Last season was a disappointing one for Massachusetts, which went 8-6 and failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. A contributing factor was injuries, and Minutemen coach Greg Cannella said avoiding the injury bug is important again this year.
"A lot of things have to go your way," he said Monday. "This is a team that needs to have better leadership than the previous team from last year and also stay healthy. We're not as deep as we'd like to be. So health is definitely critical to us."