UMass at Xavier Sunday, Feb. 8
DON'T LOOK now, but the Minutemen aren't playing so minutely. With its 85-69 defeat of Dayton on Sunday, 23rd-ranked Massachusetts ran its win streak to 10 and remained the lone undefeated team in the Atlantic 10.
For 21st-ranked Xavier, guards Lenny Brown (16.3 points per game) and Gary Lumpkin (12.4) get most of the ink, but the Musketeers also boast a top sixth man in 6'8" junior James Posey (15.8) and a rising star in junior swingman Darnell Williams (16.4).
With 6'10" Lari Ketner, 6'7" Tyrone Weeks and 6'9" Ajmal Basit leading a defense that tops the Atlantic 10 in blocked shots (6.2 per game), UMass hopes to counter by riding a frontal assault to victory.