The 2020-21 UMass Minutemen men's basketball team represents the University of Massachusetts, the flagship campus in Amherst. The Head Coach is Matt McCall. The team plays its home games in the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The season represents the 112th season of basketball in the school's history.
|Date||Opponent||Game Results||High Scorer||High Rebounder||Overall||A10||UM||Opp|
|12/11||Northeastern||W 94-79||Tre Mitchell (31)||Tre Mitchell (11)||1-0||–||–||–||Tre dominates early and often, including 19 & 6 in the first half. Garcia impressive with 23 in his debut, including 9-13 FG. Pierre 14, Weeks 11. NU led by Walker's 29.|
|12/13||at Northeastern||L 78-75||Garcia (18)||Tre Mitchell (8)||1-1||–||–||–||At Cabot Center. NU goes on an 11-2 run in the second half, and holds a 10 point edge with 46 seconds to play. UM scrambles but the comeback attempt falls short. Husky defense limits Tre to 10 points and 3-10 shooting. Walker 20 for NU.|
|12/16||at La Salle||W 85-66||Tre Mitchell (37)||McCrory (9)||2-1||1-0||–||–||Tre shoots 13-17 overall and racks up 37 points for a new career high, shredding the Explorer defense. Pierre adds 14 points. Fernandes 11 pts, 9 assists, just 1 turnover.|
|12/21||Bryant||L 93-88||Pierre (23)||Fernandes, McCrory, Pierre (5 each)||2-2||–||–||–||Bryant's fast offense and hot shooting puts UM on their heels. Bulldogs' 22 turnovers lets UM hang around, but Bryant's zone neutralizes Tre (4 field goals, 3 rebounds), and UM settles for threes that won't fall (9-34 / .265).|
|12/30||George Mason||L 93-92 (2OT)||Tre Mitchell (23)||DeGray, Fernandes, Tre Mitchell (8 each)||2-3||1-1||–||–||Demoralizing loss as UM blows three late leads: up 8 with 1:08 left in regulation, up 7 with 3:00 left in OT1, up 6 with 1:30 left in OT2. Mason's zone defense frustrates UM, Tre stuck on 7 points until 4:30 left in regulation. Fernandes & Pierre with 19 pts each, Weeks 14.|
|1/9||La Salle||W 83-67||McCrory & Pierre (15 each)||Tre Mitchell (8)||3-3||2-1||–||–||Balanced attack with 4 M'men in double figures. Fernandes 13/7/7:1. Tre (11 points) relaxes a little with teammates carrying more load. DeGray 9/3/5, Garcia 8.|
|1/13||Rhode Island||W 80-78 (OT)||DeGray (21)||Fernandes (8)||4-3||3-1||–||–||UM uses a 17-3 second half run to go up 15, only to lose it and go into OT. Tre fights through 4 fouls and scores 4 critical points in OT, but star of the game was DeGray (7-9 FG, 6-8 FT, 6 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals).|
|1/17||at Fordham||W 65-46||Tre Mitchell (24)||DeGray (10)||5-3||4-1||–||–||UM throttled Fordham in the first, 44-17, and built it to 52-17, then offensively stalled, but it was enough. Tre 24 & 8, Weeks 11 pts, Pierre 9, DeGray 8 & 10.|
|12/11||Fri||1:30||Northeastern||Mullins Center||–||NESN||NESN, ESPN+|
|12/13||Sun||Noon||at Northeastern||at Cabot Center, Boston MA||–||NESN||NESN|
|12/161)||Wed||Noon||at La Salle||at Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia PA||–||none||ESPN+|
|12/21||Mon||4:00||Bryant||Mullins Center||–||NESN||NESN, ESPN+|
|12/30||Wed||6:00||George Mason||Mullins Center||–||NESN||NESN, ESPN+|
|1/9||Sat||4:00||La Salle||Mullins Center||–||NBC Sports||NBC Sports|
|1/132)||Wed||7:00||Rhode Island||Mullins Center||–||NESN||NESN, ESPN+|
|1/17||Sun||2:303)||at Fordham||at Rose Hill Gym, Bronx NY||–||NBC Sports||NBC Sports|
|1/27||Wed||TBA||at Virginia Commonwealth||at Siegel Center, Richmond VA||–||none||ESPN+|
|1/30||Sat||TBA||at George Mason||at EagleBank Arena, Fairfax VA||–||none||ESPN+|
|2/6||Sat||TBA||at Rhode Island||at the Ryan Center, Kingston RI||–||ESPN||ESPN+|
|2/14||Sun||2:00||St. Bonaventure||Mullins Center||–||NBC Sports||NBC Sports|
|2/20||Sat||6:00||at Duquesne||Venue TBA4)||–||none||ESPN+|
|2/24||Wed||TBA||at Saint Joseph's||at Hagan Arena, Philadelphia PA||–||none||ESPN+|
|TBA5)||TBA||TBA||at Saint Louis||at Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis MO||–||NBC Sports||NBC Sports|
|TBA6)||TBA||TBA||at George Washington||at the Smith Center, Washington DC||–||TBA||ESPN+|
|TBD7)||TBA||TBA||Saint Louis||Mullins Center||–||TBA||ESPN+|
Everything this season depends on how the men's basketball program, the the University, the Atlantic 10 Conference, and the NCAA react to the continuing threat of COVID-19 on health for all involved.
|#||Name||Height||Weight||Class||Pos.||Hometown / HS / Prep / College Transfer||Status|
|00||Antonopoulos, Brady||6-1||165||Sr.||G||West Brookfield, MA / Quaboag Regional HS||Active, walk-on24)|
|13||DeGray, Ronnie||6-7||220||Fr.||F||Parker, CO / Woodstock Academy||Active|
|4||Dominguez, Dyondre||6-8||195||Fr.||F||Providence, RI / Woodstock Academy||Inactive. Unavailable starting Jan. 13, per reasons the school cannot divulge.25)|
|11||Fernandes, Noah||5-11||172||So.||G||Mattapoisett, MA / Woodstock Academy / Wichita State||Active|
|1||Garcia, Javohn||6-2||175||Fr.||PG||Pickerington, OH / Brewster Academy||Active|
|10||Gasperini, Mark||6-10||245||Gr.||F/C||Moscow, Russia / Brimmer and May School / American Univ.||Active|
|20||Marcus, Ryan||6-3||175||Fr.||G||Wakefield, MA / Wakefield HS||Active, preferred walk-on26)27)|
|5||McCrory, Cairo||6-5||185||Fr.||SG||Hartford, CT / Masters/Northwest Catholic / Woodstock Academy||Inactive. Unavailable starting Jan. 13, per reasons the school cannot divulge.28)|
|3||Mitchell, Kolton||6-3||175||So.||G||Fort Myers, FL / Victory Rock Prep||Active|
|33||Mitchell, Tre||6-9||235||So.||F/C||Pittsburgh, PA / Woodstock Academy||Active|
|12||Pierre, Carl||6-4||190||Sr.||G||Boston, MA / Boston College HS||Active, team captain29)|
|2||Santos, Preston||6-6||180||So.||G/F||Warwick, RI / Woodstock Academy||Inactive. Nov 16: Reported to be “taking a leave of absence for personal reasons.”30)|
|24||Walker, Dibaji||6-7||190||Jr.||F||Columbus, OH / Woodstock Academy / Cleveland State||Active|
|23||Weeks, TJ||6-4||185||Fr.*||G||Warwick, RI / Woodstock Academy||Active|
* Eligibility difference.
2019-20 players lost:
Baptiste, Djery - Eligibility exhausted.
Buggs, John - Opted to transfer during the off-season.33)34)
Chatman, Sy - Transferred out after the Fall 2019 semester.35)36) Ultimately chose Illinois State.37)
Clergeot, Keon - Expected to graduate in Spring 2020, and has opted to transfer and play elsewhere as a grad student.38) Ultimately chose Southeastern Louisiana.39)
Diallo, Samba - Opted to transfer after the end of the season, will continue to play at Manhattan College.40)41)
East, Sean - Opted to transfer after the end of the season, will continue to play at Bradley.42)43)
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.44) Ultimately chose Florida Southwestern State (JuCo)45)46)
West, Randall - Eligibility exhausted.
Back row (L to R): Ronnie DeGray (13), Dibaji Walker (24), Tre Mitchell (33), Mark Gasperini (10), Dyondre Dominguez (4), Cairo McCrory (5)
Front row (L to R): Brady Antonopoulos (00), Noah Fernandes (11), TJ Weeks (23), Carl Pierre (12), Kolton Mitchell (3), Javohn Garcia (1), Ryan Marcus (20)
Not available at time of photo: Preston Santos
In the Atlantic 10 Pre-Season poll, UMass was picked to finish 8th out of the 14 teams. Tre Mitchell was named to the First Team.47)
Keeping some notes here as details come together.
All of these possibilities were set before COVID hit. These matchups may no longer happen, or delayed into future season.