We are now just hours from tip-off of UMass Vs. Florida State. A Minuteman victory will put their Friday game at 4:30pm Amherst time. A loss, and the team will be playing at 9:30pm.
Before thinking about game two, the Minutemen must take care of business in game one. That will be no easy task.
Florida State Seminoles
Florida State is currently ranked 20th in the ESPN poll and 22nd in the AP poll. The team is 6-0 in this young season. To date, they have not really been given a competitive game yet.
That said, a pair of their wins were against non D1 opponents. Furthermore, another two victories came over Jacksonville and Stetson — a pair of Atlantic Sun teams.
The last two games of the six were against South Alabama and fellow Battle 4 Atlantis participant UCF. Overall, it would be fair to say that FSU’s competition has been about on par with UMass’ — lack luster to say the least.
That said, with Northeastern beating a decent Boston University and Elon beating a bad South Carolina team — UMass’ schedule looks stronger than it could have to this point.
Potential Game Two Match-Ups
As far as game two; I would anticipate a Harvard victory. The Crimson should be the best team in the Ivy League this season. Moreover, Utah has already struggled against mediocre competition. It you think UMass’ schedule has been “soft”, well, Harvard’s is likely worse. That said, the Holy Cross team Harvard beat did get a victory over that same BC team UMass just saw on Monday.
My point is that Utah should be another double digit win. Harvard, on the other hand, is much more difficult to predict. They have only played two D1 games. It’s too small a sample size to see where that squad is at this point in the season.
The Future Of The Battle 4 Atlantis
I believe the Battle 4 Atlantis will become a marquee tournament in the coming years. It might not yet be the Maui Invitational, but it’s a great opportunity for UMass to be apart of this Bahamas tournament this year. A nice showing against some reputable teams, on national television, wouldn’t hurt either.