• No. 22/20 UMass will conclude its two-game road trip against Florida State in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, Fla. on Saturday.
• Saturday’s game will be televised on Sun Sports in Florida and nationally on various FOX Sports affiliates. NESN will join the UMass-FSU contest in progress when the NC State-East Carolina game at Noon is completed. Additionally, the following FOX Sports affiliates will carry the game live: FOX Sports Detroit Plus, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Net Network, FOX Sports Net Base, FOX Sports North Plus, FOX Sports Wisconsin Plus, MSG Plus, ROOT Sports (Northwest Region), ROOT Sports (Rocky Mountain Region), SportsSouth and Sun Sports. The game will be shown on a tape delay basis on these remaining affiliates: FOX College Sports Atlantic, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports West, FOX Sports Wisconsin and ROOT Sports (Pittsburgh Region).
• Fans can also listen to the UMass Sports Network broadcast (105.5 WEEI in western Mass.) or on mobile devices with the Tune In app.
• This is the 105th season of UMass Basketball. UMass has an all-time record of 1,217-1,071 (.532) in 2,288 games. UMass is 448-308 (.593) in conference games, including a 284-288 in Atlantic 10 play. The Minutemen have claimed 15 regular-season conference championships and five tournament titles.
• The 2013-14 season marks the sixth for head coach Derek Kellogg ... Kellogg starred as a point guard for the Minutemen from 1992-95, playing for coach John Calipari ... Kellogg spent a year as a graduate assistant with Bruiser Flint at UMass, two years at George Mason with Jim Larranaga and eight at Memphis with Calipari, culminating with the 2008 NCAA Runner-up season ... UMass’ win totals under Kellogg have gone 12, 12, 15, 25 and 21 last season with a second-consecutive NIT appearance.
GENERAL RPI/SOS NOTES
• Yes, its early for the various RPI numbers to matter, but UMass is ranked No. 1 by CBS Sports RPI and RealTimeRPI.com, No. 2 by ESPN Insider RPI and StatSheet.com, No. 13 by Jeff Sagarin and No. 21 by Ken Pomeroy
• The Minutemen’s strength of schedule is No. 1 by ESPN, No. 5 by CBS and RealTime RPI, No. 12 by Stat Sheet, No. 27 by Jeff Sagarin and No. 55 by Ken Pomeroy.
SERIES HISTORY WITH FLORIDA STATE & THE ACC
• UMass and Florida State have split the previous six contests. After FSU won the first meeting in 1992, UMass won three in row (1994, 1999, 2005), before the Seminoles won the most recent matchups in 2006 and 2011 at the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis.
• The Seminoles are the third ACC team for the Minutemen this season, following their season-opening 86-73 win over Boston College in the Coaches vs. Cancer Massachusetts Tripleheader and 62-56 victory over Clemson in the Charleston Classic title game.
• In Derek Kellogg’s six seasons, the Minutemen have played 10 games against the league members - the most against any non-Atlantic 10 group - and recorded a 3-7 record.
• The Minutemen have faced 14 current ACC members, compiling a 48-65 record against Boston College (20-26), Clemson (1-1), Duke (0-1), Florida State (3-3), Georgia Tech (1-0), Maryland, (4-2), Miami (0-4), North Carolina (1-4), NC State (3-1), Pittsburgh (3-10), Syracuse (7-8), Virginia (0-2), Virginia Tech (5-2) and Wake Forest (0-1). The only current member school the Minutemen have not faced is Notre Dame.
• One of the biggest wins against an ACC team came at the Mullins Center, 19 years ago as #3 UMass and Marcus Camby beat #10 Wake Forest and Tim Duncan, 60-46 on Dec. 6, 1995.
UMASS AGAINST FLORIDA SCHOOLS & GAMES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
• UMass has played 12 previous games against Florida schools, compiling a 3-10 record. The Minutemen have dropped their last four dating back to a 78-68 win over Florida State in Amherst on Feb. 15, 2005.
• Saturday’s game marks the tenth trip to Florida for a UMass team, where the Minutemen have posted a 2-11 mark. Previous trips to the 27th state have included: 1978 Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, the 1982 USF Tournament in Tampa, the 1986 Hurricane Classic in West Palm Beach, the 1988 Florida Today Classic in Melbourne, the 1999 Orange Bowl Classic, along with road games at Miami and Florida State. The Minutemen’s last win in the state came over the Seminoles in the 1999 Orange Bowl Classic, 69-60.
JUST WIN BABY!
• At 10 games, UMass is riding its longest winning streak in more than 15 years and the longest stretch in the Derek Kellogg era.
• The next longest streak prior to the current stretch is 11, held by three teams in the 1960s and 1970s.
BEST STARTS IN UMASS HISTORY
• With a win on Saturday, UMass would continue the best start since the 1995-96 season. An 11-0 start would be tied for the third-best start in the 105 years of UMass basketball. Currently, at 10-0, UMass is off to it’s fourth-best start in program history.
• Back in 1995-96, the Minutemen started with a school-record 26 consecutive wins on their way to a 35-2 season and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
• Here are the best starts at UMass: 1995-96 (26-0); 1933-34 (12-0 undefeated season); 1970-71 (11-0); 2012-13 (10-0); 1973-74 (9-0); 1925-26 (9-0); 1977-78 (8-0); 2010-11 (7-0); 1968-69 (7-0); 1975-76 (6-0); 1971-72 (6-0); 1956-57 (6-0).
SUNSHINE STATE HOMECOMING FOR LALANNE & BERGANTINO
• This weekend’s trip to Fort Lauderdale is a bit of a Homecoming for central Florida natives Cady Lalanne and Tyler Bergantino.
• Lalanne was a standout at Oak Ridge HS in Orlando where he played three seasons and led the team to the 4A title game in 2010. He also set the school record for double-doubles.
• Bergantino starred at Nature Coast Technical HS in Brooksville, leading the Sharks to the 5A state semifinals in 2012. He finished as the all-time leading scorer with 1,683 career points.
• Both players had 50 combined ticket requests as of Thursday night.
UMASS RETURNS TO ASSOCIATED PRESS & COACHES POLLS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1998
• Following last Saturday’s 80-54 win over Northern Illinois, UMass held steady in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, coming in at Nos. 22 and 20, respectively this week. UMass received 351 points in the AP and 229 in the coaches poll - both season-highs.
• When the Minutemen debuted in the rankings this season, it ended a drought that dated back to Nov. 1998 in each poll.
• UMass has now appeared in the AP Poll 81 times and is 119-29 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).
CHAZ IS LIKE A FINE WINE, HE GETS BETTER WITH AGE
• Chaz Williams continues to impress with his on-court talents year-in and year-out. While his scoring has been consistently strong throughout his college career, his shooting percentages are at or near all-time highs and his assist-to-turnover numbers are at an all-time low.
Year MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG TPG A/TO Ratio
2009-10 31.7 9.8 .372 .389 .733 4.2 2.5 1.64
2011-12 34.9 16.9 .410 .419 .788 6.2 3.4 1.83
2012-13 35.3 15.5 .433 .333 .785 7.3 3.4 2.12
2013-14 33.7 16.3 .412 .449 .758 7.9 3.1 2.55
• He has 15 double-figure assist games in his career and 13 at UMass, two shy of Carl Smith’s record set from 1983-87.
CARTER & ESHO PERFORMING AT HIGH LEVELS
• Redshirt senior Sampson Carter and redshirt junior Maxie Esho are both making the 2013-14 campaign one to remember.
• Carter entered the year averaging 6.1 points per game over 102 appearances, but has played like a senior who wants to go out with a bang. He is scoring a career-best 13.2 ppg, while his shooting averages - .506 FG%, .429 3FG% and team-high .791 FT% - are all career-highs or close to his season best.
• Esho, who has been described as the X-factor by head coach Derek Kellogg at times, is producing at a high level with 8.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg, ahead of his previous season benchmarks of 5.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg set last year. He has raised both categories each of the past two seasons and enters the Florida State game with three-consecutive double-figure scoring games for the first time in his career. He also went off on Tuesday with game highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. He became the sixth different Minuteman to lead the team in scoring through 10 games.
UMASS PLAYING WITH A LEAD... A LOT
• Part of the UMass formula for success through nine games has been to not fall behind. In 400 minutes, the Minutemen have trailed for a total of 43:19 - just 10.8 pct. of the season.
• Furthermore, UMass has used its pressing, attcking style to wear down opponents and pull away in the second half. UMass has only trailed for 10:26 of the second half this year, with 5:46 coming in the opener against BC and 4:40 two weeks ago at Eastern Michigan. They are outscoring teams by an average of 39.7-34.1 in the first half and 44.2-38.0 in the second half.
SCORING POINTS IN BUNCHES
• UMass is averaging 83.9 points per game, which places it first in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 26th nationally. The Minutemen set a school record when they surpassed 80 points in each of their opening five games. They have since accomplished the feat in eight of 10 games.
• The Minutemen recorded a season-high 105-point effort against BYU two games ago, which also featured a 50-point performance in each half for the first time since Jan. 24, 1995 at Duquesne.
HIGH SHOOTING PCT. A BIG REASON FOR THE WINS
• Through 10 games, UMass is shooting .492 percent from the floor. That leads the A-10 and is tied for 28th in the country. UMass has shot better than the opponent in every game and over 43 pct. nine times. The Minutemen are tied for 26th in 3-point field goal pct. at .408.
• UMass has shot .555 (96-for-173) from the floor and .482 (27-for-56) from outside over the past three games.
UMASS POSTS TOP SHOOTING GAME OF KELLOGG ERA IN ROAD WIN OVER OHIO WEDNESDAY
• UMass entered Wednesday’s game at Ohio having posted its two of its three highest shooting games of the year in its two most recent contests. Going up against an Ohio team that ranked 11th nationally in field goal pct. defense (.372), the Minutemen recorded their best shooting night in more than seven seasons, connecting on .615 (32-for-52) from the floor. Additionally, the .643 (9-for-14) from three-point range was the highest since a .727 performance against Duquesne on Jan. 27, 2000.
MAKING A LIVING AT THE FREE THROW LINE
• UMass is shooting 70 percent from the free throw line through 10 games. That figure ranks second in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 105th nationally.
• The Minutemen have attempted at least 19 free throws eight times and are just a few games removed from their highest shooting game of the season - 26-of-31 for .839 versus BYU. UMass’ season highs for makes (33) and attaempts (43) both came in the win over Nebraska.
GETTING OFFENSIVE ON THE GLASS
• One of the stronger parts of the play of UMass through 10 games has been its ability to control the offensive glass, and capitalizing on those opportunities. UMass has averaged 13.8 offensive boards per game and turned those into 15.8 points per contest. The Minutemen have grabbed at least 17 offensive rebs four times overall (season-high 20 in the opener against BC).
• One of the biggest beneficiaries has been junior C Cady Lalanne. He leads the team with 47 offensive rebounds (36 percent of the team’s 132 this season) and has scored 54 points off them for 5.4 ppg. That is 37.5 percent of his scoring on the year.
CHAZ DID WHAT? AND AGAINST THE NO. 9 RPI TEAM IN THE COUNTRY !?!
• It’s been well documented about Chaz Williams’ 32-point, 15-assist, 1-turnover day against BYU two games ago. At the end of the day, he was responsible for 66 points out of the 105 for the Minutemen - or 63 percent of the scoring.
• Williams is the first Division I player with at least 32 points and 15 assists in a non-OT game in the last 15 seasons. The only other player to reach those totals in a game in that span was Antawn Dobie (LIU) in 2003 in a double-overtime win versus St. Francis (NY).
WILLIAMS PICKS UP A SLEW OF HONORS AFTER CAREER GAME OF 32 POINTS, 15 ASSISTS
• Chaz Williams was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for the second time this season after he averaged a double-double with 22.0 points and 11.5 assists in wins at Eastern Michigan and No. 9 RPI-ranked BYU - the Minutemen’s first games as a ranked team in 15 years.
• He netted 12 points and eight assists in the game at EMU, in UMass’ first true road game of the year. Williams came back on Saturday and had a phenomenal game, posting career-highs in points (32) and assists (15), while committing just one turnover. His 32 points are the second-most in the A-10 this season, while his 15 assists tied the school record and are the fourth-most in league history. His assist-to-turnover ratio for the week was 7.7. He shot 52 percent from the floor, 46 percent from outside and was 14-of-15 from the foul line.
• He was also named the National Player of the Week by CBS Sports.com, NBC Sports.com and Dick Vitale’s PTPer of the Week.
DECEMBER UNDER KELLOGG
• UMass is 24-12 (.667) in the month of December under Derek Kellogg and has won 17 of its last 19. The Minutemen have claimed their last eight dating back to a home loss to Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 1 of last season. UMass has gone 5-1 each of the past two Decembers with both losses to the Hurricanes.
• Things won’t be easy as their remaining two opponents - Florida State and Providence - have a combined 16-5 (.762) mark.
PROVIDENCE GAME TO SERVE AS BASKETBALL’S CAMPUS SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION GAME
• The University of Massachusetts Amherst is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863 following the passage of the federal Morrill Act. The year-long anniversary celebration included a series of events for Founders’ Week in the Spring of 2013, as well as programs and activities highlighting important historical milestones, events and people.
• Tuesday’s ice hockey game against Denver and the men’s basketball game against Providence on Saturday, Dec. 28, will be when those events take part in the celebration.
KELLOGG AMONG UMASS TOP FIVE IN VICTORIES
• With 95 victories entering the Ohio game, sixth-year head coach Derek Kellogg is in third place on the school’s career victories list. Jack Leaman won 217 over 13 seasons and John Calipari is second with 193 over eight years in Amherst.