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UMass Minutemen Going to NCAA Tournament, Get #6 Seed

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AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — The UMass men’s basketball team has made the NCAA tournament for the first time in over a decade.

Sunday afternoon, it was announced that UMass is the #6 seed in the Midwest region and will play Friday, March 21 in Raleigh, N.C. in the second round of the tournament as part of the round of 64.

They will face-off against the winner of a first-round game between the Iowa Buckeyes and Tennessee Volunteers, who will play for the #11 seed in Midwest Region.

UMass, who went 23-7 in the regular season, lost Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament to George Washington.

This year’s NCAA tournament marks the first tournament berth for six-year head coach Derek Kellogg.

The Minutemen have reached the “big dance” eight times in the program’s history. They last made the tournament 16 years ago – in 1998 – when they lost in the first round to St. Louis.

The best NCAA tournament finish for UMass was in 1996 when the team made it to the Final Four under head coach John Calipari.

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