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Atlantic 10 will hold 2017 conference tournament in Pittsburgh and 2018 in Washington D.C.

The Atlantic 10 announced Thursday that its men's basketball tournament will be held in Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh in 2017 and at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. in 2018. The league needed temporary homes for those year because the Barclays Center in Brookyln, N.Y. is hosting the ACC Tournament during those two seasons. Barclays has hosted the 2013 and 2014 A-10 Tournaments and will host it in 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021. According to A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade nine different cities bid 0

UMass men's basketball freshmen are all enrolled

The UMass men's basketball team's three incoming true freshman are all enrolled in classes and will be freshman in the fall according to coach Derek Kellogg. While C.J. Anderson is already cleared and eligible, both big men, Rashaan Holloway and Malik Hines, are both waiting for the NCAA Clearinghouse to determine their status one way or the other. Even if they're ineligible, both players will remain on campus as nonqualifiers and begin playing next year. UMass will need at least one player on its roster 0

UMass injured LB Trey Seals "50-50" for Saturday. OL Ryan Johnson will likely play

On Monday's Mid-American Conference coaches teleconference, Whipple said junior linebacker Trey Seals, who suffered and undisclosed leg injury in Saturday's loss to BC is "50-50" to play Saturday at 3 p.m. Ryan Johnson, the JUCO offensive lineman who was declared eligible last week, is likely to have some role pretty quickly. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound St. Louis native, was expected to contend for a starting job if he'd been eligible immediately. 0

Matt Vautour College Football Picks Week I

After not doing picks at all last year, while on semi-paternity leave, I'm back. MAC Games Thursday Akron over Howard Central Michigan over Chattanooga NIU over Presbyterian Friday Bowling Green over Western Kentucky Saturday BC over UMass - I think this will be respectable, but there's a long road from 1-11 to beating BC. Ball State over Colgate Buffalo over Duquesne - I can't believe ESPN Gameday isn't at this game Ohio over Kent State - Marshall over Miami (Ohio) - One of these teams 0

2014-15 UMass Hoop Schedule

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England just twice before new years with road games at LSU (Dec. 2) and at BYU (Dec. 23). Their exempted tournament is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.  The Minutemen open the season with 0

Tattoo Tuesday: Jovan Santos-Knox

Despite not having one myself, I'm kind of fascinated with tattoos. I've often referenced a player's ink in my stories and have writted full-length tattoo features on Lari Ketner and Rashaun Freeman. I think they offer an interesting window into what's important to someone. So every Tuesday on this blog this season, I plan on showing a tattoo from one UMass athlete and asking them to tell the story behind it. History will show that junior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox was the first player ever featured: 0

Camp Superlatives II - Best basketball player and what sport would you play if you couldn't play football

Last week at media day I asked 16 Minutemen the same 11 mostly fun questions, about their teammates and football in general: Best Athlete on the Minutemen? Funniest Guy on the team? Best looking guy on the team? Best Singer on the team?  Best basketball player on the team? Smartest player on the team? Favorite UMass Sport to Watch?  If they couldn’t play football what sport would they play? Who has the best car on the team? If they could play a game in any stadium, which would they chose? Who is going 0

UMass Depth Chart

Offense QB - 1. Blake Frohnapfel - 2. A.J. Doyle RB - 1. Jamal Wilson - 2. Lorenzo Woodley FB - 1. Rodney Mills - 2. DaQuan Mack WR - 1. Tajae Sharpe - 2. Shakur Nesmith WR - 1. Jalen Williams - 2. Alex Kenney TE - 1. Brandon Howard - 2. Jon Denton C - 1. Matt Sparks - 2. Rich Queen LT - 1. Tyrell Smith - 2. Tyshon Henderson LG - 1. Fabian Hoeller - 2. Michael Boland RT - 1. 0

UMass Camp Superlatives Part I: - Intro, Best Athlete and Best Looking

Last week at media day I asked 16 Minutemen the same 11 mostly fun questions, about their teammates and football in general: Best Athlete on the Minutemen? Funniest Guy on the team? Best looking guy on the team? Best Singer on the team?  Best basketball player on the team? Smartest player on the team? Favorite UMass Sport to Watch?  If they couldn’t play football what sport would they play? Who has the best car on the team? If they could play a game in any stadium, which would they chose? Who is going 0

UMass WR Jalen Williams making his case for playing time

AMHERST — Junior receiver Jalen Williams, a transfer from Dean Junior College who was one of the breakout players in the spring, carried over his strong play into the fall. “He’s taken a big step. The day he stepped in here I didn’t really know him,” UMass coach Mark Whipple said. “He made some plays in the spring, carried it over to the summer and he’s had a good two days (in camp). He’s playing faster than he did in the spring.” The Georgia native 0