LIVE BLOG: Minutemen vs. Kansas
Dec. 13, 2008
KANSA CITY, Mo. -
Coming off a solid 73-59 victory over state foe Holy Cross on Wednesday night, the UMass men's basketball team heads back to the midwest to take on defending NCAA Champion Kansas for the M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout at the Sprint Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET)/1 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla calling the action.
4:15 p.m. ET
Harris finishes with 17 points to lead the Minutemen. Lowe and Lynch had 11 and 10 respectively to finish in double-figures. Gaffney finishes with six points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, three steals and three blocks.
To quote Kellogg yesterday when talking to the team, "We can beat these dudes!" ... and they did.
UMass knocks off the defending national champs for the second season in a row. Its also its first non-conference win over a ranked opponent since Maryland in 1997 (0-14 since then until today).
Thanks so much for reading today's blog. It was an incredible game to watch and a huge win for this team.We will see you at the Mullins Center next Saturday for Hofstra at 4 p.m.
4:08 p.m. ET
UMass 61, Kansas 60, Final
4:06 p.m. ET
Lowe fouls, his fourth, as UMass had one to give. KU ball with 13.3 left. UMass timeout.
UMass 61, Kansas 60, 13.3 2nd
4:04 p.m. ET
4:00 p.m. ET
Lowe hits one of two.
Collins then hits a huge deep three that gets KU within one.
Timeout. This is going to be a nailbiting 27 seconds.
UMass 61, Kansas 60, :27.8 2nd
3:56 p.m. ET
Kansas calls timeout.
UMass 60, Kansas 56, 0:55 left
3:52 p.m. ET
Tyrell Lynch now has a career high with 10 points.
Kansas is 1-1 at the Sprint Center this season. They defeated Washington and then picked up their lone loss in that overtime game against Syracuse I mentioned earlier.
UMass is trying to beat their second half demons. The Minutemen are 1-5 when leading at the half this year.
UMass 58, Kansas 56, 3:34 2nd
3:49 p.m. ET
As this game went under five minutes, this is the first time they have trailed this season at the five-minute mark. They led at that time in their OT loss to Syracuse.
UMass 58, Kansas 54, 4:23 2nd
3:46 p.m. ET
Former Jayhawk, NBAer, and current Kansas assistant Danny Manning stayed between Self and the officials to keep him from getting a second T.
UMass 55, Kansas 52, 5:04 2nd
3:44 p.m. ET
UMass 53, KU 52, 5:45 2nd
3:41 p.m. ET
Gaffney now has 11 rebounds, five blocks, three steals, and three assists to go with six points ... filling the stat sheet as usual.
UMass 53, Kansas 50, 7:19 2nd
3:30 p.m. ET
UMass is 5-for-12 from 3-point range, while KU is only 2-for-9.
UMass 47, Kansas 46, 11:56 2nd
3:27 p.m. ET
UMass 43, Kansas 43, 13:22 2nd
3:20 p.m. ET
UMass 42, Kansas 38, 15:26 2nd
3:15 p.m. ET
UMass 40, Kansas 34, 17:31 2nd
3:10 p.m. ET
Kansas is being led by Aldrich with eight points and eight rebounds.
UMass forced 10 turnovers, while giving it away only six times.
UMass outshot KU, 55.6% to 28.6%.
KU had the advantage on the glass, 24-11.
Travis Ford's family is here watching the game (Heather and the kids). Steve Middleton's wife and kids are with her as well (Ok. State is at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). UMass is 1-0 with a Ford family member in attendance this season (Travis' father against Ark.-Monticello). That's your random stat of the day.
2:58 p.m. ET
UMass goes into hafltime leading, despite KU closing the half on a 12-4 run.
UMass 36, Kansas 30, Halftime
2:51 p.m. ET
UMass 34, Kansas 28, 1:15 1st
2:46 p.m. ET
Gaffney scores again. UMass has the defending national champs down by 14.
UMass 32, Kansas 18, 3:15 1st
2:41 p.m. ET
Matt Glass just hit a 3-pointer and was fouled on the play, he'll shoot one after the timeout. He'll be looking to be the first Minuteman with a 4-point play since Gary Forbes in the first Syracuse game last season.
UMass 29, Kansas 18, 3:50 1st
2:37 p.m. ET
UMass 26, KU 15, 4:30 1st
2:35 p.m. ET
UMass 21, Kansas 15, 6:00 1st
2:33 p.m. ET
Kansas has five turnovers, while UMass has four.
UMass 17, Kansas 15, 7:18 1st
2:28 p.m. ET
Gurley scores on UMass next possession and the Minutemen tie it up.
UMass 14, Kansas 14, 8:18 1st
UMass is holding the Jayhawks to 33.3% shooting, while UMass is shooting 42.9%. KU has a big 14-7 edge on the boards, mainly because of 6-11 center Cole Aldrich's four.
2:22 p.m. ET
Kansas 11, UMass 8, 11:42 1st
KU by three, 9-6 with 13:30 left.
2:14 p.m. ET
UMass is trying to be the second A-10 team to knock off a ranked opponent today. Temple beat #8 Tennessee, 88-72.
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1:45 p.m. ET
Even if you are watching the game on ESPN, be sure at halftime to tune your radios to WRNX or click the listen link at UMassAthletics.com to hear Maurer's interview with UMass great, NBA great and Hall of Famer Julius Erving.
Today's ESPN crew calling the game, Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla, also called UMass' NIT game at MSG last season against Florida, the last time the Minutemen took on a defending national champ.
Fraschilla happened to graduate from the same high school as UMass' head manager Matt Vogel, James Madison High in Brooklyn.
1:15 p.m. ET
UMass is one of five Atlantic 10 teams to be playing on the ESPN family of networks this weekend. Temple and Tennessee lead in to the UMass game, while Villanova and La Salle play on ESPNU tomorrow, VCU and Richmond play on "the U" today at 2, and Xavier and Cincinnati play tonight on ESPN2.
1:00 p.m. ET
The Sprint Center is a new (opened in 2007) 18,500-seat arena in the heart of Kansas City, adjacent to the revitalized "Power & Light District", an area of restaurants, bars, and shops.
The team left from Bradley Airport yesterday morning at 11:00. After a transfer in Chicago, the Minutemen arrived in Kansas City around 3:00 Central Time. The team had a shootaround at the Sprint Center before going to dinner. This morning the team had its pregame meal at the team hotel, where Kansas also happens to be staying.
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