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2022-23 Season

The 2022-23 UMass Minutemen men's basketball team represents the University of Massachusetts, the flagship campus in Amherst. The Head Coach is Frank Martin. 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 114th season of basketball in the school's history.

  • Current Record: 4-1
  • Conference Record: 0-0 (conference play starts Dec. 31)
RecordOverallA-10
All games4-10-0
Home1-10-0
Away0-00-0
Neutral3-0
Overtime0-00-0
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Scoreboard

Game Record Rank Notes
Date Opponent Game Results UM High Scorer UM High Rebounder Overall A10 UM Opp
11/1 AIC W 94-68 Kante (18) Kante (10) Exhibition. Kante impresses in debut, 8-11 FG shooting. Dominguez 16 & 3, Cross 15-8-5, Noah 10-4-5, Keon 10-2-2, Luis 8 & 5, Leveque 7 & 4. UM shoots 51% from floor, 41% from 3, 15-16 from stripe.
11/7 Central CT W 94-67 Weeks (16) Fernandes (8) 1-0 UM shakes off the rust, and makes a tie game after 18 minutes into a 27-point coast. All M'men get into the game, except Cross who sits out with a minor injury. Dominguez 7-10, 15 pts, 7 boards. Luis 14-3-4, Kante 13-6-2, Noah 11-8-4, Keon 10-5-3. Leveque 5 & 3 in 14 minutes.
11/10 Towson L 67-55 Cross & Kante (13 each) Leveque & Martin (7 each) 1-1 UM up 22-20 with 9:20 left in the first, then Towson goes on a 12-0 run, and a sign of how things go the rest of the night. UM cold with .345 FG overall, .214 from 3, .545 from the line. Kante shoots 5-6. Cross debuts with 5-9 shooting, but cooled off after one hot stretch. Rest of team shoots 10-44. Towson shoots .586 in the first, .532 for the game, and +9 on the glass.
11/17 vs Colorado W 66-63 Fernandes (22) Cross (8) 2-1 Myrtle Beach Invitational, First Round, at HTC Center, Conway SC. UM scraps out the W, as Buffs win the glass by 5 and snare 19 offensive, but shoot 34% overall, 24% from 3. UM shoots just 11 threes, lowest since the 2014-15 season. Luis 18 pts (8-11 FG), Kante 10 pts (5-8 FG), rest of UM 4-22 FG.
11/18 vs Murray State W 71-69 Cross (15) Cross (14) 3-1 Myrtle Beach Invitational, Semi-Final, at HTC Center, Conway SC. Trailing 69-68, Noah propels UM into the championship game with a game-winning 3. Down 10 with 7:30, and 7 with 4:45 to play, UM battles back. Cross notches his 1st UM double-double. Noah finishes with 14 pts, 5 assists. TJ adds 13 pts. Rest of team struggles with .256 shooting.
11/20 vs Charlotte W 60-54 Cross (12) Weeks (9) 4-1 Myrtle Beach Invitational Championship Game, at HTC Center, Conway SC. 49ers score the game's first basket, but UM responds with a 12-0 run and doesn't trail again. UM wins the glass by 10 and holds 49ers to 37% shooting. Weeks 11 pts, Noah 9 pts. RJ 9 & 6, Leveque 8 & 7. Noah & Cross named to All-Tournament Team, Noah named MVP.1)2)
11/29 at South Florida TBD TBD TBD TBD

Pre-season: UMass also played an unofficial scrimmage, at Holy Cross.3) No details of the results became available.

Schedule

All times Eastern PM, unless otherwise noted. Boldface opponents indicates an Atlantic 10 Conference game.
UMass master schedule, Printable
Promotional schedule

Date Day Time Opponent Site Event TV Streaming Video
11/1 Tue 7:00 AIC Mullins Center Exhibition none none
11/7 Mon 7:30 Central Connecticut Mullins Center DBH w/WBB at 5:004) NESN+ NESN Watch, ESPN+
11/10 Thur 7:00 Towson Mullins Center NESN+ NESN Watch, ESPN+
11/17 Thur 1:30 vs Colorado HTC Center, Conway SC Myrtle Beach Invitational ESPNU ESPN+
11/18 Fri 2:305) vs Murray State HTC Center, Conway SC Myrtle Beach Invitational ESPN2 ESPN+
11/20 Sun 1:00 vs Charlotte HTC Center, Conway SC Myrtle Beach Invitational ESPN2 ESPN+
11/29 Tue 7:00 at South Florida Yuengling Center, Tampa FL none ESPN+
12/2 Fri 7:00 at Harvard Lavietes Pavilion, Allston MA none ESPN+
12/5 Mon 7:00 Albany Mullins Center NESN+ NESN Watch, ESPN+
12/8 Thur 7:00 UMass-Lowell Mullins Center NESN NESN Watch, ESPN+
12/11 Sun 7:006)7) vs Hofstra Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational YES Network Watch YES
12/17 Sat 4:008)9) vs North Texas MassMutual Center, Springfield MA Basketball Hall of Fame Classic none ESPN+
12/20 Tue 7:00 Dartmouth Mullins Center NESN NESN Watch, ESPN+
12/31 Sat 2:00 at St. Bonaventure Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure NY TBD ESPN+
1/4 Wed 7:30 Saint Louis Mullins Center DBH w/WBB at 5:0010) NESN NESN Watch, ESPN+
1/7 Sat 2:00 at George Washington Smith Center, Washington DC USA USA, NBC Sports app
1/11 Wed 7:00 La Salle Mullins Center NESN NESN Watch, ESPN+
1/14 Sat 4:30 Rhode Island Mullins Center DBH w/WBB at 2:0011) NESN+ NESN Watch, ESPN+
1/17 Tue 7:00 at VCU Siegel Center, Richmond VA TBD NBC Sports app
1/21 Sat 1:00 at Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena, Philadelphia PA TBD ESPN+
1/25 Wed 7:00 Richmond Mullins Center NESN NESN Watch, ESPN+
1/28 Sat 4:00 Duquesne Mullins Center NESN+ NESN Watch, ESPN+
2/1 Wed 7:00 at George Mason EagleBank Arena, Fairfax VA TBD ESPN+
2/4 Sat 12:30 Davidson Mullins Center USA USA, NBC Sports app
2/8 Wed 7:00 at Fordham Rose Hill Gymnasium, Bronx NY TBD ESPN+
2/11 Sat 2:00 at La Salle Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia PA TBD ESPN+
2/14 Tue 7:00 Loyola Chicago Mullins Center none ESPN+
2/18 Sat 2:00 at Rhode Island Ryan Center, Kingston RI ESPNU ESPN+
2/22 Wed 7:0012) Dayton Mullins Center CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
3/1 Wed 7:00 at Duquesne UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, Pittsburgh PA TBD ESPN+
3/4 Sat 2:30 St. Bonaventure Mullins Center USA USA, NBC Sports app
3/7 Tue TBD TBD Barclays Center A-10 Tournament, First Round none ESPN+
3/8 Wed TBD TBD Barclays Center A-10 Tournament, Second Round USA USA, NBC Sports app
3/9 Thur TBD TBD Barclays Center A-10 Tournament, Quarter Final USA USA, NBC Sports app
3/10 Fri Tournament off-day13)
3/11 Sat TBD TBD Barclays Center A-10 Tournament, Semi Final CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
3/12 Sun TBD TBD Barclays Center A-10 Tournament, Championship CBS CBS

Other scheduling notes:

  • We had room to add one more non-conference game, but didn't end up doing so.14)
  • South Florida begins a home-and home series.15) UM is expected to host USF in a future season.
  • Towson begins a home-and-home series. UM will play there next season.16)
  • The game at Harvard is presumed to be the start of a series, but no report confirming that has yet surfaced.
  • UMass-Lowell has appeared on our schedule every season back to 2016-17, except for the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season, but no indication if this season's game is part of a longer series.
  • The games versus Albany, Central Connecticut, Dartmouth are expected to be one-offs. There have been no reports of extended series.
  • With 15 members for the first time in Atlantic 10 history, the league will keep an 18-game schedule, but will tweak the format. In recent years, a school would have home-and-homes against five other conference members. This season, the home-and-homes are reduced to four.17)
  • Penn State: UM was supposed to visit to complete a contracted home-and-home series this season,18)19) but their 2022-23 schedule does not mention us.20) Unsure if the game will be deferred to a future season, or bought out entirely.
  • The A-10 and Mountain West conferences spoke about possibly playing games this season, but plans in previous seasons never came together. TBD on how they might this season.21)22)

Roster

Official roster

#NameHeightWeightClassPos.Hometown / HS / Prep / College TransferStatus
4Cronin, Jackson6-0187So.GGreat Neck NY / Great Neck North / NebraskaActive, Preferred Walk-On23)
33Cross, Matt6-7230Jr.FBeverly MA / Brewster Academy / LouisvilleActive
3Diggins, Rahsool6-2185So.GPhiladelphia PA / Archbishop Wood / UConnActive
45Dominguez, Dyondre6-9200Jr.FProvidence RI / Woodstock AcademyActive
11Fernandes, Noah5-11180Sr.GMattapoisett MA / Woodstock Academy / Wichita StateActive
2Gapare, Tafara6-9205Fr.FWellington NZ / South Kent SchoolActive
10Kante, Isaac6-7259Gr.FBrooklyn NY / Putnam Science Academy / LIUActive
44Kelly, John6-7212So.FShelton CT / Cheshire Academy / FairfieldActive, Walk-On
0Leveque, Wildens6-10255Sr.F/CBrockton MA / Gould Academy / South CarolinaActive
12Luis, Reggie Jr. "RJ"6-7196Fr.GMiami FL / Mt. Zion PrepActive
20Marcus, Ryan6-3185Jr.GWakefield MA / Wakefield Memorial HSActive, Walk-On
1Martin, Brandon6-5223Gr.FMiami FL / Cardinal Newman (SC) / South CarolinaActive
13Thompson, Gianni6-8210So.FNewton MA / Brimmer & May / Boston CollegeActive
22Thompson, Keon6-0210Fr.GMerrillville IN / Hargrave Military AcademyActive
23Weeks, TJ6-4190Jr.*GWarwick RI / Woodstock AcademyActive
5Woodley, Ta'Quan6-8280So.FCamden NJ / Camden HS / South CarolinaInactive. Will sit out this season for personal reasons.24)25)26)

*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.27)28)

All student-athletes from the 2020-21 season have an option to play a fifth year, via a policy based on special circumstances coming from the COVID-19 pandemic.29)

UMass had no recruiting commitments, verbal or signed, prior to the McCall/Martin coaching change.

2021-22 players lost:

NameHeightWeightPos.Exp.Status / Notes
Buttrick, Trent6-8240F5 yearsEligibility exhausted.
Garcia, Javohn6-2180G2 yearsEntered transfer portal.30) Has committed to the College of the Sequoias, a community college in Visalia CA.31)
Jones, Greg6-7225F4 yearsGreg reportedly posted on Instagram in mid-March that he planned to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility and play again in 2022-23, but apparently changed his mind, and appears to be done playing in college.
Kelly, CJ6-5190SG3 yearsEntered transfer portal, as a graduate.32) Has since committed to Central Florida.33)
Kelly, Rich6-1175G5 yearsEligibility exhausted.
McCrory, Cairo6-5190SG2 yearsOnly played in three games in 2021-22 before shutting it down with a lingering back injury. He could apply for a medical redshirt, and, if granted, would have four years remaining. Although there have been no reports of him entering the transfer portal, Cairo is not listed on the official roster's May update, and was not mentioned among the returning players in the June update video.34)
Mitchell, Kolton6-3185G3 yearsEntered transfer portal.35) Kolton played sparingly in his three seasons at UM.
Santos, Preston6-6185G/F2 yearsEntered transfer portal.36) Has since committed to Southern New Hampshire.37)
Steadman, Michael6-10231F5 yearsEligibility exhausted.
Walker, Dibaji6-9200F4 yearsAlthough Walker told The Berkshire Eagle that he would continue with UMass,38) he entered the transfer portal on May 5.39) Reported that he will attend Appalachian State.40) 2021-22 was Dibaji's fourth season, but he only played in eight games before shutting it down with a leg injury. He could apply for a medical redshirt, and, if granted, would have two years remaining.

Team photo

Haven't seen the team release a posed photo as yet. Using this, after winning the Myrtle Beach Invitational, for now.

Left to right: Wildens Leveque, Ryan Marcus (20), Matt Cross, John Kelly, Gianni Thompson (hand on Kelly's head), Keon Thompson (in front of Gianni), RJ Luis, Tafara Gapare, Brandon Martin, Rashool Diggins (3, in front of Martin), Jackson Cronin, Dyondre Dominguez, Noah Fernandez, Isaac Kante, TJ Weeks.
Missing is Ta'Quan Woodley, as he did not make the trip.

Coaching Staff

Doug and Allen Edwards are brothers, Doug being 4 years older.
Will Bailey was an assistant coach from April - July 2022, but then accepted a role that brought him back to Saint Louis.47)48)

A-10 Lists & Honors

Pre-Season

UMass was picked to finish 8th out of the 15 teams in the A-10. Noah Fernandes was named to the All-Conference Second Team.49)

General season news

4)
Double-header with the UMass Minutewomen vs. CCSU.
5)
Start could be delayed if the 12:00 game runs long.
7)
Could be delayed if any of the preceding three games run long
9)
Could be delayed if the preceding game runs long
10)
Double-header with the UMass Minutewomen vs. URI.
11)
Double-header with the UMass Minutewomen vs. SJU.
season_2022-23.txt · Last modified: 2022/11/22 16:33 by mikeuma