UMass Hoops Earns First NCAA Tournament Bid Since 1998
March 16, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts men's basketball team is dancing once again. The Minutemen were selected as an at-large participant in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on Sunday, earning the program's ninth bid and first since 1998.
Sixth-seeded UMass (24-8) will face the winner of Iowa (20-12)/Tennessee (21-12) on Friday at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The UMass game will be aired on CBS at approximately 2:45 p.m. ET, following the Duke-Mercer game at 12:15 p.m.
UMass is led by senior guard Chaz Williams, who averages 15.8 points and 7.0 assists per game. He is a three-time first team all-Atlantic 10 and all-district selection.
Head coach Derek Kellogg is in his sixth season at his alma mater - Class of 1995 - and has led the team to three-consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since the program had six-straight from 1991-96.
UMass has reached the NCAA Tournament eight times in program history. The first team to do so was the 1962 squad. The Minutemen reached the tournament for seven consecutive years from 1992 through its last appearance in 1998.
The Minutemen are 11-8 all-time which includes three Sweet 16, two Elite Eight and one Final Four appearances.