UMass Picked Fourth In Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll
Oct. 8, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Massachusetts men's basketball team was selected to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in a preseason poll that was announced by the league office on Tuesday.
The Minutemen picked up 236 points in the vote, which had the league's 13 head coaches and media representatives from member schools predict the order of finish for the upcoming season.
UMass returns seven letterwinners - three starters - from last season's 21-12 squad that advanced to the A-10 semifinals and qualified for the NIT, both for the second-consecutive season. Sixth-year head coach Derek Kellogg also has five newcomers - a sophomore transfer and four freshmen - on campus for one of the more highly-anticipated seasons in recent memory.
VCU was a near unanimous choice for first as the Rams received 19 first place votes. Defending regular-season and tournament champion Saint Louis took second in the poll as five voters picked the Billikens to repeat. La Salle was chosen third with 265 points, just ahead of the Minutemen's 236.
Saint Joseph's (199) was picked fifth, while Richmond and Dayton were sixth and seventh, with just two points (173 and 171 respectively) separating the teams. League newcomer George Mason was picked to finish eighth with 141 points, followed by Rhode Island (130), George Washington (122), Fordham (58), St. Bonaventure and Duquesne.
UMass senior guard Chaz Williams picked up a pair of honors as he was named preseason first team all-conference and to the all-defensive teams. The two-time first team all-league honoree from Brooklyn has averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in two seasons as a Minuteman.