Monday, February 16, 2015
After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead.The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season.UMass leaves New England just twice before new years with road games at LSU (Dec. 2) and at BYU (Dec. 23). Their exempted tournament is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Minutemen open the season with three games in five days. They are at home against Siena on Nov. 14, followed two days later against Boston College at 3 p.m. at TD Garden. Two days after that UMass hosts Manhattan at 11 a.m. as part of ESPN’s Season Tipoff Marathon on ESPN2.After the Mohegan Sun event, UMass plays back-to-back Beanpot teams, hosting Northeastern on Nov. 26 and traveling to Harvard on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.Details haven’t been finalized, but the Minutemen’s Dec. 7 game against Florida Gulf Coast will likely be moved to the MassMutual Center in Springfield.UMass will face long time Atlantic 10 coach Jim Baron on Dec. 13 when Canisus comes to the Mullins Center followed by games at Providence (Dec. 20), at BYU (Dec. 23) and at home against Iona on Dec. 30.UMass opens Atlantic 10 play at home against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 3 and closes at George Washington on March 7.Notable A-10 games include:• Atlantic 10 newcomer Davidson will visit the Mullins Center for the first time on Jan. 14• UMass has a tough turnaround in late January. After hosting Dayton on ESPNU on Thursday Jan. 29, the Minutemen will get on a plane and play at Saint Louis on Jan. 31. The Billikens will face similar travel with a game at Richmond on Jan. 29.• UMass is at likely A-10 favorite VCU on Feb. 21.
"We are proud we’ve been able to once again grow our television offerings and allow our fans throughout the country to watch Atlantic 10 men’s basketball,” stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Our three national media partners ESPN, CBS Sports and NBCSN, in conjunction with SNY and Campus Insiders give us a diverse media distribution platform on which we can showcase the strength of Atlantic 10 men’s basketball.”In all UMass’ schedule features 17 games against teams who won 20 games last year and 17 against postseason teams – including nine NCAA Tournament teams (SLU, VCU, GW, St. Joe’s, Dayton, Harvard, Providence, Manhattan, BYU), five NIT teams (LSU, Iona, Florida Gulf Coast, Davidson, Florida State), one CBI (Siena, who won that event) and one CIT (Canisius).Seven teams on the schedule either won their league’s regular season or conference tournament.
Ten games are televised already. I'd be surprised if UMass-LSU didn't end up on SEC Network and good chance UMass at Providence goes on Fox Sports 1.The full schedule is as follows:November14 Siena, TBA16 BC at TD Garden 3 p.m.18 Manhattan, 11 a.m.22 vs. Notre Dame – noon (an ESPN network TBD) at Mohegan Sun23 vs. FSU noon (an ESPN network TBD) at Mohegan Sun26 Northeastern 7 p.m.29 at Harvard, 2 p.m.
December 2 at LSU, TBA7 FGCU, TBA – Could be in Springfield13 Canisius, TBA20 At Providence, TBA23 at BYU, 4 p.m.30 vs. Iona
January3 vs. St. Bonamventure, TBA7 at La Salle, TBA11 at George Mason, 1 p.m.14 vs. Davidson, 7 – SNY17 vs. URI 2:30 NBCSN21 at St. Joe’s, TBA - CBS SN29 vs. Dayton, ESPNU31 at Saint Louis, CBS Sports NetworkFebruary4 at Fordham8 vs. La Salle, CBS Sports11 at SBU, TBA14 vs. Duquesne18 at Rhode Island, 7 A-1021 at VCU – TBA ESPN225 vs. St. Joe’s28 vs. FordhamMarch4 vs. Richmond7 at George Washington, 3:30 NBCSports11-15 Atlantic 10 Tournament