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Big Ten shines brightly with Final Four in its own backyard

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks. “The Big Ten had a down year right?” Dekker asked. If anyone had that perception, it certainly isn’t the case with two teams in the Final Four — which is being in Indianapolis. The Badgers play … 0

UConn makes 8th straight Final Four

Monday, March 30, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are back in a familiar place — the Final Four. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national semifinals for an eighth straight season. Now the Huskies stand two wins away from a … 0

Michigan St., Duke round out Final 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If you liked the look of last year’s Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition. One game — Kentucky vs. Wisconsin — is not only a matchup of two No. 1 seeds, it’s a replay of last year’s semifinal won by Kentucky 74-73. Seventh-seeded Michigan State will face Duke, a four-time national … 0

Spiders trim UMass

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Nights bring plenty of emotion and not all players can handle it well, but the moment and the rock-solid defense of Richmond proved far too much for UMass to cope with Wednesday night. Plagued by turnovers and the opponent’s down-tempo style, the Minutemen went down … 0

Georgia looks to derail No. 1 Kentucky’s quest for history

Monday, March 2, 2015

ATHENS, Ga. — With a perfect regular season in sight, No. 1 Kentucky looks downright unstoppable. Georgia is the next team standing in the way, hoping to somehow trip up the Wildcats. Good luck with that. The team the Bulldogs will be hosting tonight has won its first … 0

Minutemen pilfer win from Fordham, 82-74

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — No one will look at Saturday’s result and reasonably claim that UMass stole a basketball victory from Fordham, but the Minutemen used a rash of steals early in the second half to turn the game in … 0

Pac-12 has several teams on NCAA bubble

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Pac-12’s NCAA tournament bubble is beginning to pulsate. No. 7 Arizona and No. 13 Utah are virtual locks to make the bracket, at this point fighting for higher seeds. After that, the Pac-12 has three teams that … 0

Rathan-Mayes turns in memorable scoring outburst

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Now Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes’ name can be etched into sports lore alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and “Pistol” Pete Maravich. They’re on a short list of players to get into such an offensive … 0

Bembry, St. Joseph’s drill UMass

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — DeAndre Bembry was a one-man gang when his Saint Joseph’s basketball team defeated UMass in January in Philadelphia. In Wednesday night’s rematch at the Mullins Center, Bembry was once again by far the game’s best player, but he had vital help from several other quarters, and … 0

Minutemen fall short at No. 25 VCU, 78-72

Sunday, February 22, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Early in the first half, it looked like the UMass basketball team might get blown out. Early in the second half it looked like the Minutemen might upset No. 25-ranked VCU. But by game’s end, … 0

Big Ten’s NCAA tournament bubble fluctuating

Friday, February 20, 2015

Big Ten teams have been beating up on each other all conference season, leaving more than half of them dancing on the NCAA tournament bubble. No. 5 Wisconsin is a lock to get into the bracket. The Badgers … 0

Few’s fortitude fuels No. 3 Gonzaga’s rise in college hoops

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mark Few arrived at Gonzaga as an unpaid graduate assistant for a nondescript basketball program at a small Catholic university barely known outside the Pacific Northwest. In the 26 years since, Few has transformed Gonzaga into a national … 0

Minutemen fall to URI on road, 75-59

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. — For the past four games, Rhode Island has come close to beating UMass. But the Minutemen always seemed to make just enough plays to escape. Wednesday, the Minutemen never had a chance for late-game heroics. UMass had too many fouls, too many misses and too … 0