Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball Schedule
UMass has had a good 2013-2014 season so far, but sitting at fifth
in the A-10 with a 7-4 conference record the Minutemen could have some work to do to end up in Field of 68. UMass has already
accumulated 20 wins with five games remaining on their schedule and three of them at home.
The Minutemen will have a
great opportunity to move up the conference standings on February 21st when VCU comes to Mullins Center. The VCU Rams currently
are on game ahead of the Minutemen so a victory could pull the two teams even. On the 26th the Rhode Island Rams come to town
in a big game for both schools. The final home game comes against tenth ranked St. Louis and gives the Minutemen one more
chance to get a victory over a ranked team which could come in handy on Selection Sunday.
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 A-10.
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.
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.
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
If 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.