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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

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 …

UMass men’s basketball looking to avoid letdown against Duquesne

Friday, February 13, 2015

AMHERST — Riding a five-game winning streak that put it in a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 and on the bubble of some national publications’ NCAA tournament projections, the UMass men’s basketball team is suddenly riding high. That could all come crashing down in a …

UMass women’s lacrosse retools as season begins

Friday, February 13, 2015

AMHERST — For the past four seasons Katie Ferris was the on-field face of UMass women’s lacrosse. During her career she rewrote the program’s record book, while helping lead the Minutewomen to new heights. But Ferris and fellow star forward Sam Rush graduated, leaving UMass with holes to …

UMass softball heads to Houston, ready for season’s opening pitch

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST — It’s snowed every bit as much on the UMass softball program as it did on everyone else in western Massachusetts over the past several weeks. But despite having most of its practices on the Boyden gymnasium …

Matt Vautour: Time for arenas, stadiums to stop playing “Jump Around”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

With just over 12 minutes left in UMass’ Jan. 29 win over Dayton, the Flyers called timeout following Tyler Bergantino’s one-handed dunk that put the Minutemen up 52-45. As the teams retreated to their respective benches, the song “Jump Around” by House of Pain began pumping from the …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass women’s basketball holds off George Mason in overtime

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team trailed George Mason by seven at halftime, but rallied for an 85-79 overtime win at the Mullins Center Wednesday afternoon. Kim Pierre-Louis had 29 points on 12-for-24 shooting along with eight rebounds in the win. Rashida Timbilla added 17 points, eight rebounds, six …

Key Atlantic 10 upsets give UMass a share of first place

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — While the UMass men’s basketball team celebrated its 55-53 win over St. Bonaventure Wednesday, VCU and La Salle were locked in a tight game in Richmond, Virginia. And while the Minuteman players were doing postgame …

UMass holds off St. Bonaventure for fifth straight win

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — After watching bounces, calls and results go against them in their last two trips to the Reilly Center, the UMass men’s basketball team finally had a reason to celebrate at St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen made …