Down one with 17.6 seconds left and the ball, the Minutemen failed to get a shot off in their 83-82 loss to Temple at the Mullins Center on Saturday night.
UMass allowed a 17-1 run to VCU to start to the second half, erasing a five-point halftime lead to fall to the Rams, 86-68, Thursday night.
UMass travels to VCU Thursday night for a tip-off against the first place Rams on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m.
Thursday night’s game between UMass and VCU pits the two highest scoring offenses in the Atlantic 10.
Temple escapes a loss to Dayton with a 72-71 victory, keeping its A-10 record above .500.
Miami cruises to No. 3
The UMass men’s basketball team was firing on all cylinders Saturday night in its victory over Saint Joseph’s.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team used a season high 10 dunks to down Saint Joseph’s, 80-62, Saturday night at the Mullins Center.
The Minutemen host Saint Joseph’s at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3.
The UMass men’s basketball team had no problem taking care of Rhode Island Wednesday night, cruising past the Rams, 81-53, at the Mullins Center.
After several games this season in which it has given up sizable halftime advantages, UMass finally put it all together in the second half in Wednesday’s win.
The Minutemen will welcome rival Rhode Island to the Mullins Center for a 7 p.m. tip Wednesday night.
The UMass men’s basketball team may have lost one of its best players in guard Jesse Morgan, but the Minutemen have picked it up in his absence.
No. 14 Butler bounced back from a 75-58 loss to Saint Louis on Jan. 31 to take down Rhode Island, 75-68, on Saturday.
The UMass men’s basketball team was anemic from the free throw line as it fell to Charlotte, 66-65, on the road Saturday afternoon.
The UMass men’s basketball team travels to Charlotte on Saturday for yet another difficult test in Atlantic 10 play.
The UMass men’s basketball team won yet another game at the last-second on Wednesday night in a 61-60 thriller over La Salle.
UMass forward Raphiael Putney scored a team-high 17 points in the Minutemen’s triumph over La Salle Wednesday night.
The UMass men’s basketball team looks to avenge its 0-2 showing against La Salle last season when it takes on the Explorers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Facing guard-heavy La Salle on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, UMass will need to ignore its fast-paced instincts in order to come away with a win.
Men’s basketball senior guard Freddie Riley has seen his fair share of adversity while at UMass, but his changed attitude on the court has helped him become a better-rounded player.
The La Salle men’s basketball team upset Virginia Commonwealth, while George Washington steamrolled Charlotte in Atlantic 10 action.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team didn’t allow a field goal in the final six minutes to come back and hold off Richmond, 70-65, Sunday at the Mullins Center.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team put a stronger emphasis on pounding the ball inside Sunday, something that has eluded it in the past.
The UMass men’s basketball team will try to get back on the winning track on Sunday afternoon against a Spiders team that just beat No. 19 VCU.
The UMass men’s basketball team has struggled coming out of the locker room to start the second half in four of its last five games.
UMass men’s basketball great Marcus Camby was honored Saturday afternoon as his No. 21 jersey was retired in the Mullins Center rafters.
The UMass men’s basketball team couldn’t dig itself out of a 16-point hole as it fell to George Washington, 79-76, on Saturday afternoon.
The UMass men’s basketball team used a 14-2 run down the stretch to turn a one possession game into a 15-point lead as the Minutemen beat Duquesne Thursday night at the Mullins Center.
UMass men’s basketball guard Jesse Morgan will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL that he suffered on Jan. 10.
The UMass men’s basketball team nearly coughed up a 14-point second half lead at Fordham, but clutch play down the stretch helped the Minutemen escape with a 77-73 win.
Playing in a more increased role in Sunday’s win over Fordham, UMass freshman Trey Davis answered the call with a career game off the bench.
The UMass men’s basketball team dropped its Atlantic 10 opener Thursday night when it fell at Saint Louis, 70-62.
The UMass men’s basketball team begins Atlantic 10 play on Thursday night on the road at Saint Louis.
The UMass men’s basketball team rode Freddie Riley’s hot shooting and Maxie Esho’s impact on both ends of the floor to its first double-digit victory of the season.
The UMass men’s basketball team concluded its non-conference schedule with a 75-61 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday at the Mullins Center.
Chaz Williams hit a go-ahead bucket down the stretch to give the UMass men’s basketball team another thrilling victory, this time at Miami (Ohio).
The UMass men’s basketball team held off the Huskies for its fifth consecutive victory on Saturday.
Freddie Riley hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points – his best offensive output in nearly a year – as he and the Minutemen held off East Carolina on Saturday.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team withstood several extended East Carolina scoring runs before eventually claiming an 88-81 victory over the Pirates.
The UMass men’s basketball team rode Jesse Morgan’s career-best 35-point effort and
challenging defensive assignment to an impressive home win over Ohio Wednesday night.
Powered by a career scoring performance from junior guard Jesse Morgan, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team withstood a strong showing from Ohio in an 85-76 victory Wednesday night.
Sampson Carter, in his second consecutive start at center, put together a double-double effort to help UMass to a 78-73 overtime win over Elon on Saturday.
The UMass men’s basketball team overcame struggles late in the second half to defeat Elon, 78-73, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Saturday afternoon.
UMass men’s basketball center Cady Lalanne has been reinstated to the team after serving a suspension and will return Saturday when the Minutemen play Elon in Springfield.
The Temple and Charlotte men’s basketball teams continue to cruise through the early season schedule.
Jesse Morgan nailed four 3-pointers down the stretch to lead the UMass men’s basketball team past Northeastern on Tuesday night.
The UMass men’s basketball team tries to return to the win column when it faces the Huskies at Matthews Arena in Boston.
UMass sophomore forward Cady Lalanne was arrested Saturday night at the Student Union on charges of assault and battery of a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Through six games, the lack of a reliable inside presence is hurting the UMass men’s basketball team, which is struggling to win.
The Hurricanes closed Saturday’s tilt on a 24-10 run to top the UMass men’s basketball team, 75-62, at the Mullins Center.
After a last-second victory over Siena on Wednesday night, the Minutemen have a quick turnaround as they host a hot Miami (Fla.) team on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center.
Chaz Williams’ lay-up with 3.3 seconds lifted the Minutemen to a come-from-behind, thrilling 64-63 victory over Siena on Wednesday night.
Nothing has come easy for the UMass men’s basketball team this season, but Wednesday marked yet another thrilling victory, this time over Siena.
The Daily Collegian men’s basketball beat writers are in Albany, NY covering the UMass game against Siena and are live blogging via Twitter.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team returns to action Wednesday after a 10-day break when it tips off against Siena.
Following a tough four-game stretch to start the season, UMass guard Freddie Riley hopes a 10-day layoff from games will help him get back into form starting tonight against Siena.
The Xavier men’s basketball team beat Drake 74-70 on Sunday while La Salle took care of Villanova in OT and Charlotte kept its undefeated season alive against Northeastern.
It hasn’t always been easy for Chaz Williams, but he has made it. He is now the starting point guard for the UMass men’s basketball team and has instilled a renewed sense of hope in Minutemen fans.
Jarnell Stokes had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Tennessee past UMass on Sunday afternoon in Puerto Rico.
Terrell Vinson’s tip-in at the buzzer lifted the UMass men’s basketball team to another thrilling victory over the Friars on Thursday in Puerto Rico.
The UMass men’s basketball team takes on Providence Thursday night in its first game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
UMass junior guard Jesse Morgan made a statement on both ends of the floor in the Minutemen’s season-opening win over Harvard on Tuesday.
The Massachusetts women’s basketball team fell 78-69 to Central Connecticut on Tuesday in a frustrating back-and-forth affair that saw senior co-captain Jasmine Watson sidelined for nearly the entire first half due to foul trouble.
The Hawks opened their season with a convincing 61-35 victory over Yale.
UMass senior forward Sampson Carter may have been non-existent for the majority of Tuesday’s season-opening victory, but he delivered when it mattered the most.
Sampson Carter drilled a 3 in the final possession to give the UMass men’s basketball team a 67-64 victory over Harvard in its season opener.
The Minutemen host the Crimson at 10 a.m. as part of ESPN’s 24-hour college basketball marathon telecast.
The Minutemen return nine lettermen, including four starters, in a season full of sky-high expectations.
The UMass men’s basketball team faces greater expectations after its strong season a year ago.
The Atlantic 10 is creeping into the conversation as one of the best college basketball conferences in the country.
Ever since he was cut from his eighth grade AAU basketball team, Jesse Morgan hasn’t stopped working to try to prove himself, even now with the Massachusetts men’s basketball team.
The Daily Collegian’s Massachusetts men’s basketball beat writers share their thoughts and predictions about this year’s team.
The UMass men’s basketball team returns nine players and welcomes in three freshmen to this year’s squad.
The Atlantic 10 presents several different storylines in what should be an exciting year for the conference in 2012-13.
The UMass men’s basketball team had to grind its way to an 87-82 victory over American International on Saturday afternoon in an exhibition game.
The UMass men’s basketball team will host American International in a preseason exhibition game this Saturday at the Mullins Center.
UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg agreed to terms on a contract extension Thursday that could pay him over $800,000 annually.
Sophomore center Cady Lalanne will have to replace the energy of graduated center Sean Carter while also filling a void in the post.
The UMass men’s basketball team had its first practice open to the public on Friday evening at the Curry Hicks Cage.
On Friday, many schools across the country will be holding the phenomenon known as Midnight Madness, but UMass is not one of them.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team was selected fifth out of 16 teams in this season’s Atlantic 10 preseason poll.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball was back at practice on Thursday at the Curry Hicks Cage.
With the much-anticipated 2012-13 season approaching, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team is back at work.
Derek Kellogg lands a pair of small-forward commitments for the 2013-2014 season.
After arguably its strongest season under coach Derek Kellogg, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team is challenged by 12 postseason teams from last season.
According to a Daily Hampshire Gazette report, Boston College has decided to call of its annual rivalry game with Massachusetts.
Men’s basketball beat writers Stephen Hewitt, Jackson Alexander and Stephen Sellner dish out their grades for the Minutemen’s season.
In the semifinals of the NIT, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team fell to Stanford, 74-64.
The UMass men’s basketball team didn’t make the necessary plays down the stretch to bring its magical season to a halt in the NIT semifinals.
The Collegian basketball beat reporters tweet live from Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinal match between UMass and Stanford.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team’s season continues on tonight at Madison Square Garden in the NIT semifinals against Stanford.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will play at Madison Square Garden in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals for the second time in five years after the Minutemen defeated Drexel and former UMass coach Bruiser Flint last Tuesday in Philadelphia, 72-70.
Sports Editor Herb Scribner expresses how he’s been reacting to the Massachusetts men’s basketball team’s recent success.
After an unimpressive road mark of 4-7 in the regular season, UMass has put together three consecutive road victories against NCAA tournament caliber teams to advance to the NIT semifinals.
With the win, the Minutemen advance to the semifinals of the NIT to face the winner of Nevada and Stanford in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team kept its season alive with a 77-67 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday to advance to the NIT quarterfinals, where it will face either Drexel or Northern Iowa.
Terrell Vinson scored eight of his 10 points in the final six-and-a-half minutes of play to help lift UMass past Seton Hall on Saturday.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will play Seton Hall in the second round of the NIT tournament on Saturday morning.
Four Atlantic 10 teams made the NIT tournament, but only one remains after the first round as La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Dayton all lost.
UMass’ speed and pressure was too much for Mississippi State to contain as the Minutemen march on to the second round of the NIT.
The Minutemen overcame foul trouble, fatigue and a huge game from Arnett Moultrie to claim its first signature road victory of the season over Mississippi State in the first round of the NIT.
In a weekend of wild finishes, Florida State earned itself a hefty amount of spotlight with its tournament win.
UMass travels down to Mississippi State to take on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.
Over the weekend at the Atlantic 10 tournament, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team pulled off an upset over Temple before falling to eventual tournament-winner St. Bonaventure.
No. 4 seed St. Bonaventure used a dominant game from conference player of the year Andrew Nicholson to win its first Atlantic 10 tournament championship and advance to the NCAA tournament.
The Minutemen cut a 16-point deficit to one in the closing minutes, but ultimately fell to St. Bonaventure in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
After being down 16, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team made a run, culminating with a missed shot on a potential game-winner.
Join us live from Atlantic City with tweets from Collegian sports writers Jackson Alexander, Stephen Hewitt and Stephen Sellner.
UMass reversed its first-half shooting skid with a stellar second-half performance to knock off top-seeded Temple on Friday afternoon.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team defeated Temple, 77-71, in Atlantic City, N.J., to advance to the Atlantic 10 semifinals to face either St. Bonaventure or St. Joseph’s.
Join us live from Atlantic City with tweets from Collegian sports writers Jackson Alexander, Stephen Hewitt and Stephen Sellner.
UMass tips off with Temple in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals just nine days removed from its overtime loss to the Owls.
The top eight Atlantic 10 teams will begin battle at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday afternoon in the conference tournament, one that features several storylines and bubble teams.
Nearly two decades since last suiting up as a player for the Massachusetts men’s basketball team during the glory days of the 1990s, Derek Kellogg is beginning to see a return to that mentality and a program that is on the verge of doing something special.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team is headed to Atlantic City, N.J., after it earned a victory in the Atlantic 10 tournament opener against Duquesne.
Junior guard Javorn Farrell had a breakout game off the bench to help the Massachusetts men’s basketball team defeat Duquesne and advance to the quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament.
With the regular season behind them, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team will begin its quest to try and make the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night when it hosts Duquesne in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball finished eight in the A-10 standings despite their 9-7 record in conference play.
Jesse Morgan was perfect from the field and Sean Carter had a career-game in his last regular season contest as a Minuteman UMass held off Rhode Island, 89-83, on Senior Day.
On Saturday, senior center Sean Carter scored a career-high 22 points in the Massachusetts men’s basketball team’s 89-83 win over Rhode Island.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will celebrate the careers of seniors Sean Carter and Matt Hill on Senior Night at the Mullins Center versus Rhode Island.
Despite overcoming a 10-point deficit with just over two minutes left in regulation and controlling a six-point lead in overtime, the Massachusetts men’s basketball suffered a tough 90-88 loss to Temple on Wednesday night.
Wednesday night, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team enters a must-win game versus Temple if they hope to stay in the hunt for a top four seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Minuteman Jesse Morgan has been far from efficient shooting the ball, but history shows that tonight’s trip to his native Philadelphia may be just what the doctor ordered.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team had its worst shooting night of the season on Saturday and may have severely damaged its chances to make the NCAA tournament with a devastating defeat at Dayton.
With each remaining game carrying high stakes and postseason implications, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team travels to Dayton on Saturday for a tough road test.
The UMass men’s basketball team is yet to come away with a signature win on the road this season. That could change Saturday when they hit the road to face Dayton.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team outplayed Xavier on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center.
It was all Chaz Williams on Tuesday night, as he led the Minutemen to an important victory over Xavier.
Super Bowl champion and former UMass football star Victor Cruz paid a visit to UMass on Tuesday night to witness the men’s basketball team defeat Xavier at the Mullins Center.
Terrell Vinson’s time-expiring shot was ruled a 2-pointer after an official review, and the Massachusetts men’s basketball team fell by a point to La Salle on Saturday night.
Freshman forward Maxie Esho shined for the Massachusetts men’s basketball team in its loss to La Salle on Saturday night.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will look to avenge its loss to La Salle earlier this season as the Explorers visit the Mullins Center on Saturday night.
In its last matchup against La Salle, this season, UMass fell to the Explorers’ strong 3-point shooting night. Defending the arc is one of the many key factors in Saturday’s rematch.
Temple extended its winning streak to eight games this past week, as its chase for a Top 25 spot continued.
A poor shooting night doomed the Massachusetts men’s basketball team on Saturday night, as it fell to Saint Joseph’s on the road.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team heads to the city of brotherly love on Saturday night for its second and final meeting with Saint Joseph’s.
Due to injuries in the frontcourt, freshman forward Maxie Esho has been forced into action, and responded well.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team reversed a sloppy start to extend its perfect home mark for the season.
Jesse Morgan provided the lift the Massachusetts men’s basketball team needed as he converted six 3-pointers to give the Minutemen a 76-67 win over St. Bonaventure.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will seek to extend its home record to 12-0 as it hosts St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center.
Junior Terrell Vinson has flown under the radar this season, but his contributions are seen in other places than the box score.
For the first time in their last 14 meetings, Duquesne defeated Richmond at home, 81-72.
The Wildcats blew out a pair of inferior teams last week, to hold onto its top spot in college basketball.
Just three days following a damaging loss to URI, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team got back on its feet with a win at George Washington on Saturday.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team tries to rebound from its overtime loss at Rhode Island with a Saturday night tip off at George Washington.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will need to improve at the free throw line and in securing the basketball if it wants to have postseason success this season.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball missed a golden opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 on Wednesday night, falling to URI in an overtime heartbreaker on the road.
Sophomore Raphiael Putney has excelled as of late with his increasing minutes as a result of refraining from picking up soft fouls.
The Massachusetts mens’ basketball team moves away from the Mullins Center as it attempts to reverse its road misfortunes.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team made a large step forward on Saturday afternoon, defeating Saint Louis to move into a three-way share for first place in the Atlantic 10.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team got a boost it deserved from fans at the Mullins Center as the Minutemen raced past Saint Louis into first place in the Atlantic 10.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will take on a streaking Saint Louis team on Saturday at the Mullins Center in a clash of two first-place Atlantic 10 squads.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team is 10-0 at home this season, but its toughest home tests remain amidst a grueling Atlantic 10 schedule.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team fell from grace after suffering its first loss of the season.
The Flyers took first place with a convincing 87-72 win against preseason favorite Xavier
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team won seven games and dropped just two over winter break, and has jumped out to a tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 with 10 games remaining in the regular season.
Although recently Massachusetts sports haven’t been culturally significant, they are slowly but surely becoming so.
Sports Editor Jay Asser explains why the Massachusetts men’s basketball team is making strides in the right direction as the postseason nears.
Sophomore Raphiael Putney has made a big impact for the Massachusetts men’s basketball team on both ends of the floor.
The Minutemen continued to gain wins with a successful victory over Saint Joseph’s, a win which not only many refer to as the team’s biggest yet, but also got the Minutemen on Sportscenter.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team’s six-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday afternoon as it suffered an 82-75 road loss to La Salle.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team grabbed its first conference win of the season over Fordham on Thursday night.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball marched its way to fifth consecutive victory to cap non-conference play.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team improved to 10-3 on the season with a 73-65 win over Davidson on Thursday at the Mullins Center.
The Minutemen maintained their perfect home record with a win over Quinnipiac.
Entering winter break, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team finds itself in a similar situation as last year.
Freddie Riley, coming off the bench, helped the Minutemen come back in a thrilling contest against Sienna from the MassMutual Center in Springfield.
UMass defeated Siena on Friday, thanks in large part to the efforts of Freddie Riley, Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney as the Minutemen won a nail-biter, 82-78.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will make a visit to the birthplace of basketball on Friday night to play Siena in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team’s resiliency could pay dividends as the season wears on.
After commanding a 19-point halftime lead, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team nearly choked a way a victory, but escaped with a 63-58 win on the road at East Carolina.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will look to bounce back from its loss to Miami when it travels to face East Carolina
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team hopes to fix its turnover woes which were apparent in its loss to Miami.
On Saturday afternoon, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team fell, 83-75 to Miami at the BankUnited Center.
On Saturday, the Minutemen will throw down against Miami, a game which will be a homecoming for a few UMass players.
With a team-leading 6.3 rebounds-per-game, Cady Lalanne is slowly showing why he was selected as a member of the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Rookie Team.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team got back in the win column with its 86-56 victory over Towson.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team showcased its deep talent Wednesday night when Chaz Williams and Freddie Riley came off the bench.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will take on Towson tonight and will look to rebound from its 1-2 mark in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament last week.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team competed early but streaks by the opposition put the games out of reach to earn its first two losses.
The Massachusetts women’s basketball team fell to Quinnipiac on Tuesday night, 66-63, and dropped to 1-5 overall this season.
Over Thanksgiving break, the Minutemen didn’t fare as well as they hoped, winning one of three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.
Harvard defeated Central Florida, 59-49, on Saturday to win the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team defeated Boston College for the time since 2007 on Monday night, with a decisive 82-46 blowout win at Conte Forum.
Quality minutes from 10 players ignited the Massachusetts men’s basketball team’s rout of Boston College on Monday night.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team will look to make it in four in a row tonight as it travels to Chestnut Hill to take on intrastate-rival Boston College.
With the Minutemen travelling to Boston College Monday night, worries of playing on the road have sprung up within the team.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team defeated the New Jersey Insitute of Technology, 79-58, Thursday night at the Mullins Center to retain its undefeated season.
Although the Massachusetts basketball team used the 3-pointer to build a sizable lead in the first half, UMass coach Derek Kellogg thought his team should have utilized the paint more.
Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg has been generous so far this season with dividing playing time among his players and it has paid off
Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg’s plan to heavily divide minutes throughout the roster has been paying off for the Minutemen, who have gone 2-0 with their new style of play.
The Richmond men’s basketball team struggles to begin its quest back to the NCAA tournament, while No. 14 Xavier shows why it’s the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team’s offense was in full swing once again on Monday night.
Despite defeating Northeastern 83-67 on Monday night, the Minutemen fell victim to sloppy play consistently throughout the game.
On Nov. 11, the Minutemen’s wishes were granted as the team finished with a 85-67 win in its season opener.
In his UMass debut on Friday night against Elon, point guard Chaz Williams didn’t waste any time in proving what he can bring to the table.
After a disappointing finish to last season, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team returns in hopes of building on its success from the previous year.