Tufts Looks To Snatch The Top Spots In The Upcoming NESCAC Tournament

Tufts Jumbos LogoBy Matt Noonan 

Both Tufts University basketball teams have a chance to secure the top spot in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournaments as long as both squads beat Middlebury College this evening (Friday, February 14th) and Williams College (Saturday, February 15th) tomorrow.

The Tufts men’s team positioned themselves for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament earlier this month with an 80-67 win over Colby College followed by back-to-back wins at Connecticut College and Trinity College. The loss to Tufts was Colby’s first of the 2019-20 season. 

The Tufts women’s team, which has yet to drop a single game this season, has been the top team in the NESCAC over the past few weeks, thanks to wins last month over Amherst College and Bowdoin College, two teams that will most likely secure the second and third seed in the conference tournament.

The Tufts men’s basketball team last secured the top spot in the NESCAC Tournament in 2017 with an end of season win against Williams. Tufts beat Hamilton College on its home court eight days later in the quarterfinals before falling to Williams in Medford in the semifinals. Tufts did make the NCAA Tournament that year as an at-large but saw its bid toward a national championship conclude against Babson College, which went onto beat Augustana eight days later in the D-III Championship.

The Tufts women’s team secured the top seed in the tournament in 2016 but lost to Amherst in the finals. Tufts rebounded from the one-point setback to the Mammoths by winning five consecutive postseason games as an at-large bid before falling to Thomas More in the national championship game.

We will learn the pairings for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament later this weekend, as well as which teams will face Tufts next weekend.

D3 Basketball: Tufts Secures The Top Spot In Wednesday’s Regional Rankings

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Tufts University men’s basketball team secured the top spot in the first NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings this afternoon followed by Middlebury College (second) and Springfield College (third).

Tufts is one of seven teams on today’s list that has won 17 or more contests this season.  Additionally, the Jumbos are the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) heading into the final weekend of the regular season for the league.

Colby College secured the fourth position – the Mules are 19-2 overall but have lost two of their last four outings. They entered the final month of the regular season with an 18-game winning streak but had it snapped on the initial day of February at Tufts.

Babson College checked-in fifth overall followed by WPI, which secured the sixth position. Both teams will meet this evening in Babson Park for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Babson won the initial meeting between the two teams last month.

Brandeis UniversitySt. Joseph’s (Conn.), and Amherst College secured the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions, while Endicott College and Albertus Magnus rounded out the rankings, checking-in tenth and eleventh, respectively.

Brandeis is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with Emory University and Washington University. Emory secured the top spot in the South rankings while WashU checked in second in the Central behind Wisconsin-Plattville.

Today’s Regional Rankings are the first of three sets – we will see two more over the next two weeks before the pairings for the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament is announced on Monday, March 2nd.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

After winning a pair of games this past weekend, the Tufts University women’s basketball team remains our top team in today’s New England D-III Top 10 Poll followed by Amherst College, which defeated third-ranked Bowdoin College this past weekend.

All three teams – Amherst, Bowdoin, and Tufts – appear destined to host New England Small College Athletic Conference (NECAC) quarterfinals after their respective regular-season campaigns conclude this weekend. Tufts can sew-up the top spot by beating Middlebury College and Williams College later this week.

Eastern Connecticut and Western New England remained in their same positions from one week ago while Rhode Island College moved up two spots following back-to-back wins last week over Southern Maine and UMass Boston. The Anchorwomen will host Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday, February 12th for an important conference meeting. RIC beat Eastern Connecticut earlier this season.

Finally, Springfield College joined this week’s poll – the Pride enters the new week on a six-game winning streak, which will be tested against WPI on Wednesday followed by MIT (at home) on Saturday.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 11 Poll| Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020

1. Tufts University 22-0, 8-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College  19-3, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Bowdoin College 21-2, 7-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
4. Eastern Connecticut 18-3, 11-1 LEC Last Week: No. 4
5. Western New England 18-4, 11-2 CCC Last Week: No. 5
6. Rhode Island College 18-4, 10-3 LEC Last Week: No. 8
7. Williams College 16-6, 5-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
8. Trinity College 15-7, 4-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Babson College 13-7, 6-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Springfield College  15-6, 6-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Framingham State, Hamilton College, Smith College, and University of New England 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine  Week Ten 

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Tufts University men’s basketball team remains our top team in our latest New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 – the Jumbos have won four-straight, including back-to-back games against Connecticut College and Trinity College.

Tufts continues to be the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with two games remaining, but the Jumbos will face some challenges later this week when they visit Middlebury College and Williams College.

Springfield College moved into the second position after checking in third one week ago. The Pride has won six-straight contests dating back to a mid-January loss to Emerson College. Springfield visits Wheaton College on Wednesday before hosting MIT later this week.

Babson College moved up two spots – the Beavers have won six-straight and face a tough challenge on Wednesday when they host eighth-ranked WPI.

Colby College and Middlebury College rounded out the top five, while Emmanuel College joined the poll, checking, in tenth overall. The Saints have won six straight, but face a difficult challenge later this week when they host seventh-ranked St. Joseph’s (Conn.), which has won 18 consecutive contests.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 11 Poll| Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020

1. Tufts University 18-4, 8-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Springfield College 18-3, 9-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Babson College 18-3, 8-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
4. Colby College 19-2, 7-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
5. Middlebury College 19-3, 5-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Brandeis University 15-5, 7-2 UAA Last Week: No. 4
7. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 19-2, 7-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 7
8. WPI 17-4, 8-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Amherst College 16-6, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Emmanuel College 18-3, 6-1 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, Rhode Island College, and Trinity College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten

 

Noontime’s Sunday Shootaround: Tufts Continues Its Winning Ways

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Tufts University women’s basketball team is inching closer to securing the top seed in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.

Tufts, which scored back-to-back wins this past weekend against Connecticut College and Trinity College, will close out its regular-season slate next weekend when they host Middlebury College on Friday, February 14th and Williams College on Saturday, February 15th.

One week after hosting the Ephs, the Jumbos, who currently reside in the top spot in the conference as of this afternoon, would most likely host a quarterfinal contest. And a win over their quarterfinal opponent would provide the Powder Blue and White with the opportunity to host both the semifinals and championship one week later.

Against the Camels, Erica DeCandido netted a game-high 27 points on 13 of 19 shooting to go along with six rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Emily Briggs added 18 points while Cailin Harrington led all players with 10 rebounds. 

Tufts’ next opponent – Middlebury – has won just one conference game this season. The Panthers defeated Hamilton College last month, thanks to a double-double from Kira Waldman of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Since their win over the Continentals, they have struggled, both in and outside the conference. 

Williams, which lost to Wesleyan University on Friday, has won five of eight conference tilts. They currently reside in the fourth position in the league standings.

If the conference tournament began today, the Jumbos would face Wesleyan, a team they beat last month. Erica DeCandido produced a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds against the Cardinals while Molly Ryan finished with 17 points.

The Tufts men’s basketball team is also the top team in the NESCAC – they have won eight consecutive league tilts, including some key match-ups over the past few weeks against Amherst College and Colby College.

Tufts beat Connecticut College and Trinity this past weekend to remain the top team in the league with two games remaining. The Jumbos will visit Middlebury on Friday followed by Williams on Saturday. If Tufts beats both the Panthers and Ephs, they will lock-up the top spot and host a quarterfinal contest.

Luke Rogers recorded a double-double of 11 rebounds and 10 points against Connecticut College on Saturday after stuffing the stat sheet against Trinity with 16 points, six rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist.

The Babson College women’s basketball team secured a two-way tie for first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) by beating Clark University this past weekend by a score of 78-64. Babson, which currently boasts a 6-0 mark in league play, is tied with Springfield College, a team they will face in two weeks (February 19th, to be exact).

Emily Bonifacic highlighted the Beavers’ 13th win against the Cougars by recording a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds.

Coach Jim Calhoun‘s team extended its winning streak to 18 yesterday as St. Joseph’s (Conn) defeated St. Joseph’s (Maine), 113-73.

The Blue Jays, who have won seven consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) matchups, appear to be in the driver seat for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

St. Joseph’s has four games remaining, including an enticing match-up on Saturday, February 15th against Emmanuel College. The Saints have won six of seven league tilts and will visit St. Joseph’s (Maine) on Wednesday, February 12th.

As of today, Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball are the top two teams in the Little East Conference (LEC) while Rhode Island College is a half-game behind the two teams with three games remaining.

RIC, which has won back-to-back contests, including a dramatic 83-80 win on Saturday over UMass Boston, faces Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday, February 12th. It is an important game for both teams, especially the Warriors, who currently trail Keene State for the final spot in the upcoming tournament.

The Westfield State men’s basketball team has won three-straight match-ups, including a 72-55 win on Saturday against Fitchburg State.

With their second win over the Falcons, the Owls secured the top spot in the conference, but share an identical league mark of 7-2 with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. MCLA outlasted Westfield State last month in overtime, but the Trailblazers have only won once in their last three outings.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, both MCLA and Westfield State remain in a position to secure the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament. The two teams are scheduled to meet in Westfield later this month with the outcome possibly deciding the top two spots in the tournament pending both teams win their respective next two contests.

Finally, Framingham State women’s basketball inched closer to securing the top spot in the MASCAC with a season-sweep of Worcester State yesterday. Flannery O’Connor highlighted the Rams’ eighth-straight win by recording a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds.

The Rams visit MCLA this week before hosting Salem State on Saturday, February 15th and Bridgewater State next Wednesday, February 19th. All three are winnable games for FSU, which has not lost a game since falling to Emerson College early last month.