Mar 9, 2014; Amherst, MA, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen guard Chaz Williams (3) reacts while playing defense during the first half against the Saint Louis Billikens at Mullins Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: UMass Minutemen

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Mar 9, 2014; Amherst, MA, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen guard Chaz Williams (3) reacts while playing defense during the first half against the Saint Louis Billikens at Mullins Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

 

Massachusetts Minutemen

Record: (24-8, 10-6 Atlantic 10)

RPI: 21 (.612)

BPI: 32 (93.0)

Conference: Atlantic 10

How They Qualified: At-large

Season Summary

UMass started out hot this season, winning their first ten games and eventually starting the season with an astounding record of 16-1.  The Minutemen have relied heavily on guard play from Chaz Williams, a star player who seemingly does it all for the Minutemen.  Williams is able to shoot efficiently and set up players to score with ease.  Without Williams, it’s hard to say what this team’s record would be.

UMass struggled a bit at the start of conference play, but they managed to regain their composure and pick up a few solid wins to end the season.

What You Need to Know

Leading Scorer:  Chaz Williams – 15.8 ppg

Leading Rebounder:  Cady Lalanne – 8.0 rpg

Leading Passer:  Chaz Williams – 7.0 apg

Bad Losses:  George Mason

Good Wins:  Nebraska, Clemson, New Mexico, BYU, LSU

What to Expect

UMass was named as a six seed in the Midwest Region in this year’s bracket and they’ll be facing the winner of the Iowa/Tennessee First Four match-up.  I picked UMass to lose to whomever the winner of the Iowa/Tennessee game is, as both are solid power conference teams that will easily be able to fend off Chaz Williams.  Williams will need to have a miraculous few games if UMass is to make a run at all in this year’s tournament.

Congratulations to the UMass Minutemen! They are going dancing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998!

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