At least UMass comes in playing well. The Minutemen closed the regular season by winning three of their last four, including at Xavier and at Rhode Island. George Washington ended a four-game losing streak by beating Dayton, 81-80, in its regular-season finale.
It’s the Colonials, UMass insists, who have its undivided attention. Not the larger picture of the Atlantic 10 tournament, or the possibility of returning to the NCAA Tournament. The Minutemen know those dreams die with a loss Thursday night.
“When we play our style of basketball and do what Coach wants us to do, we feel like nobody in the country can play with us,” Williams said. “We’re focused. It’s going to be a war every night. We’re ready for it.”