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A-10 strong with new talent
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/15/2000

Mack milestones: Senior guard Monty Mack needs 383 points to become the school's second-ever 2,000-point scorer, behind Jim McCoy (2,374). Mack is currently fifth on the all-time scorers list, trailing McCoy, Lou Roe (1,905), Lorenzo Sutton (1,731) and Tony Barbee (1,643).

Mack needs nine 3-pointers to become the school's all-time leader in that category, and 15 steals to move into second on that list.

Barring injury, he will move into the top 10 in games started and minutes played this year as well.

Rand McNally: The Minutemen will play in the 22nd and 23rd states of Bruiser Flint's tenure, adding Wisconsin and Oregon to the stack. In its history, UMass has played in 32 of the 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and France.

The Minutemen will play in nine states this year.

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Cruz returns: Former Minuteman Rafael Cruz makes his return to college basketball for Youngstown State this season. The guard, now a junior, missed 16 days of practice with an ankle sprain, but returned to practice Monday.

Cruz will be in Massachusetts on Dec. 9, when the Penguins play at Boston College.

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Miscellaneous: Both the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated picked the Minutemen to make the NCAA Tournament.

SI has its top 65 teams in its college basketball preview, which hits the stands this week, and UMass was picked as No. 42.

TSN's Web site had mock brackets for the NCAA field and had UMass as a No. 11 seed in the South, losing to DePaul in the first round.

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Ex-Minutemen playing: Former Minutemen have been showing up in college box scores. Big man Ajmal Basit returned to action with Delaware Monday and had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the Blue Hens' 56-49 loss to Temple. 2000 graduate Mike Babul had five points for the California All-Stars against Syracuse.

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