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UMass need big wins to clinch NCAA ticket

When March rolls around and college basketball’s regular season ends, opportunity knocks with the arrival of conference tournaments. A disappointing regular season can quickly be swept aside with a deep tournament run.

In the case of the Massachusetts Minutemen, if they want to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998, it’ll likely require an accomplishment not many teams have done. They’ll need to win four games in four days at the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, starting with Thursday’s first-round meeting against George Washington. Tip time is scheduled for 9 p.m.

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