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1989-90 Season

The 1989-90 UMass Minutemen men's basketball team represents the University of Massachusetts. The Head Coach was John Calipari. The team played its home games primarily in the Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst, Massachusetts, and was a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The season represents the 81st season of basketball in the school's history.

  • Current Record: 17-14 Overall
  • Conference Record: 10-8 (Sixth Place)
  • A-10 Tournament: 2-1, Lost in Championship Game
  • Postseason: 0-1, Lost in NIT First Round
All games17-1410-8
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1988-89 1990-91


DateOpponentGame ResultsOverallA-10Notes
Nov. 28LowellL 70-690-1 Wrong way to start as Lowell was D-II.
Dec. 2at Boston UniversityW 76-601-1 First win at BU since 1977, and Calipari's first over Mike Jarvis.
Dec. 6YaleW 75-69 (OT)2-1
Dec. 9at NortheasternL 79-732-2
Dec. 14New HampshireW 76-533-2
Dec. 29ColoradoW 78-714-2 Mile High Classic, Denver CO. Buffs were 7-2 going in, but UM held them to a season-low 22 made FGs.
Dec. 30Colorado StateL 77-514-3 Mile High Classic, Denver CO
Jan. 4RutgersW 84-735-31-0
Jan. 6Penn StateW 64-526-32-0
Jan. 9at Rhode IslandW 63-577-33-0
Jan. 11George WashingtonW 80-618-34-0
Jan. 13West VirginiaW 83-799-35-0
Jan. 15St. BonaventureW 82-5510-36-0UM's best conference start since 1973-74 (Yankee).
Jan. 18at Penn StateL 74-7110-46-1
Jan. 20at TempleL 86-6910-56-2
Jan. 25at DuquesneL 70-6910-66-3
Jan. 27at West VirginiaL 79-7110-76-4
Jan. 30ConnecticutL 94-7510-8 UConn ranked #13.
Feb. 3DuquesneW 78-7211-87-4
Feb. 5VermontW 85-7012-8
Feb. 8at RutgersL 66-6112-97-5
Feb. 11TempleL 83-82 (3 OT)12-107-6Calipari and Chaney get into an argument about a call, Chaney shoves Calipari. Sign of things to come.
Feb. 15at George WashingtonL 101-9512-117-7
Feb. 17at St. Joseph'sL 81-7512-127-8
Feb. 20Rhode IslandW 77-74 (2 OT)13-128-8
Feb. 24at St. BonaventureW 98-6014-129-8
Feb. 28St. Joseph'sW 80-5715-1210-8
Mar. 4West VirginiaW 78-5516-12 A-10 Tournament Quarter-Final, at The Palestra, Philadelphia PA
Mar. 5Penn StateW 64-5917-12 A-10 Tournament Semi-Final, at The Palestra, Philadelphia PA
Mar. 8at TempleL 53-5117-13 A-10 Tournament Championship
Mar. 15at MarylandL 91-8117-14 NIT First Round


Select stats per UMass media guide.

Jim McCoy20.
Will Herndon15.55.7???
Tony Barbee11.
Harper Williams8.
John Tate5.
Cary Herer3.

McCoy's 20.6 points per game was fourth in the Atlantic 10, Herndon's 15.5 was tenth.1)

Herer was first in the A-10 in assists (238 total and 7.7 per game), and second in steals (74 total and 2.4 per game).2)
The 7.7 assists per game stood as the A-10's highest average until Temple's Pepe Sanchez posted 8.0 in 1999-2000.3) No Minuteman has matched that number since.4)

A-10 Lists & Honors

Jim McCoy was named to the First Team, the only sophomore to do so. (Others were three seniors and one junior.) Will Herndon was named to the Third Team. Tony Barbee and Harper Williams were named to the Freshman Team.

Player of the Week
Jim McCoy was named twice, on 12/17 and 1/14, and Will Herndon was named once, on 2/18.

Rookie of the Week
Tony Barbee was named three times, on 12/10, 12/31, and 1/7, and Harper Williams was named once, on 1/21.


UMass master roster. (But some errors have been discovered in that data.)
This table is sortable. Click on any column header to sort.

#NameHeightWeightClassPos.Hometown / HS / Prep / College Transfer
30Anderson, Matt6-8195Jr.FBrewster, NY / Brewster
12Bailey, Chris5-11165Sr.GSpringfield, MA / Springfield Tech
22Barbee, Tony6-6215Fr.F/GIndianapolis, IN / N. Central
11Brown, Anton6-2175So.GColumbia, SC / A.C. Flora
33Byrnes, Michael6-7215Sr.FCanton, MA / Canton
10Giles, Rafer6-2165Jr.GRichmond, VA / Henrico
40Grodski, Ben6-9230Jr.CRiverhead, NY / Longwood
14Herer, Cary6-2185Sr.GFairfield, CT / Warde
34Herndon, Will6-3220So.FPittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice / Richmond
20McCoy, Jim6-3175So.GPittsburgh, PA / Central Catholic
21Nelen, Sean6-3185Sr.GSouth Hadley, MA / Wilbraham & Monson Academy
35Pace, Tommy6-5230Fr.FDenver, CO / Manual
44Tate, John6-8230Jr.FPittsburgh, PA / Penn Hills
31Williams, Harper6-7225Fr.FBridgeport, CT / Bassick
Roster page, from a 1989 publication. Find courtesy @UMassTwittter


1) , 3)
Per A-10 media guide 2019-20.
Through the end of the 2021-22 season.
season_1989-90.txt · Last modified: 2024/03/15 18:38 by mikeuma