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UMass Hosts Maine To Start 4-Game Homestand

Matt Hill has been a key component to the UMass defense this season.


Matt Hill has been a key component to the UMass defense this season.

 

 

Game Information

 UMass Minutemen (7-1) vs. Maine Black Bears (2-5)

 Date/Time  Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2010, 7 p.m.
 Location William D. Mullins Memorial Center | Amherst, Mass. (Directions)
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 TV/Radio

 CBS 3 Now (Comcast Channel 293 in Western Mass)

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UMass Returns Home, Hosts Maine To Start Homestand
• Coming off its first loss of the season, the UMass basketball team (7-1) will look to continue its winning ways of 2010-11 as the Minutemen host Maine (2-5) on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. The game with the Black Bears starts a run of four home games in a row spanning 23 days. The Minutemen host Big East foe Seton Hall (3-3) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Pirates play Arkansas in Louisville on Wednesday night when UMass takes on the Black Bears. The homestand finishes with games against undefeated UCF (7-0) on Dec. 22 and Boston University (4-5) on Dec. 31.

• Wednesday's game will be broadcast live on CBS 3 Now (Comcast Channel 293) with streaming video on UMassAthletics.com. The UMass Sports Network will carry the game on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass, 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass and 95.9 FM WATD in Eastern Mass and the South Shore.

• Prior to Saturday's 76-71 loss to Boston College at the TD Garden, UMass was one of the final 22 undefeated teams in NCAA Division !.

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

• The loss to BC also saw the end the longest win streak for UMass since 1998. The seven-game run was the longest since the Minutemen won 10 games in a row from Jan. 3-Feb. 1, 1998.

Series History With Maine
• This will be the 58th meeting between old Yankee Conference rivals, with UMass leading the all-time series 41-16. The last meeting came on Dec. 23, 2003, as the Minutemen won 67-60. The previous game was in 2001, when the Minutemen posted a 78-60 victory at the Mullins Center on Dec. 23, 2001. Prior to that, the teams had not played since Feb. 16, 1980, when Maine posted a 76-63 victory in Orono.

• This year's game will mark only the third appearance by Maine at the Mullins Center, where UMass holds a 2-0 advantage. This will also be the 32nd time the schools have played in Am herst, with the Minutemen holding a 27-4 advantage in those games.

• In that game in 2003, Rashaun Freeman scored a then-career-high 23 points as UMass survived a strong second-half surge by Maine to beat the Black Bears 67-60. Maine, which trailed by 10 in the first half, went on a 9-0 run midway through the second half to take the lead. A pair of 3-pointers by Mark Flavin sparked the rally, which put the Black Bears ahead 52-49 with 8:05 to play. Anthony Anderson then hit his only hoop of the night on a three-point play, Chris Chadwick followed with a pair of foul shots, and Freeman added a layup to put the Minutemen ahead 56-52.

• Here's a look at a few other memorable games in the series: Back in 1975, the Minutemen beat Maine, 106-101, in the first game in UMass history where both teams reach the 100 point mark in the same game.

• In 1968, the Redmen defeat Maine, 106-81 to improve to 7-0 on the year (5-0 in conference). In the game, Joe DiSarcina hands out 15 assists, a record that still stands today.

• Way back in 1961, Doug Grutchfield and Kirk Leslie combine for 45 points in UMass' 101-66 thumping of Maine. Grutchfield finish with 23 for his fifth-consecutive game scoring 22 or more points.

Best Starts In UMass History
• The 7-0 start this season was the best since the 1995-96 team. UMass started with a school-record 26 consecutive wins on to the way to a 35-2 season and an NCAA Final Four appearance.

• UMass also had a 7-0 mark in 1968-69.

• 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); 2010-11 (7-0); 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.

Ramped Up Defense
• UMass has played sensational defense this season. UMass is allowing just 63.6 points per game through eight 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 .397 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 .313 from beyond the arc.

• The Minutemen are second the Atlantic 10 in turnover margin with a +4.88 per game, forcing opponents into 141, compared to just 102 miscues for UMass.

• Interestingly, UMass' opponents are just .611 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 21.4 points per game average, 21st in the NCAA. He has led UMass in scoring in seven of eight games this season, with at least 14 points in every game this year.

• Gurley scored his 1,000th career point with his final field goal against Rider and now has 1,141 in his career with 199 coming at Wake Forest and 941 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 57 times in his career and has reached 20 points 14 times, four times this year, most recently vs. Boston College (12/4) with 22.

• 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.

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 11.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in six 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 58.9 points in his games.

Ready Freddie Nets Career-Best
• Sophomore Freddie Riley is second on the team in scoring with a 12.0 points per game average. Hetallied 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 10.6 points and 4.8rebounds in eight starts. He was in double-figures for three games in a row 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.

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.

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 THE NBA WITH NUGGETS
• 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.

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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