Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball Schedule
Amherst, Massachusetts is the place to be as the Atlantic 10 basketball
season really starts to heat up. Home to the Massachusetts Minutemen, Mullins Center in Amherst is one of the most electric
venues in the sport. The Minutemen had a return to form last season and earned an NCAA Tournament appearance which was their
first since the 1998 season. The team finished 10-6 in conference play and finished fourth in the A-10 but will certainly
be looking to improve upon that during the 2014-2015 season. The Minutemen are determined to prove they are a consistent threat
in both the A-10 and the NCAA Tournament and will be looking to pile up as many wins as possible to make a big move up the
conference standings and earn a second straight NCAA Tournament bid.
UMass will have their hands full once again during
Atlantic 10 play as they go up against the George Washington Colonials, the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, the Saint Joseph Hawks,
the St. Louis Billikens, and more. Fortunately, the Minutemen will have plenty of talent that should be able to help them
score some big wins, especially when they are playing at home at Mullins Center. The A-10 is one of the toughest conferences
in all of college hoops and UMass will need all of the help they can get from their fans to make it through the conference
unscathed so be sure to get your tickets to cheer on the Minutemen from StubHub today.
The first game the UMass basketball program played was in 1900 but it was not until 1962 that the university
first made it to the NCAA Tournament. To date the Minutemen have been a part of the NCAA Tournament nine times, most recently
in 2014 which ended a 16 year absence from the Big Dance. The school advanced all the way to the Sweet Sixteen in 1996 when
they were led by head coach John Calipari who guided the team to several conference championships before leaving to coach
in the NBA in the face of NCAA sanctions.
Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball Conference
Minutemen are members of the Atlantic 10 which has long been one of the truly great conferences in the country. The A-10 had
often been underrated by those not very familiar with college basketball but with its addition of some new great teams in
recent years it has become a conference that is impossible to overlook. There are fourteen universities who participate in
Atlantic 10 basketball: St. Louis, Virginia Commonwealth, George Washington, Saint Joseph's, Massachusetts, La Salle, Dayton,
Richmond, Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, George Mason, Davidson, and Fordham. There are several classic rivalries
within the conference including the cross-town rivalry between La Salle and Saint Joe's who are both former Big 5 members,
the in-state rivalry between VCU and Richmond, and the "Battle of the Rams" between Rhode Island and Fordham. With the recent
additions of teams like Davidson, Virginia Commonwealth, and Saint Louis look for new rivalries to develop within the conference
as these teams continually to face off against one another several times a year during A-10 play. If you are looking to see
some top notch college basketball action, the Atlantic 10 is the place to be. As the conference continues to grow and gain
more and more national attention, every team in the conference will improve and not only make a mark on the conference but
the national college hoops landscape.
Attending a top college basketball game is one of
the best experiences to be found in sports. Many of the top student athletes in the world take the court in college basketball,
when this is combined with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports there is an atmosphere in the arena that cannot
be found anywhere else. When you set foot in Mullins Center for a Massachusetts Minutemen home basketball game this will all
be clear. As the teams set up for opening jump ball the fans get on their feet and loudly cheer for their alma mater and hometown
favorites. The game continues full of end to end action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. All of a sudden the clock
is winding down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with
each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot you hold your breath until the ball
tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the Minutemen's side erupts after another big win and their
fans exit of the arena in jubilation. The moment you leave Mullins Center you will want to immediately start planning your
next trip to the venue to cheer on the Minutemen.
UMASS first started using the nickname Minutemen
in 1972. The school has produced several NBA players, most notably Marcus Camby and Julius "Dr. J" Erving.