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7-0 UMass Heads To Boston Tip-Off; Faces BC

Javorn Farrell has helped UMass to allow just 56.6 points in his five games this season.


Javorn Farrell has helped UMass to allow just 56.6 points in his five games this season.

 

Game Information

 UMass Minutemen (7-0) vs. Boston College Eagles (5-2)

 Date/Time  Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
 Location  TD Bank Garden | Boston, Mass. (Directions)
 Tickets  (800) 745-300 |  Buy Tickets Online
 TV/Radio

 Comcast SportsNet New England (Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy & Carolyn Manno)

  100.9 FM WRNX (Western Mass); 830 AM WCRN (Central Mass)

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 News About The Minutemen  
 Springfield  Republican

12/3: Kellogg Is Delivering As Hometown Hero

 Boston Herald

12/3: Kellogg Is Mr. Right For UMass

 Boston Herald

12/3: Anthony Gurley Better With Age

 Daily Collegian

12/3: TD Garden resonates for Kellogg, Minutemen

 Daily Collegian 12/3: Minutemen look to stay unbeaten against rival BC
 Daily Hampshire  Gazette

12/2: Putney's small role pays off for Minutemen

 JTAM Blog 12/2: UMass One Of 24 Unbeaten Teams Remaining 

 Last Game

12/2: Recaps Of The Thrilling Win At Quinnipiac

 

Game Notes

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7-0 UMass Heads To Boston Tip-Off Classic, Faces BC
• One of only 24 undefeated teams among Division I's 348 teams, the 7-0 UMass basketball team and head coach Derek Kellogg head east to Boston to take on the BC Eagles (5-2) in the Boston Tip-Off Classic at the TD Garden at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be the second in a doubleheader as Northeastern (2-3) takes on Drexel (4-1), coached by former UMass head coach Bruiser Flint in the first game at 4 p.m. Both games will be carried on Comcast SportsNet New England with Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy and Carolyn Manno on the call.

• At 7-0, UMass is off to its best start since the 1995-96 Final Four season, when UMass started 26-0 on the way to a 35-2 mark. The 7-0 beginning equals the seventh-best start in the 102 year history of UMass basketball. Perfection At The Garden

• UMass returns to the TD Garden for the second year in a row seeking to keep its all-time mark of 4-0 intact. Last season, 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 Boston College, 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, formerly known as the Fleet Center. The Minutemen beat Boston College on Jan. 18, 1997, 90-78 before 15,215 and 65-57 on Dec. 14, 1997 in front of 9,218. Just Win Baby!

• At seven games, UMass is riding its longest winning streak since 1998 when the Minutemen won 10 games in a row from Jan. 3-Feb. 1 under Flint.

Last-Second Thrillers
• This game comes on the heels of a dramatic win for the Minutemen in terms of the team's last game this year and the last game in Boston. On Wednesday, in their first road game of the season, UMass knocked off Quinnipiac, 66-64 as time expired. Senior Anthony Gurley's lay-up was goal-tended at the buzzer to give UMass its seventh win in a row. The Minutemen had led by as many as 19 points in the game, before the Bobcats rallied to tie to tie the game late. Gurley finished with 19 points, scoring UMass' final seven points of the game. Sophomore Javorn Farrell tallied a career-high 25 points to lead UMass in scoring. It marked the first time all year that Gurley didn't top UMass in points.

• Also, as mentioned, the last time UMass played in Boston, they won a putback by Terrell Vinson with seven-tenths of a second left last season on Dec. 19, 2009.

Best Starts In UMass History
• With a win on Saturday, UMass would continue the best start since the 1995-96 season. A 8-0 start would equal the sixth-best start in the 102 years of UMass basketball. UMass also started 8-0 in 1977-78. Currently, at 7-0, UMass also had the same mark in 1968-69 and was 6-0 in 1975-76, 1971-72 and 1956-57. Back in 1995-96, UMass started with a school-record 26 consecutive wins on to the way to a 35-2 season and an NCAA Final Four appearance.

• Here are the best starts at UMass: 1995-96 (26-0); 1933-34 (12-0 undefeated season); 1970-71 (11-0); 1973-74 (9-0); 1925-26 (9-0); 1977-78 (8-0); 1968-69 (7-0); 1975-76 (6-0); 1971-72 (6-0); 1956-57 (6-0).

• The program started 5-0 in 1991-92 (Derek Kellogg's freshman season) and 1930-31.

Series History With Boston College
• The Eagles hold a 25-18 advantage in the all-time series with the Minutemen, which began in the 1905-06 season. Last season, BC knocked off the Minutemen 79-67 at Conte Forum on Dec. 22, 2010. Two years ago, BC pulled out an 85-81 overtime thriller at the Mullins Center. In the 2007 game at Conte Forum, UMass ended BC's series win streak of eight games in row. Prior to that run of eight wins in a row, UMass posted six straight wins in the series from 1990-1999.

• Since the teams resumed playing each other -- as the Commonwealth Classic -- on an annual basis during the 1995-96 season, BC leads the series, 9-6.

• For 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 nine times at either the Boston Garden or the TD Garden, with UMass leading 6-3 in those contest. Boston College has won all five games played at Mullins, winning in 2000, 2002 and in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

• UMass has not beaten BC in Amherst since 1977, an 85-69 win on Feb. 2, 1977. The Eagles have won five games in a row in Amherst.

• The two programs first 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.

Against The ACC
• The Minutemen have fared very well against what many consider to be the top basketball conference in the nation with a 36-42 all-time record against current teams in the league. They are 18-25 against BC, but have winning records against Florida State (3-2), Georgia Tech (1-0), Maryland (4-2), NC State (3-0), Virginia Tech (5-2).

• Prior to 2007's win against Boston College, UMass last beat a team from the ACC, in 2004-05, when it beat Florida State, 78-68 on Feb. 15, 2005 at the Mullins Center.

• One of the biggest wins against an ACC team came at the Mullins Center, 15 years ago nearly to the day as #3 UMass and Marcus Camby beat #10 Wake Forest and Tim Duncan, 60-46 on Dec. 6, 1995.

First Undefeated Tournament Since 1995
• With a 4-0 mark in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, UMass captured undefeated regular-season tournament since the 1995 Rainbow Classic. That year, the Minutemen took the crown in Honolulu with wins over NC State, USC and NC State with a 3-0 mark.

• This year, UMass swept the Hall of Fame Tip-Off with wins over Rider (77-67), New Mexico State (71-57), TCU (67-48) and AIC (83-56). It marked the first four-game sweep in a tournament in school history.

Ramped Up Defense
• UMass has played sensational defense this season. UMass is allowing just 61.9 points per game through seven contests. UMass dropped its opponent scoring output in each of its first four games from 67 vs. Rider to 65 vs. Sacred Heart to 57 vs. New Mexico State and just 48 to TCU.

• The shooting defense has been stellar with grit and intensity. Opponents are shooting just .384 for the season with super efforts in a three-game span from Nov. 20-24, limiting New Mexico State to .333; TCU to a dreadful .298 and AIC to .345.

• From 3-point range, opponents are just .298 from beyond the arc.

• The Minutemen also lead the Atlantic 10 in turnover margin with a +5.0 per game, forcing opponents into 119 in six games, compared to just 87 miscues for UMass.

• Interestingly, UMass' opponents are just 58.4 from the foul line, one of the best free throw defenses in the NCAA.

Better Shot Selection
• Coach Derek Kellogg preaches better shot selection and UMass has shown well this season, making 46.3 from the floor. That includes two games of 50 percent of better with 54.2 vs. New Mexico State (11/20) and AIC (11/24). Anthony Gurley is shooting 58.8 from the floor overall to top UMass.

• From 3-point range, UMass is 35.2, again with several strong efforts. UMass has made more than 45 percent three times: 45.0 vs. Rider (11/12), 50.0 vs. AIC (11/24) and 47.4 vs. Holy Cross (11/27).  Anthony Gurley (58.8) and Gary Correia (53.8) lead the charge in taking more selective treys and hitting them. Correia has actually made seven of his last 10 over four games.

Gurley, A Big Man On Campus
• Senior guard and Boston native Anthony Gurley is second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with a 21.3 points per game average, 21st in the NCAA. He has led UMass in scoring in six of seven games this season, with at least 14 points in all seven games this year.

• Gurley scored a career-high 31 points to serve a part of the two-headed offensive attack in the big rally against Rider (11/12) With 31 points in the opener, Gurley tallied the most points by a UMass player in a season debut since Marcus Camby netted 32 against Kentucky in the 1995-96 season opener. Gurley was named to the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 15 for his performance.

• Gurley scored his 1,000th career point with his final field goal against Rider and now has 1,119 in his career with 199 coming at Wake Forest and 920 at UMass. He led UMass in scoring in the first six games this season including 24 vs. Holy Cross (11/27), 22 points vs. AIC (11/24) and 18 points in the win over Sacred Heart (11/17) He now has scored in double-figures 56 times in his career and has reached 20 points 13 times, three times this year.

Junkyard Dog Farrell Returns With Vengeance
• After missing the first games of the season with an ankle injury sophomore swingman Javorn Farrell has returned to the lineup and been an instant impact player. He is averaging 12.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in five games with double-figures in four of his five efforts this season. He notched a career-high 25 points in leading UMass to the win at Quinnipiac (12/1). He had set a career-high with 15 points in his first game, vs. New Mexico State (11/20) and followed that up with 10 points vs. TCU (11/22).

• Even more important is his defensive intensity. Farrell has helped UMass to allow just 56.6 points in his five games.

Ready Freddie Nets Career-Best
• Sophomore Freddie Riley tallied a career-high 28 with 23 coming in the second half alone in the win over Rider (11/12). He passed his former high of 22 vs. La Salle (1/10/10). Riley scored in double-figures for the 13th time in his career with 28. Riley also scored more than 20 points for the third time.

• He added 10 points vs. TCU for his second game this season in double-figures and added 17 in 17 minutes vs. Holy Cross (11/27).

UMass Calls Upon Sampson
• Sophomore Sampson Carter had the best game of his two-year career with a 17-point, 8-rebound effort vs. Sacred Heart (11/17). The Baton Rouge native is averaging 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in seven starts. He has been in double-figures in each of the last three games with 14 vs. Holy Cross (11/27). Last season, Carter averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 32 games.

Matt Climbs The Hill, Adds Energy
• Junior Matt Hill has become a key cog in UMass' success early this season. The fourth-year player, who has battled injuries in Amherst, is playing more than ever before and has become a factor off the bench with energy. Hill played a career-high 20 minutes and scored a career-best six points in the win over Sacred Heart (11/17). When he entered the game vs. Rider (11/12), the game changed as he helped lead the 22-point comeback with grit and defense in 14 minutes.

Return To The Cage, a Huge Success
• UMass played its first regular-season game at the Curry Hicks in 6,511 games, dating to the Final "Rage In The Cage" on Jan. 29, 1993 with an 83-76 win on Nov, 27, 2010. UMass is now 360-212 in 572 all-time games at the Cage from 1932-93 and the game this season.

• UMass "extended" its winning streak at the Curry Hicks Cage to 15 games with a 17-year gap. The streak spans back to the 1991-92 season as the Minutemen won their final 14 games before moving to the Mullins Center in Feb. 1993.

34-POINT SWING IN WIN OVER RIDER
• UMass rallied for its largest comeback since the 2008 NIT Quarterfinals vs. Syracuse when the Minutemen also rallied from down 22 points in the second half. UMass was down by 22 with 16:24 left in the second half (46-24) and rallied to win by 10. The game included a 34-point swing in a 15-minute span as the Minutemen led by 12 75-63 with just over a minute left. The last time UMass rallied from as large a margin was on March 28, 2008 in the NIT Quarterfinals as the Minutemen came back from a 54-32 with 14:37 left in the second half to post an 81-77 victory on the way to the NIT Finals.

LAGUERRE SIGNS NLI WITH UMASS
• Explosive guard Jordan Laguerre (pronounced LUH-garry) has signed his National Letter Of Intent to join the UMass Basketball program for the 2011-12 season. The 6-2, 175-pounder is currently in his second season at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Laguerre is a lefthander with an explosive first step, incredible leaping ability, and a scorer's mentality.

• "I am excited to have Jordan join our growing UMass basketball family," said third-year head coach Derek Kellogg. "I have truly enjoyed watching Jordan play over the last few years as he has become quite a player and a person. Jordan has a tremendous competitive nature and an intensity on the floor that will push us to win basketball games. He is a great addition to the building process of UMass basketball both on and off the court."

• The Manchester, N.H., native averaged 14 points per game as a junior and is expected to take an even more dominant role in the offense this season.

• "It's close to home. They have a good environment and I really like the coaches and players," Laguerre said about coming to UMass. "I've gotten to play with them over the last couple years, and I'm really looking forward to going there and getting stronger physically and as a player."

Forbes In NBA With Denver
• Former UMass star basketball player Gary Forbes made the opening day roster of the Denver Nuggets and drew his first NBA start on Nov. 3 vs. Dallas, where he guarded All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. He scored a pro-best 19 points vs. his hometown New York Knicks on Nov. 16 to go along with a career-high nine rebounds. The 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year became the seventh UMass player to play in the NBA joining current Portland Trailblazer Marcus Camby in the league. Forbes averaged 10.1 ppg in the preseason to earn a spot with the Nuggets.

• "He's an NBA player," Denver forward Carmelo Anthony said. "He's got an NBA body, a guy who's willing to learn. He's just a good addition to the team."

• At UMass, Forbes was named the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. Forbes had a sensational senior season in 2007-08, finishing as the A-10's co-scoring champion with 610 points (20.3 ppg) along with Temple's Dionte Christmas. The New York native led the Minutemen to the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden, averaging 14.8 points in five NIT games, 17.5 in NIT Final Four, and was named to the NIT All-Tournament Team.

Playing Close To Home
• UMass's schedule in 2010-11 is a local one for fans as the Minutemen will play 21 games within 90 miles of Amherst. In addition to the 14 games at the Mullins Center, UMass will host Holy Cross at the Curry Hicks Cage on Nov. 27 for a 15th game in Amherst.

• UMass will also play three games down I-91 in Springfield. Two in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Nov. 20 and 22 along with a regular-season home game vs. La Salle on Jan. 15. UMass has played home games in Springfield in each of the last three seasons since Kellogg was hired in 2008.

• The Minutemen will play at the TD Garden for the second year in a row, against Boston College on Dec. 4 as part of the Boston Tip-Off Classic. That game will air on Comcast SportsNet New England as part of a doubleheader with Drexel, coached by former Minuteman bench boss Bruiser Flint, battling Northeastern in the first game. The event will benefit the Boston Children's Hospital.

• UMass also plays two road games within 90 miles at Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn. on Dec. 1 and at Central Connecticut on Jan. 3 in New Britain, Conn.

UMass Alum Leading UMass
Derek Kellogg, in his third season, is the first UMass alum to serve as the head coach of his alma mater since Tom McLaughlin, who coached the Minutemen from 1981-83. Kellogg graduated from UMass in 1995 where he was an All-Atlantic 10 selection in 1995. McLaughlin graduated from UMass in 1973 where he was one of three future head coaches on the team. He was joined by former Boston College head coach Al Skinner and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

• Kellogg is not the only current head coach from the UMass rosters in the mid-90s as Tony Barbee is in his first year as the head coach at Auburn. Coaching at Texas-El Paso last season, Barbee led the Miners to the NCAA Tournament.

• Prior to McLaughlin, the last UMass alum to lead his alma mater was Lorin Ball (Class of 1921), who coached the team from 1945-52.

FOLLOW THE TEAM ONLINE
• Looking for all the latest news on the Minutemen and Coach Kellogg? There are several ways to keep tabs on all of the updates on the squad.

• Your first and Number 1 source is UMassAthletics.com. The official website of the UMass teams features news, stats, profiles, videos, photos, auctions, live audio, live video and so much more. Visit tonight when you get home for a complete recap story, box score, video highlights, photo gallery and postgame press conference from this and every game.

• Our daily blog "Just Take A Minute" has all the latest news from the media along with special information. Its updated several times each day.

• Follow the teams and Coach Kellogg on Twitter. Get the news instantly for all Minuteman and Minutewoman teams by following @UMassAthletics. For the latest on the basketball team and Coach, follow him at @CoachKellogg.

• The UMass Facebook page is very active, become a fan today at Facebook.com/UMassAthletics. You can also follow Coach Kellogg on his Facebook.com/CoachKellogg account.

• Also, UMass has a very comprehensive YouTube page with video highlights, features, interviews and press conferences. Visit today at YouTube.com/UMassAthletics.

KELLOGG'S MISSION 1000
• UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has made it his personal mission to get more interest in the UMass basketball program. Along with the athletic department, MISSION 1000 was launched in September to garner more attention. Close to a dozen events have been held throughout the state of Massachusetts to spread the word of UMass basketball with an emphasis of being more involved in the community.

• As part of MISSION 1000, UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, his staff and players hand-delivered season tickets to patrons throughout Western Massachusetts. They were greeted with excitement of fans from Amherst to Springfield.

• UMass' exhibition game vs. Brandeis on Nov. 4 was a benefit for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Fans brought 2 cans of nonperishable food to the Mullins Center to gain admission in place of a ticket price. More than 1,000 cans were donated.


 

 

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