D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Tuesday, Jan. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for January 8th, 2018.

This week’s poll – similar to the past five polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 

 

1. Amherst College 

16-0, 3-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

15-0, 3-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Tufts University 

15-2, 3-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

11-3, 5-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

11-3, 5-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Conn. College

11-4, 2-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Middlebury College

12-4, 2-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

8. Univ. of New England

10-3, 6-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 8

9. UMass Boston 

14-1, 5-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 9

10. Brandeis University

9-4, 1-2 UAA

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (11-5, 7-1 NEWMAC), Castleton University (11-2, 7-0 NAC), MIT (10-5, 6-2 NEWMAC), Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (13-1, 6-0 GNAC), Smith College (10-4, 4-2 NEWMAC), Springfield College (12-5, 6-3), Williams College (10-6, 2-2 NESCAC) and WPI (12-4, 5-2 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Tues. Jan. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for January 16th, 2018.

This week’s poll – similar to the past five polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

1. MIT  14-1, 4-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Hamilton College 14-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
3. Eastern Conn. 13-2, 5-0 LEC Last Week: No. 5
4. Wesleyan University 11-3, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
5. Middlebury College 11-3, 3-1 NESCAC   Last Week: No. 6 
6. Williams College 12-3, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
7. Tufts University 12-4, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7 
8. Salem State  13-3, 3-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8 
9. Nichols College 12-2, 6-1 CCC Last Week: No. 9
10. Keene State  11-4, 5-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (9-3, 6-0 GNAC), Amherst College (9-5, 1-2 NESCAC), Babson College (9-6, 4-0 NEWMAC), Bowdoin College (10-4, 1-2 NESCAC), Endicott College (10-4, 5-2 CCC), Roger Williams (11-3, 5-2 CCC) and Trinity College (11-4, 2-2 NESCAC)

Weekend Watch: Games To Watch In New England D3 Hoops (Jan. 12-14th)

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s kick-off a LONG weekend with another editor of ‘Weekend Watch,’ highlighting New England D3 basketball games to watch over the next few days!

For starters, Wesleyan University men’s basketball will make the trek to upstate New York this evening to face Hamilton College in an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash. The Continentals enter the game riding a 12-game winning streak – they also secured their initial conference win earlier this week when they defeated Trinity College, 78-55. The Cardinals fell to Williams College in overtime last Friday, but rebounded with a 10-point win over Middlebury College. Against the Panthers, three players recorded 12 points or more, so look for a team effort against the Continentals this evening.

Other games to watch tonight include Tufts University at Williams (men’s basketball) at 7 p.m. and Trinity at Bowdoin College (men’s basketball) at 7 p.m. On the women’s side, keep an eye on Amherst College at Connecticut College at 7 p.m. and Williams at Tufts (also at 7 p.m.).

As of this morning, Bowdoin and Middlebury (women’s basketball) are both 2-0 in conference play, while Amherst and Hamilton are 1-0, respectively.


Turn the page to Saturday and we have a boat-load of games to watch, including UMass Boston at West Conn. – can the Beacons win their fifth-straight Little East Conference (LEC) tilt? UMass Boston has been a tremendous story thus far, thanks to 13 impressive first-year players.

Games to Watch on Saturday, Jan. 13th 

Salem State at Framingham State (WBB) at 1 p.m.
UMass Boston at West Conn. (WBB) at 1 p.m.
Western New England at Univ. of New England  (WBB) at 1 p.m.
WPI at MIT (WBB) at 2 p.m.
Middlebury at Tufts (WBB) at 3 p.m.
Bridgewater State at Westfield State (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Wesleyan at Amherst (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Tufs at Middlebury (MBB) at 3 p.m.
UMass Dartmouth at Keene State (MBB) at 3 p.m.
New England College at Husson (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Roger Williams at Endicott (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Lasell at Johnson & Wales (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Nichols at Wentworth (MBB) at 3 p.m.


Just a few games to watch on Sunday, including Colby College (women’s basketball) at Trinity – the Mules will look to return to the win column after falling to Maine Maritime earlier this week by a score of 67-59. The Bantams will be coming off a Friday evening tilt  against Polar Bears.

Also on Sunday, Colby-Trinity (men’s basketball) will face-off in Maine. The Mules won back-to-back games this weekend, including an 87-79 win over Pine Manor, thanks to 11 points and 12 rebounds from Dean Weiner.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday Jan. 8th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for January 8th, 2018.

This week’s poll – similar to the past four polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, January 8th, 2018 

 1. Amherst College 13-0, 1-0 NESCAC Last Time: No. 2
2. Bowdoin College  13-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Time: No. 3
3. Tufts University 11-2, 1-1 NESCAC Last Time: No. 1
4. UMass Dartmouth 9-2, 3-0 LEC Last Time: No. 7
5. Middlebury College 11-2, 2-0 NESCAC Last Time: No. 9
6. Conn. College  8-3, 1-1 NESCAC Last Time: No. 8
7. Roger Williams  8-3, 2-2 (CCC) Last Time: No. 4
8. Univ. of New England 8-2, 4-0 (CCC)  Last Time: No. 5
9. UMass Boston 11-1, 3-0 LEC Last Time: NR
10. Springfield College 10-3, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Time: NR 

ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-4, 5-0 NEWMAC), Brandeis University (8-3, 0-1 UAA), Castleton University (10-1, 6-0 NAC), Hamilton College (10-2, 1-0 NESCAC), Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (10-1, 3-0 GNAC), WPI (10-3, 3-1 NEWMAC) and Williams College (9-5, 1-1 NESCAC)

Weekend Watch: Games To Watch In New England D3 Hoops (Jan. 5-7th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s FRIDAY – wahoo! – but it is also quite cold outside, so make sure to head to one of these gyms this weekend to enjoy some quality New England Division III basketball!

As usual, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for scores, news and more – and make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11, too).


Weekend Watch: Games to Watch Jan. 5th-7th

(MBB) No. 11 Williams at No. 14 Wesleyan (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): Can Wesleyan make it two-straight against their Little Three rival? Keep an eye on Williams’ James Heskett, who could be the difference in this one. PICK: Wesleyan 

(MBB) Amherst at Trinity (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): The Mammoths will look to bounce back from an early week setback to Eastern Connecticut. Trinity enters the contest riding a five-game winning streak, which includes a recent victory over Keene State. PICK: Trinity 

(WBB) Conn. College at Middlebury (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): The Panthers have enjoyed a successful start to their 2017-18 campaign. Can they begin New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play with a win over the Camels? PICK: Middlebury 

(MBB) Wheaton at Springfield (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): The Lyons began New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a six-point (79-73) win over Clark. Can they keep it rolling against a talented Springfield squad? Wheaton enters the contest riding a six-game winning streak. PICK: Wheaton 

(MBB) Albertus Magnus at Suffolk (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): A five-game winning streak has these Rams thinking optimistically about the second half of their season. PICK: Suffolk 

(WBB) Brandeis at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): Can these 8-2 Judges find a way past the Violets? Brandeis enters the conference clash riding a five-game winning streak. PICK: Brandeis 

(WBB) Castleton at Lyndon State (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): A win for the Spartans would help them in their quest of eventually locking-up the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament. PICK: Castleton 

(WBB) No. 4 Tufts at No. 11 Bowdoin (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): An early NESCAC semifinal preview – maybe a finals preview? Tufts’ Melissa Baptista could be the difference in this contests. PICK: Tufts 

(MBB) Bowdoin at Tufts (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): Can a Polar Bear outlast an Elephant or vice versa? Who knows, but this will be a good one to follow or attend.  PICK: Tufts 

(MBB) Salem State at Worcester State (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): Can the Vikings win the re-match of last year’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Championship? PICK: Salem State 

(MBB) Endicott at Wentworth (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): An important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) clash that will could eventually determine tournament seeding next month. PICK: Endicott  

(MBB) Hamilton at Trinity (Sunday, Jan. 7th | 2 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these  Continentals? Hamilton looks like the team to beat in the NESCAC this year. PICK: Hamilton 

D3 Hoops: Sawyer’s Game-Winning Trey Sends Brandeis Past Bates, 76-73

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

For the Brandies University men’s basketball team, Sunday’s dramatic win over Bates College could be the start of an exciting second half to their 2017-18 season.

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With less than a second remaining in the final session, Brandeis’ Colin Sawyer netted a game-winning triple with less than one second remaining to provide the visitors with an exciting 76-73 win.

The victory was the Judges’ third of the season and second in the month of December.

Bates, which dipped to 7-4 overall, was coming off an exciting 78-75 win on Friday over Babson College – the Bobcats did not need a game-winning trey to knock-off the defending champions, but instead a pair of freebies by Shawn Strickland with two seconds remaining.

Brandies led Bates, 32-23, at the break, but the Bobcats stormed back, outscoring the visitors overall thew final 20 minutes, 50-44.

Sawyer netted 12 points off the bench, including the game-winning three, while Lawrence Sabir and Chandler Jones netted 18 points, respectively. Tom Coyne of Bates led all players with 24 points – he was 10 of 20 from the field and three of nine from beyond the arc.

VIDEO COURTESY: The game-winning basket video as seen above is courtesy Bates College Athletics

Noontime 2017 Year In Review: Revisiting The New England D3 Basketball Season

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We’re t-minus three days away from the end of 2017 – let’s party!

Yet, before we officially turn the page to 2018, let’s take a look back at the year in New England Division III Basketball, beginning with the Babson College men’s basketball team, which captured its first-ever national title.

Similar to the hometown New England Patriots, the Beavers overcame a 25-point deficit in the national semifinals to defeat top-ranked Whitman, 91-85, before edging Augustana, 79-78, in the championship.

Joey Flannery netted a game-high 23 points in the final, while blocking a potential go-ahead layup by Augustana’s Nolan Ebel to secure the one-point win in Salem, Virginia.

The victory capped an exciting run by the Beavers, who closed out their 2016-17 campaign with 31-2 overall record. Babson won all six of its games in March, including a second meeting with Tufts University in NCAA Sectional Semifinals.

The Bay State also celebrated another national championship with Amherst College defeating Tufts in the women’s basketball national championship, thanks to a game-high 21 points from Ali Doswell. The win marked the third time the Mammoths has defeated the Jumbos last season – one of those victories came in the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship.

Amherst concluded its 2016-17 season 33-0, and remain undefeated this season thus far – they are back in action this afternoon (Thursday, December 28th) when they face UC Santa Cruz at the D3Hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to Amherst and Babson, the 2016-17 season saw some other teams enjoy exciting runs, including the UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball team, which advanced to its first-ever ‘Elite Eight’ after knocking-off La Roche (71-64), Montclair State (71-63) and SUNY New Paltz (67-57).

On the men’s side, we saw Williams College advance to the national semifinals, while Keene State advanced to sectional finals to face Babson after defeating Amherst (69-66), Ramapo (92-91) and Christopher Newport (68-64). Endicott College also made a splash in the big dance, earning a pair of victories over Nichols College and Salisbury before falling to Middlebury College in the third round. The Panthers would fall to the Ephs of Williams the following day.

Following the final whistle – or game, technically – we unveiled our Noontime Sports Teams of the Year, including our first-ever Rookie Team, too!

Men’s Basketball Team of the Year 

Women’s Basketball Team of the Year

Men’s Basketball Rookie Team of the Year

Women’s Basketball Rookie Team of the Year

A few days after the Beavers captured their first-ever national title, we caught-up with their play-by-play guy – that would be John Cabral.

In addition to speaking with Cabral, we also spoke with Stephen Brennan, who guided the Beavers to an exciting championship win.

Finally, we wrapped-up our 2016-17 basketball coverage with a prediction blog post – what teams to watch or follow this season (2017-18). How are our predictions doing?

Look for more New England Division III coverage in 2018, plus some new content and podcasts, too! As always, make sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – you can also find us on LinkedIn, too!