For those that really care... I'm sure I'll come around. The funny thing is I wanted not to sweat Selection Sunday. I didn't mean not having a chance to make it!
Minutemen stats pack
UMass hasn't been the same since Calapari left them for the NBA (which failed). They went through 2 coaches before seeming to find a good one.
Led by former Kentucky guard Travis Ford, UMass put together a pretty good year going 23-8. Their lack of quality wins kept them out of the NCAAs (only one of note was the win at Louisville). They went 13-3 in conference.
I saw them play once... back in December... for about 2 minutes. Then I realized there was another game on Full Court so I tuned out so I know little about them.
- .476 FG, .341 3PT FG, and .619 FT (That's AUful)
- Rebound margin of +8
- 16 turnovers a game and they average 77PPG
- 4 starters average double digits in points
Life is their 3 pt specialist (at a 38% clip). Their 2 top scorers earn their keep from the inside (Freeman and Lasme).
I'll pass on the prediction. I never thought we'd be in the NIT this year. Baseball season starts in 3 weeks.
Gametime is Tuesday at 9:30 EST on ESPN
Oh yeah... a NIT bracket for your viewing pleasure. If we survive UMass I think there's a serious asskicking coming to West Virginia (a team I think should've been in the NCAA... over Illinois, Stanford, and Purdue for sure).