Massachusetts College Basketball — Division III Hoops Poll (12/6/11)


It’s Tuesday, which means it’s officially time to unveil our weekly Division III Massachusetts hoops poll. There really wasn’t too much change from last week, except for the records.

Men’s Basketball: 

1.) Amherst College 6-0 (Last Week/ No. 1) – Big wins against Springfield College and Westfield State University this past weekend helped the Lord Jeffs remain atop our poll yet again. This week, they’ll travel east to face Babson College in what could be a pre-tournament matchup later in March.

2.) MIT 8-0 (Last Week/ No. 2) – The Engineers are on a roll, but could boost their rating with three back-to-back-to-back wins against University of Massachusetts (Boston) on Tuesday and Salem State on Thursday and Tufts University on Saturday. Also, senior guard Jamie Karraker leads the squad with 111 points, while junior Will Tashman has recorded a team-high 87 rebounds.

3.) Williams College 6-1 (Last Week/ No. 3)  – The Ephs brought up the Hockenbury Classic crown on Sunday after defeating Purchase State and Worcester State. Next up, Williams will host Keene State and Springfield College, two critical games for the Ephs.

4.) Babson College 7-2 (Last Week/No. 4) – After ending their first month of play with a perfect record, the Beavers have fallen somewhat off the tracks – winning only one-of-three contests within the past week. Losses against Tufts University and Brandies could prove costly down the stretch, but currently, the men dressed in green and white seem to be focused on one thing – their game against Amherst College on Thursday. A win would snap their two-game losing streak, while a loss would add to their current losing woes.

5.) WPI 6-0 (Last Week/ No. 5) – The Engineers are one of the more fascinating stories of the early season. The play of freshman guard Marco Coppola has been impressive, but so has the play of senior Matt Carr, who leads the team with 52 rebounds, (15 offense, 37 defense).

Women’s Basketball:  

1.) Amherst College 5-0 (Last Week/No. 1) – The Lord Jeffs will look to end their three-game home stand with a win against Emmanuel on Tuesday before hitting the road for a two-game stop at Eastern Connecticut State University and Springfield College.

2.) Williams College 6-0 (Last Week/No. 2) – The Ephs keep on winning, and recently scored big against Bridgewater State University and Daemen, but can they keep the winning ways going against Skidmore and Wesleyan this week? We shall see!

3.) Babson College 5-1 (Last Week/No. 3) – After stumbling against Williams College in November, the Beavers have rebounded quite well with two back-to-back victories against conference foes WPI and Mount Holyoke. Babson can earn an undefeated record in the conference until play resumes in January with two victories against Wellesley College on Tuesday and Wheaton College on Friday.

4.) Smith College 6-0 (Last Week/No. 4) – The Pioneers picked up an important win this past weekend in Norton against Wheaton College, and can certainly take the next step with a victory against Springfield College, United States Coast Guard Trinity College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Smith College might be flying under the radar, but wins against the Pride and Bears in conference will help them keep pace with the Beavers.

5.) Fitchburg State 7-0 (Last Week/No. 5) – The Falcons return home on Tuesday for a three-game home stand against Lasell, Western New England and Mount Ida, which are three winnable contests. Fitchburg State has only won one home game this season, but has excelled quite well on the road, (5-0).

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