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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Jan. 4-6)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Happy Friday, New England D3 Hoop Fans!

Let’s kick-off a brand the first weekend of 2019 with a brand new edition of Noontime Sports‘ 10 Games to Watch.

Last weekend, we finished 9-1 to boost our overall record to 21-9 this winter. Let’s see if we can go 9-1 or 10-0 this weekend with our picks – we are remaining humble, we promise!

Have a great weekend, everyone, and remember to stay connected with @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter for in-game updates, news, scores and more!


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Matt Morrow and Nichols College hosts Gordon College on Saturday in Dudley. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Wesleyan University at Williams College (Friday, Jan. 4th at 7 p.m.): The Ephs remain the team to beat in New England, but if they are going to continue their recent success, they must find ways to outlast their upcoming opponents, including Wesleyan on Friday evening. PREDICTION: Williams College 

Southern Vermont at Dean College (Saturday, Jan. 5th at 1 p.m.): The Mountaineers head into the second half of their 2018-19 schedule with some momentum – they have won five-straight meetings dating back to early December. SVC currently has six players on its roster, including Donnell Frayer Jr., who are averaging 10 points or more through 10 games this season. PREDICTION: So. Vermont 

Worcester State at Salem State (Saturday, Jan. 5th at 1 p.m.): The Lancers are flying under the radar at 7-6 overall, but will need to play their best basketball against a Vikings squad, which capped the month of December with a trio of wins, including a 114-112 double-overtime win against Colby-Sawyer. PREDICTION: Salem State 

WPI at Babson College (Saturday, Jan. 5th at 2 p.m.): Jack Coolahan‘s late triple on Wednesday evening highlighted his team’s exciting conference win over Springfield College. The win should provide the spark these Beavers need heading into another important conference clash with the Engineers, who have dropped three-straight. PREDICTION: Babson College 

Gordon College at Nichols College (Saturday, Jan. 5th at 3 p.m.): This game could come down to free throws, along with second and third opportunities on offense. Both teams play great defense, too. We think whoever wins this contest will win by at least two or three points – maybe five. PREDICTION: Nichols College 


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Lauren Bondi and the Smith College women’s basketball team host MIT in an important conference clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Smith College Athletics)

Middlebury College at Conn. College (Friday, Jan. 4th at 7 p.m.): Middlebury enters tonight’s clash with a ton of momentum, thanks to Maya Davis, who has enjoyed her best season with the Panthers by averaging career-highs in points per game (13.1) and rebounds per game (7.7). Look for the Milton native to lead the Panthers to an important conference win this evening. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Roger Williams at Endicott College (Saturday, Jan. 5th at 1 p.m.): The Gulls scored an important conference win on Thursday over Western New England, so expect that momentum to continue on Saturday in the battle of the birds. Endicott’s Emily Pratt has enjoyed a very successful junior season and should certainly be a player to watch in this match-up. PREDICTION: Endicott College

MIT at Smith College (Saturday, Jan. 5th at 2 p.m.): MIT ended the month of December with some momentum, thanks to a recent win over TCNJ. Can they continue their current momentum against Lauren Bondi and the Smith Pioneers on Saturday? PREDICTION: Smith College

Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Saturday, Jan. 5th at 3 p.m.): This could be a preview of the 2018 NESCAC Championship. Both Bowdoin and Tufts enter the second half of the season undefeated, along with aspirations of continuing their momentum over the next few weeks and months. PREDICTION: Tufts University 

Hamilton College at Trinity College (Sunday, Jan. 6th at 2 p.m.): Two days after Trinity hosts Amherst College, the Bantams will attempt to wrap-up the weekend with at least one win, possibly two wins when they host Hamilton. This is an important game for both teams, who look to remain in the hunt for a NESCAC crown. PREDICTION: Trinity College 


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Jan. 1st)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Happy New Year, New England D3 Hoops fans!

Let’s kick-off the new year with our fifth poll of the 2018-19 season, which once again finds Bowdoin College in the top spot followed by Tufts University (second) and Amherst College (third).

Movers: Middlebury College moved-up two spots to the sixth position after previously checking-in seventh overall. The Panthers have two tough tests this week against Conn. College (on the rise) and Wesleyan University.

Newcomers: Babson College and Smith College checked-in fifth and tenth, respectively. The Beavers enter 2019 on a seven-game winning streak, which will be tested on Saturday when they visit Clark University. The Pioneers have won two-straight and will look to continue their late December momentum on Saturday, as well, when they host MIT, which is one of our ‘teams on the rise this week.’


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Jan. 1st, 2019 

1. Bowdoin College

10-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 1

2. Tufts University

11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 2
3. Amherst College  10-1, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 3
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine) 12-0, 0-0 GNAC Previously: No. 4
5. Babson College 9-2, 3-1 NEWMAC Previously: Not Ranked
6. Middlebury College 10-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 7
7. Trinity College 10-1, 0-0 NESCAC Previously No. 5
8. UMass Dartmouth 9-2, 3-0 LEC Previously: No. 6
9. Emmanuel College  8-3, 0-0 GNAC Previously: No. 10
10. Smith College 8-3, 2-2 NEWMAC Previously: Not Ranked

On The Rise: Conn. College, Eastern Conn., Hamilton College, MIT, Springfield, UMass Boston and Western New England 


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three| Week Four


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Jan. 1st)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Happy New Year, New England D3 Hoops fans!

Let’s kick-off the new year with our fifth poll of the 2018-19 season, which once again finds Williams College in the top spot followed by Hamilton College (second) and MIT (third).

Movers: We had some movement, beginning with Hamilton and MIT moving-up, while Gordon College and Babson College also moved-up one spot, respectively.

Newcomers: Amherst College checked-in 10th overall after scoring its third-straight win over Hunter College. The Mammoths, who currently stand at 8-1 overall, will attempt to continue its current momentum on Wednesday against Keystone before facing Trinity College on Friday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Jan. 1st, 2019 

1. Williams College

11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 1 
2. Hamilton College   11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously No. 3
3. MIT  10-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 4
4. Nichols College  10-1, 3-0 CCC Previously: No. 2
5. Middlebury College 9-3, 0-0 NESCAC Previously No. 7 
6. Endicott College 8-3, 1-1 CCC Previously: No. 6
7. WPI  9-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 5 
8. Babson College 7-4, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 9 
9. Gordon College 11-1, 3-0 CCC Previously: No. 10 
10. Amherst College 8-1, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: Not Ranked

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Coast Guard Academy, Colby College, Eastern Conn., Wesleyan University and Wheaton College 


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four


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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 28-Dec. 31st)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

It’s FRIDAY, which means … (drum roll please) … it is NOW time for a brand new edition of 10 Games to Watch this weekend in New England D3 Hoops!

Yes, it has been a few weeks since our last 10 Games to Watch, but entering this weekend’s contests, we have predicted 12 of 20 contests correctly (two posts), so let’s see how we do this weekend. (Last time we made predictions, we finished 5-5.

As always, stay connected with @NoontimeSports and @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter for updates, scores and more!


Men’s Basketball 

Nichols College vs. Eastern Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 3 p.m.): The Bison enter the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic as the team to beat. Nichols has won nine-straight and should find a way to pick-up their 10th victory against the Warriors. The winner of this match-up will face either host Springfield College or Salisbury University on Sunday. PREDICTION: Nichols College

Endicott College vs. Colby-Sawyer (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 5 p.m.): This game certainly has potential to be a high-scoring affair. Keep an eye on Endicott’s Keith Brown and Colby-Sawer’s Patrick Coffey as both players should provide their respective unit with a boost on the offensive end. PREDICTION: Endicott College 

Salem State vs. Thomas College (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 7 p.m.): The Vikings scored an exciting win over Endicott earlier this month to provide the Blue and Orange with some momentum heading into their holiday tournament. Expect that momentum from their three-point win to continue against the Terriers. PREDICTION: Salem State 

WPI vs. Maryville (TN) (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 7 p.m.): It’s been a few weeks since we last saw these Engineers in action – they scored an 86-71 win over Husson University in their last outing. Sure, the game feels like ages ago, but one should expect coach Chris Bartley‘s squad will be ready for this particular contest, along with a potential championship contest, too, at this weekend’s Tampa Bay Shootout. PREDICTION: WPI 

Emmanuel College vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 3 p.m.): This early season GNAC clash has potential for an exciting finish as both teams enter the Catholic Classic Tournament with some momentum. The Saints have won four-straight, while the Monks haven’t lost since falling to Tufts University last month. Both teams will be in action Saturday with St. Joseph’s facing Rivier University, while Emmanuel will take on Regis College. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (Maine) 


Women’s Basketball

Trinity College vs. Lehman (Friday, Dec. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Bantams enter the CUNYAC Coaches v. Cancer Tournament with some momentum, which they earned earlier this month by defeating both Connecticut College and Stevens. As of this morning, four players on the Trinity roster, including Courtney Erickson, are averaging 10 points or more. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

TCNJ at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 2 p.m.): This will be a good test for the Engineers, who will resume NEWMAC play one week later when they visit Smith College. MIT has been rather successful this month, but so have the Lions of TCNJ, who enter the non-conference clash on a six-game winning streak. MIT is averaging 72.9 points per game, while TCNJ’s offense averages 66.5 points. PREDICTION: MIT 

Babson College vs. Salve Regina (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 1 p.m.): Babson will host the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament on Sunday and Monday – we expect them to find a way past the Seahawks to secure a championship match-up against the winner of St. Lawrence-UMass Dartmouth. Babson enters the two-day tournament on a five-game winning streak. PREDICTION: Babson College 

UMass Dartmouth vs. St. Lawrence (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 3 p.m.): As noted above, this will be one of four games taking place at Babson College on Sunday and Monday, but this is certainly an enticing match-up. Since falling to Bowdoin College, the Corsairs have rebounded with two important wins over Keene State and Johnson & Wales. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 

Bates College vs. Springfield College (Monday, Dec. 31st at 1 p.m.): The Pride will attempt to defend their Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic championship when they host the Bobcats of Bates College on the first day of their holiday tournament. The winner of this match-up will face either Newbury College or Vassar College on Tuesday. PREDICTION: Springfield College 

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

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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.

Movers: WPI was our biggest mover as the Engineers moved into the top five after picking-up their eighth-straight win. WPI has now won four road games after starting its 2018-19 campaign with four-straight home wins. The Engineers host Husson University on Sunday before enjoying a short break prior to their trip to Tampa, Florida.

Newcomers: We welcomed a pair of teams to this week’s poll, including Babson College, which has won four games this season against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams. They recently defeated Amherst College, which is currently on the rise.

Additionally, Gordon College joined the poll after recently beating Colby College, which is one of a few teams to watch over the next few weeks and months. The Fighting Scots have also scored some impressive regional wins against Johnson & Wales and Salem State. They Blue and White are in action this week when they visit Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday and Framingham State on Friday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 10th, 2018 

1. Williams College

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

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (8-3), Amherst College (6-1), Colby College (8-2), Eastern Conn. (6-2, 3-1), Keene State (5-3, 2-1), Rhode Island College (9-3, 2-2-) and Wheaton College (9-1)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three


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