Preview: UMass-Lowell

Entering their first season in Division I, it's all about learning for River Hawks

Updated: October 2, 2013, 5:11 PM ET
By Ryan Restivo | ESPN Insider

Akeem Williams, Ryan BoatrightAP Photo/Fred BeckhamAkeem Williams was a prolific scorer last season, averaging 19.9 points per game for UMass-Lowell.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks

2012-13: 15-13 (10-12 in Division II's Northeast-10 Conference)
In-conference offense: N/A
In-conference defense: N/A

Massachusetts-Lowell begins its transition into Division I and won't be eligible for postseason until the 2017-18 season. The River Hawks hired Pat Duquette, Bill Coen's top assistant at Northeastern, to replace Greg Herenda who left for Fairleigh Dickinson. Duquette signed a five-year contract and will take over the team's move from Division II's Northeast-10 to the America East.