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Greenfield native and former UMass basketball player Ross Burns training prospects ahead of Wednesday’s NBA Draft
06-26-2024 10:12 AM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The 2024 NBA Draft is on Wednesday and Thursday, and though no UMass men’s basketball players are likely to be selected, a former Minuteman has his fingerprints all over the pre-draft process.Ross Burns, a Greenfield native who walked on at UMass and...

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UMass basketball: Minutemen to play at West Virginia on Nov. 8
06-25-2024 8:45 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The UMass men’s basketball team will play at West Virginia on Nov. 8 in the first week of the 2024-25 season. The first day the NCAA allows games is Nov. 4.UMass held on to beat West Virginia 87-79 last year on Dec. 16 at the MassMutual Center in the...


UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signs two-year contract extension
06-20-2024 12:34 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signed a two-year extension to keep him in Amherst through the 2028-29 season, UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced Thursday.Martin led the Minutemen to a 15-16 mark in his first season in 2022-23...


UMass basketball: Boston College drops out of Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase, won’t play Minutemen this season
05-31-2024 4:22 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — According to a source, the Daily Hampshire Gazette has learned that the Boston College men’s basketball team has backed out of the 2024 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase at Mohegan Sun.The Eagles now make it two New England teams...


UMass basketball: Minutemen to add another transfer in Murray State forward Malek Abdelgowad
05-10-2024 9:38 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The UMass men’s basketball team added its third transfer of the week on Friday in former Murray State forward Malek Abdelgowad. He has one remaining season of eligibility.Abdelgowad stands 6-foot-10, 220 pounds and played 19 games off the bench for...


UMass basketball: Bryant forward Daniel Rivera to be Minutemen’s first transfer of the offseason
05-07-2024 10:05 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Just days after UMass forward Matt Cross announced his transfer to SMU – one of five players to transfer away from the program this offseason – the Minutemen finally added their first piece to the 2024 roster on Tuesday night.Bryant’s Daniel Rivera...


UMass basketball: Matt Cross reportedly enters transfer portal
04-16-2024 5:29 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The vicious one-two frontcourt punch that helped the UMass men’s basketball team to its best season in a decade is now gone.Forward Matt Cross has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports early Tuesday afternoon. Cross...


Breaking down the financial implications for UMass athletics after move to the Mid-American Conference
03-19-2024 6:17 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

When UMass joins the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year, athletic director Ryan Bamford expects the school will bring in more revenue than it did when competing in the Atlantic 10.“This will allow us to grow our revenues to the...


UMass football, basketball recruits talk school’s move to the MAC
03-16-2024 10:41 AM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

With UMass’ move from the Atlantic 10 to the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year, recruiting for football and men’s basketball is sure to change.The Daily Hampshire Gazette caught up with Dajoure Hollingsworth, a football commit who...


Exploring the timeline of events that ultimately led UMass to the MAC
03-07-2024 6:53 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – Though UMass only officially announced its transition from the Atlantic 10 to the MAC at Thursday’s press conference, it’s a move that’s been in the works for months, if not years.UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford came into the job in...


UMass basketball great George “Trigger” Burke dies at 91
02-19-2024 5:45 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

 UMass basketball great George “Trigger” Burke died at his home in Quincy on Feb. 14. He was 91. The namesake for the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame, Burke played point guard for the Minutemen from 1954-1956 and shares a No. 32 with Julius Erving in the...


UMass basketball: Minutemen travel to last-place La Salle on Saturday
02-16-2024 6:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

There’s nothing quite like a huge road win in the Atlantic 10 Conference.The UMass men’s basketball team traveled down to Virginia and handled league-leading Richmond on Wednesday, defeating them 69-59 after being up as many as 17 points in the second...


UMass basketball: Minutemen look to keep momentum going at St. Bonaventure – where they haven’t won since 2015
02-06-2024 5:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The UMass men’s basketball team is coming off arguably its most important win of the season, as the Minutemen finally found themselves on the plus side of a thrilling finish when they beat George Mason 66-65 on Saturday at the Mullins Center.For the...


After years of moving around, Matt Cross has found a home at UMass; and the Minutemen have found their leader
02-02-2024 5:46 PM

By GARRETT COTE

As Matt Cross woke up each day during the offseason, it felt like another teammate was heading for the exit. The UMass men’s basketball team lost eight of its final 10 games – including a 33-point blowout to Richmond in the first round of the Atlantic...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen looking for answers as they head to Mexico for Cancun Challenge
11-22-2023 4:42 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

The UMass women’s basketball team is hoping that a change of scenery might give them the boost they need to get back in the win column. The Minutewomen (1-4) are headed to Cancun, Mexico to participate in the Cancun Challenge, a 10-team tournament...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen set for opener against Saint Peter’s with entirely new look
11-05-2023 6:00 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

There are lots of question marks still surrounding the UMass women’s basketball team this year, but one thing is certain – this season’s squad is going to look a lot different than last year. Head coach Mike Leflar replaced former head coach Tory...


UMass basketball: Full schedules for Minutemen, Minutewomen released
09-20-2023 3:33 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

The Atlantic 10 Conference announced its women’s basketball conference schedule this week, and the UMass Minutewomen released their full schedule for the upcoming 2023-24 season. The defending A-10 co-champion Minutewomen will host their home opener...


Longtime Amherst College basketball coach Dave Hixon belonged in every room at Basketball Hall of Fame induction
08-13-2023 12:00 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

SPRINGFIELD — John Calipari wrapped an arm around Dave Hixon as he introduced the longtime Amherst College men’s basketball coach to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.Their time in Amherst overlapped when Calipari was at UMass. Hixon coached at Amherst...


UMass grad Destiney Philoxy paces Rwanda to AfroBasket opening win over Cote d’Ivoire
07-28-2023 8:30 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Destiney Philoxy repaid Rwanda’s faith immediately.After making the country’s AfroBasket 2023 roster following a tryout, the UMass graduate lit up Cote d’Ivoire in the tournament opener on home soil Friday. She scored a game-high 18 points to go along...


TBT: The Commonwealth UMass basketball alumni team’s run ends after Virginia Dream comeback
07-25-2023 4:44 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The emotion in The Commonwealth’s locker room resembled those after an NCAA Tournament loss.UMass’ alumni team fell 79-73 against Virginia Dream in the opening round of The Basketball Tournament on Monday in Syracuse, New York. The squad had only been...


Getting to know The Commonwealth team in The Basketball Tournament
07-23-2023 6:40 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

AMHERST – An introduction, or likely reintroduction, to the roster of The Commonwealth, UMass’ alumni team competing in The Basketball tournament. The (mostly) Minutemen will face The Virginia Dream at 9 p.m. in Syracuse on ESPNU.Most of the players...

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