Atlantic 10 Schedule Release
AMHERST, Mass. -
The University of Massachusetts released its 2011-12 men's basketball schedule on Tuesday. The Minutemen will host 15 home games, including the season opener at the Curry Hicks Cage. UMass will open the season with three home games in a row from Nov. 11-17 as part of a seven-game home non-conference slate before hosting eight Atlantic 10 games, including regular season champ Xavier. UMass is scheduled to appear on television 11 times plus other select home games may be televised regionally.
Season tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $130-$270 which include all 14 games at the Mullins Center, including eight Atlantic 10 games, and the season opener at the Curry Hicks Cage. Discounts are available for seniors and children. Season tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-UMASS-TIX.
"I am really excited about our schedule," Head Coach Derek Kellogg said. "As the State University, I am happy we get to play across the state in Amherst, Springfield, and Boston. The Battle 4 Atlantis will give us a great feel for tournament-style play against a Sweet Sixteen team in Florida State, and our conference schedule provides plenty of tough tests including three NCAA Tournament teams in Richmond, Temple, and Xavier. This is going to be a fun and exciting team to watch and our fans need to come out and support their team."
UMass will open the season with four games in the state of Massachusetts. The Minutemen will open the season with just their second game in the historic Curry Hicks Cage in the last 18 years, taking on Elon on Nov. 11. Then it will be back to the Mullins Center for a pair of non-conference games, hosting Northeastern on Nov. 14 and NJIT on Nov. 17. UMass will then travel to Chestnut Hill to face Boston College on Nov. 21.
The Minutemen will compete over Thanksgiving weekend in the most exciting new preseason tournament on the college basketball landscape, the Battle 4 Atlantis at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. UMass will play three games in the eight-team tournament. It will face ACC foe Florida State in the first round on Thanksgiving Day and will take on either Harvard or Utah in round two. Also in the tournament field is National Champion Connecticut. All Battle 4 Atlantis games will be televised.
The Minutemen will host four more games over the duration of the non-conference slate, against Towson (Nov. 30), Quinnipiac (Dec. 17), Davidson (Dec. 22), and Central Connecticut (Dec. 28).
A pair of road trips south for non-conference tilts at ACC opponent Miami (Dec. 3) and Conference USA foe East Carolina (Dec. 6) precede the Minutemen's annual game in Springfield. On Dec. 9, UMass will play Siena at the MassMutual Center as the third and final game of the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.
UMass will open A-10 play on Jan. 5 at home against Fordham and will go on to host conference foes Charlotte, Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, La Salle, Xavier, and Rhode Island.
Road A-10 games will be played against La Salle, Duquesne, Richmond, Rhode Island, George Washington, Saint Joseph's, Dayton, and Temple.
UMass is slated to appear on television eight times in 2011-12. The Dec. 3 game at Miami will air on ESPNU. CBS Sports Network will televise games at Richmond (Jan. 21), Feb. 18 at home against La Salle, and at Dayton (Feb. 25), while CBS Sports Regional Networks will carry games at La Salle (Jan. 8), home vs. Saint Louis (Jan. 28), home vs. Xavier (Feb. 21), and home vs. Rhode Island (Mar. 3).
Times and television affiliate details will be announced at a later date.
NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENT INFO
ELON - Nov. 11, Curry Hicks Cage
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Time: First Meeting
Notes: The Phoenix is coming off a 14-17 season, including a 7-11 conference record ... Elon was 5-9 on the road ... Head Coach Matt Matheny returns his second and third leading scorers, 6-5 senior guard Drew Spradlin (13.6 ppg) and 6-2 sophomore guard Jack Isenbarger (10.4 ppg).
NORTHEASTERN - Nov. 14, Mullins Center
Series Record: UMass leads, 34-17
Last Time: UMass won, 79-56 on Nov. 19, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Colonial Classic)
Notes: The Huskies went 11-20 last season, including a 6-12 mark in CAA play and a 3-10 road record ... Head Coach Bill Coen returns his second and third leading scorers, 6-4 junior guard Joel Smith (12.2 ppg) and 6-2 junior guard Jonathan Lee (11.8 ppg), but must replace graduated senior Chaisson Allen, who led the team in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg), and assists (106) ... The last time NU came to the Mullins Center, it won, 84-68 on Dec. 1, 2004.
NJIT - Nov. 17, Mullins Center
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Time: First Meeting
Notes: The Highlanders are coming off a 15-15 season, including a 9-3 Great West Conference record ... They were 5-9 on the road last season ... All-GWC 6-3 guard and leading scorer Isaiah Wilkerson (13.6 ppg) returns for his senior season ... Junior guard Chris Flores, from Dorchester, Mass. was the team's third-leading scorer last season (12.6 ppg) ... Jim Engles is in his fourth season as head coach ... UMass 7-footer Andrew McCarthy's brother, Sean, is a 6-10 junior center for the Highlanders.
BOSTON COLLEGE - Nov. 21, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Series Record: BC leads, 26-18
Last Time: BC won, 76-71 on Dec. 4, 2010 at the TD Garden (Boston Tip-Off Classic)
Notes: BC has lost its top five scorers from 2010-11 (62.0 ppg) ... Leading scorer from last season, Reggie Jackson (18.2 ppg) was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 24th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft ... The Eagles top returning scorer is 6-5 sophomore guard Danny Rubin (4.1 ppg) ... Last time the teams met at Conte Forum, BC won 79-67 on Dec. 22, 2009 ... The time before that at Conte, UMass won, 83-80 on Dec. 12, 2007 ... At BC, the Eagles hold a 10-4 advantage, including 4-2 at Conte.
FLORIDA STATE - Nov. 24, Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
Series Record: UMass leads, 3-2
Last Meeting: FSU won, 73-63 on Feb. 12, 2006 in Tallahassee
Notes: The Seminoles were 23-11 overall and 11-5 in the ACC in 2010-11, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, beating Texas A&M and Notre Dame before falling to VCU in OT ... Head Coach Leonard Hamilton returns all but one starter from that team, losing only leading scorer Chris Singleton (13.1 ppg) who was a first round draft pick (18th) by the Wasington Wizards ... UMass is 1-0 on neutral courts against the Seminoles, winning 69-60 on Dec. 18, 1999 in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla. ... UMass is 36-43 all-time against ACC opponents, the bulk of which is its 18-26 mark against Boston College.
TOWSON - Nov. 30, Mullins Center
Series Record: UMass leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: UMass won, 82-55 on Nov. 20, 1993 in the Preseason NIT
Notes: UMass' second round Preseason NIT victory over the Tigers preceded the Minutemen's first-ever win over a No. 1 ranked team, a 91-86 OT win over North Carolina on Nov. 24 ... The 2010-11 Tigers finished with a 4-26 overall record and a 0-18 mark in CAA play ... Towson was 2-13 on the road ... The Tigers have lost their top two scorers from last year, Isiah Philmore (15.3 ppg) and Braxton Dupree (12.0 ppg) but return their No. 3 scorer, 6-2 senior guard Rashawn Polk (11.6 ppg) ... Medford, Mass. native Pat Skerry is in his first year as head coach of the Tigers.
MIAMI - Dec. 3, Coral Gables, Fla.
Series Record: Miami leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Miami won, 72-71 on Jan. 2, 2007 at the Mullins Center
Notes: The only other meeting before the 2007 game was a 80-53 Hurricanes victory on Dec. 12, 2004 in Coral Gables, Fla. ... Miami is coming off a 21-15 season in 2010-11, including a 6-10 ACC record ... Miami was 13-4 in home games ... The Hurricanes return four starters and 11 of 12 letterwinners from last season while bringing in three newcomers ... 6-1 senior guard Malcom Grant (14.8 ppg, 3.2 apg) and 6-4 junior guard Durand Scott (13.6 ppg) are the top returners ... Head Coach Jim Larranaga, who led George Mason to the Final Four in 2006, is in his first season at Miami and 27th overall as a head coach.
EAST CAROLINA - Dec. 6, Greenville, N.C.
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Notes: The Pirates went 18-16 last season under Jeff Lebo, who enters his second season at ECU ... ECU was 8-8 in Conference USA and was 11-5 at home ... The Pirates return three starters, including their second-leading scorer and leading rebounder in 6-8 senior forward Darrius Morrow (13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg) ... First and third leading scorers Jontae Sherrod (15.6 ppg) and Jamar Abrams (10.3 ppg) were both lost to graduation.
SIENA - Dec. 9, MassMutual Center, Springfield, Mass.
Series Record: UMass leads, 5-1
Last Meeting: UMass won, 78-69 on Dec. 23, 2005 at the Mullins Center
Notes: UMass is 42-24 all-time at the MassMutual Center ... The Minutemen went 3-0 in Springfield last season, defeating New Mexico State and TCU in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off and then beating La Salle in a A-10 home game ... Siena will be getting an early look at the MassMutual Center as the MAAC Championship will be held there in March ... The Saints were 13-18 last season with a 8-10 conference mark and were 5-11 away from home (1-1 neutral) ... Speedy 5-10 point guard Rakeem Brooking is the top returning scorer at 9.0 ppg and led the team with 119 assists in 2010-11 ... Head Coach Mitch Buonaguro will be looking to replace the loss of his top two scorers from last season, Ryan Rossiter (18.7 ppg) and Clarence Jackson (14.7 ppg).
QUINNIPIAC - Dec. 17, Mullins Center
Series Record: UMass leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: UMass won, 66-64 on Dec. 1, 2010 in Hamden, Conn.
Notes: This concludes a three-game series over the last three years ... UMass won on a last second goaltending call on a Anthony Gurley layup at the TD Bank Sports Center last season to send the Minutemen to 7-0, their best start since 1995-96 ... UMass one the previous meeting in Amherst, 62-58 on Dec. 2, 2009 ... The Bobcats are coming off a 22-10 season that saw them go 13-5 in NEC play and 9-4 on the road ... Bigman Justin Rutty, who scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against UMass last year, is gone, but 6-0 guard James Johnson, who netted 11 points and dished six assists, is back.
DAVIDSON - Dec. 22, Mullins Center
Series Record: Davidson leads, 4-3
Last Time: Davidson won, 63-61 on Dec. 30, 2009 in Davidson, N.C.
Notes: The Wildcats went 18-15 overall last season with a 10-8 Southern Conference record ... Davidson went 5-10 on the road ... The Wildcats finished the season strong on a 10-3 run ... Juniors JP Kuhlman (6-4 guard) and Jake Cohen (6-10 forward) return as the top scorers from last season at 12.8 and 12.2 ppg, respectively ... UMass won the last meeting between the teams at the Mullins Center, 70-67 on Dec. 19, 2004 ... The Minutemen are 2-1 at home against the Wildcats.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT - Dec. 28, Mullins Center
Series Record: UMass leads, 5-4
Last Time: CCSU won, 92-63 in New Britain, Conn.
Notes: UMass won the last time the teams met at the Mullins Center, 79-55 on Dec. 22, 2007 ... Prior to that game, and last season's game at CCSU, the previous four games were played at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. ... This is just the second time since 1993 that the Blue Devils will play in Amherst ... CCSU was 19-12 overall with a 11-7 NEC mark in 2010-11 ... It went 6-10 on the road ... Senior Captain Ken Horton (19.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg) is the key to the Blue Devils attack ... The 6-6 forward is a threat inside and out, where he hit 59 3-pointers last season ... Howie Dickenman is in his 16th season at Central Connecticut.