Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball Schedule
Once again Lavietes Pavilion in Amherst, Massachusetts will be on fire
as college basketball season gets underway and the Massachusetts Minutemen hit the court. The Minutemen will be trying to
improve upon a 2013-2014 season that saw them finish 10-6 in the Atlantic 10 and concluded with a second round NCAA Tournament
loss to Tennessee. This season UMASS could be even better and you have the chance to get tickets for all of their biggest
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Fans will be lining up all season long to see the Minutemen take on big time foes at Lavietes
Pavilion. One of the biggest home games of the season comes on Thursday, January 29th when the Dayton flyers come to town.
Last season the Minutemen and the Flyers both made it to the NCAA Tournament with the Flyers becoming the 2014 Cinderella
and you can be sure UMASS will be eager to take their conference rivals down a notch. There are plenty of other big time games
at Lavietes Pavilion this season, just take a look at the Minutemen's schedule to see which ones you want to attend.
Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball Conference
The Atlantic 10 Conference is one of the toughest conferences in
the NCAA when it comes to college basketball, and the UMass Minutemen basketball team is right there in the dogfight to make
it to the top of the conference every season. A-10 basketball provides some serious competition for the Minutemen, with teams
such as St. Louis, Saint Bonaventure, Richmond, Temple, Xavier and George Washington having topped the A-10 Tournament in
recent years. The Minutemen saw complete A-10 domination in the '90s, when they won the A-10 Tournament five consecutive years
from 1992-1996. The UMass basketball team is still gaining steam to get back to the top of the conference, and this might
just be the year that the Minutemen rise back into power in the A-10. UMass basketball fans won't want to miss out on seeing
conference play from the grandstands when the Minutemen are in action this season, as they've got something to prove in the
Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball Rivalries
The UMass Minutemen are one of the most storied basketball
programs in NCAA athletics, having played their first game as a team in the year 1900. The Minutemen have amassed several
rivalries over the last century plus, and especially in the Atlantic-10 Conference, where the basketball action runs rampant.
A-10 competitors like the University of Rhode Island Rams are one of the Minutemen's biggest rivals, with the two teams facing
off against each other at least twice every season. Basketball games against the Rams draw out huge crowds to the Minutemen's
home venue the Mullins Center, but the maroon and white have several other rivalries in the NCAA as well that fill up seats
at the arena.
UMass and the nearby Boston College played a yearly matchup for the Commonwealth Cup in the '90s and into
the '00s, and the Minutemen also had an annual extravaganza against the UConn Huskies in what was referred to as the Mass
Mutual U-Game, which occurred throughout the '90s and '00s. Other rivals for the Minutemen include the Temple Owls, which
also saw some heated games during the '90s and beyond, when the Minutemen were the dominant team at the top of the A-10.
Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball History
To date, the UMass Minutemen hoopsters have collected a handful of
NCAA Tournament appearances, mostly in the 1990s. The Minutemen first reached the NCAA tourney in 1962, when they were defeated
in the first round. In the '90s, UMass became a big name in the tournament brackets under the leadership of novice coach John
Calipari, and the team's winning streak brought them to several deep runs in the Big Dance. The Minutemen posted a Sweet Sixteen
berth in 1992, which also marked their first NCAA Tournament appearance since the '60s. UMass also reached the second round
of the tourney in 1993 and 1994 seasons, making to the Elite Eight in 1995, when renowned players like Lou Roe and Marcus
Camby played for the Minutemen. The UMass basketball team even made it to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament in 1996, although
the NCAA vacated these tourney victories. The Minutemen haven't seen postseason action since 1998, but their athletic prowess
has escalated over the past few seasons, giving fans some hope that tournament brackets will include UMass this season. The
UMass Minutemen were on fire during the '70s and again in the '90s, thanks to some very promising players that went through
the ranks of the maroon and white basketball team. The Minutemen have churned out some notable names in the NBA, including
Julius Erving, who played for UMass from 1968 to 1971. Al Skinner (1971-74) also went to the NBA after his tenure with the
Minutemen, as did Lou Roe (1991-95) and, most recently, Marcus Camby (1993-96). Camby might be the biggest name to come out
of UMass thus far, as he was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft to the Toronto Raptors. Camby still shoots hoops
in the NBA, currently playing for the Houston Rockets. He has been selected four times to the NBA All-Defense Team, and was
even dubbed the 2006-07 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball Trivia
you're a big UMass basketball fan, you probably know the name John Calipari, one of the most notable coaches in UMass history.
Calipari can today be seen on the sidelines coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, but when his coaching career was first taking
off, it was with the UMass Minutemen. Calipari joined the Minutemen for his first career head coaching gig in 1988, turning
around an abysmal team and leading them to five consecutive A-10 titles and NCAA tourney appearances. Calipari became the
face of the Minutemen in the '90s, winning the honor of A-10 Coach of the Year in 1992, 1993, and 1996. He left UMass in 1996
to coach the New Jersey Nets of the NBA, but Calipari remains a big part of Minutemen basketball history, and was later even
named to the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame, along with other basketball coaches Jack Leaman.