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Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon (2) sits on the bench after the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game against Tennessee, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. Tennessee won 86-67. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Matt Vautour: UMass future has a lot of pieces to sort

Friday, March 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. At the end of the University of Massachusetts’ loss to Saint Louis in the 1998 NCAA tournament, Minuteman fans felt about that season a lot like they do right now about 2013-14. Back then, UMass was such a fixture in the tournament that a first-round loss was something regrettable, something that felt beneath expectations. But as the years …

UMass notebook: Chaz Williams closes career for Minutemen

Friday, March 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — On the sideline for the final two minutes, University of Massachusetts senior point guard Chaz Williams tossed a towel over his head and sat in stunned disbelief as the final seconds ticked off the Minutemen’s 86-67 loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Round of 64 on Friday at PNC Arena. …

UMass falls in NCAA tourney to Tennessee, 86-67

Friday, March 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — After a long wait to get back to the NCAA tournament, the University of Massachusetts was competitive for just a short time. The No. 6-seeded Minutemen couldn’t counter No. 11 Tennessee’s size and smothering defense. They fell behind early and never recovered en route to a 86-67 loss at PNC …

UMass, Cady Lalanne look to size up Tennessee in NCAA tournament

Thursday, March 20, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — From the moment Tennessee held on to beat Iowa in the NCAA tournament play-in game, Cady Lalanne’s importance for the University of Massachusetts’ grew significantly. Lalanne was a huge part of UMass’ early season success. …

Different choices don’t break lasting bond between UMass basketball star Derrick Gordon and his troubled twin

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST — On Friday around 2 p.m., Darryl Gordon will start feeling butterflies. When that nervous excitement comes, he’ll know it’s close to game time for Derrick Gordon. It’s true what they say about twins feeling whatever the …

UMass coach Derek Kellogg’s vision comes to fruition

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg had sat in the window seat at Arigato in downtown Amherst many times before. It was a good spot to watch the foot traffic of North Pleasant Street while having …

The anatomy of a 16-year drought

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST — When the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team walked off the floor at the Georgia Dome, people were disappointed. The coaches, players and fans all thought the Minutemen had a chance to beat Saint Louis that …

Chaz Williams not just another UM player

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST In Chaz Williams’ mind, the line between success and failure for the University of Massachusetts this season and his entire legacy came down to one accomplishment. “As a player, I’m definitely trying to make it to the …

Minutemen earn at-large bid thanks to resume

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A year ago, when the NCAA announced the field for its 2013 tournament without the University of Massachusetts, it appeared that the Minutemen’s lack of signature wins was a big factor in their exclusion. A year later, UMass …