Eleven Television Appearances Highlight 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule
2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule
2012-13 UMass Men's Basketball Schedule
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has announced its 2012-13 men's basketball schedule, which includes 14 home games and 11 contests that have been selected for television under the Atlantic 10 Conference's agreements with ESPN and CBS.
The 29-game slate includes 12 against teams that participated in the postseason last year, with the potential of as many as 14 based on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off bracket. Additionally, nine current match-ups will be televised nationally, marking the most regular-season contests since the 1997-98 year.
"No matter how it played out we knew we were going to have a tough schedule just from being in the Atlantic 10, which is one of the premier conferences in the nation," said head coach Derek Kellogg, who is entering his fifth season at UMass. "We're also excited that our fans will get to see us play against some of the top teams in the country both at home and on the road, which will allow us the opportunity to prepare for postseason play."
Eight of the 14 home games fall on Saturdays with one Sunday contest.
The season gets underway against Harvard on Nov. 13 as part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The game will mark the first regular-season visit to Amherst by ESPN since Jan. of 2009. Two days later the Minutemen will open play at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off with regional rival Providence on ESPNU. The final two days will see UMass appear on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3 depending on their spot in the bracket.
On Nov. 28, UMass will battle Siena for the second of a three-game series, this time in Albany, N.Y. The Minutemen will host Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 1 in the first of seven national games on the CBS Sports Network. UMass will travel to Northeastern on Dec. 4 before taking an 11-day break for final exams.
Elon (Dec. 15), Ohio (Dec. 19) and East Carolina (Dec. 22) all make visits to Amherst to close out the pre-Christmas stretch. UMass will then play at Northern Illinois (Dec. 29), at Miami (Ohio) (Jan. 2) and home versus Eastern Michigan (Jan. 5) - its final three Mid-American Conference programs as stipulated by the UMass football program's membership with the FBS league.
The A-10 portion of the schedule opens on the road at Saint Louis on Jan. 10 and Fordham on Jan. 13. The SLU contest will be televised nationally on the CBS College Sports Network.
The Minutemen return to Amherst for a three-game homestand against Duquesne (Jan. 17), George Washington (Jan. 19) and Richmond (Jan. 27). The first of two scheduled `bye weeks' falls after the GW contest, meaning UMass will have 16 days between road contests.
UMass will make its only regular-season trip to Philadelphia on Jan. 30 when it plays at La Salle. A trip to Charlotte on Feb. 2 will be the final trip to the Tar Heel State in the 49ers' final A-10 season. Kellogg's troops host rival Rhode Island on Feb. 6.
One of the toughest stretches on the season will see UMass play three games in eight days, beginning at home on ESPN against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 9. The Minutemen will make their first visit to VCU on Valentine's Day in a late-night CBSSN game before hosting Temple two days later in the Owls final visit to the Mullins Center before departing the conference. That game will also be played before a CBSSN national audience.
They close out the February portion of the slate at 2012 A-10 Tournament champion St. Bonaventure on Feb. 20 in a CBSSN Regional telecast before welcoming Dayton to the Pioneer Valley on Feb. 23.
UMass will play two of its final three games outside the Pioneer Valley, travelling to Xavier on Mar. 2 on the CBSSN, hosting Butler on Mar. 7 for Senior Day on an A-10 regional broadcast before closing the year at URI on Mar. 9.
The A-10 Championship will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Mar. 14-17. The top 12 teams in the league standings will qualify and all four rounds being held at the $1 billion, 18,000-seat facility.
With 26 games in addition to the Puerto Rico event, UMass may still add another game at a later date.