Chaz Williams Intent On Turning NBA Doubters Into Believers

WALTHAM, Mass. — Chaz Williams is in the midst of a whirlwind trek back and forth across the country, working out for any NBA teams that will allow him onto their court. And he cherishes every minute. Whereas many of the top prospects in the 2014 NBA draft can’t yank their names out of workouts fast enough, Williams would try out at the local playground if a professional scout...
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennessee’s physicality makes them a tough out

Send to KindleThe Tennessee Volunteers punched out Iowa in Dayton on Wednesday, got on a plane and flew to Raleigh for a 2:45 battle with UMass on Friday for their second game in not even 48 hours and shot 53.6 percent in recording a resounding 84-65 win.  Now on Sunday, the Volunteers will play Mercer, their third game in three days, for a berth in the NCAA’s Sweet 16.  Cuonzo...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

March Madness Obituaries: Mercer Downs Duke

March Madness is a great time of year. But the sad truth is that 68 teams compete for a prize only one will win. To that end, we present our March Madness Obituaries, which mourn the fallen teams left behind on the road to the national championship. The NCAA tournament followed up yesterday’s overtimes with even more excitement. Duke went down again, two more five seeds ended...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennessee Dominates UMass, Reaches Third Round Of NCAA Tournament

Tennessee dominated Massachusetts in the second round of the Midwest Region on Friday with an 86-67 victory to reach the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The No. 11 seed Volunteers have won seven of their last eight games, two of which were in this tournament. They will play No. 14 seed Mercer on Sunday after the Atlantic Sun Conference school upset No. 3 Duke earlier on Friday...
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Region

This year Indianapolis plays host to the most competitive region in the NCAA tournament. Everyone complaining that Wichita State was not worthy of a top seed because the Shockers went undefeated against subpar competition will now get their wish. The Shockers will have to go through a slew of tough teams to make a second consecutive Final Four. I’m sure Gregg Marshall and his players...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite Atlantic 10 quarterfinal loss, UMass shooting to win NCAA tourney

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Barring an egregious gaffe by the selection committee, UMass’ next game will be in the NCAA tournament. Derek Kellogg knows that, even after his Minutemen fell to George Washington, 85-77, in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on Friday night, and the conference’s depth is to thank. “Times past, you lose here and you go home,” Kellogg said. But UMass should buck...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 17 Saint Louis ends 3-game losing streak to win A-10 regular season title outright

AMHERST, Mass. -- Jordair Jett scored on a driving layup with 3 seconds to play and No. 17 Saint Louis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-62 victory over Massachusetts on Sunday as the Billikens won the Atlantic 10 regular season title outright for the second straight season. Jett finished with 17 points, including the Billikens' last six of the game. Saint Louis (16...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 17 Billikens must find way to stop slump against high-scoring UMass

While Saint Louis has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament, the Billikens are hoping to regain some of their swagger before heading into the postseason. They'll have to find a way to end their slump against high-scoring Massachusetts, which has lost once at home all season. Seventeenth-ranked Saint Louis looks to stop its longest skid in more than three years while...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlantic 10 Stock Watch

Send to KindleWith Atlantic 10 regular season play wrapping up this coming weekend, the league’s conference tournament is now fast approaching. While UMass, VCU and George Washington look to secure a first round bye, George Mason, Rhode Island and Duquesne hope to avoid the Wednesday night play-in game against Fordham. College hoops fans and experts seem to agree that peaking as...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Williams, UMass hold off Rhode Island 70-67

Chaz Williams scored 16 points and Massachusetts dominated from the foul line and rebounding for a 70-67 win over Rhode Island on Wednesday. The Minutemen (22-5, 9-4 Atlantic 10), made 21 of 31 free throws and had a 41-28 rebounding advantage over the Rams (12-17, 4-10), who were 11 of 18 from the foul line. Trey Davis came off the bench to add 13 points and Sampson Carter had...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass turns away VCU 80-75

Chaz Williams scored 20 points, including four key free throws late, as Massachusetts topped Virginia Commonwealth 80-75 in front of a sellout crowd Friday night. Williams hit two free throws to put UMass (21-5, 8-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) up 78-75 with 16.8 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Williams came up with a steal and was fouled again, hitting two more at the...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

February 21 Rebound

Let's catch up on the Friday night action. Only 12 games to cover tonight. UMass 80 (21-5, 8-4) VCU 75 (20-7, 8-4) The Minutemen were down 67-62 with 7 minutes left. From there, the defense stiffened, holding VCU without a field goal (2 FTs) for 4 and a half minutes. During that time, UMass went on an 8-2 run to take the lead. A Trey Davis steal and layup was the ultimate game...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Early look – A10 Player of the Year Candidates

Send to KindleWith March just two short weeks away it’s the right time to start thinking about end of year honors. With that in mind, let’s look at five of the leading candidates as we head into the back nine if you will, of the conference season. These five players will appear in no specific order. This list could very well change in a few weeks and we will revisit it later...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Massachusetts outlasts Rhode Island 73-68

Chaz Williams had 21 points with seven assists and Derrick Gordon added 11 points and nine rebounds as Massachusetts defeated Rhode Island 73-68 Sunday. The Minutemen (19-4, 6-3 Atlantic 10) shot 53.1 percent from the field and outrebounded Rhode Island 36-27. Raphiael Putney chipped in 11 points. Rhode Island (11-13, 2-7) was led by E.C. Matthews with 24 points and Xavier Munford...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Chaz Williams, UMass too much for La Salle 79-67

Chaz Williams had 17 points and eight assists on Wednesday night to help Massachusetts end a two-game skid with a 79-67 victory against La Salle. The Minutemen (18-4, 5-3 Atlantic 10) went on a 10-0 run late in the first on their way to a 16-point halftime lead, and they stayed comfortably ahead the rest of the way. Trey Davis and Cady Lalanne each scored 13 while Derrick Gordon...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Saint Louis or VCU? Tale of the tape

Send to KindleAs the clock wound down to zeros at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia on Saturday night, 21st ranked UMass was handed their third loss in their last four games. The Minutemen suffered road defeats at Richmond and St. Bonaventure before falling to the streaking Saint Joseph’s Hawks which now sits at 5-2 in the league and has won 11 of its last thirteen games. The two...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Saint Joseph's holds on, beats No. 21 UMass 73-68

Halil Kanacevic scored 18 points and Saint Joseph's broke away from a late tie to beat No. 21 Massachusetts 73-68 Saturday. UMass rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half and made it 68-all in the final minute. Saint Joseph's hit five foul shots to win. Kanacevic added six rebounds and five assists. Ronald Roberts scored 17 and DeAndre Bembry had 13 points and eight rebounds...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Joesph’s upsets No. 21 ranked UMass 73-68

[Photo: AP Photo/Charles Krupa] In a great Atlantic 10 matchup between the St. Joseph’s Hawks and the UMass Minutemen, the game came down to the wire with St. Joes prevailing. The Hawks led by as many as 17 points at halftime but the 21st ranked UMass Minutemen fought back in the second half outscoring them 43-32. St. Joseph’s got a great game from their frontcourt. Halil Kanacevic...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass-Saint Joseph's Preview

The road has not been kind to Massachusetts and star guard Chaz Williams. The 21st-ranked Minutemen conclude a two-game swing away from home Saturday night against Saint Joseph's, and they'll look to avoid a third straight road defeat in a place they've had trouble securing wins. UMass (17-3, 4-2 Atlantic 10) has dropped two of three and is in danger of falling out of the Top 25...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Bonnies upset No. 21 UMass, 78-65

Youssou Ndoye scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half, and St. Bonaventure clamped down on defense in upsetting No. 21 Massachusetts 78-65 on Wednesday night. Guard Matthew Wright, with 11 points, got the raucous crowd on its feet by putting the finishing touches on the win with a 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining. The Bonnies (13-8, 3-4 Atlantic 10) ended a 24-game losing...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 13 UMass beats Fordham 90-52

Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists and No. 13 Massachusetts rebounded from a loss earlier this week with a 90-52 victory over Fordham on Sunday. Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter both had 13 points and Maxie Esho had 10 points and six rebounds for the Minutemen (17-2, 4-1 Atlantic-10), who lost at Richmond on Wednesday. Chris Whitehead led the Rams (8-11, 1-5) with...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Fordham-UMass Preview

The only home date in a stretch of six games for Massachusetts could provide a good opportunity for the team to bounce back from its first Atlantic 10 defeat. Hoping to remain undefeated at home, the No. 13 Minutemen try to hand Fordham a fifth straight road loss Sunday. Though UMass (16-2, 3-1) won six straight following a 60-55 loss to Florida State on Dec. 21, the sailing wasn...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 13 UMass comes up short at Richmond, 58-55

Massachusetts has made a habit recently of winning close games in the final minutes. Kendall Anthony, Cedrick Lindsay and Richmond didn't let it happen Wednesday night, making a second-half run stand up and ending the No. 13 Minutemen's six-game winning streak, 58-55. Anthony scored 21 points and Lindsay, in foul trouble all night, had six in a row midway through the second half...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Richmond upends No. 13 UMass, 58-55

Kendall Anthony scored 21 points and Richmond hung on in the final minute to beat No. 13 Massachusetts 58-55 on Wednesday night. Anthony made his first four 3-point attempts for Richmond (13-6, 3-1 Atlantic 10), including one from the right side after the Minutemen had closed to within 52-48 with 4:10 remaining. Sampson Carter had 15 points to lead UMass (16-2, 3-1). He made a...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass-Richmond Preview

Coach Derek Kellogg feels Chaz Williams gives Massachusetts a chance to win every game, and that's certainly been the case against Richmond. Williams will try to lead the No. 13 Minutemen to a seventh straight victory Wednesday night against the Spiders, who seek their fourth straight home win over a ranked opponent. Williams leads UMass (16-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) with an average...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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