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Vanderbilt wide receiver C.J. Duncan, left, and UMass defensive back Randall Jette go up for a 36-yard pass intended for Duncan in the fourth quarter on Sept. 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Jette made the catch, but Duncan ripped it away, setting up Vanderbilt’s winning touchdown on the next play. Vanderbilt won 34-31.

Randall Jette, UMass motivated to overcome mistakes, losses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Randall Jette winces a little at the memory. The ball was in the UMass cornerback’s hands at the right sideline and Vanderbilt receiver C.J. Duncan wrestled it out as they crashed to the ground. The play happened almost seven months ago in the Minutemen’s 34-31 loss at Vanderbilt. It was hardly the only play that might have changed the result of that game. UMass’ 3-9 final mark might have been changed by reversing the result of a handful of plays. Jette struggles to remember the details on the many good plays he made that earned him all-conference status, but the mistakes remain vivid …

Four No. 1 seeds in the women’s Final Four

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The women’s Final Four will have a familiar feel to it with three of last year’s teams back in the national semifinals. UConn, Notre Dame and Maryland all return to the Final Four while South Carolina is making its first appearance. It’s the third time in the history of the Final Four that …

’76 Hoosiers hoping Kentucky can pull off perfect quest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Quinn Buckner says he and his 1976 Indiana teammates aren’t chilling any champagne to uncork in celebration of a Kentucky loss. Instead, the nation’s last undefeated college basketball team is eager to end the 39-year wait to add another member to the club — even if an old rival is trying …

West Virginia’s Bob Huggins looks for another win over Kentucky’s John Calipari

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has had his way against Kentucky’s John Calipari over the years. Huggins is 8-2 all-time against his close friend. Meeting No. 11 will be Huggins’ greatest challenge against a Calipari-coached team when West …

Xavier’s Jalen Reynolds will play vs Arizona

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CINCINNATI — Forward Jalen Reynolds accompanied Xavier to Los Angeles for its Sweet 16 game while the school looked into a complaint filed against him by another student. Coach Chris Mack said before the team left on Tuesday …

Derrick Gordon transferring from UMass, hopes to expand his role at new school

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derrick Gordon has never kept his NBA aspirations a secret. Before he even played a game at UMass, he talked about getting drafted someday. So while the junior guard said he appreciated how the Minuteman coaches and players …

Tennessee advances to Sweet 16 with win over Pittsburgh

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bashaara Graves scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds as Tennessee withstood a late rally to defeat Pittsburgh, 77-67, and advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The second-seeded Lady Vols (29-5) improved to 56-0 in NCAA Tournament home games and advanced to a Spokane Region …

Princeton’s unbeaten run ends in 85-70 NCAA loss at Maryland

Monday, March 23, 2015

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — As the final seconds of Princeton’s season ticked away, its unbeaten run ending against No. 1 seed Maryland in the NCAA Tournament, Tigers coach Courtney Banghart took a stroll along the sideline. She stopped …

Top-ranked Kentucky’s toughest foe might be. ... Kentucky

Monday, March 23, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Good teams have tried various ways to beat Kentucky. The game plans have included getting physical with them, trying to force the unbeaten Wildcats to take jump shots, double-teaming post players, playing up-tempo so Kentucky …

Georgia Tech athletic director thinks his former associate will be a great fit at UMass

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mike Bobinski was still getting his feet underneath him at Georgia Tech, but he knew right away he liked Ryan Bamford. The former Xavier athletic director inherited Bamford when he took the same role at the Atlantic Coast …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s hockey headed to Frozen Four

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team came from behind to force overtime, and a late goal by Mike Rowbatham sealed a 4-3 win to beat Norwich in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals on Saturday at Orr Rink. Rowbatham’s unassisted goal came at the 8 minute, 12 second mark …

Virginia picked off Sweet 16 path

Monday, March 23, 2015

Travis Trice scored 23 points, and Michigan State knocked second-seeded Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, 60-54 on Sunday. Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the …

UMass set to name Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford its new AD

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford will become the seventh permanent athletic director at UMass. According to several sources, athletic department staff were notified Sunday. An announcement is expected Monday with a press conference likely on Tuesday. Bamford was chosen from a finalist pool that included former …