UMass Hoops To Play 21 Games Within 90 Miles Of Campus
Sept. 7, 2010
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AMHERST, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts released its 2010-11 men's basketball schedule as the Atlantic 10 finalized the league portion of the schedule. The Minutemen will play 21 games within 90 miles of Amherst including 14 at the Mullins Center, one at the Curry Hicks Cage, one at Boston's TD Garden and three at the MassMutal Center in Springfield, Mass. The Minutemen open the 2010-11 against Rider at the Mullins Center on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The game serves as the opener of four games in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament for the Minutemen and will be the second half of a season-opening doubleheader as the UMass women host George Mason at 5 p.m.
Season tickets are now on sale, ranging from $130 to $270 for the entire campaign including the games at the Mullins Center, the Cage and the Jan. 15 game in Springfield. Call 1-866-UMASS-TIX for your tickets today and guarantee seats for the historic games.
"Our schedule is fantastic," said head coach Derek Kellogg, who enters his third season as head coach at his alma mater. "Our league schedule has many games against teams that made the postseason including NCAA Tournament teams in Xavier, Temple and Richmomd. Out of conference, our schedule has a real local feel, both home games and local games where our fans can drive. Its great that we are playing in Boston and playing in Springfield three times. I'm pumped to coach a game at the Cage after being a part of so many as a fan and player. Our fans need to come out and support this team. We have been working very hard to get better"
UMass will play two games as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at MassMutual Center in Saturday, Nov. 20 and Monday, Nov. 22. Those times and opponents have yet to be determines. Also, UMass will host a fourth and final game of the tournament at the Mullins Center on Nov. 24 against American International.
UMass will play its first regular-season game at the Curry Hicks Cage in nearly 20 years on Nov. 27, 2010 as the Minutemen welcome Holy Cross to Amherst. UMass last played a regular-season game at the storied Cage, on Jan. 29, 1993, an 84-74 win over Southwest Louisiana, a game known as "Rage In The Cage." The Minutemen hosted a preseason exhibition against Concordia on Nov. 3, 2007.
The Minutemen have just two schedule road games in the non-conference portion of the slate. UMass plays at Quinnipiac on Dec. 1 and at Central Connecticut on Jan. 3.
For the second year in a row, UMass will play a game at the TD Garden in Boston. This time, the Minutemen will face Boston College on Dec. 4 as part of a doubleheader with Northeastern facing Drexel. More details on times and television coverage will be announced at a later date.
At the Mullins Center, UMass also hosts Sacred Heart on Nov. 17, Maine on Dec. 8, Seton Hall on Dec. 11, Central Florida on Dec. 22 and Boston University on Dec. 31.
The Atlantic 10 conference season gets underway with a home game against Dayton on Jan. 9 at the Mullins Center. That is the first of five games televised as part of the CBS College Regional package. Affiliates will be announced at a later date. UMass travels to Xavier for its first conference road game on Jan. 12, also a CBS CR game.
The annual Springfield home game, takes place on Jan. 15 as the Minutemen "host" La Salle at the MassMutual Center. That game will be included in the season-ticket packages.
The Minutemen will also host conference games at the Mullins Center against Richmond (Jan. 22), Rhode Island (Jan. 30), George Washington (Feb. 13), Duquesne (Feb. 16), Saint Joseph's (Feb. 23) and the home finale vs. Temple (March 2).
UMass will also have road conference games at Charlotte (Jan. 19), at St. Bonaventure (Jan. 26), at Saint Louis (Feb. 2), at Saint Joseph's (Feb. 5), at Rhode Island (Feb. 19), at La Salle (Feb. 27) and the regular-season finale at Fordham on March 5.
Times and television details will be announced in the future. UMass home games not televised by other television outlets will air on digital cable by CBS 3 Now.
The Atlantic 10 Championships continue at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in mid-March.
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