• UMass travels to St. Bonaventure for a midweek contest, just 18 days after the Minutemen came from 13-points behind for a 73-68 win in Amherst.
• It marks the fourth road game in a three-week stretch where UMass plays five of six away from home.
• UMass ranks in the top 50 in the following categories: scoring offense (37th, 78.5 ppg), scoring margin (48th, 9.4 ppg), FG pct. (47.2, 50th), 3-point FG pct. defense (16th, 28.5%), assists (19th, 16.1 apg) and blocked shots (36th, 5.3 bpg).
• This is the 105th season of UMass Basketball. UMass has an all-time record of 1,224-1,073 (.533) in 2,297 games. UMass is 454-309 (.593) in conference games, including a 288-289 in Atlantic 10 play. The Minutemen have claimed 15 regular-season conference championships and five tournament titles.
• The 2013-14 season marks the sixth for head coach Derek Kellogg ... Kellogg starred as a point guard for the Minutemen from 1992-95, playing for coach John Calipari ... Kellogg spent a year as a graduate assistant with Bruiser Flintat UMass, two years at George Mason with Jim Larranaga and eight at Memphis with Calipari, culminating with the 2008 NCAA Runner-up season ... UMass’ win totals under Kellogg have gone 12, 12, 15, 25 and 21 last season with a second-consecutive NIT appearance.
GENERAL RPI & SOS INFO
•UMass is ranked No. 4 in the NCAA RPI, 7 by Statsheet.com, 8 by ESPN Insider RPI, CBS Sports, RealTimeRPI.com, 25 by Jeff Sagarin and 31 by Ken Pomeroy.
• Their strength of schedule is No. 27 by Jeff Sagarin and Ken Pomeroy, 30 by CBS Sports and RealTimeRPI, 34 by Stat Sheet and 40 by ESPN.
•UMass leads the all-time series 40-21. That includes margins of 21-7 in Amherst, 1-0 in Springfield, 15-13 in St. Bonaventure, and 3-1 in four Atlantic 10 Tournament games in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. UMass has won two of the three overtime games in the series - all of which have been played in Olean.
• The series dates back to the 1980-81 season when the Bonnies claimed both meetings - 97-79 in Amherst and 104-80 in Olean. The Minutemen have lost two of the last three in Olean.
• SBU won nine of the first 16 meetings before UMass reeled off 20-consecutive wins from 1989-98. The Bonnies won eight of 12 from ‘99-04 and UMass has since owned an 9-4 edge dating back Feb. 2004 - but just three of the last seven.
• As a ranked team, UMass is 8-1 against SBU and 3-1 in Olean.
• 18 DAYS AGO IN AMHERST: UMass used a 26-to-8 run over the final nine minutes to erase a 13-point deficit and claim a 73-68 win. The Minutemen outscored the Bonnies 10-to-1 in the final three minutes of play and forced four SBU turnovers to close out the game. Raphiael Putney led UMass with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Cady Lalanne had 16 points and Sampson Carter added 11. Trey Davis was huge late in the game and finished with eight points.
• LAST SEASON IN OLEAN: Chaz Williams posted 26 points and 12 assists in a 99-94 loss at the Reilly Center. The Minutemen shot 44 percent and made nine 3-pointers. UMass was also 17-of-20 from the free throw line. Terrell Vinson had 20 points before fouling out with 1:53 to play. Freddie Riley connected on 4-of-8 from outside as he finished with 17 points and Cady Lalanne netted 12 points and six boards. SBU got 39 points from Eric Mosley and was 32-of-33 from the charity stripe free throw. UMass was called for 29 fouls to 18 for SBU. The Minutemen outscored the Bonnies 63-61 in the second half after trailing by seven at the half. Williams attempted a game-tying 3-pointer with 20 seconds left but it was short.
CHAZ VERSUS THE BONNIES
•UMass senior G Chaz Williams will be facing St. Bonaventure for the fifth time in his career on Wednesday. Over the four previous games, he has averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 3.3 steals, while shooting 35 pct. from the floor, 27 pct from outside and 89 pct. (25-for-28) from the free throw line.
• In last year’s game at the Reilly Center, he had 26 points, 12 assists, four boards & four steals.
TOP PLAYS U
• Over the course of the last three seasons, UMass basketball student-athletes have had 15 performances earn a spot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays of the Day or Weekend.
• The latest came on Sunday when Trey Davis threw a bounce pass between a Fordham player’s legs to Derrick Gordon who tossed an alley-oop to Maxie Esho for the throw down. That earned No. 6 on the list.
• A week earlier, Chaz Williams (5’9”) blocked St. Bonaventure’s Youssou Ndoye’s (7’0”) layup attempt for the No. 9 play on Saturday, Jan. 11.
• Esho also earned the No. 8 play on Jan. 8 with his backcourt steal of Saint Joseph’s DeAndre Bembry and dunk that put UMass ahead 63-62 with 1:00 left en route to a 66-62 come-from-behind win.
• Other top plays included a Williams-to-Raphiael Putney alley-oop against Northern Illinois for No. 8 on Dec. 14, a Putney coast-to-coast drive and dunk where he took off from just inside the “A-10” logo in the lane against Youngstown State for No. 3 on Nov. 17.
• So what does all of this mean, you ask? Maybe not a lot in terms of basketball statistics, but UMass’ brand has been enhanced with visibility through social media whether it be Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and even UMassAthletics.com. Derek Kellogg has mentioned that the UMass basketball brand is well known and recognized nationally, further evidenced by the current roster which features players from Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington state.
KELLOGG PICKS UP WIN NO. 100 IN AMAZING FASHION
•Sixth-year head coach Derek Kellogg’s earned his 100th career victory - all at UMass - with a thrilling 88-87 come-from-behind victory at George Mason three games ago. UMass trailed by eight midway through the second half and by five (86-81) with 41.3 seconds left. But a pair of lightning-quick layups by Chaz Williams, three forced turnovers and a Derrick Gordon putback with 8.1 left helped the Minutemen remain unbeaten in Atlantic 10 play.
• What made the game special for Kellogg was that his first full-time job after college came in the late 1990s when he spent two seasons at George Mason working for Jim Larranaga from 1997-99. That stint included the 1999 CAA regular-season and tournament titles en route to a NCAA Tournament First Round appearance.
• With 102 victories entering the St. Bonaventure game, Kellogg is in third place on the school’s career victories list. Jack Leaman won 217 over 13 seasons and John Calipari is second with 193 over eight years in Amherst.
17-2 MARK AFTER 19 GAMES EQUALS THE SECOND-BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
•With a 17-2 record entering the St. Bonaventure game, the 2013-14 UMass team has matched the 1994-95 and 1970-71 squads for the second-best start after 19 games in school history. The record is held by the 1995-96 Final Four team which won its first 26 games.
UMASS RETURNS TO ASSOCIATED PRESS & COACHES POLLS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1998
•Following a split in last week’s games at Richmond and at home against Fordham, UMass dropped a few spots in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, coming in at No. 21 in the AP and No. 19 in the coaches. UMass received 353 points in the AP and 265 in the coaches poll. The Minutemen appeared on all but six ballots, following two weeks when they appeared on every AP voter’s ballot.
• When the Minutemen debuted in the rankings this season, it ended a drought that dated back to Nov. 1998 in each poll. Last week’s No. 19 ranking marked the first foray in the Top 20 in both polls since Feb. 24, 1998.
• UMass has now appeared in the AP Poll 87 times and is 126-31 all-time as a ranked team. The Minutemen have been ranked in the top 10 48 times, the top five 31 times and No. 1 15 times (32-4).
REFUSE TO LOSE
• With the style of play and mentality that Derek Kellogg has implemented at UMass, just about any deficit can be overcome. The Minutemen have pulled off some late-game heroics in three of their four A-10 wins.
• Four games ago, UMass trailed at George Mason by eight in the second half and 86-81 with 41.3 seconds left. But a pair of lightning-quick layups by Chaz Williams, three forced turnovers and a Derrick Gordon putback with 8.1 left helped the Minutemen remain unbeaten in Atlantic 10 play.
• Against St. Bonaventure the game prior, they erased a 13-point deficit with nine minutes remaining and outscored the Bonnies 21-8 to close the game. That marked the first time this season and the seventh time in the last three seasons a UMass club has overcome a double-digit hole to win a game.
• Three days earlier against Saint Joseph’s, UMass trailed by nine seven minutes into the game and again with six minutes to play. More full court pressure and timely shooting saw the Minutemen close the game on an 18-5 run.
DEFENDING THE THREE
•UMass has done a solid job with its three-point field goal defense this season, holding opponents to 28.5% from outside and 4.7 makes per game. That percentage ranks second in the Atlantic 10 and 16th nationally.
• Since Boston College made 40 pct. in the season-opener, only Richmond’s 40% (6-of-15) last Wednesday did a team made better than 38 pct. in a game. Teams have been held to five or fewer makes 13 times, with opponents averaging 4.1 over the last nine games - an that includes nine by Elon three games ago.