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BLOG: UMass basketball Path to Postseason 2

I've decided to move this from the Week Guide to its own thing this year. I'll update after every UMass game.

Using projected results (W,L, or ?) based on Jeff Sagarin's predictor from RPI forcast.com, I'll look at what UMass needs to do to reach postseason.

By postseason I mean any tournament happening after the conference tournaments are over - NCAA, NIT, CBI, CIT - I'm guessing a UMass team with a winning record gets a bid to one of those.
UMass has 29 games on its schedule and at least one A-10 Tournament game (I'm aware that two A-10 teams won't make the tournament, but if this execise is going to be relevant, UMass has to be good enough to make the A-10 Tournament). So a winning record means at least 16 wins.

: 1-0
WINS: Harvard

Date - Opponent - (Expected result according to Jeff Sagarin's Predictor. A "?" is anything game where UMass is given a 40-60 percent chance of winning) The projections will change based on UMass' results and those of their opponents.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Nov. 15 vs. Providence Bayamon, Puerto Rico 7:30 p.m. (W)
Nov. 16 NC State or Penn State 5/7:30 p.m. (? without an actual opponent yet there's no predict)
Nov. 18 TBA Bayamon, Puerto Rico TBA (?)
Nov. 28 at Siena, 7 p.m. (W)
Dec. 1 vs. Miami (Fla.), 2 p.m. (W - Moved from a ? before Harvard)
Dec. 4 at Northeastern, 7 p.m. (?)
Dec. 15 vs. Elon, noon (W)
Dec. 19 vs. Ohio, 7:30 p.m. (W I would have guessed this would have been a ?)
Dec. 22 vs. East Carolina, 2 p.m. (W)
Dec. 29 at Northern Illinois, 4 p.m. (W)
Jan. 2 at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. (W)
Jan. 5 vs. Eastern Michigan, 2 p.m. (W)
Jan. 10 at Saint Louis, 9 p.m. (L 20 percent least likely win)
Jan. 13 at Fordham, 1 p.m. (W)
Jan. 17 vs. Duquesne, 7 p.m. (W)
Jan. 19 vs. George Washington, (W)
Jan. 27 vs. Richmond, TBA (W)
Jan. 30 at La Salle, 7 p.m. (L)
Feb. 2 at Charlotte, 2 p.m. (?)
Feb. 6 vs. Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (W, 90 percent most likely win)
Feb. 9 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 2 p.m. (?)
Feb. 14 at VCU, 9 p.m. (L)
Feb. 16 vs. Temple, 6 p.m. (?)
Feb. 20 at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m. (?)
Feb. 23 vs. Dayton, 1 p.m. (W)
March 2 at Xavier, 2 p.m. (L)
March 7 vs. Butler, 7 p.m. (W)
March 9 at Rhode Island, 2 p.m. (W)

Prognosis: Currently 1-0 - 17 projected W's - 4 Projected L's - 7 projected ?s -

* If UMass loses all 7 projected ?'s as well as the 4 L's, I think they're still in some postseason tournament.

* If the Minutemen lost all four projected L's and went 4-3 in the ?'s they'd be 22-8, which would all but assure them of an NIT bid and probably have them on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

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