Instead of hosting March Madness, Derek Kellogg led UMass in a scrimmage and a meet and greet for fans to get the school excited for the upcoming season.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team won’t host a Midnight Madness this year because UMass coach Derek Kellogg doesn’t feel his team is ready for the showcasing. Instead, the Minutemen will hold an open practice while still involving fans and having a dunk contest on Super Sunday on Nov. 1.
Three members of the UMass basketball received Preseason honors, while former Minuteman Tony Gaffney was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers this past weekend.
Tony Gaffney had to work his way up just to start for the Massachusetts men’s basketball team. That same work ethic has now earned him a shot at making the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team hope to have more televised games with opponents such as Memphis and Boston College. The Minutemen will also compete in the Legends Classic from Nov. 27-28.
Sophomore Raphiael Putney has excelled as of late with his increasing minutes as a result of refraining from picking up soft fouls.