Mass. College Hoops: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the weather getting cooler (well, not exactly today!) and basketball season in full tilt, it’s time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for this weekend.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 21 UMass vs. BYU: The Minutemen will look to earn their eight win of the season when they host the Cougars for a 1:30 p.m. tip. BYU enters the game having won two of their last three and three of their last four, while UMass junior Cady Lalanne is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds.

Harvard at Boston University: The Crimson will attempt to earn their fifth straight victory, along with their ninth overall win when they travel across the Charles River for the second time this week to face the Terriers. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders is averaging a team-best 15.1 points per game, while BU’s Maurice Watson Jr. ranks first on the Terriers in assists per game (5.6). BU, which has won four straight, will look to earn their fifth consecutive victory, along with their seventh overall victory.

Bentley vs. St. Michael’s: After seeing their seven-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday, the Falcons will look to rebound against a 6-2 St. Mike’s squad, which enters the contest having won one of their last three contests. Keep an eye on Bentley’s Tyler McFarland, who ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in points per game (20.4). He’s also fifth in rebounds (8.9) and three-point percentage (52.6).

Springfield at Williams: After losing to Hampden-Sydney, the Pride has rebounded with back-to-back wins against Penn St.-New Kensington and Trinity (Conn.). They’ll look to earn their sixth win of the season against Williams, which hasn’t lost since their first game of the season. Daniel Wohl leads the Ephs with 17.7 points per game, while Michael Mayer ranks first in rebounds (10.3). Robbie Burke leads Springfield with 80 points and 45 boards, while Alex Garstka ranks second in points with 79.

Eastern Nazarene at Endicott: The Lions, winners of six straight, will look to earn their seventh victory of the season, as well as well as their second Commonwealth Coast Conference win when they travel to Beverley to face Endicott. The Gulls commenced their season with four straight wins before dropping their last two games to Gordon and Rivier. Eastern Nazarene’s Jaylen Owens ranks second in the conference in points per game (18.2), while Endicott’s Taylor Rioux is second in field goal percentage (65.5).

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard vs. Long Beach State @ Phoenix, Ariz.: The Crimson will take their 6-2 record on the road this weekend when they travel to the Grand Canyon to face Long Beach State in the first round of the Arizona State classic. Keep an eye on Christine Clark (19.4 points per game) and Melissa Mullins (9.1 rebounds per game).

Fordham at Holy Cross: The Crusaders will look to earn their seventh straight victory when they host a Rams squad that recently won the Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament against Cincinnati in Las Vegas. Holy Cross’ ‘hot start’ is their best start in over 30 years. Holy Cross has also scored 70 points in every contest this season, including 92 points against UMass Lowell. Alex Smith leads the unit with 98 points.

So. New Hampshire at Stonehill College: The Skyhawks, winners of two straight, as well as three of their last four, will look to earn their seventh win of the season when they host the Penmen in Easton. Stonehill is 3-1 in NE-10 play this season. On Wednesday, the Skyhawks defeated Assumption, 79-68, thanks to 21 points, five assists and five rebounds from Mary Louis Dixon, as well as 14 points and nine boards from Tori Faieta.

Wesleyan at Williams College: The Ephs haven’t lost a regular season contest since last season when Smith College topped Williams, 53-49. Since then, Williams has won 11 straight, including seven this season. They’ll look to extend their current streak to 12 when they host Wesleyan for an important New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup. Keep an eye on Kellie Macdonald, who’s averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game.

Wheaton College at Clark University: Can the Lyons make it seven in a row? Wheaton, which has been one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far, is coming off a 77-52 win over Emerson College on Wednesday. Wheaton has registered 70 points or more in five contests this season. Clark has won three of the last four meetings, including both games last season. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker, as well as Clark’s senior trio, which includes Emily Reilly, Ashleigh Condon and Megan Grondin.

Noonan: Cleaning Off the Noontime Sports Desk

Nothing better than cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk, right?

By Matt Noonan 

Cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk before Hurricane Irene – always a good time.

* Currently, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees remain in a heated AL East division crown race; however, they’ll be able to duke it out on Tuesday, which is when the Bronx Bombers invade Fenway Park for a three-game series. Anyone else somewhat excited for this mid-week clash?

* Does anyone else believe that Tim Wakefield doesn’t have “Lady Luck” on his side? After six starts, Wakfield hasn’t earned win number two-double-zero. Of course, some believe that the Red Sox organization shouldn’t feel bad, but as a fan, it’s easy to sense some sort of emotion, especially for the oldest player in the MLB currently. Eventually the knuckleballer will earn that significant victory, but exactly when will it happen remains a mystery. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Mr. Wakefield, as well as pray for the Sox offense to produce some runs too.

* According to a recent report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera plans to start rookie quarterback Cam Newton during the team’s final preseason contest. Yet, is this a good or bad decision? Rivera has jostled this young man over the past few weeks, as well as given him false hopes that he’d be the starting signal caller this season. However, should Rivera really be saying this stuff? Seriously, haven’t we endured enough Cam Newton drama? In all honesty, I’d expect Newton to be the starting quarterback this season, but wouldn’t be surprised if Derek Anderson gets the nod, especially since Jimmy Clausen recently sustained a knee injury.

* If you’re a supporter of the Indianapolis Colts, how’re you feeling these days? Are you convinced that Kerry Collins is “your guy?” What’d you think of Reggie Wayne’s recent comments? In all honesty, it’s probably a “dark” time in Indianapolis. Perhaps the local economy will tank because of Peyton Manning’s absence? Hey, it happened in Cleveland when LeBron James traded in his winter jacket for flip-flops. Yet, without Manning, the Colts are a completely different team, so hopefully the Blue and White fan-base will have something to cheer about this season because otherwise it’ll seem as if Jim Mora is roaming the sidelines. Anyone remember his famous, “playoffs” rant?

* Brandon Davies was reinstated to the BYU basketball team on Friday after serving a season ending suspension in March. Yet, what exactly did he do? Well, he broke a rule and didn’t exactly respect the school’s honor code. In fact, have you read BYU’s honor code? It’s rather intense. Davies is the team’s top scorer and rebounder, so I am sure his teammates are happy to have him back on the roster. Although, one sure hopes that he’s learned his lesson and won’t have premarital sex again, especially since it’s forbidden on that particular college campus.

Well, that’s enough pondering. Enjoy the rest  of your weekend and of course, please be safe, especially those in New England!

Daily Noontime – April 14, 2011

Happy Thursday to everyone! It should be another great day, as usual, so get excited and enjoy today’s Daily Noontime for April 14, 2011!

Headlines:

* Apparently the NFL has gotten a memo and is now considering slashing rookie contracts, which is a great decision.

* Los Angles Lakers Kobe Bryant will owe the NBA a lot of money for an “offensive and inexcusable” slur.

* Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart wants another shot as a NFL starting quarterback, but the question is does any team want him?

* How would UConn fans feel if Kemba Walker became a member of the New York Knicks?

* Any college student would probably like what BYU is telling Jimmer Fredette, don’t attend class.

* In the end, Barry Bonds was found guilty, but where do things go from here?

Games to Watch:

* Minnesota at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 6:40pm eastern

* Montreal at Boston (NHL PLayoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Buffalo at Philadelphia (NHL Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Los Angles Kings at San Jose (NHL Playoffs) – 10:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Golf and Hockey, hmm…. not sure if they go together?



NCAA March Madness Day Five Wrap Up

Duke had no answers for stopping Williams, as he led Arizona past the Blue Devils for an important win.

By Stacey Kilpatrick

The reigning champs have fallen. I repeat. The reigning champs have fallen. Let’s get right into the upset of the day, shall we? The first of two Sweet Sixteen days ended on a very sour note for the 2010 National Champions, Coach K’s #1 Duke Blue Devils. They were speared by the #5 Arizona Wildcats, 93-77.

In the first period, Duke was playing pretty cohesively, with solid running communication. They were keeping close with Arizona, but edged the Wildcats out entering halftime, 44-38. In that play, Blue Devil high-scorer freshman Kyrie Irving (28 points, 3 assists, 1 steal) had 14 points, 2 assists and the steal, while senior Kyle Singler (18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 fouls) also netted 14 with 2 steals, 1 block and 1 assist.

But in the second half Duke wasn’t Duke and Arizona was pouncing. They went 13-0 with just under 15 minutes, were up by 11, 66-55, at 12:02 and took a 71-59 lead at 9:15. Arizona continued dominating by moving up to a 24-6 run at 8:33, top-scorer Derrick Williams (32 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, 1 block) threw down a sick dunk improving to 30 points and 11 rebounds at 8:16 and Duke was acting their color – blue, cold, stalled. Jamelle Horne (7 points, 5 rebounds) smashed a left-handed dunk with 7:02 remaining, putting Arizona up 77-63. The Wildcats couldn’t be tamed on the court or their bench. In rebounds they were 22 to Duke’s 6 at 3:46, Singler and senior Nolan Smith (8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) were taken out with 2:01 remaining and it was nothing but jubilation for the Grand Canyon State and all its fans as Lamont Jones made a jumper with 39 seconds, in one of the grandest victories (and upsets) this March Madness has presented.

Enough about the blue and white, so now, let’s talk about the rest of the night. Three of the four lower seeds, including Duke, were beaten. Does this tournament keep getting better or what? #8 Butler (last year’s losers) kicked #4 Wisconsin to their locker room with heads hanging, 61-54 and #3 UCONN trumped #2 SDSU 74-67. But the game of the night — again, a wicked hard decision at this point in the tourney – was the meeting of Jimmer Fredette and the #3 BYU Cougars and the #2 Florida Gators.

It came down to 0:02. Florida had come from a 10-point lead and BYU only ever had 3. Gator senior Chandler Parsons (16 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block) was running up the right. He leapt, shoved his arm in the air and the ball went flying. But it didn’t sink. Fredette (32 points, 5 assist, 3 fouls, 2 rebounds) shook his fist in celebration for five more minutes of opportunity. But, Fredette wasn’t rejoicing once the buzzer alarmed and now all the Jimmer jokes are silenced. He missed two 3’s and caused a turnover and a foul in OT. He did make an assist on Kyle Collinsworth’s layup, but the Gators sunk their teeth into the Cougs, 83-74, advancing to the Elite Eight for the fifth time.

Alex Tyus of Gator fame earns the statistic of the day. The 6’8”, 220 lb. senior made a career-high 17 rebounds. He has averaged 5.7 this season; with his second-highest actually being in Florida’s previous game against UCLA on March 19, where he held 13 rebounds in the Gators’ 73-65 win.

Friday is the second and final day of the 16 Sweetness. Looking ahead, two number ones remain: Ohio State and Kansas.

In the East, the Buckeyes face #4 Kentucky in Newark and in the Southwest the Jayhawks play #12 Richmond in San Antonio. Seeing how games have gone, it really is a tossup, but I’m banking for Kentucky and Kansas.

#2 North Carolina tries to keep their fight alive as well, playing #11 Marquette in the East and #10 Florida State faces #11 Virginia Commonwealth in the Southwest.

Any predictions March Madness fans?

 

Daily Noontime – March 3, 2011

Good Thursday morning to everyone and welcome into yet another Daily Noontime! Here is your news, headlines and of course, video of the day, enjoy!

Headlines:

* Sure, it hasn’t been done for quite some time with the Red Sox, but Boston seems determined to win 100-games this season, can it happen? We’ll just have to wait and see.

* Are you on Twitter? If so, make sure you are following some of the best athletes who are addicted to Twitter.

* It seems that that BYU holds themselves to certain standards, one of them being not having premarital sex, although one player chose to ignore this rule, Brandon Davies, who is now no longer a member of the men’s basketball team.

* The NFL Lockout looms and is now a reality, as the clock will strike 12-midnight before we know it. Also, if the NFL does go into a lockout format, it will just be considered a “Big Mistake!

* In case you missed it, the Chicago Cubs got into a fight with one another, which seems to be a regular tradition during spring training, right?

* The Police have charged Tina Stewart‘s roommate for murder on Wednesday, after the Middle Tennessee State University basketball player was pronounced dead at Murfreesboro hospital.

Games to Watch:

* Tampa Bay at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Buffalo at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Orlando at Miami (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Denver at Utah (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

* Detroit at San Jose (NHL) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Wow… the New York Knicks have their own theme song? Can you say, “San Diego Super Chargers?”