Mass College Hoops – D3Hoops Saturday Tournament Predictions

Can the Babson Beavers keep their playoff hopes alive against MIT on Saturday? (Photo Credit: Babson College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

The Division III college basketball season in Massachusetts is slowly dwindling down, and on Saturday, a few conferences will crown some champions, while others will attempt to punch their ticket to the title match on Sunday.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions for Saturday’s various affairs.

NEWMAC Men’s Semi-Finals:

MIT vs. Babson College If the Beavers want to keep their postseason hopes alive, they’ll have to play flawless basketball against a team that very rarely makes a mistake. However, the Beavers defense has struggled this season against an Engineers offensive unit that can score in and outside the paint. PREDICTION – MIT 72, Babson 63

WPI vs. Springfield College – Both teams have beaten each other once this year, but now, one win will decide who goes on and who goes home. WPI’s senior Matt Carr will be a challenge for Charlie Brock’s team, who’ll need his squad to limit the his offensive production in the paint. PREDICTION – WPI 59, Springfield College 56

NEWMAC Women’s Semi-Finals:

Babson College vs. Wellesley College – The Beavers should have no problem getting past the Blue, who earned an impressive victory on Wednesday against Springfield College. Yet, against seniors Kathleen King and Nicki Wurdeman, as well as junior Sarah Collins, Wellesley will most likely struggle on both offense and defense. PREDICTION – Babson 79, Wellesley 48

Smith College vs. WPI – It’s hard to believe that WPI has made it this far, especially since they’ve endured some tough stretches this year. However, against a well-coached Pioneers team, I’m expecting the Engineers to keep things rather close. PREDICTION – Smith 58, WPI 51

NESCAC Men’s Semi-Finals:

Bates College at Amherst College – The top-ranked Lord Jeffs will face a Bobcats team that they’ve already beaten once this season. Senior David Waller paced Amherst with 19 points in that particular win, and could certainly duplicate his performance on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION – Amherst 60, Bates 47

Wesleyan University vs. Trinity College – This will certainly be a game that you’ll want to track because either squad is capable of winning this particular match. The Cardinals have contended quite well this year against Trinity, Amherst and Williams, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they maneuver a win past the second best team in the conference. PREDICTION – Wesleyan 62, Trinity 61

Caroline Stedman and Amherst College face Colby College on Saturday, which is a critical match for both squads!(Photo Credit: Amherst College/Amherst College Athletics)

NESCAC Women’s Semi-Finals: 

Colby College vs. Amherst College – Earlier this season, Amherst struggled from the charity stripe when they faced Colby, but still managed to find a way to beat them in Maine. Although, this particular matchup will be held in Amherst, and you can bet the Lord Jeff supporters will be the “sixth man” for the women sporting the purple, black and white. PREDICTION – Amherst 65, Colby 50

Bowdoin College vs. Tufts University – Prior to their last meeting, the Jumbos were on an 11-game winning streak, which the Polar Bears snapped when they invaded Medford. The Jumbos can avenge their heartbreaking defeat by playing solid defense, and limiting the Polar Bears second and third scoring chances. PREDICTION – Tufts 58, Bowdoin 56

MASCAC Men’s Conference Championship:

Bridgewater State vs. Salem State – This is certainly an enticing matchup, especially since both squads split the season series by winning on their home courts. However, Salem State will be the host in this particular clash, which might provide the extra advantage for the Vikings. PREDICTION – Salem State 88, Bridgewater State 79

MASCAC Women’s Conference Championship:

Bridgewater State vs. MCLA – The Trailblazers ended their season with an excruciating loss to the Bears in Bridgewater. MCLA has outscored their conference opponents this past week, 178-155, and will attempt to limit Bridgewater’s second and third opportunities on the glass, which won’t be easy. PREDICTION – Bridgewater State 76, MCLA 65

GNAC Women’s Conference Championship:

Emmanuel College vs. St. Joe’s (Maine) – The Saints earned their 12th conference championship berth on Thursday when they defeated the Rams of Suffolk University, 87-58. Emmanuel College has won the title match 13 of 16 times, while St. Joe’s last earned the crown in 1998. PREDICTION – Emmanuel College 80, St. Joe’s 65

NECC Men’s Conference Championship:

Becker College vs. Elms College – The Hawks earned an impressive win against Newbury College on Friday, which not only launched them into the conference championship, but also provided head coach Brian Gorman his 100th win. Becker College finished their conference slate 16-0, and should have no problem getting by a physical Elms College team. PREDICTION – Becker College 70, Elms College 60

NECC Women’s Conference Championship:

Daniel Webster vs. Elms College – The Eagles earned some serious momentum on Friday evening when they knocked-off top seeded Regis College, 66-63 in Weston. Now, they’ll try to keep their March Madness hopes alive against Elms College, who defeated Daniel Webster twice this season. PREDICTION – Daniel Webster 65, Elms College 63 oHoweve

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