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March Madness Notebook: Previewing Three New England Matchups

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By Bob Whitney | @WhitneyBob

The March Madness field is set after the conclusion of last nights ‘first four’ contests.

In case you missed it Farleigh Dickinson, Belmont, Arizona State, and North Dakota State punched tickets to the big dance.

The tournament will start today with Louisville and Minnesota tipping-off in Des Moines, Iowa at 12:15 p.m.

Looking around New England there are three teams with high hopes to be one of the Cinderella teams. Here’s a close up look at the three teams and the first round matchups.


No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Yale: Yale picked up the Ivy League’s automatic bid with a decisive 97-85 win over arch rival Harvard in the conference championship final last weekend.

The Bulldogs are the real deal and could cause problems for LSU with a veteran lineup and an explosive offense led by Ivy League Player of Year Miye Oni, who enters today’s contest averaging 17.6 points per game. Oni is projected by many to be a second-round NBA draft pick and if the dynamic point guard is allowed to control tempo this game could result in a win for the Blue and White.

LSU is one of the country’s most athletic and talented squads and most deserving of the third seed, as well. However, there are questions and controversy surrounding the Tigers because they had a first-round flameout in the SEC tournament and their head coach Will Wade is embroiled in an FBI recruiting investigation.

LSU and Yale will meet in Jacksonville, Florida this afternoon where the Bulldogs will attempt to improve to 2-0 in the Sunshine State after rallying to beat Miami last December at the Hoophall Miami Invitational at American Airlines Arena.


No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 Vermont: Gotta love the Catamounts who play in basketball-crazy Burlington, Vermont.

UVM is led by junior Anthony Lamb, who averages 21.4 points per game – expect Lamb to be a factor in his team’s early afternoon clash, as well as the team’s lockdown defense which may give the ‘Noles trouble in the opening minutes.

Florida State is playing excellent basketball having defeated Virginia is the ACC tournament before losing to Duke in the title game.

Many feel Leonard Hamilton’s squad has the length, athleticism, and skill to go all the way but will patience or lack thereof cause them to stumble under tournament pressure? Either way, I like the ‘Noles to win this contest but it won’t be easy.


No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Northeastern: Bill Cohen‘s Huskies punched their ticket to the big dance with a solid 82-74 takedown over Hofstra in the CAA title game last week.

Northeastern’s explosive point guard Vasa Pusica led the way with 21 points on seven three-pointers. The Huskies are one of the country’s top three-point shooting teams and if they can adjust to the change in elevation in Salt Lake City then it may cause the Jayhawks some trouble.

This past season hasn’t been one of Bill Self’s better teams which saw its record of 14 Big 12 Conference regular-season titles come to an end. Injuries have plagued Kansas and as a result, Self has been forced to play a bunch of first-year players.

The Huskies with Pusica at the controls will make life difficult for one of college basketball’s elite programs but in the end, I like Kansas.


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D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Team

ALL NOONTIME TEAM 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

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For the second-straight season, Bowdoin College women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles guided the Polar Bears to an NCAA “Final Four” appearance. (PHOTO COURTESY: CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Adrienne Shibles (Bowdoin College): Shibles guided the Polar Bears to the program’s second perfect regular season, along with a repeat appearance in the NCAA Division III “Final Four.” Bowdoin occupied the top spot in multiple polls this winter, including D3Hoops.com and WBCA, and matched the school record for wins (31) in a single-season. Shibles was recently named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year.


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Abby Kelly guided the Polar Bears to its second perfect season in program history this winter. PHOTO COURTESY (CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Player of the Year: Abby Kelly (Bowdoin College): The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and D3Hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year guided the Polar Bears back to the NCAA “Final Four” for the second-straight season after averaging 15.4 points per game in 33 contests. Kelly connected on 76.8 percent of her free throws while averaging 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Kelly became the 15th player in program history this winter to reach 1,000 points when she netted a game-high 27 points in a 72-59 win over Colby College in January.


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Caleigh Ryan became the second Wesleyan University women’s basketball player to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year. PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin/Wesleyan University Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Caleigh Ryan (Wesleyan University): Ryan became the second Cardinal in program history to be named NESCAC Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.6 points per game in 25 contests, along with 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The New York, New York native posted double-figures in 12 contests, including 22 points in her team’s regular-season finale against Bowdoin. Ryan also helped Wesleyan qualify for the NESCASC Tournament for the second-straight winter with the Cardinals earning a trip to Amherst College.


All-Noontime Women’s Basketball First Team 

Madeline Eck  Amherst College  Rye, N.Y. 
Abby Kelly  Bowdoin College  Bombay, N.Y.
Kelsi McNamara Saint Joseph’s College West Newbury, Mass.
Jac Knapp Tufts University  Westfield, N.J.
Nakira Examond  UMass Dartmouth New Bedford, Mass.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Second Team 

Hannah Fox  Amherst College  Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Maddie Hasson  Bowdoin College South Portland, Maine
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda Emmanuel College  South Boston, Mass.
Lauren Bondi Smith College  Burnaby, BC, Can.
Erica DeCandido  Tufts University North Wales, Pa.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Third Team 

Payton Ouimette Babson College  Medfield, Mass.
Taylor Choate Bowdoin College  Nashua, N.H.
Emily Pratt  Endicott College  Gardner, Mass.
Kenzie Worcester Husson University  Washburn, Maine
Kennedy Guest-Pritchett Smith College  Fairburn, Ga.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Keagan Dunbar Colby College Middlebury, Vt.
Peyton Perine Curry College  Fairfax, Va.
Christina Antonakakis MIT Holmdel, N.J.
Amina Wiley Mitchell College New Rochelle, N.Y.
Caleigh Ryan  Wesleyan University New York, N.Y. 

Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Mar. 18th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

The 2018-19 New England Division III men’s basketball season officially concluded this past weekend with the NCAA finals and semifinals.

And with the season officially ending this past weekend, it is time to unveil our final New England D3 Top 10, which finds Nichols College in the top spot followed by Amherst College (second) and MIT (third).


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | March 18th, 2019 

1. Nichols College  28-3, 15-1 CCC Previously No. 2 
2. Amherst College 25-5, 7-3 NESCAC Previously No. 1
3. MIT  23-5, 12-2 NEWMAC Previously No. 4
4. Hamilton College 25-5, 7-3 NESCAC Previously No. 3
5. Williams College 23-7, 6-4 NESCAC Previously No. 6
6. Middlebury College 18-8, 7-3 NESCAC Previously No. 7 
7. Keene State 20-8, 13-3 LEC Previously No. 5
8. Gordon College 23-5, 13-3 CCC Previously No. 9 
9. Albertus Magnus 20-8, 9-2 GNAC Previously No. 8
10. Eastern Connecticut 20-7, 13-3 LEC Previously Not Ranked

On The Rise: Brandeis University, Emerson College, Saint Joseph’s (Conn.), Salem State, UMass Dartmouth, and WPI

Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four | Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine|Week 10| Week 11| Week 12|
Week 13


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Mar. 18th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

The 2018-19 New England Division III women’s basketball season concluded this past weekend with the NCAA finals and semifinals, which means it’s time to unveil our final Top 10 poll of the season.

Bowdoin College secured the top spot with a 31-2 mark, while Tufts University and Amherst College rounded out the top three spots, checking-in second and third, respectively.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | March 18th, 2019 

1. Bowdoin College 31-2, 10-0 NESCAC Previously No. 2 
2. Tufts University 28-3, 8-2 NESCAC Previously No. 1
3. Amherst College  25-4, 9-1 NESCAC Previously No. 3
4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) 28-2, 12-0 GNAC Previously No. 6
5. Smith College  22-7, 13-3 NEWMAC Previously No. 5
6. Middlebury College 20-8, 5-5 NESCAC Previously No. 10
7. Babson College 21-5, 14-2 NEWMAC Previously No. 8
8. Eastern Connecticut  19-9, 12-4 LEC Previously No. 4
9. MIT 21-8 NEWMAC Previously No. 5
10. Emmanuel College 24-6, 11-1 GNAC Previously No. 7 

On The Rise: Trinity College, UMass Dartmouth, and Western New England


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three| Week Four|Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight | Week NineWeek 10| Week 11Week 12 | Week 13


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Welcome To The Sweet 16!

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Welcome back, NCAA Division III basketball – we missed you!

Well, we missed the tournament action, to be exact, but the good news is the postseason resumes this evening with a few New England teams still in contention for a national championship.

Here are some thoughts (and predictions) for this weekend, which should once again produce some exciting outcomes.

The winner of this weekend’s third round and quarterfinals will advance to next weekend’s semifinal and championship weekend. 


Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket | Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket 


Most Compelling Third Round Matchup 

  • Amherst College vs. Nichols College (MBB): The winner of this particular matchup should be able to get past Swarthmore or Randolph Macon in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Nichols is extremely deep and seems eager to keep on dancing, especially after coach Scott Faucher‘s dance moves were shared on social media. Amherst posses some unique challenges for these Bison, but in the end, I am expecting Nichols to pull out the win and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
  • Bowdoin College vs. SUNY New Paltz (WBB): The Polar Bears are hands down one of the best teams in D3 basketball. They proved it last weekend by rallying to defeat Smith College in its second round contest to secure a date with the Hawks. Taylor Choate was a big reason the Polar Bears were able to beat the Pioneers last weekend – she finished the game with 38 points – so expect Bowdoin to rely on her in this one, along with Samantha Roy, Abby Kelly, and Hannah Graham.

Teams to Watch This Weekend 

  • Hamilton College (MBB): The Continentals scored two interesting wins last weekend, including an 11-point victory over Moravian. I think the Blue and White could be the darkhorse in their four-team pod, especially if they can beat Christopher Newport, which hasn’t lost since January 26th when they fell to York (Pa.). Kena Gilmour, Peter Hoffmann, and Tim Doyle must produce double-digits against both Christopher Newport and the winner of Whitman-Williams.
  • Tufts University (WBB): I was courtside for both games last weekend, including an exciting victory over Haverford University, which secured the Jumbos a spot in this weekend’s third round. Tufts seemed vulnerable from the get-go, struggling to contain the Fords’ offensive screens, but the Powder Blue and White’s free throw shooting down the stretch was a big reason why they scored a 52-46 win. Tufts hasn’t played well in Medford this season but seems to be a much different team on the road. Look for the Jumbos to provide challenges to Messiah, and possibly the winner of Scranton-Christopher Newport. Tufts will need a big effort this evening Jac Knapp, along with Erica DeCandido.

Weekend Predictions

  • Nichols will top Amherst in its third-round game before outlasting Swarthmore-Randolph-Macon to secure the program’s first-ever bid to the national semifinals.
  • Hamilton will find a way past Moravian, but will most likely fall to Whitman, which I believe will beat Williams.
  • Tufts will beat Messiah in its third-round contest, but I am unsure if they will be able to top the winner of Scranton-Christopher Newport to secure a spot in the semifinals.
  • Bowdoin deserves to be in the semifinals, but they do have a big challenge standing in their way with the Hawks of SUNY New Paltz. The winner of this game will represent its third round/quarterfinal pod in the semifinals.
  • St. Thomas (Minn.) is one of the best teams in D3. They will find a way to beat the two-time defending champion Mammoths in its third round game en route to a semifinal final appearance.

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