UMass @ Seton Hall, 7PM
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Television: Hall Pass
Radio: 770 WABC
Projected starting five:
UMass started their season 2-4 after getting romped by 38 points in Atlantic City by Michigan St., however they've won their last two contests pulling their record to .500 before Monday's game in Newark. Check out PirateCrew.com preview of the SHU-UMass game, courtesy of special contributor, 'Piratz':
For the first time in 107 seasons of Seton Hall basketball, the team has won 3 consecutive games by a margin of at least 29 points, hammering LIU, NJIT, and Harford last Thursday night.
UMass is led by Head Coach Derek Kellogg, who is in his second season at the helm of his alma mater. Kellogg played at UMass for John Calipari from 1991 to 1995, and was there for the start of their remarkable run of 7-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances through 1998. He would later spend 8 seasons as an assistant coach to Calipari at Memphis before returning to Massachusetts.
The Seton Hall Athletics preview:
Speaking of Harris and Gurley, Paul Seaver of Bleacher Report, profiles the pair as an "emerging duo" for the Minutemen:UMass has won their last two games including an 84-63 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday. The Minutemen have kept a pattern. They lost their first two games, won two, lost two and now have won their last two games to even their record at 4-4. Ricky Harris and Anthony Gurley are the primary scoring options as they are averaging 18.0 and 17.8 points per game respectively.
It has seemed that Harris, as expected, would be up among the team’s leading scorers each game, but with that being said, the next question would be who else would be there to help contribute?MassLive previews tonight's Seton Hall / UMass contest:
The answer to that has been Anthony Gurley. A former Top-100 recruit as rated by Rivals.com in 2006, Gurley transferred to UMass following only one season at Wake Forest.
"Our guys are playing well. Can they do well at Seton Hall? We’ll see," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said as the Minutemen got ready for their second game in three days.
"I’d say Seton Hall is probably an NCAA tournament team. I’ve always been an admirer of coach (Bobby) Gonzalez, and they have some older, mature players."
Seton Hall is 6-0 against mostly soft opposition. The Pirates do own a 10-point victory over Cornell, which beat UMass by 13.