Found January 15, 2014 on
Nothing comes easy in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The VCU Rams were the consensus preseason pick to run away with the A-10 men’s college basketball title, but now that conference play is underway, it’s obvious it’s going to be a dogfight this year. For the moment, the top dogs are the No. 16 Massachusetts Minutemen at 14-1 straight up and a healthy 9-6 against the spread. The Minutemen figured to have a puncher’s chance at the A-10 title and a March Madness invitation this season thanks primarily to the return of senior point guard Chaz Williams (15.4 points, 7.5 assists per 40 minutes). However, after UMass upset both New Mexico (-5 favorites) and Clemson (-1) to win the Charleston Classic, bracketologists started talking up UMass as a viable Sweet Sixteen candidate. They’re even at 75-1 to win the NCAA tournament. The concern with coach Derek Kellogg’s 2013-14 program was the supporting cast around Williams. Those concerns have largely melted away with the improvement of junior ce...

Williams shakes off injury, leads No. 16 UMass past George Mason

If Chaz Williams still had any lingering effects from a bone bruise he suffered in his left ankle last weekend, it certainly did not show against George Mason. Massachusetts' senior point guard had 26 points and eight assists, and Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining as the 16th-ranked Minutemen beat the Patriots 88-87 on Wednesday night. UMass (15...

Williams helps No. 16 UMass edge George Mason

Chaz Williams had 26 points and eight assists, Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining and No. 16 Massachusetts beat George Mason 88-87 on Wednesday night. The Minutemen (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) rallied from eight points down in the second half to win their sixth straight. Sherrod Wright scored 26 points to lead the Patriots (7-10, 0-3), who lost for the eighth...

NESNPlus To Carry UMass Basketball Game Against George Mason On Wednesday (Listing)

The UMass Minutemen basketball team is No. 16 in the country with a 14-1 record and an undefeated Atlantic 10 Conference record. Wednesday night, the Minutemen take on conference foe George Mason in a bid to stay unbeaten, and NESN will have all the action on NESNPlus. Tip-off for the game is at 7:00 p.m. Check out the list below for the NESNplus channel in your area. Channel listings...

Fanta Report: 5 Takeaways From Wednesday's Games

Chazz Williams/ masslive.com1. The Xavier Musketeers showed why they have the potential to be a dangerous NCAA Tournament on Wednesday night. While Chris Mack’s team did not play very good basketball in the first half against John Thompson III’s Georgetown Hoyas, Xavier put on a second-half performance that sent a message. The Musketeers clearly cannot be counted out, as defense...

UMass Basketball Stuns George Mason In Final Seconds, Improves To 15-1 (Video)

The UMass men’s basketball team added another chapter to its magical season Wednesday night. The Minutemen, who entered the matchup with Atlantic 10 foe George Mason ranked No. 16 in the nation, found themselves trailing by four points with 26 seconds to play. Stud senior guard Chaz Williams hit one of two free throws to cut the deficit to three, and Williams followed up an ensuing...

UMass-George Mason Preview

Massachusetts has played some close games during its win streak but would appear to have a chance to break that trend with a visit to the lowest-scoring team in the Atlantic 10. George Mason, though, hasn't suffered any lopsided defeats at home this season as its hosts a Top 25 team for the first time when it faces the 16th-ranked Minutemen on Wednesday night. UMass has won...
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