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Versus Defending National Champions

UMass has played defending National Champions seven times, and has a 5-2 record.

TeamDateGame ResultsSiteUM CoachGame Notes
North Carolina11/24/1993W 91-86 (OT)NeutralJohn CalipariPre-Season NIT at Madison Square Garden. UNC #1, UMass #18. UM comes in as a 14½ point underdog, and plays like it to start, falling behind 11-0. Lou Roe takes over and scores 28, jumping onto the scorer's table after the final horn. UNC featured 6 players that went to the NBA, including Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, and Eric Montross.
Arkansas11/25/1994W 104-80NeutralJohn CalipariStarter Tip-Off Classic at Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA. Arkansas #1, UMass #3. Corliss Williamson's “our second team could beat their first team” quote ends up in the UM locker room, and Lou Roe takes it very personally. Roe dominates with 34 points and 13 rebounds.
Connecticut11/22/1999L 79-65AwayJames “Bruiser” FlintUConn #7. The U Game. Monty Mack scores a game-high 26, but rest of team can't match the Huskies.
Connecticut12/9/2004W 61-59Home (MC)Steve LappasUConn #7. The U Game. Rashaun Freeman hits the game winner, and UM students rush the floor after the horn.
Florida4/1/2008W 78-66NeutralTravis FordNIT Semifinal at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. Dante Milligan with 17 & 12 in front of hometown crowd. Future UM coach Matt McCall on the Florida bench as Director of Operations.
Kansas12/13/2008W 61-60AwayDerek KelloggKansas #25. At the Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO. UM holds KU to 34% shooting, and holds off final Jayhawk shots for the win, just the third of Derek Kellogg's young head coaching career.
Virginia11/23/2019L 58-46NeutralMatt McCallBasketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Virginia #7. A combination of VA's killer defense, and UM shots that refused to fall (30% overall, 19% from 3), and UM's bid to pull the major upset gets thwarted. UM cut a 16-point first half deficit to just 3 early in the second, but went ice cold again, hitting no shots in over 14 minutes.
vs_defending_national_champs.txt · Last modified: 2021/05/21 11:12 by mikeuma