The first game of the 2012-2013 season for Massachusetts basketball will be in Amherst on November 13 against Harvard. From that first game on, the Minutemen will attempt to match the expectations set by last season's squad. They offset a loss of 14% of last season's player minutes with the contributions of three incoming freshmen.
The Massachusetts defense will suffer from a 23.2% drop in blocked shots, the largest gap that the team will need to fill. After that, they'll hurt almost as much in rebounding, where they drop 19.2%.
Massachusetts closed out the last season with an overall record of 20-10 and were 5th in the A-10 with a conference record of 9-7. In postseason play, the Minutemen lost to St. Bonaventure 84-80 in the A-10 tournament. They made it to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) as a #5 seed and were eventually sent home with a loss to Stanford, 74-64. Massachusetts lost last year's seniors Sean Carter (28 minutes per game) and Matt Hill (5 MPG). The Minutemen will also miss Andrew McCarthy (2 MPG), who left the team.
The Minutemen welcome back junior Chaz Williams (16.9 points/game), junior Jesse Morgan (1.4 steals/game), senior Terrell Vinson (9.9 points/game), junior Raphiael Putney (10.1 points/game), and senior Javorn Farrell (2.4 assists/game).
The Minutemen recruited incoming freshmen including 6-9 Tyler Bergantino, 6-0 Trey Davis, and 7-0 Izzy Freeman. Also joining the team is 6-3 sophomore Derrick Gordon (transferred from Western Kentucky). The first A-10 game for Massachusetts will be on January 10th at Saint Louis.
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- Since 2002, Massachusetts has an overall winning percentage of 52.3%. The Minutemen have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 53.9%.
- The Minutemen have an average conference finish of 7.4 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 4.8.
- The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 140.6.
- This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Temple (#22).
- This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Northern Illinois (#332).
- The last time Massachusetts returned more than 87% of the team's statistical production was 2004-2005.
, Matt Hill
, Andrew McCarthy
, Chaz Williams
, Jesse Morgan
, Terrell Vinson
, Raphiael Putney
, Javorn Farrell
, Tyler Bergantino
, Trey Davis
, Izzy Freeman
, Derrick Gordon