UMass releases men's basketball schedule



Last modified: Friday, September 07, 2012

There's still one game left to be added, but most of the University of Massachusetts men's basketball schedule (see below) was released Thursday.

The Minutemen will face at least 12 teams that reached the postseason in 2011-12 and could face as many as 14 depending on their matchups in Puerto Rico.

UMass opens against defending Ivy League champion Harvard on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. during ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. It'll be UMass' first regular season appearance on ESPN's flagship since 2009.

The increased expectations for the team led to additional televised appearances. The Minutemen will have two Mullins Center games on ESPN - Harvard and Feb. 9 against Saint Joseph's.

Their opener in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off against Providence on Nov. 15 will be on ESPNU. UMass' remaining two games in that tournament will be on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3.com depending on the matchup. Six regular season games will appear on CBS Sports (formerly CBS College Sports): Miami (Dec. 1, Mullins Center), at Saint Louis (Jan. 10, Chaifetz Arena), Duquesne (Jan. 17, Mullins), at Virginia Commonwealth (Feb. 14, Verizon Wireless Arena), Temple (Feb. 16 Mullins), and at Xavier (March 2, Cintas Center).

One game each will be on CBS Regional and the Atlantic 10 network, with the local affiliate to be determined in both cases.

The Temple game is the last meeting between the Minutemen and Owls as conference rivals before Temple joins the Big East in 2013-14.

UMass' Dec. 15 game against Elon is listed as being played at the Mullins Center, but it will eventually be moved to the MassMutual Center for the Minutemen's annual game in Springfield.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg expected the unscheduled contest to be a home game.

"I'd love it to be a home game," Kellogg said. "That's what we're diligently working on."

There is no game scheduled for the Curry Hicks Cage, but it's possible that the remaining game that hasn't been scheduled yet could be played at the Cage. The Feb. 23 game against Dayton could also be moved there because there is a UMass-Maine hockey game scheduled at the Mullins Center that day as well.

Kellogg said the nonconference schedule was built with the goal of creating a slate that could help the team reach its first NCAA tournament since 1998. He said the expected strength of the Atlantic 10, which is bolstered by the arrivals of Butler and VCU, helped that goal.

"We could be as high as the fourth-best league in the country," Kellogg said. "When you play those type of teams you have a chance for postseason play. That's something that we're shooting for every year. We want to have enough top 50, top 75, top 100 RPI games within the league that you don't have to kill yourself out of conference. The strength of the league gives you a chance to have some home games against top 50 RPI teams.

We might have as many as 8-10 games in our league that are top 50 or 75 RPI games."

HOME VISITS - UMass has home visits scheduled with three perimeter forwards: Seth Berger, a 6-foot-7 wing from Seattle; Demetrius Dyson, a 6-foot-5 swingman from Memphis, Tenn.; and Zach Coleman, a 6-foot-7 forward from Dallas.

Coleman, who withdrew a previous commitment to Missouri, is attending the same high school as Minuteman freshman point guard Trey Davis.

TRAYNHAM OUT - Former UMass point guard Daryl Traynham was slated to be the starting PG at Morgan State this season after spending last year at Palm Beach State, a Florida junior college. But Traynham didn't complete his associate's degree requirements and will sit out as a partial qualifier. Traynham was dismissed from UMass partway through his freshman season.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Follow UMass coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/GazetteUMass. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at http://www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

2012-13 UMass Men's Basketball Schedule

Nov. 13 #vs. Harvard TV, 10 a.m.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nov. 15 vs. Providence, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 vs. NC State/Penn State, 5/7:30 p.m.

Nov. 18 vs. TBA, TBA

Nov. 28 at Siena, 7 p.m.

Dec. 1 vs. Miami, 2 p.m.

Dec. 4 at Northeastern, 7 p.m.

Dec. 15 vs. Elon, TBA

Dec. 19 vs. Ohio, TBA

Dec. 22 vs. East Carolina, TBA

Dec. 29 at Northern Illinois, 4 p.m.

Jan. 2 at Miami (Ohio), TBA

Jan. 5 vs. Eastern Michigan, TBA

Jan. 10 at Saint Louis, TBA

Jan. 13 at Fordham,TBA

Jan. 17 vs. Duquesne, 7 p.m.

Jan. 19 vs. George Washington, TBA

Jan. 27 vs. Richmond, TBA

Jan. 30 at La Salle, TBA

Feb. 2 at Charlotte, TBA

Feb. 6 vs. Rhode Island, TBA

Feb. 9 vs. Saint Joseph's, 2 p.m.

Feb. 14 at VCU, 9 p.m.

Feb. 16 vs. Temple, 6 p.m.

Feb. 20 at St. Bonaventure, TBA

Feb. 23 vs. Dayton, TBA

March 2 at Xavier, 2 p.m.

March 7 vs. Butler, 7 p.m.

March 9 at Rhode Island, TBA

March 14-17 Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.


 


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