Minutemen Look to Build on 21-Win Season

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.

returning players

Chaz Williams Chaz Williams
Two-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, becoming the 55th first team all-conference selection in school history and the first to go back-to-back since Rashaun Freeman picked up three-straight from 2005-07 ... Great skills, vision and ball-handling ability ... His 473 assists over the past two seasons are the second-most among Division I returnees (Jason Brickman of LIU has 538 during that span) ... Enters the season ranked 5th at UMass with 473 assists (203 behind Chris Lowe's school-record 678), while his 6.8 apg is first ... He is also 5th in career steals with 147 and first with 2.1 spg.

gpmin/gppgreb/gast/gfg%
3335.315.54.27.3.433
Cady Lalanne Cady Lalanne
Lalanne joins the Minutemen after becoming eligible per NCAA rules after attending UMass during the 2010-11 season ... Brings size and skill to the post ... Tremendous rebounder and defensive presence ... Added 25 pounds to his frame since arriving on campus through the 2013 summer conditioning program ... Has a 7-foot-3 inch wingspan.

gpmin/gppgreb/gast/gfg%
3222.18.47.40.22.554
Raphiael Putney Raphiael Putney
Added 25 pounds from when he arrived on campus through the 2013 summer conditioning program ... Has a 7-foot-3 inch wingspan ... Ranked sixth on the team in scoring (7.1) and second in rebounding (4.6) as he started 24 of 33 games.

gpmin/gppgreb/gast/gfg%
3322.77.14.61.5.411
Sampson Carter Sampson Carter
Appeared in every game and started the last 27 ... Ranked seventh on the team in scoring (6.4) and tied for fourth in rebounding (4.3) ... Led the team in rebounds four times, steals four times and blocks six times ... Made the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left in the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon win over Harvard (11/13/12).

gpmin/gppgreb/gast/gfg%
3322.76.44.30.73.433

2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
MASS OPP
SCORING 2,408 2,366
Points per game 73.0 71.7
Scoring margin +1.3 -
FIELD GOALS-ATT 838-1,932 833-1,976
Field goal pct .434 .422
3-POINT FG-ATT 235-699 209-645
3-point FG pct .336 .324
3-pt FG made per game 7.1 6.3
FREE THROWS-ATT 497-691 491-691
Free throw pct .719 .711
F-Throws made per game 15.1 14.9
REBOUNDS 1,217 1,206
Rebounds per game 36.9 36.5
Rebounding margin +0.3 -
ASSISTS 482 460
Assists per game 14.6 13.9
TURNOVERS 476 445
Turnovers per game 14.4 13.5
Turnover margin -0.9 -
Assist/turnover ratio 1.0 1.0
STEALS 248 235
Steals per game 7.5 7.1
BLOCKS 172 108
Blocks per game 5.2 3.3
ATTENDANCE 76,649 94,332
Home games-Avg/Game 15-5,110 12-4,892
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 6-5,939