Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 7-9)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we made it!

Friday’s usually mean 10 Games to Watch on Noontime Sports, so let’s kick-off a brand new weekend with new slate of games we will be watching this weekend (Dec. 7-9).

Last Week: We finished 7-3, which isn’t bad, but we hold ourselves to high standards, so let’s see if we can improve on that mark this weekend and go 10-0! 


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Corey Sherman and the Brandeis Judges host Wesleyan in an important December clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan Univ. at Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Judges’ starting five has been impressive this season, especially Collin Sawyer, Corey Sherman and Chandler Jones. Look for this trio to carry the Blue and White to an important non-conference win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Brandeis Univ. 

Men’s Basketball: WPI at Salem State (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Engineers scored a hard-fought win earlier this week against Framingham State, thanks to Jake Wisniewski‘s double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Look for the junior to carry the Red and White to their eighth win on Saturday. PREDICTION: WPI 

Men’s Basketball: Pine Manor at St. Joseph’s (Conn.) (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1p.m.): Since falling to Rhode Island College, the Blue Jays have won three-straight, including a 108-63 win over MCLA. Look for Jim Calhoun‘s squad to pick-up their sixth win of the season against the Gators. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (CT)

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Western Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): The Colonials scored an impressive win earlier this week over Eastern Connecticut, which should provide the Blue and Orange with enough momentum to slow down the Beacons. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Men’s Basketball: Trinity College at Anna Maria (Saturday, Dec. 9th | 2 p.m.): The Bantams will place twice this weekend, including Sunday when they visit Anna Maria. Trinity has won three-straight, including a 69-52 win over Springfield College. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

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MIT’s Taylor V’Dovec netted a season-best 22 points on Wednesday in her team’s win over WPI. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Silverman)

Fitchburg State at So. Vermont (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 12 p.m.): Daniel Nagle‘s Falcons almost defeated Suffolk University on Thursday, but fell short (the Falcons lost to the Rams, 74-71). Look for the Green and Gold to bounce back on Saturday. PREDICTION: Fitchburg State 

Conn. College at Trinity College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): This one won’t count in the NESCAC standings, but it is a BIG one for both teams. The Bantams enter the game with some momentum, while Connecticut College will also enter the important clash with some momentum from a recent win over Roger Williams. PREDICTION: Conn. College 

Framingham State at Suffolk University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): These two teams needed an extra session last season to determine a winner, so don’t be surprised if some extra basketball occurs on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: Suffolk Univ. 

Skidmore at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 2 p.m.): The Panthers have certainly been a team to watch thus far and should continue their early season success  against the Thoroughbreds. Keep an eye on Middlebury’s Catherine Harrison in this match-up. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Emmanuel College at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): Since falling to Amherst College last month, the Saints have appeared unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a 79-67 win over Connecticut College. They should certainly provide some challenges for the Engineers, who will need big games from Kara Holinski and Taylor V’Dovec to secure an important non-conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Williams College in the top spot followed the second-straight week followed by Nichols College and Hamilton College.

Nichols continues to be the team to watch this year as they scored an important early conference win last Saturday over Endicott College, which tumbled two spots to the sixth position. Senior Marcos Echevarria netted his 2,000th point late in the game on a made three-point attempt to bump his season total to 127 points through six contests.

This week, the Bison travel to Curry College on Tuesday before hosting Anna Maria on Saturday.

MIT moved into the fourth position with their fifth-straight win. The Engineers have not lost since falling to the Gulls of Endicott in their season-opener. MIT visits UMass Dartmouth and Salem State this week in two important regional match-ups.

Brandeis University made its initial appearance on the poll following Big 4 Championship win against Babson College on Sunday. The Judges have won four-straight and scored an exciting win against Salem State in the first day of the four-team, two-day tournament.

Finally, don’t overlook the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State, which have won five-straight since dropping their season-opener. East Conn. faces two conference foes this week, including Western Connecticut State on Wednesday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 3rd, 2018 

1. Williams College

7-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College  6-0, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 5
3. Hamilton College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. MIT  5-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6 
5. Middlebury College 5-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
6. Endicott College 5-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 4
7. WPI 6-0, 0-0 NEWMAC  Last Week: No. 8 
8. Brandeis University 5-1, 0-0 UAA Last Week: NR 
9. Eastern Conn. State 5-1, 2-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10 
10. Amherst College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (6-2), Colby College (6-1), Keene State (4-2), and Rhode Island College (7-2)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Bowdoin College in the top spot followed by Tufts University and Amherst College for the second consecutive week.

Additionally, our fourth (St. Joseph’s (Maine)) and fifth teams (Conn. College) remained in the same position for a second-straight week, while Middlebury College and UMass Dartmouth each moved-up.

Eastern Connecticut State and Trinity College became the newest members of this week’s polls – both squads have earned impressive wins to start their respective campaigns. The Bantams scored an impressive win over Stevens on Saturday and should continue their early season momentum this week against Coast Guard Academy and Johnson & Wales.

Trinity and Conn. College are set to meet on Saturday, December 8th in an enticing early season match-up. You can bet we will be keeping our eyes on this contest.

Finally, don’t sleep on Smith College, which scored its fifth win of the season on Saturday against Babson College, thanks to some impressive shooting, both inside and outside the half circle.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 3rd, 2018 

1. Bowdoin College

5-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Amherst College 5-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine)  6-0, 0-0 GNAC  Last Week: No. 4
5. Conn. College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Middlebury College 6-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
7. UMass Dartmouth  6-0, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 9 
8.  Eastern Conn. State  4-2, 0-0 LEC Last Week: NR
9. Trinity College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: NR
10. Smith College 5-2, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8

On The Rise: Emmanuel College (4-1), Hamilton College (7-0), Rhode Island College (7-1) and UMass Boston (5-1), 


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two


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Introducing @NoontimeSB On Twitter

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The Noontime Sports social media family expanded earlier today with @NoontimeSB (Noontime Softball) joining our Twitter family.

Noontime Softball becomes the newest handle under our Noontime brand, which joins other accounts, including Noontime Baseball, Noontime Football and Noontime Hoops (Basketball).

Our goal is to use this handle to promote news, notes and scores from the New England softball world, specifically college and high school. Additionally, we will use the channel to share softball content we aim to create here on NoontimeSports.com.

Finally, be on the lookout for our first-ever Noontime Softball New England D3 Top 10 Poll next spring – for those interested in helping us with our weekly poll, please reach out to NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

Thanks again and we hope you will toss a follow to @NoontimeSB today so you can join our softball conversation!


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Nov. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Bowdoin College in the top spot followed by Tufts University and Amherst College.

The Polar Bears secured the top spot for the first time this season with recent wins over MIT (78-57) and University of New England (106-55). Bowdoin will be idle for a few days, but does return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit Colby College for a 2 p.m. tip-off.

Tufts has enjoyed a successful start to its 2018-19 campaign, thanks to some impressive play from its underclassmen, including Janette Wadolowski, who netted a season-best 22 points on Sunday in her team’s 110-63 victory over Brandeis University. Additionally, the Jumbos have gotten a boost from first-year Molly Ryan, who is averaging 9.5 points per contest.

Amherst slipped from the top spot to the third position following a 70-67 setback to Eastern Connecticut last week. The loss snapped a 68-game winning streak, but look for Amherst to construct a new one beginning this week.

Connecticut College made the leap from the seventh position to the fifth, thanks to recent regional wins over Johnson & Wales (78-43) and Coast Guard Academy (77-62). The Camels will attempt to close out the first month of play with wins over Mitchell College and Worcester State – both games will take place away from New London.

Finally, UMass Boston remained in the tenth position for the second-straight week following a pair of wins against Keuka College (78-69) and Emerson College (66-61). Sophomores Jalani Jackson and Joie Grassi have provided a boost for the Blue and White, averaging 16.3 and 15.3 points per contest, respectively.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Nov. 26th, 2018 

1. Bowdoin College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Tufts University

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 3

3. Amherst College 2-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine)  4-0, 0-0 GNAC  Last Week: No. 4
5. Conn. College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7 
6. MIT  3-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
7. Middlebury College 3-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
8.  Smith College 4-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
9. UMass Dartmouth 4-0, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8
10. UMass Boston 4-0, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Babson College (1-1), Eastern Conn. (2-2), Emmanuel College (3-0), Hamilton College (3-0), Trinity College (3-0) and Western Conn. (4-1)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One 


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