Spoiler alert: There's a better than 50 percent chance that some or all of this ends up in a column Monday night/Tuesday morning: This was a fun basketball event. I watched the first game and obviously the second one and left during the second half of game three. There were three competitive games well worth watching. I expected Olivier Hanlan to be a little better than he was. BU's guards are good. They'll be very good in the Patriot League. That said Northeastern squandered chances
Welcome to another year of Path to Postseason: Using projected results (W,L, or ?) based on Jeff Sagarin's predictor from RPIforecast.com, I'll look at what UMass needs to do to reach postseason. By postseason I mean any tournament happening after the conference tournaments are over - NCAA, NIT, CBI, CIT - I'm guessing a UMass team with a winning record gets a bid to one of those. UMass has 31 games on its schedule and at least one A-10 Tournament game. So a winning record means at
I've moved away over the years from putting too many personal things on this blog, but I'm breaking away from that for a brief second. I wanted to take a quick second to say thank you. Over the past two months, I've been on partial paternity leave, living in Boston, as my newborn son received treatment at Children's Hospital. During that time I've been able to do some work from Boston allowing me to extend my vacation time as long as possible. While my friends
I don't think too many people will be surprised at where UMass landed in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll as the Minutemen sit fourth: Atlantic 10 Conference Predicted Order of Finish 1. VCU (19) 307 12-4 27-9 2. Saint Louis (5) 288 13-3 28-7 3. La Salle 265 11-5 24-10 4. Massachusetts 236 9-7 21-12 5. Saint Joseph’s 199 8-8 18-14 6. Richmond 173 8-8 19-15 7. Dayton 171 7-9 17-14 8. George Mason 141 N/A 22-16 9. Rhode Island 130 3-13 8-21 10. George Washington 122 7-9 13-17 11. Fordham 58 3-13 7-24 12.
University of Massachusetts chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy released a statement Thursday night regarding the controversial video from the UMass football program’s 2012 winter conditioning workouts. The video, which shows players wrestling and boxing outside, was part of an online petition by a group of UMass football alumni against coach Charley Molnar. Subbaswamy’s statement follows: “A video depicting an off-season training exercise of our football players from the winter of 2012 has recently been brought to my attention. The activities depicted in the video raise concerns
The early signing period is still over a month away, but the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball program appears to have locked up it’s recruiting class as C.J. Anderson, a 6-foot-4 perimeter player from Memphis, Tenn. has committed to the Minutemen after making an official visit this weekend. Anderson’s father Cedric Anderson confirmed the commitment. “For him, the relationship with the coaches and the camaraderie of the players in the program was the reason he chose UMass,” said Cedric Anderson, who added that his son’s
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Vatrano, a freshman forward from the prestigious U.S. National Team Development Program was expected to be a key part of UMass' rebuilding offense. This is a blow for the Minutemen. Statement From The University Of Massachusetts On The Eligibility Of Frank Vatrano AMHERST, Mass. – UMass hockey redshirt freshman forward Frank Vatrano, who enrolled at UMass in January 2013, will become eligible for competition beginning with the 2014 Hockey East Tournament. This is a result of an admissions documentation discrepancy at his previous academic institution
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Some quick thoughts on UMass' conference schedule that was released today: UMass has no Thursday-Saturday combinations. The Atlantic 10 has fewer Thu-Sats than in years past as the new TV deal puts more games on Wednesday nights. The way UMass plays makes this considerably good news for the Minutemen. The term national TV doesn't quite mean what it used to when NBC Sports and CBS Sports are now considered national TV. That said, having 14 games televised on channels most people can get is big.