Breaking down UMass, BYU basketball's next opponent (8 items)
The Cougars hit the road on Saturday to face their third ranked opponent of the young 2013-14 season as they face No. 21 UMass at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
UMass earned its first AP Top 25 ranking since the 1998-99 season after upsetting No. 19 New Mexico and beating Clemson to win the Charleston Classic. Clearly, this team deserves BYU’s full attention.
From Chaz Williams to Cady Lalanne, here’s everything you need to know about the Minutemen.
Lafe Peavler is a sportswriter intern at the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler
1 of 8. Chaz Williams, G, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds
However, Williams isn’t consistently hot from the field. For example, he went 1-for-12 against Clemson and finished with just four points. He’s a lot like BYU’s Matt Carlino in that both players can explode for a lot of points or have a quiet day. That makes this matchup all the more fascinating.
2 of 8. Derrick Gordon, G, 6-3, 200
The sophomore averages 11.0 points per game, rounding out a starting five that all average double-digit points. He led the way for the Minutemen against Nebraska with 20 points in their 96-90 win.
3 of 8. Raphiael Putney, F, 6-9, 185
Talk about good timing.
Putney’s numbers are solid with 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. The Cougars will need to keep a close eye on this clutch player.
4 of 8. Sampson Carter, F, 6-8, 220
Carter also averages 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. While he’s not UMass’ most explosive player, he’s more than capable of hitting a big three.
5 of 8. Cady Lalanne, C, 6-10, 253
Lalanne is also the Minutemen’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 17.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. BYU’s big men will have their hands full managing Lalanne, no doubt about it.