UMass' 2009-10 Men's Basketball Schedule Unveiled
Sept. 3, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts will be playing a very challenging men's basketball schedule in 2009-10 as Derek Kellogg's Minutemen will take on 13 teams that played in the postseason in 2008-09. UMass will be playing across the state this season with a "home" game against Memphis at the TD Bank Garden on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., on ESPN2. The Minutemen will also be playing at Boston College on Dec. 23 and against Holy Cross in the DCU Center on Dec. 5. For the second year in a row, UMass will play an Atlantic 10 conference game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield as the Minutemen play La Salle on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m.
"It is very important for UMass to play games all over the state of Massachusetts," said Kellogg. "We are the flagship institution and we should be visible with games in different cities statewide. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be playing games in Boston, Springfield and Worcester in addition to home schedule at the Mullins Center in Amherst. This will give fans many different venues to come out, paint their faces and cheer their Minutemen all over the state of Massachusetts."
The highlights of the home schedule include tilts against Xavier on Wednesday, Feb. 3; Saint Joseph's on Sunday, Feb. 14; Saint Louis on Sunday, Feb. 21 and long-rival Rhode Island in the regular-season finale on Saturday March 6.
"We are very happy that six of our eight home conference games will be played when the students are in session at UMass," said Kellogg. "That includes games against Xavier, Charlotte, Saint Louis, Saint Joe's and Rhode Island. We look forward to great student support for this team. We will putting a very exciting product on the floor, one that UMass students and supporters will be very proud to call their own."
UMass has seven NCAA Tournament teams on its schedule (Boston College, Cornell, Dayton, Memphis, Michigan State, Temple, Xavier); five teams from the 2009 NIT (Baylor, Florida, Davidson, Duquesne, and Rhode Island) and one from the CBI (Richmond).
The Minutemen's schedule features a four-game tournament -- The Legends Classic. That event kicks off with two games at the Mullins Center including the home opener on Nov. 18 against NCAA Tournament participant Cornell at 7 p.m. UMass will also play another home game in Round Two of the Legends Classic against a team to be determined. After a home game against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Nov. 24, UMass will head to Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall for the Legends Classic Championship Rounds. The Minutemen will play Rutgers in the semifinals on Nov. 27 and a former NCAA Champion in the championship round. UMass will face either Florida or Michigan State on Nov. 28. The games from Atlantic City will be televised, which will be announced at a later date.
The overall season opener will be at UCF on Nov. 13 as UMass plays at the new UCF Arena in Orlando. That game will be the debut for UMass' class of five freshmen and UCF's Marcus Jordan, the son of legend Michael Jordan.
UMass has home non-conference games against Quinnipiac set for Dec. 2 and Grambling on Dec. 11.
After the game in Worcester against Holy Cross on Dec. 5, UMass will play Seton Hall at the new Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Dec. 7. The game at UMass against Gramblning is followed by the Memphis game in Boston on Dec. 19. UMass will play back-to-back games at Boston College on Dec. 23 and Davidson on Dec. 30. The Atlantic 10 schedule opens at the Mullins Center on Jan. 6 against Fordham followed by the La Salle game in Springfield on Jan. 10. Road games at Richmond on Jan. 13 and Temple on Jan. 16 follow. Then UMass hosts St. Bonaventure on Jan. 20, the day after students return from winter break.
The Minutemen play a rare late January non-conference game at Baylor on Jan. 23, which will be televised on ESPNU at 4 p.m. That's followed by a game at Saint Joseph's renovated home on Jan. 27.
UMass returns for two home games on television against Charlotte on Jan. 30, airing on ESPNU and vs. defending A-10 champ Xavier on Feb. 3, on CBS College Regional. Following those pair on the road are two away tilts at Rhode Island on Feb. 6 and Duquense on Feb. 11. The Duquesne game airs on CBS College Regional. The Minutemen play a CBS College national game against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 14. UMass wraps the season with road games at George Washington on Feb. 17, at Dayton on Feb. 27 and at La Salle on March 3. Those games are mixed with home games against Saint Louis on Feb. 21 and Rhode Island on March 6.
The Atlantic 10 Championships continue at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in mid-March. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played in New Jersey on March 12-14. The opening round on March 9 will be held on campus sites.
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