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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Welcome To The Sweet 16!

Noontime Hoops Notebook

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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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch In Round Two Of The 2019 NCAA D3 Tournament

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Welcome to day number two of the 2019 NCAA Division III men and women’s basketball tournaments!

Let’s get you all set for another busy day of games, which will tip-off later this afternoon and evening.

As always, make sure to stay connected with @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.  


Haverford College vs. Tufts University (WBB) @ 5 p.m.: The Fords rolled the Ravens in round one, but today’s match-up with the Jumbos will be a tougher challenge for the Red and White. Tufts clicked into gear in the second half of last night’s game to beat Western New England for a round one victory. PREDICTION: Tufts University 

Emmanuel College vs. SUNY New Paltz (WBB) @ 6 p.m.: After guiding his team to a GNAC championship last week, coach Andy Yosinoff worked his magic again last night, leading his Saints to an opening round win over Hartwick. Look for the tenured coach to continue to find a way to lead his team to another victory this evening. PREDICTION: Emmanuel College 

Amherst College vs. SUNY Geneseo (WBB) @ 6 p.m.: This has the chance to be a very close game from the start, but the Mammoths should pull away in the second half to secure a spot in next week’s third round. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Bowdoin College vs. Smith College (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: This is a VERY enticing match-up – we are excited to tune in! Smith could pull the upset here, but slowing down Maddie Hasson and the Polar Bears may be a tall task for this Pioneers squad, which topped Merchant Marine in round one. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College 

DeSales vs. Middlebury College (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Panthers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. They scored a solid opening round win over John Carroll and should find their way once again into the win column tonight with a victory over DeSales. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Nichols College vs. Rowan University (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: We picked against the Bison when they faced Western New England last week. And we were wrong. Nichols rallied to beat WNE before beating Gordon College and Middlebury College in back-to-back games. The Bison should once again find a way to top Rowan on the road this evening to secure a spot in next week’s third round. PREDICTION: Nichols College 

MIT vs. Swarthmore College (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Engineers are one of a few New England teams that are equipped for a deep postseason run. They scored an impressive opening round win last night against Skidmore and should find a way past Swarthmore this evening. PREDICTION: MIT 

Amherst College vs. Rochester (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Mammoths cruised to an opening-round win last night, defeating Rosemont, 84-53. Amherst should find a way past the Yellow Jackets this evening, but it won’t be easy. Rochester’s Ryan Clamage will be a player to watch in this match-up. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Hamilton College vs. Moravian College (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Continentals edged Penn State-Behrend last night to secure a date with Moravian. The Greyhounds have won four straight, including an opening round win over Keene State last night, and should find a way to top the Continentals on the road. PREDICTION: Moravian College 

Gwynedd Mercy University vs. Williams College (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Ephs topped the Eagles of Husson University last night by netting 86 points. When the Purple and Yellow score 80 points or more, they normally win, so Williams must net that amount again this evening to beat the Griffins in Williamstown. PREDICTION: Williams College 

D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch In Round One Of The 2019 NCAA D3 Tournament

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to the 2019 NCAA Division III men and women’s basketball tournaments, everyone!

In honor of the opening round, it is time to unveil a special edition of 10 Games to Watch in round one, including predictions, too.

As always, make sure to follow @Noontime_Hoops for in-game updates, scores and more from rounds one and two this weekend.


MIT vs. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (WBB) @ 5 p.m.: The Engineers scored three wins last week, including a pair of road tournament wins over Babson College or Springfield College. They have a tone of momentum heading into this year’s tournament and should find a way to outlast the Monks. PREDICTION: MIT 

Merchant Marine vs. Smith College (WBB) @ 5 p.m.: The Pioneers are back in the ‘big dance’ for the first time since the 2012-13 season. They should find a way past the Mariners, who are coming off a conference tournament finals victory. PREDICTION: Smith College 

Rosemont College vs. Amherst College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: The Mammoths are one of the hottest teams in New England – they recently captured the NESCAC crown last weekend on the road, and probably have a shot of making the semifinals in a few weeks. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Keene State vs. Moravian College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: The Owls rallied to beat Eastern Connecticut last week in the LEC Championship. We are NOT picking against this crew, which should once again work its magic against the Greyhounds. PREDICTION: Keene State 

Middlebury College vs. Nichols College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: Nichols enters today’s contest with a lot of momentum after scoring wins last week over Gordon College and Western New England. Look for their momentum to continue against the Panthers. PREDICTION: Nichols College 

MIT vs. Skidmore College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: Despite losing in the semifinals last week in the NEWMAC tournament, these Engineers have the pieces to make a deep run. Skidmore topped Hobart in its conference championship, but we are not sure if they have what it takes to topple MIT on a neutral site. PREDICTION: MIT 

Bowdoin College vs. Hunter College (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Polar Bears saw their 26-game winning streak conclude last weekend in the NESCAC finals. Look for a new one to begin this evening on their home court. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College 

Tufts University vs. Western New England (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Jumbos appear to be clicking on all cylinders since losing early last month to Amherst. They should find a way past the Golden Bears, who needed to win a trio of conference tournament games last week to secure their first-ever tournament berth. PREDICTION: Tufts University

Husson University vs. Williams College (MBB) @ 7:30 p.m.: The Ephs received an at-large bid to this year’s postseason and should be able to pull out a win with its home crowd cheering them on. PREDICTION: Williams College 

Emerson College at Rowan University (MBB) @ 7:30 p.m.: The Lions have been a fun team to watch this winter, but Rowan may have the advantage being in their home gym this evening. PREDICTION: Rowan University


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D3 Hoops: Brandeis Men’s Basketball Returns To Postseason

I4CwSboa_400x400By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

For the first time since 2011, the Brandies University men’s basketball team will be competing in the postseason.

The Judges, who concluded their 2018-19 campaign with a 14-11 record, secured a spot in the 2019 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). Brandeis was tabbed one of the four top teams in this year’s tournament, along with Hood CollegeDrew University, and Wilkes University.

As noted in today’s release, Hood secured the top spot in this year’s tournament and will host one of four quarterfinals this Friday, March 1st at 11 a.m.

Brandeis, which last captured an ECAC crown during the 2010-11 season, will host John Jay College on Wednesday, February 27th at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to Friday’s quarterfinal against either Marywood University or Medaille College.

Following Friday’s quarterfinals, Hood will host the semifinals (3 p.m. & 6 p.m.) on Saturday, March 2nd and championship (1 p.m.) on March 3rd.

For more on this year’s ECAC Tournament — HOP HERE

For more on the Judges’ first postseason appearance since the 2010-11 season — HOP HERE 


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Which D3 New England Teams Are Going Dancing?

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Monday brought some exciting news to a slew of New England D3 basketball teams that learned they will be headed to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially tips-off this Friday, March 1st.

Below are the teams from New England that will be competing for a national championship beginning this Friday.

Men’s Basketball 

  • Husson University at Williams College (Williams will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Albertus Magnus at Christopher Newport (Christopher Newport will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Penn State-Behrend at Hamilton College (Hamilton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Keene State vs. Moravian College (Hamilton)
  • Amherst College vs. Rosemont College (at the University of Rochester)
  • Emerson College vs. Rowan University (Rowan will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Middlebury College vs. Nichols College (Rowan)
  • Mitchell College at Swarthmore College (Swarthmore will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • MIT vs. Skidmore College (Swarthmore)
  • Salem State at Oswego State (Oswego State will be hosting the first and second rounds)

Women’s Basketball 

  • New England College at The University of Scranton (Scranton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Eastern Connecticut vs. Johns Hopkins (Scranton)
  • Westfield State vs. Mount Saint Mary (Gettysburg College)
  • Western New England at Tufts University (Tufts will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Hunter College at Bowdoin College (Bowdoin will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Smith College vs. Merchant Marine (Bowdoin)
  • Emmanuel College vs. Hartwick College (at SUNY New Paltz)
  • MIT vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (at Ithaca College)
  • Middlebury College vs. John Carroll (at DeSales)
  • Husson University at Amherst College (Amherst will be hosting the first and second rounds)

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