The Massachusetts Minutemen could very well be one of the best teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference in the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, before they can get to conference play they must deal with their non-conference schedule, which really isn’t looking too bad.
Before we get to the games that are set in stone, Massachusetts may have to play New Mexico this year. If so, that will be by far their toughest challenge before conference play begins. The Lobos return a bunch of players and should have no problem winning the MWC this year.
The Seminoles are losing some talent, but a win against an ACC opponent like Florida State never looks bad.
Winning every game in the out-of-conference schedule would be great and is actually achievable. However, Massachusetts will have some tough games and could lose to a number of opponents, like the ones listed above.
The Minutemen may not be the favorites to win the A 10, but they will be good enough to do so. I am sure no team in the conference will sleep on them and I suggest that no other team should either.
This is a team that won 21 games last season and more could be in store in the upcoming one. The non-conference schedule looks pretty manageable, but Massachusetts cannot get too far ahead of themselves by thinking about conference play or making the NCAA tournament.