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My Top 25 - Dec. 30

Thought about boosting Syracuse up after its terrific showing against Villanova, but Arizona hasn't struggled since Drexel. 1. Arizona 2. Syracuse 3. Ohio State 4. Wisconsin 5. Michigan State 6. Baylor 7. Duke 8. OK State 9. Iowa State 10. Oregon 11. Florida 12. Wichita State 13. Kentucky 14. Villanova 15. Louisville 16. Memphis 17. Connecticut 18. Colorado 19. Kansas 20. Iowa 21. UMass 22. San Diego State 23. Texas 24. North Carolina 25. Illinois 0

Mike Wegzyn considering a return to UMass

Former UMass quarterback Mike Wegzyn said Charley Molnar's dismissal opened the door for him returning to the Minutemen next year. Wegzyn, who announced his intention to transfer shortly after the season, said Thursday that 'd like to see who the new coach was before making a final decision. "I heard about that. That's definitely going to be another option now. I'll take that into consideration," Wegzyn said. "That hardest thing for me was walking way from the guys on the team. I had such a 0

My Top 25 - Dec. 23

1. Arizona 2. Syracuse 3. Ohio State 4. Villanova 5. Wisconsin 6. Louisville 7. Michigan State 8. Baylor 9. Duke 10. OK State 11. Iowa State 12. Oregon 13. Florida 14. Wichita State 15. Kentucky 16. Memphis 17. Connecticut 18. Colorado 19. Kansas 20. San Diego State 21. Iowa 22. UMass 23. Texas 24. North Carolina 25. Illinois 0

Computer analysis of UMass' NCAA Tournament chances: Minutemen remain in good shape despite Saturday's loss

This does not include results from Dec. 23 games. When I started doing this years ago, reaching the CBI would have been a pretty good goal for UMass, but now the only definition of success for this team is the NCAA Tournament, so I'm changing the title. At 10-1, UMass' NCAA chances are still very much intact. Despite Saturday's loss, UMass' projected record from RPI Forecast hasn't gone down and it's expected RPI has actually improved from last week. Using projected results (W,L, or ?) 0

Computer analysis: UMass' path to the NCAA Tournament

This does not include results from Dec. 17 games. When I started doing this years ago, reaching the CBI would have been a pretty good goal for UMass, but now the only definition of success for this team is the NCAA Tournament, so I'm changing the title. Naturally at 9-0, UMass' NCAA chances are still very much intact. The Minutemen need to keep playing well and to have New Mexico, LSU and BYU keep playing well. Using projected results (W,L, or ?) based on Jeff 0

UMass' path to the NCAA Tournament

This does not include results from Dec. 10 games. When I started doing this years ago, reaching the CBI would have been a pretty good goal for UMass, but now the only definition of success for this team is the NCAA Tournament, so I'm changing the title. Naturally at 8-0, UMass' NCAA chances are still very much intact. The Minutemen need to keep playing well and to have New Mexico, LSU and BYU keep playing well. Using projected results (W,L, or ?) based on Jeff 0

Wegzyn, Beck gone?

Mike Wegzyn, once UMass' quarterback of the future, appears to be putting the Minutemen in his rearview mirror. UMass sources confirmed a Maroon Musket report that Wegzyn and WR/TE Derek Beck are both expected to leave the program. Wegzyn, UMass' starter for 11 games last year and the first two this year, was benched halfway through the Minutemen's loss to Maine. Wegzyn's departure would leave A.J. Doyle as the program's only experienced quarterback. Wegzyn is a sophomore, but is on track to graduate in May. 0

UMass fell one spot to No. 22 in the Associated Press poll, despite Saturday's good win. Here's how.

Here's what you're asking yourself: How did UMass after a terrific, well-played win over a good BYU team go backwards in the Associated Press poll? It's a fair question. The short answer is North Carolina and Colorado and to a lesser degree Baylor Neither the Tar Heels nor Buffaloes were ranked last week. UNC beat No. 1 Michigan State and Colorado beat Kansas. Baylor beat Kentucky although many voters actually already had Baylor higher than UMass. So UNC and Colorado both were going to enter 0

UMass outruns BYU

SPRINGFIELD — Rarely does the final score in a game between two up-tempo offenses produce a final score that matches the potential.  But the No. 21-ranked University of Massachusetts and Brigham Young didn’t disappoint the sellout crowd at the MassMutual Center. The two high-scoring squads raced up and down throughout. When the dust settled, the Minutemen outran the Cougars pulling away for a 105-96 win Saturday.  The win puts UMass at 8-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season when it eventually advanced to the Final 0

Path to Postseason - Dec. 4

This does not include results from Dec. 4 games. 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 30 games on its schedule and at least one A-10 Tournament game. So a winning record means 0