Mass. College Hoops: Div. III Weekend Predictions

By Matt Noonan 

The college basketball season is officially in full swing and with numerous teams playing this weekend, here are some Div. III games to watch.

Men’s Basketball:

* Lesley University at MIT (Saturday) – The Engineers dropped their first game of the season last night to Rhode Island College, but can they rebound against a fast paced Lesley squad? Prediction: MIT 77, Lesley 56

* WPI at Husson (Saturday) – The Engineers are 6-0. The Eagles are 1-1. Will Chris Bartley be giving out free food at this one? Prediction: WPI 80, Husson 60

* Amherst College vs. Springfield College (Saturday) – Great matchup, two great teams and two great coaches. Charlie Brock and his Pride are off to a great start, but the Lord Jeffs maybe too much for the men sporting Springfield on their chest. Prediction: Amherst 68, Springfield 63

* Stevens at Williams College (Saturday) – Two undefeated squads walk into a gym in Williamstown and one departs with their perfect mark intact. Which one will that be? Prediction: Williams 64, Stevens 59

* Bridgewater State at Wheaton College (Saturday) – Brian Walmsley’s unit is off to a fast start, but can they keep the ball moving against the Bears? Prediction: Wheaton 68, Bridgewater 64

Women’s Basketball:

* Regis College at Tufts University (Saturday) – Both squads made it to the NCAA tournament last year, which is great. However, that won’t dictate the outcome of this contest. The Jumbos are on a roll, and I don’t know if the Pride can stop Hannah Foley or Kate Barnosky. Prediction: Tufts 70, Regis 49

* Middlebury College at Emmanuel College (Saturday) – Can a Saint beat a Panther? It’s possible, right? Prediction: Middlebury 60, Emmanuel 58 (UPSET)

* RPI at Williams College (Saturday) – The Ephs have earned some impressive early season wins against Salve Regina, Springfield College and University of New England. The Hawks enter the game having won four of their last five. Prediction: Williams 63, RPI 52

* Clark University at Coast Guard (Saturday) – The Cougars won the Worcester City Tournament against WPI. They’ve also won four games to start the season, too. Against the Bears, they’ll snag rebounds and score points. Prediction: Clark 66, Coast Guard 42

* Wheaton College at Smith College (Saturday) – The Pioneers only setback came against RPI. However, they did defeat Middlebury, 80-47, which is impressive, eh? Prediction: Smith 59, Wheaton 53    

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