UMass welcomes back three starters, including seven of its top nine scorers and its top five rebounders from last year's team that went 21-12, qualified for the NIT and reached A-10 Tournament semifinals for the second-consecutive year. Led by All-America candidate Chaz Williams at the point guard spot, the Minutemen will look to continue their up-tempo offensive style and full-court pressure defense in head coach Derek Kellogg's (85-77) sixth season at his alma mater.
Some experts are thinking this could be the year UMass makes a return to the NCAA Tournament, after being a bubble squad most of last season. The Minutemen have made eight all-time NCAA Tourney appearances, including seven-straight from 1992-1998, and five NITs over the past 13 campaigns.
UMass has posted back-to-back 20-plus win seasons and is looking to notch its third-consecutive such outcome for the first time since John Calipari put together six-in-a-row from 1992-96.