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Minutemen out of sorts in 69-53 loss to Richmond

Sunday, February 7, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. — University of Richmond’s new defensive style ended its recent struggles and restarted UMass’ at the same time. The Minutemen never got on track offensively Saturday and fell 69-53 at the Robins Center. Richmond has played a 2-3 matchup zone mixed with man-to-man since Chris Mooney was hired in 2005. The matchup is different enough to require extra preparation for most opponents. In most years, it’s been one … 0

Recruiting continues, as several top 2017 QBs are already committed

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Signing day 2016 is in the books, and the race for top 2017 quarterback prospects began long before it ended. In fact, any programs that didn’t get their quarterback of the future Wednesday better act soon because many of the top high school signal-callers in the class of 2017 have already made their … 0

UMass works OT to halt losing steak

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AMHERST — When Trey Davis, one UMass’ most reliable free-throw shooters ever, missed two from the line that could have sealed a Minuteman win in the final 10 seconds Tuesday night at the William D. Mullins Center vs. Rhode Island, there was an uneasy feeling in the arena. After seven straight losses, the Minutemen went to overtime without Donte Clark, who’d led UMass … 0

Turning points, season-saving plays define playoff teams

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Michigan State needed a miracle. Hail hog helped Alabama get here. A swat saved Oklahoma’s season. Clemson turned away a late 2-point conversion that could have cost the Tigers their perfect record. A season filled with fantastic finishes … 0

Fast start by LSU’s Simmons compares well to recent greats

Friday, December 4, 2015

LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons has lived up to his recruiting hype so far, already providing concrete evidence that he could be the Tigers’ best player since Shaquille O’Neal. Saying he was “tired of losing,” Simmons this week … 0

UCLA upsets No. 1 Kentucky 87-77

Thursday, December 3, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Thomas Welsh led five players in double figures with 21 points and UCLA knocked off No. 1 Kentucky 87-77 on Thursday night in the Bruins’ first victory over a top-ranked team since 2003. Bryce Alford … 0

Surprising Monmouth winning and having fun

Thursday, December 3, 2015

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Monmouth may have the most popular bench in America, and the guys playing on the court are also making quite a name for themselves. The Hawks reserves have gained national acclaim for their … 0

NCAA allows Syracuse’s Boeheim to begin suspension immediately

Thursday, December 3, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The NCAA has upheld its nine-game suspension of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, but he will be allowed to begin serving it immediately. The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee issued its ruling Thursday, saying Boeheim was not directly involved in underlying violations of academic misconduct, extra benefits … 0

Top women’s teams have already been challenged this season

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NEW YORK — The women’s basketball season is only a few weeks old and the top teams already have been challenged more than in the previous decade. That is, unless you’re talking about No. 1 UConn, which has … 0

Oklahoma safely No. 3 in new Playoff rankings

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Oklahoma is No. 3 in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, putting the Sooners safely in position to be in the final four with their season completed. The Sooners locked up the Big 12 championship with a blowout victory at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Clemson is still … 0

Heat check: College head coaching carousel turns into roller coaster

Sunday, November 29, 2015

This coaching carousel is more like a roller coaster and this weekend there was enough action to make those trying to keep up dizzy. Les Miles is staying at LSU, and Mark Richt is out at Georgia. Iowa … 0

Sooners to No. 3; Clemson still 1st

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Oklahoma moved up to No. 3 behind Clemson and Alabama and the Big Ten placed three teams in the top six of the new Associated Press college football poll. Clemson is No. 1 for the fourth straight week … 0

High-profile mid-major home games more common with women

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Connecticut’s visit to Chattanooga tonight exemplifies one of the major differences between women’s basketball and the men’s game — women’s mid-majors are much more likely to host big-name programs every now and then. An examination of schedules this … 0