We got one. Barely, though. That one win was against PC. The Friars had a lackluster lead-up to Puerto Rico. Providence only beat NJIT by a point.
Fast forward about a week from NJIT’s visit to Providence, and UMass handed the Friars a heartbreaking one point loss. It was another great game. However, it was a less than impressive outing overall for the Minutemen.
Earlier tonight UMass played the best team it will play all season. NC State should win the ACC. So, the loss isn’t the concerning thing. It’s the way the team went down. Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney need to play big-time games for UMass to play big-time hoops. That hasn’t really happened to this point. And this is concerning.
Still, the team is 2-1, with two solid wins thus far. The road ahead actually isn’t all that easy. The next three games (on the mainland); Siena, Miami and @ Northeastern. To sweep these three games — which should be the expectation — the team must play better.
Don’t panic yet. We can panic on December 4th if the Minutemen aren’t at least 5-2.
UMass takes on the Tennessee Volunteers in the “3rd place” game on Sunday. Then it’s back to the states for those three important games mentioned above.