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Predicting the 2013 men's NCAA tournament
By Jerry Palm | Bracketology Expert


The A-10 would be tied with the SEC in that scenario and only behind the Big East (8), ACC (6), Big 12 (6), and Big 10 (7).

VCU wins the auto-bid, gets a 6-seed.
Saint Louis gets an at-large and a 7-seed.
Temple gets an at-large and a 9-seed.
Butler gets an at-large and an 11-seed.
UMass gets a play-in spot in the First Four and a 12-seed.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/bracketology
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A-10 Conference Basketball Matchups
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A10 releases conference matchups for 2012-13 season,
one home/home rival
and playing everyone else once


MASSACHUSETTS
Home – BU, UD, DUQ, GW, URI, UR, SJU, TU
Away – CHA, FOR, LAS, URI, SBU, SLU, VCU, XU


RHODE ISLAND
Home – CHA, UD, GW, LAS, UM, SBU, VCU, XU
Away – BU, DUQ, FOR, UM, UR, SJU, SLU, TU


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MASSACHUSETTS SERIES WITH RHODE ISLAND
• Rhode Island is easily the most played series in UMass’ history. UMass has faced UConn 108 times, the only other series with more than 100 meetings. The Minutemen also have more wins over Rhode Island than any other program, holding a 79-57 advantage dating to the first game on Jan. 11, 1908, a 32-14 UMass win in Amherst.

• UMass has won 35 of the last 48 games in the series. That includes sweeps by UMass in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2011 and URI in 1999, 2003.

• UMass has won seven of the last nine in the series including both of the meetings in 2008.

MORE ON THE MASSACHUSETTS/RHODE ISLAND SERIES
• 6 of the last 12 meetings have been decided by 3 points or less including 2 of the last 5 by 2 points or fewer.

• Removing the 2007 22-point UMass win, the average margin of victory in the last 16 games is 5.0 points.

• UMass has won 19 of the last 24 games played at home in the series. Overall, for games played in Amherst, the Minutemen lead the series 49-20, with a 12-4 mark at the Mullins Center, the second-most wins against any team at the Mullins Center (Temple 13).

• For games played in Kingston, the Rams lead the series 35-29. UMass holds a 5-4 edge in the nine games at the Ryan Center which opened in 2002-03.

• UMass coach Derek Kellogg is 3-2 as a coach against the Rams. As a player at UMass from 1992-95, the Minutemen were 9-1 vs. Rhode Island, losing once in 1993 at Providence.

http://www.umassathletics.com/sports/m-b...12aaa.html
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College Basketball's Lockdown Defensive Teams for 2012-13

After Kentucky spent 2011-12 proving the old adage that “defense wins championships,” it’s only fitting to give some preseason credit to the teams that will make opposing offenses miserable next year. Whether they’re swatting away shots like the record-setting national champs, pressuring the ball or just forcing opponents into low-percentage shots, these squads will be dangerous foes even if their own offenses are having an off night.

One team that’s made its living on defense for the last few seasons—and will continue doing so next year—is Shaka Smart’s Virginia Commonwealth squad. VCU plays as tough a pressure defense as any team in the country, and their ability to force turnovers will be vital as they try for a third straight trip to March Madness in their first season in the Atlantic 10.

1. Louisville
2. Wisconsin
3. VCU
4. Kansas
5. Kentucky
6. Saint Louis
7. Ohio
8. South Florida
9. Harvard
10. Saint Joseph's
11. Drexel
12. Memphis
13. Stephen F. Austin
14. UMass
15. Delaware State

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/12256...or-2012-13
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Ranking the nation's top college basketball coaches
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Athlon Sports ranked each coach in the ACC, Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC along with the top 20 coaches from outside those seven conferences.

The rankings presented a difficult task. The job of a college coach is multi-faceted. The best coaches in college basketball excel in a handful of areas -- recruiting, talent development, teaching and preparation, game-day tactics and motivation. The best coaches tend to be well-rounded, able to do handle all with equal skill.

Those were the factors we weighed in our conference-by-conference rankings, and that continues in our national rankings. We also examined each coach’s success in the regular season and the postseason. In many cases, we took into account what the coach has done with his current program in addition to previous stops in his career.

http://www.athlonsports.com/college-bask...ll-coaches

Derek Kellogg, Massachusetts

Overall record: 64-65 (no NCAA Tournament appearances)
Record at Massachusetts: 64-65 (28-36 A-10)

An alum who played for John Calipari at UMass in the 90s, Kellogg has needed four seasons to post his first winning season and postseason appearance for the Minutemen. With a roster returning mostly intact, Kellogg could be poised for more than an NIT in 2012-13.
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Editor's note:
Using a point system devised by the ESPN Stats & Information department, ESPN.com is counting down the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years. A running list of the top 50 can be found here. For an explanation of the scoring system, read our intro. If you disagree with the order -- and we're sure you do -- re-arrange our Top 25 here. Oh, and if your team didn't crack the top 50, click here to see where they rank among their peers. http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketba...0-rankings

Atlantic 10 Conference
18. Temple
34. Xavier
T-40. Saint Joseph's
53. VCU
59. Butler
63. Massachusetts
81. Dayton
T-86. Charlotte
96. La Salle
T-126. Richmond
134. Rhode Island
T-159. St. Bonaventure
T-198. George Washington
216. Saint Louis
232. Fordham
233. Duquesne

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Best-case/worst-case scenarios

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Massachusetts
Best-case scenario:
Chaz Williams becomes a bonafide star. The 5-foot-11 guard submitted a solid all-around season in 2012-13, but he took his play up a notch in UMass's run to the NIT semifinals, averaging 21.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Meanwhile, though the Minutemen lose leading rebounder Sean Carter, Cady Lalanne posted rebounding rates of 16.0 (offensive) and 23.1 (defensive) before a foot injury ended a promising season. And the Minutemen return the rest of a rotation that won 25 games. There's a reason this conference is hailed as deep, and it goes beyond the additions of VCU and Butler. UMass will have to be reckoned with, too.

Worst-case scenario:
Before we get too excited about Williams' performance in the NIT, it was just four games. That's a small sample size; Williams will have to convert his 2-point field goals at a higher clip than 40 percent, and lower his turnover rate, if he wants to improve his overall efficiency. Still, Massachusetts should be a factor near the top of the A-10 table. The only question is how high.

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Rhode Island
Best-case scenario:
It feels borderline cruel to rehash longtime coach Jim Baron's final season at Rhode Island, in which the Rams finished 7-24, and 13th in the league in efficiency defense. Baron is gone now, replaced by Dan Hurley, who will piece together what he can of the current roster and work in three-star freshman center Jordan Hare at the first possible opportunity. There's nowhere to go but up.

Worst-case scenario:
No such thing. This is pure rebuilding stuff in a rough league. The won-lost record will be beside the point.

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Quote:Class of 2011 shooting guard Jordan Laguerre was ruled a partial qualifier last season and, thus, sat out his first year at UMass.

As it turns out, Laguerre's career will never get started with the Minutemen. According this story in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, the 6-foot-2 guard has "left the school for personal, non-basketball reasons" and "hasn't asked for his release to transfer to another program."

It's unclear whether Laguerre will continue to play basketball somewhere else, but we know now that he won't be back in 2012-13. That means that juniors Chaz Williams and Jesse Morgan will have to handle the bulk of the backcourt duties again next year.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/features/rumors
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The women's championship finale will be conducted in conjunction with the men's semifinal contests on Saturday, March 16 and will be televised on the ESPN Networks, while the first three rounds will once again be held at Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, March 8-11.

"We have made a commitment to further strengthen the Atlantic 10 as one of the premier women's basketball conferences in Division I," stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "Without a doubt, relocating our championship game to Barclays Center is a key move in that commitment. It gives our top teams exceptional exposure on one of the biggest stages in the world. We are excited about showcasing A-10 women's basketball in Brooklyn in March."

The top 12 women's teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship. First round action of the event begins on Friday, March 8 at Hagan Arena, with the top four teams earning a bye. Quarterfinal play continues on Saturday, March 9 in Philadelphia, with the Semifinal round aired live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, March 10. The Championship game will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Barclays Center.

"Barclays Center is proud to announce its first women's basketball game," said Sean Saadeh, Vice President of Programming for Barclays Center. "Our venue's inaugural season will offer a strong lineup of college basketball, culminating with the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship for the men and Championship Finals for the women."

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Coach Derek Kellogg OK with preseason expectations
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BROOKLYN, N.Y – Derek Kellogg says he doesn’t read the preview magazines.

Then he calmly told the reporters surrounding him Thursday at Atlantic 10 Media Day at Barclays Center that those magazines had his University of Massachusetts men's basketball team ranked 80th nationally.

http://www.masslive.com/umassbasketball/...k_k_2.html
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