UMass hoop will face some challenges

ESPN.com is breaking down the nonconference men's basketball schedules for each team in nine of the country's top leagues, including the Atlantic 10. Here's Myron Medcalf's take on UMass' foes:


Toughest: LSU (Nov. 12), Charleston Classic (Nov. 21-24)

Next-toughest: BYU (Dec. 7), Florida State (Dec. 21), Providence (Dec. 28)

The rest: Boston College (Nov. 10), Youngstown State (Nov. 17), at Eastern Michigan (Dec. 3), Northern Illinois (Dec. 14), at Ohio (Dec. 18), Miami-Ohio (Jan. 4), at Elon (Jan. 18)

Toughness scale (1-10): 6 -- With Chaz Williams returning, UMass could make its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in more than a decade. The team’s nonconference slate, possesses a few opportunities for wins that will impress the selection committee. The Minutemen will face LSU in just their second game of the 2013-14. A matchup against New Mexico in the second round of the Charleston Classic is a possibility (have to get past Nebraska first). BYU, Florida State and Providence could be interesting games to look back upon on Selection Sunday.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Medcalf's analysis of the A-10's nonconference schedules.