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Could an Atlantic 10 All-Star team upset Kentucky?

How would an Atlantic 10 all-star team do against Kentucky? Thrown together right now, it would almost certainly lose. But given adequate time to prepare and establish roles, how would they fare? Let’s establish a few things first: 1. Davidson’s Bob McKillop is the coach. A. He’s a terrific coach. B. He was coach of the year. C. Shaka Smart just left making the decision that much easier. 2. Briante Weber isn’t eligible. While this game isn’t actually happening of course, I’m trying to present 0

The entire Atlantic 10 will miss having Shaka Smart at VCU

There will be a tendency for fans of Atlantic 10 teams to look at Shaka Smart’s departure from VCU to Texas as an opportunity. If the best school in the conference loses its coach, there’s an opportunity for somebody else to move up if VCU falls back. That’s both true and short-sighted. College basketball is fueled by its coaches. With the massive annual turnover in rosters, it’s the coaches that are the game’s enduring characters. Winning is the most important thing, but winning and being 0

Celebrating Lari Ketner’s Atlantic 10 honor

Editor's Note: Aquarius Ketner, wife of late UMass basketball star Lari Ketner graciously agreed to share her experiences from the Atlantic 10 Legends celebration at the tournament earlier this month. BROOKLYN — Attending the Atlantic 10 Legends celebration on behalf of my late husband, Lari A. Ketner, was a beautiful experience. Being able to celebrate his contributions, not just to UMass, but to Atlantic 10 men’s basketball, gave me a feeling a pride. Although I had moments of sadness because Lari could not be there 0

Friday Tipoff - Kentucky looking unbeatable

I don’t watch a lot of women’s college basketball. I have nothing against it, but there’s only so much TV I can watch from October to April, but one thing that has stood out of me over the years is how rarely there are huge upsets in the NCAA Tournament. No. 1 seeds not only lose rarely, but they’re almost never challenged. The top teams are dominant. Last night’s Kentucky vs. West Virginia had that kind of feel to it from the beginning. Before you 0

Thursday Tipoff - No Atlantic 10 teams, plenty of A-10 ties

There are no Atlantic 10 teams in the Sweet Sixteen, but there’ll be no lack of ties to the conference when play begins: Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell (see links below) started his career at Duquesne Arizona coach Sean Miller is the former coach of Xavier and the brother of Dayton coach Archie Miller Xavier used to be in the A-10 West Virgina guard Juwan Staten is a Dayton transfer West Virginia assistant coach Ron Everhart was the head coach at Duquesne Former St. Bonaventure 0

UMass officially makes Ryan Bamford new athletic director

UMass has made Ryan Bamford’s hire official. The school officially announced the move Monday. It will introduce him as UMass’ seventh athletic director at a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday at the Football Performance Center. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Bamford both released statements through UMass: “Ryan brings the right mix of devotion to the student-athlete, a winning tradition in a broad range of sports, and intimate knowledge of FBS football---just what we were looking for,” said Subbaswamy. “He brings great energy to our department of 0

Sunday Tipoff: Potential classic Sunday on tap

The only saving grace of Friday’s insomnia-curing snoozefest is that it sets up some great heavyweight match-ups today. Hall of Famers Krzyzewski and Pitino are in action. Nominee Bo Ryan is in action. Future Hall of Famers Tom Izzo and Bill Self are in action and perhaps someday Hall of Famers, Mark Few, Tony Bennett and Gregg Marshall are in action. Fearless Pick: Wichita over Kansas Today’s games: Michigan State vs. Virginia, 12:10 San Diego State vs. Duke, 2:40 Wichita State vs. Kansas, 5:15, Dayton 0

Friday Tipoff: Welcome to history Hunter family

Well that’s why we love the tournament. Bryce Drew, T.J. Sorrentine, Ali Farokmanesh and now R.J. Hunter. On a day that had a record five one-point games and 6,130,913 wrecked brackets, the best story belonged to the Hunter family. Ron Hunter has long been considered a great man. He doesn’t just raise or donate money he’s been an active worker for Samaritan’s Feet. His charity work donating shoes has overshadowed the fact that he also a pretty terrific coach. What’s he’s isn’t, is a good 0

Thursday Tipoff

Most Northeastern students weren’t alive the last time the Huskies were in the NCAA Tournament. Back then Jim Calhoun was a young coach on the rise and Reggie Lewis symbolized exciting potential not a sad tragedy. Since then countless students spent their five years on Huntington Avenue never seeing their name on a bracket. BU, Harvard, Boston College, UMass and Holy Cross all were in and out of the field while the Huskies couldn’t quite get the job done in the North Atlantic Conference, America 0

TD Garden college basketball tripleheader off in 2015

The annual Bay State basketball tripleheader and subsequent UMass-Boston College game are off for 2015. Jason Beckett, vice president of operations for Boston’s TD Garden, which hosted the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic the past two seasons, confirmed the event will not be held in 2015. “It’s off for this year,” Beckett said. “Things didn’t line up for the schools involved.” He said the Garden would be interested in revisiting the event in future years. “Honestly I think the schools are too. It just didn’t 0