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2020-21 Season

The 2020-21 UMass Minutemen men's basketball team will represent the University of Massachusetts.

The season will represent the 112th season of basketball in the school's history.

The status and timing of the season depends on how the University, the Atlantic 10 Conference, and the NCAA react to the continuing threat of COVID-19 on health for all involved. The NCAA had previously said teams could start play on November 10, but as of 9/16/20, that start date has been pushed to November 25.1)

  • Current Record: TBD
  • Conference Record: TBD
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2019-20 2021-22

Projected Schedule

Planning with COVID

  • UMass has agreed to participate in bubbled pod games at the Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville CT). Exact opponents and dates are to be determined.2)3) It is unlikely that fans can attend in person, but that has not been confirmed.
  • The Atlantic 10 Tournament will be at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY, March 10-14.4) Whether or not this will still happen, and if fans can attend in person, is all pending.
  • The A-10 / Mountain West Challenge Series, due to start this season, has been pushed a year.5) UMass was not one of the teams slated to participate in 2020-21, regardless.6)7)

Pre-COVID disruption

All of these possibilities were set before COVID hit. These matchups may no longer happen, or delayed into future season.

  • Jamaica Classic. UM is slated to participate in the 2020 Classic.8)9)10) The event is scheduled for November 20-22 (Fri-Sun), which is the weekend before Thanksgiving. 9/3/20 update: there's a possibility this event may shift its location to Florida, still to be determined.11)
  • Akron (Home): A return game from Akron is expected, but not confirmed.12) We played at Akron in the 2019-20 season. A home-and-home basketball series may have been tied in with the UMass/Akron football games contract.13)14)
  • Bryant (Home): This will likely be a one-off game, but not certain.15)
  • Central Florida (Away): This season's game starts a home-and-home series. UMass will host UCF in the 2021-22 season.16) The 2020 game was expected to take place in late November, as the team traveled back north from the Jamaica event.17)
  • Fairfield (Home): A return game from Fairfield is expected, but not confirmed.18) We gave Fairfield a road game in the 2019-20 season.
  • Harvard (Home): This season's game will conclude a series.19) The Ivy League has said it will not have games in any sport during “the fall semester”.20)21)22) How this impacts the HU/UM game remains to be seen.
  • Northeastern (Away): This season's game will conclude a series.23)
  • Rutgers (Home): This season's game will conclude a series.24)25)
  • Sacred Heart (Home): This will likely be a one-off game, but not certain.26)
  • UMass-Lowell (Home): We have hosted UML for our season opener for the past four seasons. Assuming this will continue, but not confirmed.
  • Athletic Director Ryan Bamford has stated that he will continue to explore opportunities in conjunction with football and men's basketball scheduling, like what we've done with Akron, Rutgers, South Carolina and Georgia.27)28)

Atlantic 10 slate

Projected Roster

Things may change significantly prior to the start of the season. Here's what we're tracking and projecting.

#NameHeightWeightClassPos.Hometown / HS / Prep / College TransferStatus
0Antonopoulos, Brady6-1165Sr.GWest Brookfield, MA / Quaboag Regional HSActive, walk-on30)
13DeGray, Ronnie6-7220Fr.FParker, CO / Woodstock AcademyActive
4Dominguez, Dyondre6-8195Fr.FProvidence, RI / Woodstock AcademyActive
11Fernandes, Noah5-11172So.GMattapoisett, MA / Woodstock Academy / Wichita StateActive
1Garcia, Javohn6-2175Fr.PGPickerington, OH / Brewster AcademyActive
10Gasperini, Mark6-10245Gr.F/CMoscow, Russia / Brimmer and May School / American Univ.Active
20Marcus, Ryan6-3175Fr.GWakefield, MA / Wakefield HSActive, preferred walk-on31)32)
5McCrory, Cairo6-5185Fr.SGHartford, CT / Masters/Northwest Catholic / Woodstock AcademyActive
3Mitchell, Kolton6-3175So.GFort Myers, FL / Victory Rock PrepActive
33Mitchell, Tre6-9235So.F/CPittsburgh, PA / Woodstock AcademyActive
12Pierre, Carl6-4190Sr.GBoston, MA / Boston College HSActive, assumed to again serve as team captain
2Santos, Preston6-6180So.G/FWarwick, RI / Woodstock AcademyActive
24Walker, Dibaji6-7190Jr.FColumbus, OH / Woodstock Academy / Cleveland StateActive
23Weeks, TJ6-4185Fr.*GWarwick, RI / Woodstock AcademyActive

* Eligibility difference.

  • TJ Weeks requested and received a medical redshirt for the 2019-20 season, having only played in the first 10 games before sitting out the rest of the season.33)34)

2019-20 players lost:
Baptiste, Djery - Eligibility exhausted.
Buggs, John - Opted to transfer during the off-season.35)36)
Chatman, Sy - Transferred out after the Fall 2019 semester.37)38) Ultimately chose Illinois State.39)
Clergeot, Keon - Expected to graduate in Spring 2020, and has opted to transfer and play elsewhere as a grad student.40) Ultimately chose Southeastern Louisiana.41)
Diallo, Samba - Opted to transfer after the end of the season, will continue to play at Manhattan College.42)43)
East, Sean - Opted to transfer after the end of the season, will continue to play at Bradley.44)45)
Higginbottom, Davonte - expected to graduate in Spring 2020, would have college athletics eligibility left, but not expected to return.
Jackson, CJ - Opted to transfer after the end of the season.46) Ultimately chose Florida Southwestern State (JuCo)47)48)
West, Randall - Eligibility exhausted.

season_2020-21.txt · Last modified: 2020/10/25 00:19 by mikeuma