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 +====== March 20, 1992 - Fordham vs. UMass ======
 +  * Season: [[season_1991-92|1991-92]]
 +  * Date: Friday, March 20, 1992
 +  * Opponent: [[opponent_fordham|Fordham]]
 +  * Start Time: 7:40 PM ET
 +  * Site: [[wp>​DCU_Center|The Centrum]], Worcester MA
 +  * Special Event: [[championships#​ncaa|NCAA Tournament]],​ First Round, East Regional. Seeds: UMass 3, Fordham 14.
 +  * TV: CBS
  
 +=====Previews=====
 +==== Boston Globe ====
 +=== 3/16 Seeding Announcement ===
 +**UMass is 3rd seed, sent to Worcester**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/16/1992
 +
 +AMHERST -- If the saying, "To the victor goes the spoils,"​ is true, the
 +Massachusetts basketball team must have felt spoiled rotten yesterday.
 +
 +Few pegged the 28-4 Minutemen among college basketball'​s elite, even
 +though UMass finished in the Top 25, tied with Duke for the most wins in
 +Division 1, scored impressive wins over Oklahoma and Iowa State and won
 +its conference championship.
 +
 +But the NCAA selection committee, which noted that UMass hovered
 +around the top of a few power ratings throughout the season, was
 +impressed. Thus it gave the Minutemen the third seed in the NCAA
 +Tournament'​s East Regional.
 +
 +What's more, the third seed put UMass in Worcester for its first-round
 +game. Lastly, the Minutemen will play on Friday against Patriot League
 +champion Fordham -- a team they beat in the National Invitation
 +Tournament last year.
 +
 +The Minutemen witnessed the televised NCAA Tournament selection show
 +at UMass coach John Calipari'​s home in Shutesbury. When the words
 +“Massachusetts"​ and "​Fordham"​ flashed up on the screen, the players and
 +coaches screamed and hugged as if they'd won Mass Millions. But was
 +difficult to determine what made the team and coaches most jubilant -- that
 +they were the No. 3 seed, that they were playing in Worcester or that they
 +were playing Fordham (18-12).
 +
 +"I am shocked that they gave us a No. 3 seed," said Calipari, "but not
 +because I don't think we deserve it. I think that with 12 wins in a row and
 +28 wins, I think we deserve it. It's great, now we have to go out there and
 +get things done." Three of the four teams that handed UMass defeats this
 +season are in the NCAA Tournament.
 +
 +Leading up to last Thursday night'​s Atlantic-10 championship game against
 +West Virginia, UMass was ranked 15th in the Sagarin ratings and seventh in
 +the RPI computer ratings. But even the players were surprised with the
 +move to the third seed.
 +
 +"I was sort of thinking that we would get maybe a fourth or fifth seed," said
 +UMass center Harper Williams, the Atlantic-10 player of the year. "But we
 +beat a few good teams this year, and I think that must have impressed the
 +selection board."​
 +
 +Calipari and Co. tried to play down the Fordham matchup, but their faces
 +told of their confidence. UMass defeated Fordham, 78-74, in the Bronx last
 +year in the second round of the NIT, jumping out to a 64-50 lead, then
 +holding on for the win.
 +
 +"Last year they played a good game; they'​re a good team," said UMass
 +guard Jim McCoy, who played with Fordham'​s two leading scorers, Fred
 +Herzog and Jean Prioleau, on an NIT All-Star team that toured Europe in
 +the summer. “We'​re confident because we have everyone coming back."
 +
 +Fordham, on the other hand, is without last year's leader Damon Lopez
 +(although he scored just 9 points against UMass last year).
 +
 +URI coach Al Skinner, whose team awaited an NIT bid last night, has
 +coached against both Fordham and UMass this season, beating Fordham,
 +and losing to UMass three times. "​Fordham is a team that likes to press, but
 +if they continue to press against UMass the way they did against us, UMass
 +won't have trouble beating them," he said.
 +
 +Skinner was perhaps one of few who wasn't surprised UMass received the
 +high seed. In fact, he went so far as to say the Minutemen didn't get their
 +due this season. "The only thing disapointing in terms of UMass is that I
 +think they'​re a top 10-15 club," he said. "For them not to be ranked in the
 +Top 25 all year, I don't know what the problem was. If A-10 members
 +Temple or West Virginia were in the same situation, they would have been
 +ranked in the top 10."
 +
 +But yesterday was undoubtedly a day of vindication for the Minutemen,
 +who not only got chosen to a regional in their backyard but were more than
 +pleased with the field. Should UMass win against Fordham Friday, it would
 +play the winner of the Princeton-Syracuse game Sunday. Syracuse captured
 +the Big East title with a win over Georgetown Sunday. Princeton will try in
 +what has become an annual attempt to get beyond scaring a highly touted
 +team in the first round.
 +
 +In three previous NCAA Tournaments (against Georgetown, Arkansas and
 +Villanova) Princeton led at halftime only to take a close defeat. The Tigers,
 +winners of the Ivy League title and one of the first teams to make the field of
 +64, were defeated earlier this season by New Jersey state rival Rutgers, a
 +team UMass defeated three times.
 +
 +Also in the Worcester regional will be two other teams the Minutemen faced
 +this year. Iowa State, which came on strongly toward the end of the season
 +in the tough Big Eight Conference, lost to UMass, 73-53, in the
 +championship game of the Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield. Iowa State
 +will meet tough North Carolina-Charlotte in the first round.
 +
 +Then there'​s the University of Kentucky, which gave the Minutemen their
 +first loss of the season, a 90-69 drubbing that came less than two days after
 +UMass captured the Great Alaska Shootout by claiming three victories at
 +midnight. Kentucky, winners of the Southeastern Conference, will meet Old
 +Dominion in the first round. The game will also mark a homecoming of sorts
 +for
 +Kentucky coach Rick Pitino, formerly the head man at Boston University
 +and Providence. ​
 +
 +SIDEBAR - OPENING ACT
 +
 +The game: UMass (28-4) will take on Fordham (18-12) Friday at the
 +Centrum in Worcester in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
 +
 +Of note: Both teams are playing well, UMass having won 12 straight,
 +Fordham taking 12 of its last 14 . . . UMass won both the regular season
 +and tournament championship of the Atlantic 10, a first in that conference
 +since Temple turned the trick in 1988 . . . Fordham beat Bucknell in the
 +Patriot League championship.
 +
 +Common foes: Each team played Rhode Island, St. Joseph'​s,​ Holy Cross,
 +Xavier and Siena. Against those clubs, UMass was 8-0 (3-0 vs. URI),
 +while Fordham was 3-3.
 +
 +Last meeting: UMass beat Fordham, 78-74, in the second round of the NIT
 +a year ago.
 +
 +About the Rams: Fordham is an up tempo team that likes to press. Forward
 +Fred Herzog averages 17.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while guard
 +Jean Prioleau averages 13.2 points. Says URI coach Al Skinner: "​Herzog is
 +a great scorer, very explosive. Prioleau is a great guard who did a good job
 +handling the offense. They'​re an experienced team, so they won't be
 +intimidated by UMass.
 +
 +About the Minutemen: Guard Jim McCoy (16.3 points per game) is the
 +school'​s career leader in points, but he gets plenty of offensive help from
 +center Harper Williams (14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds), the Atlantic 10 Player
 +of the Year. The team is 4-0 in national televised games this season.
 +
 +=== 3/16 East Region Analysis ===
 +**Duke stands tall, UMass stays near**\\
 +By Mark Blaudschun, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/16/1992
 +
 +THE EAST / NCAA
 +
 +The outlook: Who wants to play Duke? No one, really. But the Campbell
 +University Fighting Camels of Buies Creek, N.C., receive the first door
 +prize. The Blue Devils should breeze to Philadelphia before they face a
 +potential ACC-Big East challenge against Seton Hall. If they are going to
 +stumble, that's the place it will happen.
 +
 +Seton Hall stumbled against Syracuse in the Big East tournament, but the
 +Pirates have the kind of team that is built for tournament play and will relish
 +a break from the rigors of Big East play. If they can get past pesky La Salle,
 +they should be solid for awhile. The good news for the Pirates is that they
 +stay in the East for the first time in four years. The bad news is that they are
 +in the same region as the top-seeded team for the fourth straight year.
 +
 +The other half of the draw looks like a Massachusetts road show. The
 +Minutemen should be able to survive their games in Worcester and make it
 +to the regionals, where they could face a rematch with Kentucky.
 +
 +The Wildcats won that encounter, but UMass was coming off a long road
 +trip following a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout. The Minutemen should
 +be fresher and wiser this time. And Kentucky, when it's not hitting those
 +3-point bombs, can lose to anybody. Of course, when the Wildcats are
 +making those shots, they can blow a lot of teams off the court.
 +
 +After blitzing to the Southeastern Conference championship,​ the Wildcats
 +look as if they are back on track, and Rick Pitino is one of the better game
 +coaches in the business.
 +
 +If the Minutemen get that far, then comes Duke or a team like Seton Hall,
 +and the party could end quickly. But in a year when UMass is seeded
 +higher than any Big East team, who knows what might happen?
 +
 +Teams heading to Philadelphia:​ UMass, Kentucky, Duke, Seton Hall.
 +
 +Upset special: Missouri is always a good bet to get upset in the first round
 +of any tournament game. If Princeton, which has lost its last three first-round
 +games by a total of 7 points, beats Syracuse, will anyone be surprised?
 +
 +Teams to watch: Princeton, UMass
 +
 +Regional champion: Duke.
 +
 +=== 3/17 Harper Williams focus ===
 +**He's UMass' centerpiece**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/17/1992
 +
 +NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
 +
 +AMHERST -- Harper Williams learned he was named Atlantic 10
 +Conference Player of the Year hours before the official announcement was
 +made at the tournament awards banquet. You would think the University of
 +Massachusetts center would have spent those few hours preparing an
 +acceptance speech, writing down a list of persons to thank.
 +
 +Instead, Williams focused his attention elsewhere. He thought about
 +teammate Jim McCoy, the other finalist for the award and the player who
 +this season drew double-teams the way an ice cream truck draws kids with
 +loose change. He considered forwards Tony Barbee and Will Herndon, and
 +guard Anton Brown, starters who helped lead the Minutemen to their best
 +record in school history but were left off the All-Atlantic 10 team. Then he
 +considered Rutgers, UMass' first-round opponent in the conference
 +tournament the following day. He could see UMass losing to the Scarlet
 +Knights if it entered the game disheartened over being snubbed at the
 +awards banquet.
 +
 +Thus, the junior from Bridgeport, Conn., used the ceremony as a chance to
 +mend any broken spirits. In an emotional speech, Williams thanked those
 +who voted for him, but said that the awards "​should go to the senior player
 +who brought us where we are, and that player is Jim McCoy."​ Williams
 +added that
 +because McCoy was double-teamed so often this season, it freed up
 +Williams to post some impressive numbers. Then he called the forward up
 +to the podium, and the two embraced.
 +
 +That was all UMass needed to get ready for Rutgers. The Minutemen
 +jumped to a 13-point halftime lead and went on to defeat the Scarlet
 +Knights, 106-94, tallying the most points ever in an Atlantic 10 tournament
 +game. Leading the way for UMass? Williams, who had 19 points, a
 +season-high 16 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocked shots.
 +
 +That stat line typifies Williams'​ play since he arrived in Amherst. The 6-
 +foot-7-inch,​ 230-pound center (one of the smallest centers in the league)
 +didn't lead the conference in either scoring or rebounding, but those who
 +have seen him play are well aware there are few better team players. Any
 +time UMass needs a rebound, a tip-in, a block or a turnover, he is among
 +the first to step up.
 +
 +That was the case in the Atlantic 10 semifinal against Rhode Island. With
 +UMass ahead by 1 with 7:19 to go, Williams came off the bench after a
 +one- minute breather and led the Minutemen the rest of the way with 7
 +points, two rebounds and an assist. "I can't help my team much on the
 +bench,"​ he said after the game.
 +
 +It's the team concept that has made UMass one of the surprise teams this
 +season. The Minutemen, seeded third in the East Regional of the NCAA
 +Tournament, will meet 14th-seeded Fordham Friday at 7:40 p.m. in the first
 +round of the tourney at the Centrum in Worcester. In other games at the
 +Centrum, Kentucky will play Old Dominion at 12:30 p.m., and Iowa State
 +will meet UNC-Charlotte 30 minutes after the end of the Wildcats game.
 +Princeton and Syracuse will meet 30 minutes following the
 +UMass-Fordham game.
 +
 +After the Rutgers game, UMass coach John Calipari thanked the media for
 +leaving a few Minutemen off the all-conference team because it helped to
 +inspire them. But he later said Williams'​ gesture also gave the team a lift.
 +“He does something like that, and the other players feel maybe they
 +shouldn'​t be so sore for being left off," he said.
 +
 +"​Sometimes not getting awards you think you deserve can mess you up
 +mentally and emotionally,"​ said Williams. "I just wanted to keep our team
 +together. Jimmy took all the pressure off of me with being double-teamed,​
 +so I felt I should give it to him."
 +
 +McCoy still gets a little choked up when asked to reflect on the moment.
 +“Oh man, it's hard to describe what I felt then," he said. "I don't think
 +anyone expected it. It touched everyone in the building.
 +
 +"And it shows how tight we are as a team. Usually someone would just
 +become selfish and take the award. What he did was to show it was the
 +team this year, rather than one person."​
 +
 +Incidentally,​ McCoy gave the trophy back to Williams that night, insisting he
 +keep it. Williams obliged, saying, "I guess McCoy figured that it has my
 +name on it. But for me, it wasn't so much the trophy as it was just being
 +recognized as player of the year. That's why I did what I did. It could have
 +gone to him or anyone else on our team."
 +
 +Williams deserved the award. His stats did not diminish during the season
 +when it was apparent he had to be held in check as well. Often guarded by
 +defenders much taller and stronger, the center relied on his long arms, a soft
 +touch on his jump shot and a relentless approach to the offensive and
 +defensive glass.
 +
 +"A warrior, that is the key word when describing Harper,"​ said Calipari.
 +“The kid will fight like hell for you."
 +
 +"I always figure that when I go out there on that floor, I don't want to be
 +made a fool of," said Williams. "If you beat me, you'll beat me at my best."
 +
 +Being named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year seems fitting for Williams, who
 +is no stranger to sharing the spotlight. He didn't begin taking basketball
 +seriously until age 13, then excelled at the varsity level as a sophomore,
 +starting the last seven games after a few other players were dismissed from
 +the team because of academic reasons. But even then, his notoriety
 +primarily came from being the cousin of Los Angeles Clippers forward
 +Charles Smith.
 +
 +Williams helped lead his Bassick (Conn.) High School to a 28-0 ranking, a
 +state championship and a No. 8 finish in the USA Today poll. Then he was
 +named Co-Mr. Basketball in the state, sharing the honor with teammate
 +Jerome Johnson. The only time he was named freshman player of the week
 +(Jan. 21) he had to share the honor with Penn State forward DeRon Hayes.
 +Other than being named MVP in the state tournament, he hasn't received
 +many solo honors.
 +
 +Williams shares his teammates'​ sentiments in looking forward to playing
 +Fordham, a team UMass beat in last year's National Invitation Tournament.
 +“They'​re the type of team that plays real hard," said Williams, "and never
 +quits."​
 +
 +=== 3/17 TV coverage ===
 +**UMass to get full treatment**\\
 +By Jack Craig, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/17/1992
 +
 +//​SporTView//​
 +
 +University of Massachusetts faithful who regularly complain of being ignored
 +in Boston may be amused by the fact CBS has declared this an area of
 +“natural interest"​ for the Minutemen during postseason basketball, not only
 +assuring coverage but banning shifting to any of the other games while they
 +are playing.
 +
 +The rule will be in effect for UMass-Fordham Friday at 7:40 p.m. and
 +Sunday at 4:30 p.m. if UMass advances to play the winner of
 +Princeton-Syracuse.
 +
 +"We never quite say never,"​ cautions CBS vice president Len DeLuca,
 +architect of the television schedule. He recalled taking the New York
 +audience
 +from the one-sided St. John'​s-Texas telecast in the first round last year into
 +two overtime games -- Penn State-Eastern Michigan and Michigan
 +State-Utah.
 +
 +"​Still,​ we will be very, very conservative with UMass in the Boston area,"
 +said DeLuca, noting the team is seeded higher than any Big East school.
 +DeLuca is a graduate of Boston College and aware of the sensitivity of
 +UMass alumni. James Brown and Bill Raftery will broadcast all the action
 +from the Centrum in Worcester.
 +
 +CBS has declared this area flexible on UConn, which will play Nebraska
 +Thursday at 10 p.m., meaning the five New England states beyond
 +Connecticut could be switched to one of the four other games in progress.
 +
 +Instant decisions on all switches will be made jointly by DeLuca, executive
 +producer Teddy Shaker and in-studio producers Eric Mann and David
 +Winner. There was much criticism last year, the first time CBS did not share
 +coverage with ESPN and resorted to more frequent changes for Channel 7
 +viewers than in most areas of the country. DeLuca says that 43 of the 48
 +first- and second- round games last March were seen in part on Channel 7.
 +
 +Starting times at the four sites also will be staggered by a few minutes in
 +order to ideally provide windows for fans to see exciting finishes without
 +missing any action.
 +
 +CBS was not aware any sooner than the public, DeLuca insists, of the
 +selection of the schools and sites of games. But the network did have an
 +input on starting times. "The only thing we did was try to select the
 +prime-time games,"​ DeLuca said. "I wish we had half the power people
 +think we have." ​
 +
 +=== 3/18 McCoy focus ===
 +**He's been real McCoy at UMass**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/18/1992
 +
 +AMHERST -- Jim McCoy used to have a most difficult time tuning out
 +voices around him.
 +
 +Some of those voices have given him his most bitter memories -- such as
 +four years ago, as a University of Massachusetts freshman, when two senior
 +players were charged with burglary in a residential section of Amherst.
 +
 +"I can remember on several occasions going to a visiting gym and having
 +someone yell at me, 'Hey, kid, I've got a VCR over here for sale,' " said
 +McCoy. "We were called the thugs of the campus."​
 +
 +McCoy, a Pittsburgh native, was sold on Pitt after being recruited by former
 +Panthers assistant John Calipari, but opted for UMass when Calipari took
 +that job and vowed to make McCoy, a 6-foot-4-inch guard, the
 +cornerstone in rebuilding the program. But during his freshman year,
 +McCoy thought he had made a big mistake coming to Amherst.
 +
 +"I wish I could just totally and completely forget my freshman year," said
 +McCoy. "There were so many ups
 +
 +and downs, and it was hard being away from home.
 +
 +"We had seniors on the team that we looked up to, and when they get
 +caught doing something they shouldn'​t do, you look bad yourself, because
 +people say, '​You'​re a thug, too.' "
 +
 +McCoy became so frustrated that he packed his bags, called his parents
 +and told them he was coming home. But an hour before he was scheduled
 +to leave, he changed his mind, heeding his parents'​ advice to hold out one
 +more day. One day became two days, then one week, then one month.
 +There would come more bitter voices, more bad memories, but McCoy
 +stayed. Now, the last thing on his mind is pondering what might have
 +happened had he left.
 +
 +McCoy was named Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year in 1989. Two years
 +later, he became the Minutemen'​s career leading scorer. Going into Friday'​s
 +NCAA East Regional first-round game against Fordham, McCoy has
 +2,323 points, 605 more than Lorenzo Sutton. He is third behind Julius
 +Erving and Sutton for points in a season (640 in 1990) and second to Dr. J
 +in field goals in a season (239 in 1990). This year, he was named first-team
 +All-Atlantic 10 for the third consecutive season, a first for a UMass player.
 +
 +Moreover, the Cornerstone will leave UMass as the player who guided the
 +Minutemen to more milestones than any other: First victory over Temple.
 +First victory at West Virginia. Most victories in school history. First top 20
 +ranking. Not to mention the school'​s first NCAA Tournament bid in 30
 +years and only its second ever.
 +
 +McCoy, the nephew of NBA Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins, also recently
 +got an invitation to the Portsmouth (Va.) Camp, held in April for the top
 +college players eligible for the NBA draft. Those who excel are then invited
 +to a similar camp in Orlando and then Chicago. McCoy will attend as a
 +shooting guard.
 +
 +"Being invited to a pro camp is a positive step for me," said McCoy, whose
 +father played for the Pittsburgh Rens of the defunct American Basketball
 +League. "They know how well I can shoot. If I can show them that I can
 +stop a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, then I think I have a chance."​
 +
 +McCoy'​s scoring has tapered off a bit, (20.7 his sophomore season, 16.2
 +ppg this season), as Calipari brought in more and more good players who
 +became second and third options when McCoy was double-teamed.
 +Though McCoy still hears voices about that dropoff, he realizes that UMass
 +probably wouldn'​t have won 28 games this season without those second
 +and third options.
 +
 +Let the detractors talk, he says. What's most important is that the end of his
 +college career is far more rewarding than the beginning was.
 +
 +"The thing is, I'm happy now, I'm really happy,"​ said McCoy, bringing his
 +soft voice up a few decibels. "Back then, when I was scoring a lot, I wasn't
 +as happy as I am now; I was scoring a lot, but we weren'​t winning. But
 +now, we're winning more, and the more we win, the more recognition we
 +get, and then the more recognition I get."
 +
 +McCoy'​s senior season helps make up for last year, which ended with the
 +Minutemen advancing to the National Invitation Tournament Final Four, but
 +began with him at less than full strength. During the offseason, McCoy had
 +suffered an allergic reaction to eye drops. He was bedridden for several
 +weeks and lost 25 pounds.
 +
 +In the first game of the season, against Purdue, he scored just 4 points --
 +tying his career low set as a freshman and marking only the fifth time he
 +failed to reach double figures. He followed with a 15-point night against St.
 +Joseph'​s,​ but that didn't stop the detractors.
 +
 +"​Looking back at that now, I probably should have red-shirted,​ and I would
 +have come back stronger,"​ said McCoy. "But I'm not unhappy that I opted
 +to play."
 +
 +One of the reasons McCoy stayed at UMass was that he didn't want to
 +return to Pittsburgh to hear detractors saying he should not have left in the
 +first place.
 +
 +"There were a lot of people in the area who were upset that I left and didn't
 +go to West Virginia, Pitt or Duquesne,"​ said McCoy. "​That'​s why one of the
 +greatest memories I've had here was to beat West Virginia on their home
 +floor this year. That game gave us the Atlantic 10 championship. And then
 +to beat them at home for the tournament championship . . . it doesn'​t get any
 +better than that."
 +
 +Some might think McCoy would like to erase memories of his frequent
 +run-ins with Calipari. Each is prone to speaking his mind to the other, and
 +because of that, says McCoy, "​He'​ll come into the locker room at halftime
 +and I'll jump on him and he'll scream back at me."
 +
 +In fact, at halftime of a game two years ago, they got into a verbal exchange
 +so heated that they had to be restrained by players and assistant coaches.
 +But while their relationship is often turbulent, they say, it is also often
 +misunderstood.
 +
 +"Jimmy knows that I love him," said Calipari. "I just think he's capable of
 +doing more than any other player I have. So my job is to get him to do
 +things he doesn'​t want to do. I just hope one day the respect he has for
 +what I'm doing turns to affection, so he'll know I wasn't doing this for
 +myself, but for him."
 +
 +"​People say we have a love-hate relationship:​ love on the court, hate off the
 +court or love off the court, hate on the court,"​ said McCoy. "I say let them
 +say whatever they want. People don't realize what he and I have gone
 +through. I could write a book about it."
 +
 +Calipari said he yells at his players to get them to take their effort to another
 +level. The near-altercation did spark McCoy in the second half that day, as
 +he finished with 27 points in leading UMass to victory over the University of
 +Rhode Island. "But I will always regret doing that," said Calipari, "​because
 +he was so hurt that I ruined him for the next two games."​ In the next outing,
 +McCoy tallied just 11 against George Washington.
 +
 +McCoy said his teammates often tease him about his relationship with
 +Calipari.
 +
 +"They say that he's my dad," said McCoy. "But they don't realize that I've
 +known him since my freshman or sophomore year in high school, so of
 +course my relationship with him is going to be different than theirs. It has
 +been like a father-son relationship,​ because sometimes you argue with your
 +father but you still get along."​
 +
 +McCoy said he recently spoke to Hawkins, who is working in the Phoenix
 +Suns front office.
 +
 +"He just tells me to keep up the good work," said McCoy. "He and my dad
 +just want me to concentrate on my senior season."​
 +
 +Those are two voices McCoy has no trouble listening to.
 +
 +=== 3/18 Notebook ===
 +**Fordham sizes up opposition**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/18/1992\\
 +Material from Associated Press was used in this report.
 +
 +NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTEBOOK
 +
 +Nick Macarchuk cringes when he looks at the talent and depth of the
 +University of Massachusetts. Asked how he believes his Fordham team will
 +fare against the Minutemen in the first round of the NCAA East Regional at
 +the Centrum in Worcester, the fourth-year head coach said, "Has any team
 +ever held another scoreless? I look at UMass and they look very strong.
 +People think they'​re not a strong, physical team, but they are. They rebound
 +well and defend well, which are things that require strength to do. And we're
 +not a strong team. You look at us, and we look like a small team, and then
 +you watch us play and we look even smaller."​
 +
 +Fordham leading scorer Fred Herzog agrees with Macarchuk on UMass.
 +"​I'​ve seen them play twice this year, against Temple and West Virginia, and
 +they have a lot of talent. It's not like you can concentrate on one player. If
 +you do, you'll be out of the game before you know it." ​
 +
 +EXPERIENCE AT TOP
 +
 +UMass doesn'​t have any players with NCAA tournament experience, but
 +head coach John Calipari has. The coach was an assistant at Kansas when
 +the Jayhawks went to two NCAA tournaments and at Pittsburgh when the
 +Panthers went to two NCAA tourneys. "I keep trying to explain to my
 +players the level of intensity in which people play in the tournament,"​ he said.
 +"Now, it's not for funzies. The only way that we won't be shocked by it all is
 +to play at that same intensity." ​
 +
 +PRINCETON MEASURES UP
 +
 +Princeton may be the thinking man's team, but Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
 +says the Ivy League champs deserve high marks for brawn as well.
 +
 +"​People talk about all the physical advantages we enjoy, but if anything, they
 +have more physical talent than we have," said Boeheim, whose 21st-ranked
 +Orangemen (21-9) will be meeting Princeton (22-5) Friday.
 +
 +"​They'​re as big as we are. Their front line is 6-8, 6-8, 6-6. They'​re bigger
 +than us at the two forward positions and Conrad McRae, Syracuse'​s center
 +might as well be 6-8," said Boeheim, who often chastises his 6-foot-
 +10-inch center for not being aggressive enough on the boards. "Their
 +backcourt is as quick or quicker than our backcourt."​
 +
 +=== 3/19 Notebook ===
 +**UMass being rated the overdog is just fine with Calipari**\\
 +By Joe Burris and Mark Blaudschun, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/19/1992\\
 +
 +NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTEBOOK
 +
 +University of Massachusetts coach John Calipari is not bothered by being a
 +heavy favorite in tomorrow'​s NCAA East Regional first-round game against
 +Fordham at the Centrum in Worcester.
 +
 +"I like it," said Calipari, whose team was listed as a 14-point favorite
 +yesterday. "​I'​d rather be that than a 6-point favorite. There'​s no pressure on
 +us, anyway. We haven'​t been in the tournament since 1962. We're
 +supposed to fall on our face."
 +
 +Yet Calipari has defended his team's No. 3 seeding much of the week. "I
 +keep telling people that we've been struggling to schedule games,"​ he said.
 +If people don't believe we're that good, tell them to give us a call and we'll
 +schedule them."
 +
 +Already on the 1992-93 schedule are Oklahoma, at Norman, and Siena.
 +South Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham will play in the Abdow'​s Classic
 +in Springfield. ​
 +
 +CALIPARI CONSIDERED
 +
 +Latest rumor to make the collegiate circles has UNLV
 +officials asking for information about Calipari . . . Calipari'​s name will be
 +mentioned when most major openings occur. ​
 +
 +GOOD BLOODLINES
 +
 +Fordham guard Jay Fazande is the cousin of highly touted high school junior
 +guard Randy Livingston of New Orleans, who wowed spectators at last
 +year's Boston Shootout. Livingston is considered by many to be the best
 +junior in the country. "When he was younger, I was so much better than he
 +was," said Fazande, "and then he just got so much better."​ . . . Leading
 +scorer Fred Herzog chose Fordham over Princeton and Syracuse, two
 +teams that will play in the same regional. "I think I made the right decision in
 +choosing Fordham,"​ he said. "At Syracuse, I would have had to play in
 +back of Billy Owens; I'm not too sure how successful I would have been.
 +At Princeton, I just don't think I would have fit in, or would have wanted
 +that kind of pressure academically. That's why I'm happy with Fordham.
 +We play a similar style of basketball, but the academic pressures aren't as
 +great."​
 +
 +=== 3/20 Revisiting 1962 ===
 +**As UMass returns to the NCAA Tournament, the 1962 team recalls . . . That was the first trip to the big time**\\
 +By Larry Tye, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/20/1992\\
 +
 +A lot has changed in 30 years.
 +
 +In 1962, the only other year the University of Massachusetts men's
 +basketball team was invited to the NCAA tournament, newly arriving male
 +students wore beanies and females had to be in their rooms -- in
 +all-women'​s dorms -- by 7 p.m.
 +
 +The Amherst campus had half as many students then, a third as many
 +teachers, and a budget one-20th as big as today'​s. But spending was
 +heading up as the Sputnik launch scared America into gearing up its higher
 +education.
 +
 +Nowhere, however, was the transformation more dramatic than on the
 +basketball court: The UMass men's team had a $200 recruiting budget
 +then, compared to $81,500 this year. The Cage was dark and dingy, with
 +squirrels darting through the rafters and the manager worried about keeping
 +mud off the balls. Players back then held little hope of hitting the NBA,
 +which had just nine teams, compared to today'​s 27.
 +
 +And the Redmen had just one black player in 1962; today there is just one
 +white.
 +
 +"There was none of the fanfare that today'​s tournament has, nothing like the
 +recognition,"​ recalled Mike Mole, the point guard and driving force behind
 +the 1962 team.
 +
 +Jack Leaman, the assistant coach then, said UMass also has become much
 +more of a basketball power: "We were a New England-oriented team
 +back then, but now all of a sudden, they'​re playing teams like Oklahoma
 +and Oklahoma State.
 +
 +"Today they spend more money in a week than our team spent in a year."
 +
 +That doesn'​t mean the players 30 years ago weren'​t thrilled to make the
 +tournament. In fact, they may have been more excited, since they went so
 +much further than anyone expected.
 +
 +The '62 team's tallest player was 6 feet 8 inches. Mole, the key to success,
 +was ineligible to play the first half of the season. Most fans assumed
 +Connecticut,​ or maybe Rhode Island, would dominate the Yankee
 +Conference the way they always had.
 +
 +"UMass had never even thought about making the NCAAs,"​ said Dick
 +Bresciani, vice president of the Red Sox, who back then was assistant
 +athletic director at UMass. "They were an interesting group of people but
 +wouldn'​t make it today."​
 +
 +The first half of the 1961-62 season was a disaster, with the Redmen losing
 +seven of 12 games. But Mole's return helped turn things around, lifting the
 +team to a 15-8 record that ensured it first place in the conference and an
 +NCAA berth.
 +
 +Mole was "a very, very quick guard, he could go 97 ways at once," recalled
 +Cliff Bullock, who also played guard. And Mole's play helped free up Pete
 +Bernard, who "was a great jump shooter."​
 +
 +Rodger Twitchell, a 6-5 forward from New Jersey, overcame his
 +inexperience to become the region'​s leading scorer, averaging about 20
 +points a game.
 +
 +The key to UMass' success, however, was its head coach: "Mad Matt"
 +Zunic.
 +
 +Zunic, who had played under Red Auerbach on the Washington Capitals,
 +arrived at UMass in 1959 after completing a successful coaching stint at
 +Boston University. He inherited a losing team but quickly instilled his winning
 +ways.
 +
 +One key, Zunic said, was combining zone and man-to-man defenses, a
 +novel approach at that time. Even more important, he drilled his players
 +again and again on pressing, stealing the ball and executing other
 +fundamentals,​ much as Auerbach did.
 +
 +"I was a little flamboyant, a little wild," said Zunic, who was replaced as
 +coach after the 1962-63 season. "I used to pick on officials and kick a
 +water bucket to get my kids going. I had a sign in my office that read, 'Be
 +reasonable, do it my way.' "
 +
 +Leaman, who went on to coach the team for 13 years, said Zunic'​s
 +performance in 1962 "was probably the best coaching job ever."
 +
 +Charlie Fohlin, who alternated with Don Black at center, agreed: "He was a
 +crafty, smart coach who taught us how to block out, rebound, intimidate
 +and how to do the Chinese defense, combining man-to-man and zone.
 +
 +"I didn't have any talent other than being 6 foot 7 inches, and he taught me
 +everything I needed to know. He made a man out of me."
 +
 +That character was evident when UMass squared off against highly touted
 +New York University in Round 1 of NCAA play at the Palestra in
 +Philadelphia. The sellout crowd of 9,200 had expected a rout, but UMass
 +led by 10 near the end of the first half.
 +
 +NYU adjusted and walked off at halftime with a 2-point lead. UMass
 +shooters
 +went cold in the second half, and Fohlin, who was having a magnificent
 +game on the boards, fouled out.
 +
 +The result: NYU 70, UMass 50.
 +
 +"I don't recall UMass being that much of a problem,"​ said Happy Hairston,
 +who led NYU along with Barry Kramer, the nation'​s No. 1 scorer. Hairston
 +went on to play with the Cincinnati Royals, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles
 +Lakers, while Kramer played for the San Francisco Warriors and New
 +York Knicks.
 +
 +Mole said, "We could have and would have beaten that NYU team but we
 +missed a lot of easy shots."​
 +
 +Zunic had a different explanation for the loss: "The officials favored NYU;
 +they started picking on my big man, Charlie Fohlin. They called one foul on
 +him when he wasn't even in the game and I started going berserk."​
 +
 +Now 72, Zunic is a lot more relaxed about basketball today as he follows
 +the game -- and UMass -- from his retirement home in Crystal River, Fla.
 +
 +The sport he was a part of for so many years also has changed.
 +
 +At UMass, the glass roof that sometimes gave players a shower has been
 +replaced by wood; dingy walls have been painted over in white, and the dirt
 +under the bleachers is gone, along with the squirrels. Recruitment is now the
 +order of the day, which is one reason this year's squad is so highly rated.
 +
 +The NCAA tournament also has evolved: 64 schools make it today,
 +compared to 25 then. CBS spends $140 million a year to televise the
 +tournament today, compared to the approximately $140,000 spent 30 years
 +ago. Back then, there was no seeding, shot clock, ticket lottery or 3-point
 +basket, while coaches were freer to roam the sidelines.
 +
 +The players from '62 are different today, too. Fohlin has gained 60 pounds
 +and spends most of his free time raising three daughters, although he still
 +gets into pickup games and coaches a men's league in Bedford. Dan Laakso
 +had a major operation to repair his damaged shoulder and now limits his
 +playing
 +mainly to one-on-ones with his son, who was on the Athol High School
 +team that lost to East Boston in last weekend'​s state final at the Centrum.
 +
 +Peter Bernard, meanwhile, has given up basketball for jogging, doing 6
 +miles at least five times a week.
 +
 +What was it like being the only black on the '62 team, and one of the few on
 +the UMass campus?
 +
 +"It really wasn't difficult,"​ recalled Bernard, a physical education teacher,
 +who, thanks to a lucky lottery draw by his son, will be at tonight'​s
 +UMass-Fordham game. "The only inconvenience was things like getting
 +your hair
 +cut. There were no black barbers in the Amherst area.
 +
 +"Matt Zunic let me borrow his car a couple times to go to Springfield to get
 +a haircut." ​
 +
 +WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
 +
 +  ***Pos. Player Ht. Occupation**
 +  *G Peter Bernard 5-8 Brockton native is phys. ed. teacher in Canton.
 +  *C Don Black 6-8 Athol native teaches forestry management in Stafford County, N.H.
 +  *G Cliff Bullock NA Teaches health education at Lowell High.
 +  *C Charlie Fohlin 6-7 Belmont native is sales executive at AST/The Data Group Corp. in Burlington.
 +  *F Elliot Gventer 6-5 Malden native, whereabouts unknown.
 +  *F Bob Johnson NA Whereabouts unknown.
 +  *F Mike Johnson 6-5 Quincy native is vice president of Consolidated Freightways,​ N.Y.
 +  *G Dan Laakso 6-4 Norwood native teaches fifth grade in Athol.
 +  *G Charlie LaPier 6-2 Worcester native manages human resources at Polaroid in New Bedford.
 +  *F Kirk Leslie 6-5 Pittsfield native died in car accident in 1975.
 +  *G Mike Mole 5-11 Pittsfield native is marketing supervisor for EBASCO Services, N.Y.
 +  *F Rodger Twitchell 6-5 Teaches 8th-grade science in Kennebunk, Maine.
 +  *Coach Matt Zunic Retired and living in Crystal River, Fla.
 +  *Asst. Jack Leaman Professor and women'​s basketball assistant at UMass.
 +
 +=== 3/20 Calipari focus ===
 +**Calipari is now a hot item - Coach finds job demanding**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/20/1992\\
 +
 +WORCESTER -- John Calipari had been on the coaches'​ conference call
 +for nearly two hours. The call had come shortly after the Massachusetts
 +coach did his 14th radio segment in two days. His face was flushed, his
 +voice scratchy and lightly panting. He looked as if he had run the Boston
 +Marathon backward.
 +
 +"​I'​m going to have to tell Bonnie Martin, UMass basketball secretary that's
 +it, no more radio shows,"​ said Calipari. "I can't get any work done."
 +
 +In his fourth season at UMass, Calipari has never shied away from the
 +media. In fact, he used to chide the Boston media for not attending more
 +UMass home games. Now he has all the press he can handle and then
 +some; Calipari has been one of the hottest names among college coaches as
 +UMass enjoyed the most successful season in school history -- a 28-4
 +record and a No. 17 national ranking -- and did so by soundly defeating
 +impressive competition. It didn't take long for his name to surface among
 +candidates for coaching vacancies -- including Wichita State, Wisconsin and
 +UNLV.
 +
 +When UMass was awarded the third seed in the NCAA East Regional at
 +the Centrum, the media attention increased. Calipari now admits that it has
 +been overwhelming.
 +
 +"​I'​ll tell you what it feels like," he said while wiping his red, glassy eyes. "I
 +don't want to say no to people, but when it gets to the point where you're at
 +home and it's 11:30 p.m. and you still have game film to watch, you have to
 +say no.
 +
 +"I can't imagine how some of the guys, be it a Rick Pitino of Kentucky or
 +Larry Brown formerly of Kansas or anybody, how they find the time to do
 +all these interviews. I can see now that in a high-profile situation how hard it
 +is not to get distracted and carried away with yourself. This is a barrage.
 +The last couple of days have been something I was totally unprepared for."
 +
 +Too bad. Calipari is likely to be the focal point again tonight at 7:40, when
 +UMass takes on Fordham in a first-round game. The site is less than an
 +hour from UMass' campus, and the Minutemen are one of only two New
 +England teams in the tournament -- Connecticut is in the Southeast Regional
 +in Cincinnati.
 +
 +Calipari said he is now reminded that Pitino warned him that the media
 +attention would get this way when he began turning the program around.
 +"After we beat Oklahoma this year," said Calipari, "Rick called me and said,
 +'John, now your biggest job will be warding off the distractions.'​ I didn't
 +understand what he meant, until after we got ranked 25th after the
 +Oklahoma win and I began reading press clippings. My intensity level went
 +down, and as a result, the team's intensity level went down." UMass went
 +on to lose to West Virginia, 76-75, its only home defeat of the year.
 +
 +While repeatedly defending his team's No. 3 seeding, Calipari downplays
 +his success. "​I'​ve just had a lot of breaks; when Larry Brown took the job
 +at Kansas, he allowed me to stay on as an assistant. When Paul Evans took
 +the job at Pittsburgh, he allowed me to stay on as an assistant. If that
 +wouldn'​t have happened, none of this would have happened. And Pitino a
 +longtime friend of Calipari and a UMass grad played a part in me getting
 +this job.
 +
 +"I didn't get this job because of who I am; I got it because of who I knew. I
 +have always believed that you get in the door because of who you know but
 +you stay there or move up because of what you know."
 +
 +By now, Calipari must know he's not likely to get much sleep until after the
 +season. Then the questions will likely loom as to his future with the school.
 +Calipari said those questions will be addressed at seasons'​s end.
 +
 +"John has it going; he is building a program that could be a powerhouse in
 +the future,"​ said Pitino. "As an alumnus, I can definitely say we will not let
 +him get away."
 +
 +=====Recaps=====
 +==== UMass Athletics ====
 +//From the UMass Basketball 1992-93 Media Guide, published by [[http://​www.umassathletics.com|UMass Athletics]]//​
 +
 +Coach John Calipari called it "UMass basketball"​ - defending, guarding, rebounding and making the extra pass.  The third-seeded Minutemen, enjoying a final AP national ranking of 17, did everything right and beat the 13th-seeded Rams in every aspect of the game to win the first NCAA Tournament game in the program'​s history in front of a partisan UMass, capacity crowd of 13,514 at the Worcester Centrum and a live CBS television audience.
 +
 +Lou Roe led UMass with a career-high 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting. ​ Will Herndon added 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting and grabbed a game-high ten rebounds. ​ Anton Brown had seven assists and four steals.
 +
 +UMass never trailed after Herndon slammed his first of four dunks at 14:50 of the first half and led 37-24 at halftime. ​ The Minutemen forced 19 turnovers and recorded 12 steals while shooting 54 percent from the field.
 +
 +==== Boston Globe ====
 +=== 3/21 Recap ===
 +**UMass rolls along\\
 +Minutemen send Fordham packing**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/21/1992
 +
 +WORCESTER -- Tuesday night at the University of Massachusetts
 +basketball practice, coach John Calipari became angered about what he
 +perceived as lack of intensity. At that point, he stopped everything.
 +
 +"Hey! Do you realize you're going to be on national television?"​ said the
 +coach. "​You'​re going to be on CBS! National television!"​
 +
 +Last night against Fordham in the NCAA East Regional, with the CBS eye
 +watching and viewers wondering who in the devil they were, the Minutemen
 +showcased their basketball program in fine fashion. The third-seeded
 +Minutemen jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead, increased the count to
 +28 in the second half, then breezed to an 85-58 first-round win over
 +14th-seeded Fordham at the Centrum.
 +
 +The win raised the No. 17 Minutemen'​s record to 29-4 and earned them a
 +date with Syracuse in a second-round game tomorrow. UMass, which has
 +won 13 consecutive games, is now 5-0 in network games, its first four
 +coming on ESPN. Fordham dropped to 18-13 and saw its season ended
 +by an Atlantic 10 Conference team for the third consective year. Rutgers
 +defeated Fordham in the 1990 National Invitation Tournament, and UMass
 +beat the Rams in last year's NIT.
 +
 +"To me, it's obvious why they'​ve won 28 games this season,"​ said Fordham
 +coach Nick Macarchuk. "They create so many problems for you. "I saw a
 +No. 3 seed, because of the abililty all their players have.
 +
 +"I thought we did good job on Jim McCoy who scored just 6 points, 10
 +below his average. But then you have to defend Anton Brown 11 points, 7
 +assists, Harper Williams 11 points, 8 rebounds and Will Herndon 13 points,
 +10 boards. But the thing they do best is defend."​
 +
 +Anyone who doubted the Minutemen deserved such a high seed kept silent.
 +With a partisan crowd backing it, UMass used an irritating man-to-man
 +defense that forced 19 turnovers and limited the Rams to 36 percent
 +shooting. Offensively,​ the Minutemen used a balanced attack to render
 +Fordham'​s 2-3 zone defense null and void. UMass shot 59 percent from
 +the floor in the first half, then scored the first 5 points after intermission for a
 +42-24 lead with 18:18 left. Fordham cut the lead to 46-36 with 11:50 to
 +go, then UMass went on a 22-5 tear to make it 68-41 with 4:51 left.
 +
 +"I think that was a pretty good game for us," said Calipari, who added that
 +some of his players suffered from "​CBS-itis"​ early with sluggish play. Once
 +the Minutemen got going, Fordham played catch-up the rest of the way.
 +
 +"We played what I call UMass basketball,"​ said Calipari. "We guarded
 +well, we attacked the basket and we made the extra pass. That's what we
 +have to do to get it done.
 +
 +"Jimmy McCoy defended as well as he ever has. I asked him to guard
 +Fordham guard Jean Prioleau, and he sacrificed his scoring game, which
 +means much to me as a coach."​
 +
 +A couple of other UMass players not only took up the scoring slack but
 +dazzled the crowd (and undoubtedly their TV audience) with their exploits.
 +Herndon, the explosive leaper who continues to repeal laws of gravity,
 +polished off a few possessions with alley-oop slams and tip-ins.
 +
 +"​Herndon just takes 100 percent shots from the field,"​ said Macarchuk. “He
 +never misses a shot because all his shots are dunks and layups."​
 +
 +Freshman Lou Roe, who never met a hot camera bulb he didn't like, led all
 +Minutemen with 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting in a mere 17 minutes. Roe
 +capped off a UMass fast break with a two-handed slam to make the crowd
 +wild and the score 76-48 with 2:40 left. Roe's exploits followed a
 +breakaway dunk by Herndon.
 +
 +"When Lou Roe plays on TV, he is averaging 16 a game overall; he's
 +averaging 8 a game on non-televised games,"​ said Calipari. "I was glad this
 +game was on TV; 19 points for a freshman, in his first NCAA game, is quite
 +an accomplishment."​
 +
 +As was the Minutemen'​s showing in their second NCAA tournament
 +appearance since the Kennedy Administration. Tuesday night, they began
 +practice as a tired, lethargic bunch. Last night they were
 +ready-for-prime-time players.
 +
 +=== 3/21 Column ===
 +**Minutemen are playing like a Husky bunch**\\
 +By Bob Ryan, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/21/1992
 +
 +WORCESTER -- If the question before us is, "When was the last time a
 +New England team played at such a high level with the passionate joie de
 +vivre of this suddenly beloved State U of ours?" the answer happens to be
 +the storied Connecticut team of two years ago.
 +
 +That, in case you're new to this college stuff, is exquisite praise. It's like
 +saying some young lass with a spatula might be the next Julia Child. The
 +1989-90 Huskies came within one dropped steal out of bounds and a
 +miracle leaner by Christian Laettner of going to the Final Four.
 +
 +I'm not guaranteeing a Final Four, Eight or even 16 for the University of
 +Massachusetts,​ but I am telling you that in terms of talent, expenditure of
 +energy and basketball savvy, this UMass club is every bit as potent as that
 +UConn team. (Somebody throw it into a computer. I smell double OT.)
 +Last night'​s 85-58 slap-around of Fordham was the Minutemen'​s 13th
 +victory in succession and 29th of the season, and it settled all doubts
 +concerning UMass' worthiness to be a No. 3 seed in the NCAA
 +tournament.
 +
 +"We wanted to play well tonight,"​ said Fordham'​s Jean Prioleau. "But they
 +are just a phenomenal team."
 +
 +"I was asked yesterday if UMass had any weaknesses,"​ said Rams coach
 +Nick Macarchuk. "I said, 'Not against us they don'​t.'​ They beat us in every
 +phase of the game."
 +
 +Some good teams grind away at you. Some explode in your face. UMass
 +does it both ways. Though not big, as in tall (no regular over 6 feet 7
 +inches), they play big. Harper Williams is 6-7 going on 7 feet. Louis Roe is
 +about the same. And William Herndon is from a faraway galaxy, since he is
 +6-3 going on Manute Bol. And they are physically powerful, no matter what
 +the body configuration.
 +
 +They gang-tackle the boards and they are never satisfied the rebound isn't
 +theirs until the rival has obtained the ball and advanced it past midcourt.
 +They run guys in and out, so they always have a fresh supply of warriors.
 +They do an awful number on the other guys' minds.
 +
 +"They are definitely a physical team," said Fordham'​s Fred Herzog. "I
 +thought we handled it early. Over the course of the game, they wore us
 +down."
 +
 +The spread went from plus 10 (46-36) with 12:18 left to plus 27 (68-41)
 +less than eight minutes later. And please understand that Fordham is not
 +some psuedo-Ivy collection of bookworms. Macarchuk'​s kids can play the
 +game in the air, too.
 +
 +"​Fordham has good athletes,"​ marveled Holy Cross coach George Blaney
 +during intermission. "And they never got one loose ball in the first half.
 +UMass can play with anybody. To go deep in the tournament, you simply
 +must have talent, and they have talent. They may not necessarily beat
 +anybody, but they can definitely play with anybody."​
 +
 +I'll tell you this much: they can definitely substitute with anybody. By the time
 +the early score reached UMass 24, Fordham 18, eight UMass players had
 +scored. Eight! "We went nine deep tonight,"​ said coach John Calipari, "and
 +they all contributed."​
 +
 +The scoring balance was so exemplary that no Minuteman even reached
 +double figures until freshman sensation Roe, the best player ever to come
 +out of Atlantic City (sorry, Chris Ford), laid one in to make it 46-34.
 +
 +Calipari being a classic coach, defense and teamwork were uppermost in
 +his mind. "We played what I like to call UMass basketball,"​ he declared.
 +"We really guarded. We really rebounded. We made the extra pass. That's
 +the way we must play if we're going to advance in this tournament."​
 +
 +Two recurrent Calipari themes this season have been that his team plays
 +best when in a healthy fear of the opponent and that his team is effective
 +only to the extent that it is willing to share the rock.
 +
 +The halftime spread was a respectable 13 (37-24), but the club wasn't
 +humming the way Calipari thinks it can, and should. "I said at halftime we
 +had a couple of guys with CBS-itis,"​ he said.
 +
 +UMass burst out of the blocks to grab an 18-point (42-24) lead. "​That'​s
 +when we sometimes say, 'Now it's time to get mine,' " Calipari explained.
 +“The lead went back to 10. We got serious again and it was back to 18.
 +That's been our pattern: Get 'em. Let 'em back in. Then get 'em again."​
 +
 +That, however, is life with a truly talented team. All five UMass starters
 +average double figures, and three -- Jim McCoy, Harper Williams and
 +Tony Barbee -- could go off for 30 any 'ol night. Young Mr. Roe is a
 +megatalent who next year will embarrass anybody. For point guard Anton
 +Brown, it's like having Daddy Calipari hand him the keys to the Maserati.
 +Convincing players of this caliber to be continually selfless is a very big task
 +for any coach.
 +
 +This game being on CBS and all, the word will be out, once and for all. This
 +UMass team must be for real.
 +
 +"​We'​re not going to sneak up on anybody,"​ said Calipari. "We won 29
 +games. We're a good ball club."
 +
 +And an eminently worthy No. 3 seed.
 +
 +==== Other Content ====
 +  *[[http://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=u7dmAoSBmFo|Video:​ Highlights]]
 +
 +===== Box Score =====
 +^ ^^^  TOTAL  ^^^  3-PTS  ^^^ ^^^  REBOUNDS ​ ^^^ ^^^^^^^
 +^FORDHAM^ ^Min^FG^FGA^Pct^FG^FGA^Pct^FT^FTA^Pct^Off^Def^Tot^PF^FO^A^TO^Blk^Stl^Pts^
 +|Herzog, Fred|F|34|8|16|.500|0|2|.000|0|0|--|2|5|7|1|0|2|4|0|1|16|
 +|McGowan, Joe|F|7|0|0|--|0|0|--|1|2|.500|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|1|
 +|Jenkins, Sanford|C|15|2|6|.333|0|0|--|1|1|1.000|1|6|7|5|1|0|4|0|1|5|
 +|Prioleau, Jean|G|30|1|9|.111|0|2|.000|0|1|.000|1|3|4|2|0|1|3|0|2|2|
 +|Stinson, LaMarr|G|13|1|4|.250|0|1|.000|0|0|--|0|1|1|0|0|1|1|0|0|2|
 +|Fazande, Jay||33|1|4|.250|1|2|.500|4|5|.800|0|2|2|3|0|7|2|0|2|7|
 +|Hunter, Ryan||3|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|
 +|Henry, John||1|1|1|1.000|0|0|--|0|0|--|1|0|1|0|0|0|0|0|0|2|
 +|Bucker, Dave||20|2|6|.333|2|5|.400|0|0|--|0|1|1|1|0|2|0|0|0|6|
 +|Content, Sherwin||34|4|11|.364|0|0|--|6|8|.750|7|1|8|1|0|0|5|0|0|14|
 +|Hope, Sean||10|1|1|1.000|0|0|--|1|2|.500|0|1|1|2|0|0|0|0|0|3|
 +|TEAM REBOUNDS||||||||||||1|2|3| |||||||
 +|TOTALS||200|21|58|.362|3|12|.250|13|19|.684|13|22|35|15|1|13|19|0|6|58|
 +|First half|||9|23|.391|2|4|.500|4|8|.500| |||||||||24|
 +|Second half|||12|35|.343|1|8|.250|9|11|.818| |||||||||34|
 +
 +|Points off turnovers|4|
 +|Deadball rebounds|2|
 +
 +^ ^^^  TOTAL  ^^^  3-PTS  ^^^ ^^^  REBOUNDS ​ ^^^ ^^^^^^^
 +^MASSACHUSETTS^ ^Min^FG^FGA^Pct^FG^FGA^Pct^FT^FTA^Pct^Off^Def^Tot^PF^FO^A^TO^Blk^Stl^Pts^
 +|Barbee, Tony|F|27|4|8|.500|1|3|.333|1|1|1.000|2|1|3|2|0|4|2|0|0|10|
 +|Herndon, William|F|38|6|8|.750|0|0|--|1|1|1.000|2|8|10|4|0|3|0|0|2|13|
 +|Williams, Harper|C|28|5|11|.455|0|0|--|1|2|.500|3|5|8|3|0|1|2|2|1|11|
 +|Brown, Anton|G|28|5|11|.455|0|2|.000|1|3|.333|0|3|3|1|0|7|1|0|4|11|
 +|McCoy, Jim|G|31|3|8|.375|0|1|.000|0|0|--|1|2|3|0|0|2|3|0|0|6|
 +|Williams, Michael||10|2|4|.500|0|1|.000|2|2|1.000|1|0|1|3|0|3|0|0|2|6|
 +|Kellogg, Derek||2|0|1|.000|0|1|.000|0|0|--|0|1|1|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|
 +|Roe, Lou||17|8|9|.889|0|0|--|3|5|.600|2|4|6|4|0|0|2|1|2|19|
 +|Malloy, Jerome||9|1|3|.333|0|2|.000|0|0|--|0|2|2|0|0|1|0|0|0|2|
 +|Robinson, Kennard||5|0|1|.000|0|1|.000|0|0|--|0|0|0|2|0|1|0|0|1|0|
 +|Firmin, Francois||1|1|2|.500|1|1|1.000|0|0|--|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|3|
 +|Robinson, Chris||2|2|2|1.000|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|0|0|0|0|1|0|0|0|4|
 +|Pace, Tommy||2|0|1|.000|0|0|--|0|0|--|2|1|3|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|
 +|TEAM REBOUNDS||||||||||||0|0|0| |||||||
 +|TOTALS||200|37|69|.536|2|12|.167|9|14|.643|13|27|40|19|0|23|10|3|12|85|
 +|First half|||17|29|.586|0|4|.000|3|4|.750| |||||||||37|
 +|Second half|||20|40|.500|2|8|.250|6|10|.600| |||||||||48|
 +
 +|Points off turnovers|?​|
 +|Deadball rebounds|3|
 +
 +|Score by Periods|1st|2nd|OT1|OT2|OT3|Final|
 +|FORDHAM|24|34| |||58|
 +|MASSACHUSETTS|37|48| |||85|
 +
 +|Attendance|13,​514|
 +|Officials|Norm Borucki, Mike Tanco, Gary Marcum|
 +|Technical Fouls|?|
 +
 +{{tag>"​Fordham"​ "NCAA Tournament"​}}
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