Massachusetts Announces 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule
Aug. 27, 2014
2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule (html)
2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts unveiled the 2014-15 men's basketball schedule on Wednesday, with 15 home contests and 13 slated for national television.
The 31-game schedule consists of 13 non-conference games and an expanded 18-game Atlantic 10 Conference slate. A total of eight games against seven teams that won their respective conference regular-season or post-season tournament crowns are also represented.
The Minutemen open the season with three games in five days, beginning at home with Siena on Friday, Nov. 14. The CBI Tournament champs mark the first of 17 contests against schools that won at least 20 games a year ago.
A neutral site match-up with Boston College in the second Coaches Versus Cancer Massachusetts Tripleheader at the TD Garden on Nov. 16 follows before returning home to face Manhattan in the ESPN College Hoops Tip Off Marathon on Nov. 18. The appearance marks the third-consecutive year the Minutemen will participate in the event, with the 11 a.m. tip time becoming somewhat of a tradition to put the Maroon and White in that mid-morning time slot.
UMass will play three games as part of the Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic in the five days prior to Thanksgiving. The Minutemen will face Notre Dame and Florida State on Nov. 22-23, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. before meeting Northeastern at the Mullins Center on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
On Nov. 29, UMass will travel to play 4-time defending Ivy champion Harvard in a return game from 2012 Tip Off Marathon thriller in Amherst that UMass won on a 3-pointer in the final seconds. It will also mark the first time since the 2006-07 campaign that the Minutemen will have three Boston-area schools on the schedule.
The 6-game December portion will begin with a road game at LSU on Dec. 2 before a pair of games back in the Bay State that bookend final exams - Dec. 7 against Atlantic Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast and Dec. 13 against Canisius, coach by former Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure coach Jim Baron.
Road games at Providence on Dec. 20 and BYU on Dec. 23 will lead the team into a week-long break before finishing the non-conference schedule at home against the defending MAAC regular-season champ Iona on Dec. 30.
UMass will open the A-10 ledger in Amherst against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 3 before hitting the road for trips to La Salle (Jan. 7) and George Mason (Jan. 11). A week at home has the Minutemen welcoming league newcomer Davidson to the Mullins Center on Jan. 14 and rival URI on Jan. 17 in a game televised by NBC Sports Network.
A three-game swing against teams that finished in the top 35 of the final RPI begins on CBS Sports Network at Saint Joseph's on Jan. 21. UMass will host Dayton and ESPNU on Jan. 29 before a road game at Saint Louis two days later that will also be a CBS SN national broadcast.
The Minutemen will travel to Fordham on Feb. 4 and play the first of its five home-and-home series when La Salle travels to the Pioneer Valley on Feb. 8. UMass heads to SBU on Feb. 11 for the third-consecutive season before a home event with Duquesne on Feb. 14.
A road contest at Rhode Island on Feb. 18 will precede an ESPN2 audience at VCU on Feb. 21.
The Minutemen will have three-consecutive home games against Saint Joseph's (Feb. 25), Fordham (Feb. 28) and Richmond (Mar. 4) before closing the regular-season at George Washington (Mar. 7) on the NBC SN.
All 14 teams will advance to the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. There are two first round games Wednesday, March 11, which air on SNY. Second round games will be played Thursday, March 12. The winners of those four games will advance to the quarterfinal round on Friday, March 13. Both the second round and quarterfinals air on NBCSN. Semifinal games will be played on CBS Sports Network Saturday, March 14 and the finals on NCAA Selection Sunday, March 15, which will air live on CBS Sports.
UMass will return eight letterwinners and two starters from last season's team that went 24-9 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. UMass has won 70 games in the last three years with 20-plus win campaigns and national postseason appearances each year.
Head coach Derek Kellogg is entering his seventh year at his alma mater and has registered 109 career victories. The Springfield, Mass. native was named the USBWA District I Coach of the Year in 2014 and currently ranks third on the school's career coaching list behind legends Jack Leaman and his mentor John Calipari.