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

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 women’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 third consecutive week.

Movers: Trinity College moved into the top five with an impressive win over Connecticut College this past weekend. The Bantams have been a team to watch this month as they have also scored wins over Coast Guard Academy and Stevens. The Blue and Gold return to the hardwood later this month when they face Lehman.

Newcomers: We welcomed Emmanuel College to this week’s poll after scoring some early season (and recent) wins over Connecticut College and Westfield State. Despite falling to MIT, which is on the rise this week, the Saints put fourth an impressive effort in the 72-69 setback. They face Rhode Island College this week before a short break before facing Messiah and Ramapo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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

1. Bowdoin College

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

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

On The Rise:  Babson College (5-2, 3-1), MIT (6-3, 2-1), Smith (6-3), Springfield (5-3, 3-0) and UMass Boston (7-1, 3-1)


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


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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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