last regular-season tourney title for the Minutemen came three years ago when they defeated New Mexico State and TCU in Springfield for the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off crown.
• The last 8-team event title came during the 1995-96 Final Four season. The John Calipari-coached Minutemen won the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, with victories over NC State, USC and Syracuse.
SERIES HISTORY WITH NEBRASKA & The BIG TEN
• UMass and Nebraska will be meeting for the first time in men’s hoops on Thursday.
• The Minutemen have faced seven current Big Ten members, compiling a 11-22 record against Indiana (0-1), Michigan (0-1), Michigan State (0-2), Northwestern (1-0), Ohio State (0-3), Penn State (10-13) and Purdue (0-2). The bulk of the games came between 1976-77 and 1990-91 when Penn State was a member of the ECBL, Eastern 8 and Atlantic 10 with UMass for 12 seasons.
• The two most recent meetings occurred in the 2009 Legends Classic in Atlantic City (106-68 loss to No. 2 Michigan State) and the 2008 NIT title game in New York (92-85 loss to Ohio State).
UMASS LEFTOVERS FROM THE YOUNGSTOWN ST. GAME
• UMass improved to 3-0 on the season for the third time in the last four years.
• UMass has opened the season scoring at least 80 points in each of it’s first three games for the first time since the 1991-92 and just the fourth time in school history.
• UMass led by eight at the half, its largest lead this season. UMass led by four against LSU and trailed by four against BC. It was the first time YSU has trailed at the half this season.
• Cady Lalanne finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for his second double-double of the year and eighth of his career. His 3-pointer in the first half was just the sixth of his career. He had a streak of 11-consecutive made field goals from the second half of the LSU game through the closing stages of today’s game before a miss with 2:39 remaining.
• Chaz Williams collected a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists, marking his first of 2013-14 and 12th of his career. His 19 points gave him 1,200 in his UMass career, ranking 25th in school history, passing Carmelo Travieso’s 1,186. Williams also added two steals, moving into third place on the school’s career list with 151. He passed Anthony Anderson (2001-05) and is three behind Monty Mack (1997-2001).
• Demetrius Dyson played eight minutes today, a career-high for the true freshman. Seven came in the first half, including a five-minute stretch midway through the period.
• Derrick Gordon drew his second charge of the season..
Chaz Williams RECORDS WATCH
• In just two short years, senior PG Chaz Williams has firmly etched his name throughout the UMass record book.
• He enters the Nebraska game with 1,200 points in 73 games at UMass (1,525 in 105 college games), which ranks 25th in school history. Anthony Anderson and Jim Town are tied for 23rd with 1,211, Ray Ellerbrook is 22nd with 1,224, Donta Bright is 21st with 1,229 and Al Skinner is 20th with 1,235.
WILLIAMS NAMED ATLANTIC 10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• UMass senior PG Chaz Williams averaged a double-double with 21.5 points and 10 assists in wins over LSU and previously unbeaten Youngstown State to earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors.
• The Brooklyn native netted a team-high 24 points, nine assists and three rebounds in thegame with the Tigers, contributing 17 points and five assists in the first half alone. On Sunday, against the Penguins, he had a game-high 19 points and 11assists for his first double-double of the year and 12th of his career. Williams has scored at least 19 points in all three games and averaged eight assists thus far.
• He is the second UMass player to win the award this season, joining junior C Cady Lalanne who received the nod after his week one performance. The Orlando native had a career-high 27 points on 12-for-16 (.750) from the field and added 12 rebounds for a double-double.
PUTNEY A 'HIT' ON YOU TUBE
• Raphiel Putney has been known as a high flyer throughout his time at UMass. His latest highlight reel dunk came on Sunday against Youngstown State when he took off from just inside the free throw line and dunked over the Penguins’ Josh Chojnacki. The video was posted on the UMass Athletic Department’s YouTube Channel and drew 35,000 hits in the first 36 hours. It was also named the No. 3 Play of the Day on SportsCenter – the third such honor for one of the Woodbridge, Va. native’s slams in his career.
• Sunday’s play has become the second most-watched video for the department in it’s YouTube history. Former UMass all-American Tyler Holmes had a hit in the 2010 Spring Game that has garnered more than 131,000 views.
Video Description Date Views
Putney Takes Off From 13 Feet Down The Lane vs. YSU 11/17/13 36,857
Putney Fast Break Tomahawk vs. Saint Joseph’s 1/14/12 13,109
Putney Alley Oop From Half Court vs. St. Bonaventure 2/8/12 5,127
• Derek Kellogg has mentioned that he will play the early part of the season with an eight-man rotation and will use the freshmen more and more as they develop. He has this luxury because his team is one of the most experienced in the country, with six of the first eight over 21 years old.
GORDON FAMILIAR WITH CHARLESTON CLASSIC
• While playing in a new environment on a neutral floor can pose problems for some people, don’t count UMass sophomore G Derrick Gordon among them. The Plainfield, N.J. native played in the event two years ago when he was a freshman at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers dropped games to Tulsa, LSU and VCU before eventually righting the ship, winning the Sun Belt Tournament and an NCAA First Four game. Gordon started all three games and had 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists in the tourney.
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 87 victories following Tuesday’s home opener, sixth-year head coach Derek Kellogg has passed one of his mentors, Bruiser Flint, for third on the list with 87 ‘W’s. Jack Leaman won 217 over 13 seasons and John Calipari is second with 193 over eight years in Amherst.
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 winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.