Western Carolina (4-8)
Holy Cross (3-8)
South Carolina: (8-3)
Georgia State: (9-4)
Points Per Game: 71.2 (263rd)
Rebounds Per Game: 34.8 (233rd)
Assists Per Game: 16.1 (Tied-71st)
Points Allowed: 67.8 (94th)
Key Player Stats:
Luwanne Pipkins: 18.2 PPG 3.2 RPG 3.8 APG 1.8 SPG .42 FG% .411 3P%
Best Performance: 30 Points, 3 steals, 3 assists vs Providence
C.J. Anderson: 8.3 PPG 5.2 RPG 5.8 APG .5 SPG .372 FG% .241 3P%
Best performance: 10 Points, 8 rebounds 7 assists vs Georgia
Carl Pierre: 10.5 PPG 1.8 RPG .7 APG .3 SPG .449 FG% .50 3P%
Best Performance: 25 Points (7-9 3P), 3 assists, 2 rebounds vs Maine
Rashaan Holloway: 9.7 PPG 4.6 RPG .2 APG 1.5 BPG .621 FG%
Best Performance: 16 Points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks vs BYU
Malik Hines: 7.2 PPG 6.0 RPG .9 APG .7 BPG .617 FG%
Best Performance: 10 Points, 9 rebounds vs Holy Cross
Ray Miller: 5.8 PPG 1.5 RPG 2.1 APG .4 SPG .453 FG% .341 3P %
Best Performance: 14 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds vs Niagara
Unique McLean: 5.5 PPG 3.2 RPG 1.4 APG .8 SPG .391 FG% .30 3P%
Best Performance: 11 Points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists vs Holy Cross
Chris Baldwin: 5.2 PPF 4.7 RPG .8 APG .7 BPG .403 FG% .344 3P%
Best Performance: 11 Points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks vs Georgia
Most Valuable Player: Luwane Pipkins
Without Pipkins, the Minutemen would be lost on the offensive end and probably near the very bottom of the NCAA in scoring. Truthfully, he is the only player on the roster who is able to create his own shot off the dribble and his quickness serves as a major factor to UMass’ sucess. Pipkins has already eclipsed the thirty point mark twice and is the second leading scorer in the Atlantic-10 (18.2 PPG) heading into conference play. Thanks to a more efficient three point stroke and a willingness to distribute at a higher rate, Pipkins has become one of the best point guards in mid-major basketball.
Most Consistent: C.J. Anderson
Without an array of ball-handling options, Anderson has filled the void in the point-forward role and excelled in his playmaking ability. He leads the team in assists (5.8) and is second in the conference easily distributing to the bigs on the block and shooters on the perimeter thanks to aggressive drives to the basket. Anderson has even contributed much needed rebounds from the guard spot and continues to bring inegral veteran leadership.
Most Improved: Malik Hines
Hines has been the most active forward for the Minutemen thus far, constantly running the floor and impacting the game on the defensive end. He leads the team in rebounds (6.0) and his energy has been the difference in close wins against Holy-Cross and Providence. Hines has doubled his minutes, scoring, rebounding, and passing numbers from a year ago and has seen a steady jump in his free throw percentage.
Biggest Surprise: Carl Pierre
Few would have thought that a lightly recruited local product would be UMass’ best shooter, but Pierre has been exactly that. On top of leading the team in three pointers made (37) and being second in scoring (10.5), he is third in the Atlantic 10 in three point shooting percentage (50%). At this point, it appears as if Matt McCall found an absolute gem and Pierre certainly made the right choice to skip a postgraduate year and get his college career started in Amherst.