UMass Ranked 24th In The Associated Press Poll
Nov. 25, 2013
AMHERST, Mass.- After a 6-0 start to the 2013-14 season with wins over teams from the ACC, the SEC, and the Big Ten, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team is ranked 24th in this week's Associated Press poll which was released on Monday afternoon. It marks the first appearance in the rankings for the Minutemen since the Nov. 17-23, 1998 poll - just over 15 years to the day.
UMass received 188 votes, its most this season after collecting two votes last week. The Minutemen were also the top team in the Others Receiving Votes of the USA Today Coaches Poll. UMass received 69 votes - just three shy of Indiana who was ranked 25th.
The Minutemen are 6-0 and coming off a strong showing in the Charleston Classic last week. UMass collected wins over Nebraska, then-No. 19 New Mexico and Clemson. It is the first 6-0 start to a season since UMass started the 2010-11 campaign with a 7-0 record.
UMass has appeared in the AP Poll 78 times previously and is 116-29 all-time as a ranked team. The Minutemen have been ranked in the top 10 48 times, the top five 31 times and No. 1 15 times (32-4).
The Minutemen are led by senior point guard Chaz Williams who was named to the Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award watch list last week. One of the most prolific playmakers in the country, Williams was named to the Cousy Award Watch List as one of the nation's best point guards earlier this year for the second consecutive season.
All of UMass' starters are averaging double-figures in the scoring column to begin the season. The emergence of junior center Cady Lalanne who has four double-doubles this year and was the Charleston Classic Most Valuable Player gives the Minutemen a strong inside presence to go with Williams. The native of Orlando, Fla., averaged 15.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in the three-game tournament.
Head coach Derek Kellogg, now in his sixth year at UMass, sports an overall record of 91-76 and is the third all-time winningest coach in program history. The Springfield, Mass., native has led UMass to a pair of 20+ win seasons over the last two years including the NIT Final Four in 2011-12.
UMass will be off for a week before traveling to face Eastern Michigan next Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Ypsilanti, Mich. Tipoff at the EMU Convocation Center is set for 7 p.m. Eastern time.
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