Here is our updated Top-5 list for men’s Division III basketball.
1.) MIT – The Engineers ended their non-conference slate with no losses, but 12 wins. They’ll kick-off their conference schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 4 against an admirable opponent, Springfield College. MIT is certainly the favorite to win the NEWMAC, (New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference), and a victory against the Pride and Wheaton College this week will help keep them the top-dog in the standings. Also, D3Hoops.com announced this past week that the Engineers are ranked fourth in the nation.
2.) Amherst College – Similar to MIT, the Lord Jeffs are undefeated, and will host their next three contests in Amherst before heading on the road for five consecutive games. Sophomore Aaron Toomey and junior Willy Workman continue to lead the Lord Jeffs in points, rebounds, and assists, while senior Jeff Holmes remains the sole leader with 76 rebounds.
3.) Williams College – Despite losing earlier this season to Salem State, the Ephs have spouted off 10 consecutive wins, and will return to the court on Friday when they host Tufts University. Williams was victorious at the Coach Connor Classic, and hopefully that momentum will carryover for the remainder of the current calendar year.
4.) WPI – One of the more interesting stories of the season has been the Engineers of Worcester Polytechnic, who are led by freshman Marco Coppola, who has recorded 184 points, 18 steals, and 49 assists through 11 games. WPI will begin their conference slate on Wednesday, Jan. 4 against Coast Guard, who is currently sporting a 6-3 record.
5.) Salem State – Losing to the best Division III basketball team in the country by three points is rather impressive, but also defeating Williams College is something special, too. The Vikings have earned a few other impressive wins this season against Plymouth State, Brandeis and Colby College. Senior Brian Clark has recorded 197 points, 62 rebounds, and 10 steals, while junior Nate Simpson leads the team with 104 rebounds, (87 defensive, 17 offensive) through 11 games.