With guard Padilla likely to be out, UMass shifts lineup NCAA TOURNAMENT EAST REGIONAL NOTEBOOK

March 26, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Depth has been a Massachusetts trademark all year, especially the past six weeks. Since coach John Calipari dismissed guard Mike Williams -- the team's three-point specialist -- the Minutemen have gone 11-1 to roll into today's NCAA East Regional final against Oklahoma State.

The Minutemen will be tested further today. Guard Edgar Padilla, who limped off the floor midway through the first half of Friday's regional semifinal win over Tulsa and never returned, most likely will not play. He has a badly sprained foot.

"He is barely walking right now. I don't think he'll be able to go," Calipari said. "It is going to hurt us. It moves Carmelo [Travieso] into a starting position. It moves [forward] Donta Bright into a [shooting] guard position. And it means that [point guard] Derek Kellogg will have to play 40 minutes, unless it goes into overtime."

Staying put?

Calipari was asked at a news conference about his rumored goal of coaching in the NBA. After a reporter said Calipari previously had talked about coaching at the professional level, the coach smiled and shot back a sharp response.

"I have? Was I drunk?" he said. "I keep hearing rumors that I am going to the NBA. For five years I was going to other colleges, and I have always stayed. So, now, I'm going to the NBA, which is not true. I will be the coach at UMass next year."

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