hThe sting of their Atlantic-10 Conference tournament loss was still fresh, Selection Sunday was the next day, and University of Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg wasn’t quite sure how to play it.
The Minutemen had put together their second straight 20-win season, but Kellogg couldn’t say for certain that it was enough to earn his team its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 15 years.
They had an outside chance at an at-large bid.
“There was a small percentage,” Kellogg said. “I thought, ‘Maybe?’ ”
The fact that there was a chance at all meant he wanted his team to have some hope.
“I don’t want to let the guys down now, so let me build them up and say there’s a chance,” Kellogg said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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