CINCINNATI – Badly needing a win to keep its hopes for an at-large bid the NCAA Tournament alive, the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team grabbed a victory at one of the hardest venues for Atlantic 10 road teams to get one. Xavier had been 52-2 against league teams at the Cintas Center since 2007, but the Minutemen shook off early adversity to beat the Musketeers, 77-72, Saturday. “We needed it bad to keep our tournament hopes alive. It’s good that we got the win
Without looking at all of the tie-breaker scenarios yet - too many things that will still be determined by games left to be played- this is a look at the Atlantic 10 potential tournament seeding with two weeks of regular season to go. I'll update this after each day of conference games. This much is certain: It will take at least 11 wins to win the league's regular season title. It will take at least nine wins to earn a first-round bye - finish in
Tipping off Too many small schools don't get it. They think hiring someone people have heard of automatically translates into success. That's how FIU hires Isaiah Thomas as its basketball coach and Sacred Heart hires Bobby Valentine as its athletic director. Bobby V (no relation) is a smart guy. Despite the disaster that was last year's stint managing the Red Sox, I don't doubt that. But he's grossly unqualified to be a college athletic director. But he's a big deal in Connecticut. So instead of
AMHERST – University of Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg has wondered aloud many times this season when sophomore Cady Lalanne would reach the point in his stamina where he could play at his peak for more than 20 minutes per game. He may have gotten his answer. Lalanne put together the best performance of his career in a game UMass badly needed him as the Minutemen held off Dayton, 76-66, Saturday at the Mullins Center. Lalanne finished career-highs in points (22), rebounds (14) and minutes (35). “It
New York Giants Pro Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz, a UMass alumnus, tweeted Friday that he planned to attend the game: @TeamVic: Ok so the game has been chosen Umass vs. Dayton 1pm Mullins Center. See you there. UMass was 1-1 last year with Cruz in attendance. The Minutemen upset Xavier at the Mullins Center and lost to Stanford in the NIT.
This is going to become an almost daily feature for the rest of the season/as long as its relevant. I probably should have waited until after tonight’s game to launch this new blog feature. If UMass loses to St. Bonaventure it becomes pretty much irrelevant. But what else am I going to do in Olean. The idea is, I'm going to look at all the games in Division I and list the ones that affect the bubble and/or UMass' place in it and tell you
Tipping off Kentucky wasn't a lock to get into the NCAA Tournament anyway, but the loss of Nerlens Noel, their best player, will create an interesting discussion for the NCAA selection committee. Will the Wildcats, who lost by 30 to Tennessee, be judged only on their body of work without Noel? If so they're in trouble Top 25 1. Miami 2 . Indiana 3. Gonzaga 4. Florida 5. Michigan State 6. Duke 7. Michigan 8. Arizona 9. Syracuse 10. Louisville 11. Georgetown 12. Oklahoma State 13.
Dan Wetzel @DanWetzel For a stretch Temple-UMass best rivalry in country. Two top 10 teams, a coach trying to beat up the other coach at a press conference Art Stapleton @art_stapleton @GazetteUMass "That's why I was telling my kid to knock your kid in the mouth" ... Hands down best UMass-Temple moment of all-time Matt Creedon @MCreedoN106 @GazetteUMass Since I've only been a fan for 5 years, it would have to be seeing us beat Temple in A.C. last March. Jorma Kansanen @JKansanen @GazetteUMass Rushing the court after
UMass' all-time series with Temple: Jan. 12, 1983 H L, 54-73 Mar. 2, 1983 A L, 64-91 Jan. 12, 1984 A L, 66-83 Feb. 27, 1984 H L, 46-65 Mar. 8, 1984 N38 A10 L, 54-78 Jan. 10, 1985 A L, 39-65 Feb. 23, 1985 H23 L, 48-50 Feb. 1, 1986 A L, 38-69 Feb. 17, 1986 H L, 47-58 Jan. 21, 1987 A L, 60-72 Feb. 2, 1987 H L, 59-72 Dec. 7, 1987 H L, 71-89 Jan. 21, 1988 A L, 52-71 Jan. 12, 1989 H23 L, 68-89 Jan. 24, 1989 A L, 66-93 Jan. 20, 1990