UMass Minutemen ranked 13th in the national AP poll

Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon (2) raises his arms to the crowd as he and Chaz Williams (3) heads off the court after they beat George Mason 88-87 in an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo)
Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon (2) raises his arms to the crowd as he and Chaz Williams (3) heads off the court after they beat George Mason 88-87 in an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo)

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The UMass Minutemen are slowly climbing their way up to being one of the top ranked basketball teams in the country. UMass students are rallying behind their team.

The men’s basketball team was ranked 13th in the latest Associated Press Poll. That’s the highest ranking since 1996.

The 16-1 Minutemen, lead by Head Coach Derek Kellogg, are now second in the Atlantic 10 Division behind Saint Louis. Their national ranking has jumped three spots since the beginning of the season.

UMass students told 22News they’re taking notice and letting Revere ride.

“It’s unbelievable they are all just working as a team,” said Alec Glvoni, UMass junior. “The coach is doing a great job too; and a bigger turnout this year. (So you’re seeing more people come to the games?) Yes.”

22News asked Joe Petrelli, UMass senior, if he would consider himself a bandwagon fan? Joe said, “I would and I’m proud of it. The university gets really excited about basketball. I’m right there with them, right in the crowd. I’ve been to a couple of games and they’ve all been really fun. It’s a great way to get out there and support the team.”

Their next home game is Sunday, January 26th at the Mullins Center against Fordham. Tip off is at Noon.

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