If you’re a UMass fan and you haven’t hit the panic button, you’re a bit late to the game. The Minutemen are playing their worst basketball in some time and the loss at Providence on Saturday was the low point. Since blowing out Northeastern back on November 26, they have lost four of their last five with two blowouts to LSU and the aforementioned Providence Friars, two teams they defeated a season ago. One lone victory over Canisius salvaged what could have been a five-game losing streak, and even that one wasn’t pretty at times despite the final score. What’s going wrong?

The Road Less Traveled

All of the Minutemen’s losses have come away from the cozy confines of the Mullins Center. They did manage to beat Boston College and Florida State away from Amherst, but those games were both at neutral-site locations. They have now lost to Harvard, LSU and Providence on the road, plus neutral-site losses to Notre Dame and Florida Gulf Coast. It looks like the Minutemen just need some home cooking in order to get wins, but they won’t be having that anytime soon with their next game coming up at BYU on December 23. Continue reading Panic Mode in Full Effect, Minutemen are Struggling »

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Tyler Murphy (John Wilcox/Boston Herald)

The Boston College Eagles won’t have to travel far for their postseason game this year, as they have been drawn into the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The Eagles will take on Penn State on December 27 in the first postseason meeting ever between the two teams. BC will be looking for its first bowl win since 2007, having lost four straight since then.

The Eagles are in the postseason for the second consecutive year after a two-year absence with a 7-5 record, despite losing their two key offensive players, quarterback Chase Rettig and running back Andre Williams. Rettig’s successor, Florida transfer Tyler Murphy, led the team with his running ability, racking up an ACC-record 1,079 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground with an outstanding average of 6.3 yards per carry. He was much shakier as a passer, completing just 56.9 percent of his passes for 1,526 yards, 11 scores and 10 interceptions. Continue reading Boston College to Take On Penn State in Pinstripe Bowl »

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Wes Saunders and the Harvard Crimson got the better of Derrick Gordon and UMass. Photo courtesy of masslive.com

There wasn’t an actual title on the line this past week as UMass finished its in-state schedule, but Harvard took care of business on its home court to stop the Minutemen from crowning themselves the kings of college basketball in Massachusetts. After victories over Boston College and Northeastern, UMass looked to finish off the Crimson on its first true road trip (even though Lavietes Pavilion was probably packed with 70 percent Minutemen fans) and add another win against an NCAA Tournament team to its resume.

The Northeastern Huskies were supposed to come into Amherst on Wednesday night, but with snow coming in, the game was moved forward into the afternoon to make sure everyone could get home safely and enjoy the Thanksgiving eve celebrations. Apparently, these Huskies aren’t the kind that love the snow. There was not much to celebrate for Northeastern fans as the Minutemen put together their first wire-to-wire blowout of the season in a 79-54 win highlighted by yet another impressive Maxie Esho dunk. Donte Clark also continued to be the most impressive freshman for the Minuteman scoring 10 points and reaching double figures for the third straight game. Continue reading Harvard Claims Bay State ‘Title’ Over UMass »

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Scott Eatherton (AP Photo/Anthony Nesmith)


Record: 5-1 (2nd in Colonial Athletic Association)

After posting an 11-21 record in a disappointing 2013-14 season, Northeastern has won five of its first six games this year, starting with a 71-65 defeat of Boston University at TD Garden. The Huskies posted double-digit wins over Navy and Manhattan at the Hall of Fame Tip Off. Their only loss was a 25-point beatdown at UMass, but they rebounded with a 57-48 victory over Fairfield. The Huskies are half a game behind Towson in the CAA standings.

Power forward Scott Eatherton leads Northeastern with 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1 steal per game and shooting guard David Walker is adding 13.3 points, 3.3 dimes and 1.3 boards. As a result of the fast start, the Huskies received one vote in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Continue reading College Basketball November Roundup: Strong Starts for Five Mass. Teams »

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Tyler Murphy (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Syracuse, 7; Boston College, 28

For the second straight season, Boston College will appear in the postseason with a 7-5 record. It was something of a rocky year after losing quarterback Chase Rettig and star running back Andre Williams, with new starter Tyler Murphy bringing an entirely different style to that of his predecessor.

The Eagles were at their best against their toughest opponents, upsetting #9 USC on September 13 and losing to #24 Clemson and #3 Florida State by a combined seven points. In the regular season finale against Syracuse (3-9), they got just their third home win as Murphy did what he does best and set a new Atlantic Coast Conference record for rushing yards by a QB. Continue reading College Football Week 14 Roundup: BC, UMass on Opposite Ends of Blowouts »

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Donte Clark, Jabari Hinds (Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe)

They did not keep the winning streak as long as they would have liked, but the UMass Minutemen are 4-1 after the first two weeks of the season and have already faced some adversity along the way. Being able to rebound after a loss is a big factor in having a successful season and UMass has shown that ability both during and in between games. Here’s a look at how the Minutemen have been able to jump right back into the thick of things without missing a beat.

Last Tuesday, UMass participated in ESPN’s 24 hour tip off marathon for the third season in a row. The previous two years saw some late game heroics against Harvard and LSU and this year against the Manhattan Jaspers was no different. With the game going back and forth pretty much the whole way, UMass was finally able to pull ahead and seemingly put the game away with a successful inbounds pass. Continue reading Minutemen Bounce Back with Win over Florida State »

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Jameis Winston (Photo by Jeremy Esbrandt)

Boston College, 17; #3 Florida State, 20

Ten weeks after upsetting ninth-ranked USC, Boston College came close to pulling off an even bigger shocker over #3 Florida State (11-0) at Doak Campbell Stadium. Of course, the Seminoles have made a habit of winning close games, and Saturday was no exception, as they prevailed again thanks to a late field goal.

FSU looked to cruise early, putting together a 14-play opening drive that took more than six minutes off the clock and ended with running back Karlos Williams‘s three-yard touchdown. But the Eagles came right back with a 14-play possession of their own that lasted 8:22 and kicker Mike Knoll scored on a 40-yard FG to make it 7-3. Continue reading College Football Week 13 Roundup: BC Gives FSU a Scare »

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