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UMass 3 Stars - Game 1 Howard

I brought back 3 Stars. After each UMass game, I’ll pick the Minutemen’s three best/most important players from each game and track them over the course of the season. A No. 1 star is worth five points. A No. 2 is worth three and a No. 3 is worth one. 1. UMass vs. Howard No. 1 Star Jabarie Hinds — A year ago, the West Virgina transfer looked really good at times and lost at others. He was terrific, Saturday. Both on offense and defense, 0

Luwane Pipkins is officially sitting out the 2015-16 season for UMass

UMass freshman guard Luwane Pipkins will sit out the 2015-16 season as an academic nonqualifier. On Monday, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said he expected that would be how the NCAA ruled. As long as he makes required progress toward his degree, Pipkins will have four years of eligibility beginning in the 2016-17 season. If he gets a 2.5 grade point average he’ll be eligible to practice with the team after the first semester. Because Pipkins hasn’t been practicing with the Minutemen throughout the preseason, UMass 0

Bruins call up former Minuteman Frank Vatrano

Former UMass forward Frank Vatrano’s torrid start in Providence earned the East Longmeadow native a chance to make his NHL debut. The Boston Bruins summoned him from Providence, Friday. He could be in uniform as soon as Saturday at Montreal. Vatrano was leading the AHL with 10 goals in 10 games. He replaces Alex Khokhlachev, who was sent down to Providence. Vatrano is one of three former Minutemen currently in the NHL joining Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and San Jose defenseman Justin Braun. 0

MACtion Zombie Pool

MID-AMERICA — This Week's Games: Tuesday’s Games N. Illinois at Toledo, 8 Wednesday’s Games Ohio at Bowling Green, 8 Thursday, Nov. 5 Buffalo at Kent St., 7 Ball St. at W. Michigan, 7:30 Saturday, Nov. 7 Akron at UMass, Noon E. Michigan at Miami (Ohio), 2:30 Zombie Bracket Picks: (Teams that lost) Bob McGovern, Maroon Musket (8-1) — WMU USED: Miami, Kent, Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio, UMass, NIU, Buffalo  Nate Schneider, MichiganNewspapers.com (8-1) — UMass USED: Miami, KentSt, Akron, Toledo, BGSU, Ohio, (Ball St), NIU, WMU  Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette (8-1) — Bowling Green USED: Miami, Kent, 0

MAC Zombie - Week 9

MID-AMERICA — This Week's Games: Buffalo at Miami (Ohio), 7:30 W. Michigan at E. Michigan, 7:30 Saturday, Oct. 31 UMass at Ball St., 1 Cent. Michigan at Akron, 2 Zombie Bracket Picks: (Teams that lost) Bob McGovern, Maroon Musket (7-1) — Buffalo  USED: Miami, Kent, Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio, UMass, NIU Nate Schneider, MichiganNewspapers.com (7-1) — WMU  USED: Miami, Kent State, Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio, (Ball State), NIU Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette (7-1) — Buffalo  USED: Miami, Kent, Akron (Eastern Michigan) UMass, Ohio, Toledo, WMU Jesse 0

MAC Survivor ... of sorts

MID-AMERICA — We are all zombies now. Bob McGovern and Nate Schneider, the last remainin survivors both lost last week. Their tie-breaker is whomever loses next, but they still fall into the losers' bracket. This Week's Games: Saturday’s Games Bowling Green at Kent St., 1 Miami (Ohio) at W. Michigan, 2 Toledo at UMass, 3 Cent. Michigan at Ball St., 3 Ohio at Buffalo, 3:30 E. Michigan at N. Illinois, 3:30 Zombie Bracket Picks: (Teams that lost) Bob McGovern, Maroon Musket (6-1) — Northern Illinois over Eastern Michigan  USED: Miami, Kent, 0

UMass picked 10th in Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — UMass’ recent run on being picked among the favorites in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll came to an end Tuesday. The Minutemen were picked 10th out of 14 teams and didn’t have a single player among the 15 preseason all-conference players or five all-defensive players. The ranking wasn’t unexpected. It was similar to where most of the preseason preview magazines had ranked the Minutemen. “Obviously nobody wants to be picked 10th, but by the same token, with the turnover we had with Cady (Lalanne) being 0

UMass a popular pick in MAC Suvivor Pool

MID-AMERICA — Bob and Nate stayed alive while each the zombies stayed successful. This Week's Games: Western Michigan at Ohio, Noon Eastern Michigan at Toledo, Noon Buffalo at Central Michigan, 1 Northern Illinois at Miami (Ohio), 2:30 Georgia State at Ball State, 3 Akron at Bowling Green, 3 Kent State at UMass, 3:30 Survivor Bracket Picks: Bob McGovern, Maroon Musket — UMass over Kent  USED: Miami, Kent, Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio Nate Schneider, MichiganNewspapers.com — Ball State over Georgia State  USED: Miami, Kent State, Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio Zombie 0

MAC Survivor/Zombie Pool

MID-AMERICA — Bob and Nate stayed alive while most of the zombies stayed successful. Ohiio This Week's Games: Ohio at Akron, 2 Toledo at Ball St., 3 FIU at UMass, 3 N. Illinois at Cent. Michigan, 3 Bowling Green at Buffalo, 3:30 Miami (Ohio) at Kent St., 3:30 E. Michigan at LSU, 7 Survivor Bracket Picks: Bob McGovern, Maroon Musket — Ohio over Miami  USED: Miami, Kent, Akron, Bowling Green Nate Schneider, MichiganNewspapers.com — Ohio over Miami  USED: Miami, Kent State, Akron, Bowling Green Zombie Bracket Picks: (Teams that lost) Matt 0

Using ESPN's FPI to project UMass' chances of going from 1-3 to bowl eligible

UMass needs six wins to be bowl eligible for the first time. Eligible doesn't equal an invitation as the MAC only has five certain bowl slots. but it's our starting point for now. Projected results Using ESPN's Football Power Index I'll look at the prognosis for each game. If ESPN gives UMass a 60 percent chance of winning of better, it'll be a W. 40 percent or less is an L. If it's 41-59, that's a ?. Oct. 10 – at Bowling Green – L 0