Goodman: Are these seven surprise teams legit? - UMass Athletics

Goodman: Are these seven surprise teams legit?

Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) posted a list of the seven surprise teams of the college basketball season thus far. He's got UMass and Dayton on the list so here's his intro paragraph and the section on the Minutemen. It's an ESPN Insider article so you'll need to use those account credentials or ask a friend to read for their's to see the entire list.

We all knew Michigan State would be a national title contender when Gary Harris and Adreian Payne returned. We also knew that Kentucky and Kansas -- with loaded freshman classes -- would be among the elite teams in the country. But who has surprised thus far? Here are seven teams that weren't expected to be where they are right now. But can they keep it up?

4. Massachusetts Minutemen
Derek Kellogg's Minutemen have put themselves in a position to earn an at-large berth and get to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 1998. Chaz Williams is one of the most underrated point guards in the nation and brings a level of toughness to the team, but the key has been the emergence of big man Cady Lalanne, who leads the club in scoring (17.8), rebounding (11.3) and blocks (2.7). Kellogg also has gotten good production out of Sampson Carter, Raphiael Putney and Western Kentucky transfer Derrick Gordon, who all are averaging double figures in scoring.


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