AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - In the movie 'Hoosiers', before the state championship game, the team from the tiny town of Hickory , Indian was in awe over the size of the arena they were playing in. Coach Norman Dale then had a player measure from the floor to the rim. 10 feet, same as their small gym. That's the same approach UMass is taking into the Big House.
UMass visits 20th ranked Michigan on Saturday. The Minutemen will be playing in front of more than 100-thousand fans. UMass is off to an impressive 2-0 start and did have a chance to beat Kansas State out of the Big 12 last season. On Saturday, the Minutemen are giving themselves a fighting chance.
"The game is 11 on 11, it's 11 on 11 on the field so we just try to block that (the crowd) out, I never played in front of 100,000 plus, so I can't tell you how I'm going to react or how it's going to be", says UMass junior linebacker Tyler Holmes.
"We want to win, we're not looking at it as a win-win situation, I don't like losing, if I lose that's never a good thing and I know all my teammates feel the same way", says UMass quarterback Kyle Havens.
UMass head coach Kevin Morris told 22news that they have been piping in sound to get his team ready for the loud environment. UMass and Michigan play at noon on Saturday, it can be seen on the Big Ten Network
Michigan Stadium holds more than 110,000 fans. That's larger than the populations of Amherst, Northampton and Westfield combined.
UMass will have to stop Heisman Trophy front runner Denard Robinson. The Wolverines quarterback, in just 2 games, has thrown for 430 yards and ran for 455 yards.