By Matt Noonan
There are two marque matchups to watch this evening across the state of Massachusetts in regards to Division III hoops, and while many will be glued to Harvard-UConn, here’s a two other games to follow too.
Amherst College at Babson College – The Beavers lost their November momentum this past weekend against Tufts University and Brandeis, but seemed determined to end their two-game losing streak against Amherst College. However, the Lord Jeffs haven’t lost a game all season, and are described as one of the most explosive offensive units in Division III. Babson’s junior guard Marcus McDermott talked about getting “his game” back on track Wednesday, and certainly, the Beavers will need their leading scorer to match the efforts of junior Willy Workman and sophomore Aaron Toomey for Amherst.
Prediction – The Lord Jeffs have scored 81 points or more this season through seven games, so if the Beavers are going to be successful, they’re going to have to force Amherst College to play their game. Amherst College 91 – Babson College 70
Salem State University at MIT – The Engineers are on a roll, and there’s a reason why they’ve won nine games this season, and it’s because of their focus and dedication. If MIT’s junior guard Mitchell Kates is “on,” then expect the Engineers to roll to victory, but don’t expect the Vikings to lie down. Salem State’s most recent contest resulted in a loss against Tufts, yet don’t expect them to dwell on it, especially if junior guard Justin Nieves scores early and often.
Prediction – Not to show any NEWMAC, (New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference) bias, but I think the Engineers might have just that one extra player who’ll help them secure the victory. MIT 78 – Salem State 70