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Matt Vautour: The Atlantic 10 awards too close to call

Monday, March 2, 2015

Should the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year go to the league’s best player, or the most valuable player on a team that’s at or near the top of the conference? That’s an annual debate, but it’s more clearly defined in the A-10 this season. DeAndre Bembry is the best player in the conference. The league’s coaches might not agree on that unanimously, but the Saint Joseph’s sophomore would get …

Seton Hall ranked again; UConn still No. 1 in women’s AP poll

Monday, March 2, 2015

It’s been an incredible last 24 hours for the Seton Hall women’s basketball team that almost didn’t happen. Coach Tony Bozzella’s squad was faced with a nine-point deficit with 67 seconds left against Butler. Hopes of the first Big East championship in school history and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament were fading quickly. The Pirates had scored just 13 points …

Wild week leads to changes across AP Top 25 men’s poll

Monday, March 2, 2015

The stability of The Associated Press Top 25 these past several weeks blew up during a tumultuous week of big victories and upsets. Kentucky, Division I’s only undefeated team, remained entrenched at No. 1 after two routs. The Wildcats (29-0) were a unanimous choice for the fifth straight week after receiving all 65 first-place votes from a media panel Monday. Two more weeks …

UMass, Rhode Island clash in Atlantic 10 first-place showdown

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — UMass and Rhode Island have been playing basketball against each other since 1908. In the 144 meetings, there has rarely been so much on the line as there will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Ryan Center. The game will certainly affect the Atlantic 10 …

UMass junior Trey Davis finds his rhythm at the free-throw line

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — Trey Davis doesn’t know what UMass’ record for consecutive free throws is. He doesn’t want to know. Not yet. “Once I beat it, you all can tell me,” the junior guard said shaking his head and …

Matt Vautour: UMass’ NCAA tournament hopes rest with week ahead

Monday, February 16, 2015

When UMass walked off the floor on Jan. 21 after losing to Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, any conversation about the Minutemen in the NCAA tournament would have seemed more than a little ridiculous. But after six consecutive wins, UMass has reached the fringes of contention. For the Minutemen …

Kentucky unanimous No. 1 for third straight week

Monday, February 16, 2015

Kentucky won its two games last week to push its record to 25-0, matching the best start in school history. The Wildcats’ run has sparked debate about whether they can become Division I’s first undefeated team since Indiana in 1976. But before Kentucky closes in on that piece …

James Madison and Florida Gulf Coast join women’s poll

Monday, February 16, 2015

It was an incredible weekend for James Madison coach Kenny Brooks. He became the school’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach Sunday when the Dukes beat Delaware for his 303rd win, which moved him past Sheila Moorman. He then …

College basketball team back home after plane engine blowout

Sunday, February 15, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team had to take a bus home to Starkville after an engine failed on the team plane, forcing an emergency landing in St. Louis. The team left suburban Festus …

College weekend recaps: Offensive explosion leads UMass women’s lacrosse to season-opening win

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team opened the season on a high note, as offense came alive in the season opener, mounting an 18-4 win over UMass Lowell at home Saturday. Hannah Murphy notched a hat trick, while Erika Epp, Nicole Troost, Amy Tiernan, Eileen McDonald and Callie Santos …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg pulling for John Calipari’s Hall of Fame call

Sunday, February 15, 2015

AMHERST — Throughout his postgame press conference Derek Kellogg stayed pretty even-keeled when discussing his team’s 82-74 win over Duquesne Saturday. But when he was asked about John Calipari being named a finalist for induction into the Naismith …

UMass fends off Duquesne for sixth straight win

Sunday, February 15, 2015

AMHERST — When the UMass men’s basketball team was struggling earlier in the season, Trey Davis blamed himself. He wasn’t shooting well enough or leading well enough he reasoned and the Minutemen were falling short because of it. …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey settles for 3-3 tie with No. 16 Lowell

Friday, February 13, 2015

The UMass hockey team held a two-goal lead over No. 16 Lowell in the third period, but the River Hawks rallied for the 3-3 tie at the Mullins Center, Friday. Dennis Kravchenko fed Steven Iacobellis for a short-handed goal six minutes into the third as UMass (9-18-2) took …