UMass Announces 2013-14 Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Aug 27, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has announced its 2013-14 men's basketball non-conference schedule, which includes six games against schools that participated in postseason play and seven who won at least 19 games a year ago.
The 15 games will feature six in Amherst, one in Boston and one in Springfield.
"I felt like with where we are as a program, it's one of most challenging non-conference schedules that we've had here and once of best home schedules since some of the teams in the 1990s," said head coach Derek Kellogg, who is entering his sixth season at UMass.
"We wanted to compile a first-class schedule from the non-conference through the A-10 portion that can put us in position for an NCAA berth."
Following a home exhibition against American International on Nov. 5, the season gets underway Nov. 10 with longtime Commonwealth rival Boston College in the TD Garden as part of the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer Boston Tip-Off.
Two days later, UMass will participate in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon for the third time and second-consecutive when it hosts LSU at 11 a.m. on Nov. 12. The Minutemen will face Youngstown State on Nov. 17 at the Mullins Center.
UMass will open play at the Charleston Classic with Nebraska on Nov. 21. Defending Mountain West champion New Mexico or UAB await in the second day, with Clemson, Davidson, Georgia and Temple in the other half of the bracket.
December begins with a pair of games away from Amherst - at Eastern Michigan on Dec. 3 and against BYU in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase in Springfield on Dec. 7.
Following final exams, UMass plays host to Northern Illinois on Dec. 14 before a roadcontest at Ohio on Dec. 18. Another neutral-site contest awaits on Dec. 21 against Florida State at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. as part of the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, with Florida and Fresno State as the other pairing.
The Minutemen will bookend the new year with consecutive Saturday home games against Providence (Dec. 28) and Miami (Ohio) (Jan. 4). The visit by the Friars will be televised nationally on ESPNU with a 6 p.m. tip. The final non-conference matchup is Jan. 18 at Elon, which completes a three-year series.
The Atlantic 10 schedule and a complete television lineup will be released by the league in early September. Season and single-game ticket information will also be announced soon.
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