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UMass basketball's Path to Postseason

Well it's obviously really really early to do this. The computers have very little actual data to work with. Expect all of this data to vary wildly especially early on. But this gives us a baseline to start with. Check it out with appropriate grains of salt. To see what NCAA Selection committee members will have in front of them when considering UMass, click here. Using projected results (W,L, or ?) based on Jeff Sagarin's predictor from RPIforecast.com, I'll look at what UMass needs to 0

Week guide I: Nov. 10

Tipping off  It is that time of year again. I love November hoops all the tournaments and aircraft carriers, the 24-hours of basketball etc. Bring it on.  My Associated Press Top 25 Ballot   1 Kentucky  2 Arizona 3 Duke 4 Wisconsin 5 Kansas 6 Florida 7 Virginia 8 Texas 9 Louisville 10 North Carolina 11Wichita State 12 Villanova 13 Iowa State 14 Gonzaga 15 VCU 16 Michigan State 17 Connecticut 18 Southern Methodist 19 Nebraska 20 Harvard 21San Diego State 22 Utah 23 Oklahoma 24 Ohio State 25 Michigan  TEAMS THAT I HAVE RANKED THAT AREN'T RANKED NOW:  Games of the Day  Monday-   Tuesday – Wednesday –   Thursday –   Friday- Minnesota vs. 0

Bergantino suffers ankle injury; Kellogg otherwise pleased with UMass scrimmage

Derek Kellogg isn't allowed to give a score, a result for any stats from Saturday's closed scrimmage per (silly) NCAA rules. But here's what he could say. All quotes below are Kellogg: Tyler Begantino suffered an ankle injury early on. Kellogg thought he'd be out of practice "a couple days." Kellogg thought it was a "light ankle sprain." If he misses any time because of this or future injuries or foul trouble, Maxie Esho would be the center when Cady Lalanne was out of the 0

UMass can still be Dunkherst without Raphiael Putney

It's a matter of debate, who was Batman and who was Robin in UMass' dynamic dunking duo of Raphiael Putney and Maxie Esho over the past few season. Both spring-legged forward had SportsCenter top 10 dunks. I asked Esho if he was the king dunker by himself now that Putney was gone. I was trying to raise his competitive hackles and it worked. I asked him about the young dunkers on the roster.  "First. I was always the King Dunker," he said looking a bit offended 0

MAC Picks Week 9

MAC Games Saturday Toledo over UMass Akron over Ball State CMU over Buffalo NIU over EMU Miami over Kent State Western Michiigan over Ohio Top 25 vs. Top 25 Games Ole Miss over LSA USC over Utah Last week: 4-6 (ugh) Season record: 63-21 MAC Knockout Zombie Pool This season media members Dan Malone, Bob McGovern, Mark Chiarelli and I are doing a MAC Survivor Pool over Twitter (#MACSurvivor). Each week we'll pick one MAC team to win. Once someone has picked a team once, 0

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