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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 …

UMass notebook: Maxie Esho breaks out of slump with strong second half

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Seemingly for weeks, Maxie Esho has been looking to rediscover the magic that had made him UMass’ best player early in the season. In the first half of Saturday’s 82-74 win over Fordham, it looked like the senior big man’s slump was going to continue on his 24th birthday as he …

UMass snaps three-game skid, holds off Fordham 82-74

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Very little had gone right for UMass lately and very little Mandell Thomas attempted Saturday hadn’t gone in. So when the Fordham guard elevated for a 3-pointer from in front of the Rams’ bench with 24 seconds left and the Minutemen clinging to a three-point lead, the Mullins Center crowd of …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

UMass 2015 Football Schedule
Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated Atlantic 10 Picture
Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated look at the A-10 Picture
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Matt Vautour: It’s all about the Atlantic 10 tournament now

Sunday, February 22, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. Any at-large bid talk is pretty much over. There was a brief glimmer of hope after six straight wins. But getting dominated by Rhode Island put the Minutemen on the ropes and Saturday’s loss to VCU …

UMass notebook: Reserve Demetrius Dyson sparks Minutemen

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — For many players, especially guards, when they play at VCU for the first time, the combination of the crowd noise and the Rams’ relentless pressure can be overwhelming. Trey Davis struggled badly at VCU in …

UMass comes up short in 78-72 loss at No. 25 VCU

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Early in the first half it looked like the UMass basketball team might get blown out. Early in the second half it looked like the Minutemen might upset No. 25-ranked VCU. But at the end …

Friday’s colleges: Providence storms back to ice UMass in overtime

Friday, February 20, 2015

The UMass hockey team was eight seconds away from beating No. 12 Providence Friday. But the Friars tied the game late then won in overtime to skate away with a 3-2 victory in Providence. Shane Walsh and Zack LaRue each scored for UMass (9-20-2, 4-15-1 Hockey East), which …

UMass faces tall task with No. 25 VCU and its ‘havoc’ defense

Friday, February 20, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Not that long ago VCU looked vulnerable. The unquestioned preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 lost Briante Weber, the heart and soul of its “havoc” defense, for the season with a torn knee, while leading …

UMass notebook: URI AD Thorr Bjorn turns down chance to return to UMass

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — From the moment John McCutcheon’s candidacy for the California-Santa Barbara athletic director job became public knowledge, UMass fans, alumni and even some administrators began speculating on whether Rhode Island athletic director Thorr Bjorn might replace …

UMass falls flat in 75-59 loss to Rhode Island

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — For the past four games, Rhode Island has come close to beating UMass. But the Minutemen always seemed to make just enough plays to escape. On Wednesday, the Minutemen never had a chance for late-game …

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 …