Thursday, April 10, 2014
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — After Friday’s 85-77 loss to George Washington, the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team will now have to wait to learn its postseason fate.
The Minutemen and national bracket predictors all expect UMass will end a 15-year streak of absences from the NCAA tournament when the field is announced Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS.
Entering Friday night’s game, ESPN had the Minutemen as a No. 8-seed playing No. 9 Colorado in Buffalo, N.Y. CBS had them as a No. 7 facing No. 10 Iowa, also in Buffalo.
UMass will learn its destiny at a selection show event, which is open to the public, at the Amherst Brewing Company.
POACHING BARCLAYS — Last year, bigger conferences took four Atlantic 10 schools and now bigger leagues are coming after their tournament venue.
Sports Illustrated reported that the Atlantic Coast Conference is finalizing a multi-year deal to play its tournament at the Barclays Center, which is in its second year of hosting the Atlantic 10 tournament. The agreement is expected to begin in 2017, the last year of the Atlantic 10’s deal with the Brooklyn venue.
ESPN reported that the Barclays Center is exploring moving the A-10 tournament to another venue, possibly the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in 2017. In exchange, the A-10 would get something undetermined in return, possible some sort of scheduling arrangement with ACC schools.
The ACC generally rotates its tournament sites through different locations. It’s being held in Greensboro, N.C., this year and next year, and in Washington D.C. in 2016.
The A-10 is hoping to return to the Barclays Center in future years after the current agreement is up.
Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade deflected the question in a statement released by the league.
“The Atlantic 10 conference is contractually committed to the Barclays Center through 2017,” McGlade said. “At this time there is no announcement related to future tournaments. This weekend is about crowning our 2014 champion!”
MILESTONES — Chaz Williams had 19 points to give him 1,641 moving him within two of No. 7 Tony Barbee (1,643) on the UMass career list.
Williams needs 34 points to reach 2,000 in his career at UMass and Hofstra.
Williams’ two steals gave him 197. He’s trying to become just the second UMass player ever to reach 200 in his career.
Sampson Carter’s six points inched him closer to joining the 1,000 club. He now has 957 in his career. Carter and Raphiael Putney are climbing UMass’ games-played list. Carter has played in 134 games, tying Lou Roe (134) for third all-time and moving within one of No. 2 Edgar Padilla.
Dana Dingle is the all-time leader with 137.
Putney appeared in his 130th career game tying Carmelo Travieso for sixth all-time.
MISCELLANEOUS — Former Minuteman Mike Babul, an assistant at nearby Wagner, was in attendance. The Barclays Center is offering concessions themed after each team in the event. UMass is represented by Minuteman Mac and Cheese.
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