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A UMass hoop eligibility update sort of

Malik Hines is not practicing with the UMass men's basketball team today. The NCAA only allows players to practice a certain number of times while their case is being reviewed and Hines has reached his number. It's worth noting that the NCAA freshman eligibility rules have changed some since last year and UMass can't comment on specifics related to their players because of privacy rules. So my understanding on Hines is that he could still be eligible. He could be ineligible to play, but would 0

MAC Picks Week 8

MAC Games Saturday UMass over EMU - I can't believe UMass is such a big Vegas favorite given EMU's breakout last week, but I think the Minutemen win at home. Akron over Ohio Central Michigan over Ball State Bowling Green over WMU Army over Kent State Northern Illinois over Miami Top 25 vs. Top 25 Games Notre Dame over Florida State I think the Seminoles are headed for an implosion. This could be the week Alabama over A&M Oklahoma over Kansas State TCU over Oklahoma 0

UMass gets four points in USA Today Coaches Men's Basketball Poll

Somebody thinks the UMass men's basketball team has a chance to be pretty good. The Minutemen got four points in the USA Today poll that came out Thursday. A first place vote is worth 25 points and a 25th place vote is worth one point. The coaches poll doesn't release individual coach's polls. UMass' four points could have been one No. 22 vote, four No. 25 votes or some combinations of votes at 23, 24 or 25. VCU is the only Atlantic 10 team ranked, 0

Cady Lalanne takes a verbal swipe at Chaz Williams

In an ESPN article UMass senior center Cady Lalanne criticized former teammate Chaz Williams' leadership a year ago: “We did what we did last season without great leadership,” Lalanne admitted. “Some days Chaz was a leader, but the inconsistency hurt us in league play." Williams is currently playing professionally in Turkey. Kellogg didn't criticize Lalanne's comments, but said Williams wasn't to blame. “We didn’t play as well down the stretch. You could look at anybody. It’s everybody. As much as it was Chaz’s team, it 0

UMass picked fourth in Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll - Cady Lalanne named to second team

Preseason Poll  1. VCU (28) 2. George Washington 3. Dayton 4. Massachusetts 5. Richmond 6. Rhode Island 7. La Salle 8. Saint Joseph's 9. Saint Louis 10. St. Bonaventure 11. Duquesne 12. Davidson 13. George Mason 14. Fordham   Preseason First Team All-Conference*  Jordan Sibert, Dayton Sr.G Patricio Garino, George Washington Jr. G/F Kendall Anthony Richmond Sr. G DeAndre’ Bembry Saint Joseph’s So. F Treveon Graham VCU Sr. G/F  Briante Weber VCU Sr. G  *There was a tie for the last spot on the team  Second team Dyshawn Pierre Dayton Jr. F Kevin LarsenGeorge Washington Jr. F Jerrell WrightLa Salle Sr. F Cady Lalanne Massachusetts Sr. E.C. Matthews Rhode IslandSo.G 0

Which is it Whip?

UMass football coach Mark Whipple has taken a fair amount of criticism for the way last week's 42-41 loss to Miami finished. To refresh, the Minutemen had just moved the ball to the Miami 6 yard line with no time outs left. The clock was stopped for the first down with three seconds left, which is the minimum to spike the ball before the next play. If UMass spiked it, it could then have either run a play for a winning touchdown or try to 0

MAC Picks Week 7

MAC Games Saturday UMass over Kent State - Might be crazy Akron over Miami WMU over Ball State BGSU over Ohio Buffalo over EMU NIU over CMU Toledo over Iowa State Top 25 vs. Top 25 Games Miss. State over Auburn  Ole Miss over A&M TCU over Baylor Oregon over UCLA Missouri over Georgia Last week's record: 9-4  Season record: 56-16 MAC Knockout Zombie Pool This season media members Dan Malone, Bob McGovern, Mark Chiarelli and I are doing a MAC Survivor Pool over Twitter 0

MAC Picks Week 6

MAC Games Saturday UMass over Miami - I'm predicting three straight wins for UMass. Akron over Eastern Michigan- Army over Ball State - A competitive bad football game Bowling green over Buffalo Ohio over CMU NIU over Kent State Toledo over Western Michigan - Top 25 vs. Top 25 Games Ole Miss over Alabama Oklahoma over TCU Auburn over LSU Miss St over A&M Ntanford over notre Dame Michigan State over Nebraska Last week's record: 6-1  Season record: 47-12 MAC Knockout Zombie Pool This season 0

Tattoo Tuesday: UMass FB Rodney Mills

UMass fullback Rodney Mills got his daughter's name, birthday and footprint tattooed on his right arm: "This is my daughter's name, her birthday and her feet. She just turned two in August." "She really keeps me going. I want the best for her. Coming out here every day and putting in work can help possibly put me in position to give her everything she wants." 0

A dodged bullet and an honor

After Trey Dudley-Giles left the field on crutches Saturday after UMass' loss to Bowling Green, UMass coaches had good reason to be concerned. The versatile junior defensive back is one of, if not the best player on the Minutemen and an incredibly valuable piece of the defense backfield, which is thin to begin with. Losing him would have been potentially catastrophic. But according to Whipple on Monday's MAC conference call, Dudley-Giles practiced Sunday night and is expected to play Saturday vs. Miami at 2:30 p.m. 0