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  1. #121
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    UMass avenged an overtime loss at Temple by starting off the Atlantic 10 Tournament in impressive fashion. They will play the winner of Saint Louis/La Salle.


    Just another ho-hum day in college basketball conference tournaments, right?

    That wasn't the case today in Atlantic City as the eighth-seeded Massachusetts Minutemen downed top-seeded Temple 77-71.

    After a lack of upsets in other conference tournaments around the nation, UMass used a 15-0 run to start the second half and held on despite some tense moments to stun the Owls at Boardwalk Hall.

    Speedy point guard Chaz Williams led the Minutemen with 20 points and 10 assists. The All Atlantic-10 first team selection was dynamite and used his quickness to keep Temple defenders on their heels.

    Although the first half was rather slow-paced by these two teams standards, the second half was truly a game of runs. After the blistering start by UMass, Temple responded with a significant streak of their own to take a 61-57 lead. Williams was the catalyst for the Minutemen once again, as they regained the lead and the pressure mounted heavily on the Owls. An easy point-blank layup could've cut the deficit to two for Temple, but Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson couldn't connect, sealing the victory for the underdogs from Amherst.

    Temple, who is still a lock for the NCAA Tournament, now is likely to see its seed drop from a 4 or 5, perhaps as far as a No. 7.

    UMass will face the winner of Saint Louis-La Salle in the semifinals tomorrow.

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    Chaz is the REAL DEAL...here's a case of one of our "hyped" recruits turning out to be better than trumpeted, unfortunately to the benefit of another school

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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – At Friday afternoon’s Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinal in which eighth-seeded Massachusetts knocked off top-seeded Temple, a small pack of loyal UMass student supporters made the six-hour trek from Amherst to Atlantic City bearing a poster with a clever, yet very true message: “We Playin’ Chazketball.”

    Indeed, UMass has been infected with Chaz Williams fever this season, and it seems that the only prescription is more of him.

    On Friday, Williams – the generously listed 5-foot-9, lightning quick point guard – turned out yet another impressive performance to lead the Minutemen to victory, scoring 20 points, dishing out 10 assists and pocketing four steals. He didn’t even take a breather either, as he played in all 40 minutes of game action.

    “He’s very difficult [to prepare for],” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. “We’re not the only team that has had difficulty guarding him, and we won’t be the last.”

    The Owls are certainly not the first team that has had trouble playing against Williams this season. In fact, it’s the second time in nine days that they’ve had the difficult task of containing him.

    On Feb. 29, Williams went off to the tune of 26 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds that led UMass to a near-upset of Temple in Philadelphia. On Friday, he got his revenge, which earned the Minutemen a trip to Saturday’s semifinal matchup against St. Bonaventure.

    Williams’ impressive play has been a theme all season long.

    Against Xavier on Feb. 21, he scored a career-best 29 points and added nine assists to help UMass to a much-needed victory. And again on Tuesday night, he was the deciding factor as his 21 points and clutch end-of-game free throw shooting carried the Minutemen over Duquesne and into the quarterfinals in Atlantic City.

    The former Hofstra guard transferred to UMass after his freshman season, and after sitting out last season due to transfer regulations, Williams has been the quarterback of coach Derek Kellogg’s new up-tempo, fast break offense, that, for better or worse, was designed with Williams in mind.

    After a season with the Pride in which he garnered a CAA All-Freshman team selection for averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 assists per game, many thought he would be good, but not this good. Not in his debut season, at least. For the season, he’s averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 assists per game, including an outstanding 21.5 ppg, 8.5 apg in 39.8 minutes per game in his last four contests.

    A season removed from losing leading scorer Anthony Gurley to graduation, the sophomore’s production has been equally as unexpected as it is impressive. Last week, he was named as an A-10 first team selection.

    “He learns quick, he’s a smart player,” said UMass senior center Sean Carter. “He’s mature on the court for his age, and he can really drive us. It’s his passion.”

    Carter's not the only one who thinks highly of Williams.

    "He's just a really good player, a great competitor," Temple head coach Fran Dunphy said. "That's the piece that impresses me the most. Obviously he's talented and he's fast and he's hard to guard, but his competitive nature is what I think separates him."

    If his recent play is any indication, Williams’ play might

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    Would have been great watching him grind up VCU's press!

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    Better yet to see him press opposing guards. He could probably get close to 5 steals a game or at least put up Speedy like numbers.
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    Highlights of the UMass-Temple game:

    http://www.umassathletics.com/sports...030912aaa.html

    Semifinal is Saturday at 1 PM on the CBS Sports Network (not Ch. 2).

    UMass is a very good team, with or without Chaz. He only makes it better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HUSID80 View Post
    Chaz is the REAL DEAL...here's a case of one of our "hyped" recruits turning out to be better than trumpeted, unfortunately to the benefit of another school
    Landing great guards has never been our problem. We haven't been able to compliment that with decent enough bigs or a strong enough bench.

    Kansas just got upset too, by Baylor.

    Too bad the Bonnies beat St. Joe's - would have been cool to see Halil against Chaz in the next round.

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    Chaz tonight:

    28 pts (11-20 fg), 4-7 3fg, 2-2 ft, 8 reb, 6 ast, 3 to

    5th-seeded UMass wins at 4th-seeded Mississippi State, 101-96 in 2 OT's in the NIT

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    And there was a Hofstra mention during the game! Can't buy that kind of publicity.
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    Chaz and the Minutemen travel to Drexel for the NIT quarterfinals Tuesday at 7 PM.
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    Hofstra's career scoring leader ... 2,513 points
    Haggerty Award winner 2009, 2010 & 2011
    2010-11 CAA Preseason POY; CAA POY; SI, CBS & SN AA; & AP HM AA
    2009-10 CAA Preseason Co-POY, CAA POY, & AP HM AA
    2008-09 CAA First Team
    2007-08 CAA ROY

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