By Matt Noonan
UMass’ men’s basketball team remains the 22nd best team in the country, according to today’s latest AP Top 25 poll, which was posted on ESPN.com.
The Minutemen, who’re 9-0 overall and 6-0 at the Mullins Center, picked up their ninth straight victory on Saturday by defeating Northern Illinois, 80-54.
According to the ESPN 2013-14 Overall Rankings, UMass is 20th in rebounds with 41.6 boards per game, 25th in points (84.0), 27th in assists (16.3) and 51st in field goal percentage (.480).
Chaz Williams currently leads the maroon and white with 16.9 points per game, while Cady Lalanne ranks first on the team in rebounds per game with 9.8.
It’s been an exciting season for the Minutemen, who commenced their current campaign with wins against BYU, Clemson and New Mexico. UMass also topped Boston College in their season opener at the TD Garden, 86-73, while winning this year’s Charleston Classic.
UMass will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they travel to Ohio to face a Bobcats squad, which they defeated last season. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. Ohio enters the contest 7-2. Their last win came against Alabama A&M on Saturday.