D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Our New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll did not see any changes from a week ago, but we did, however, highlight a few new teams on the rise, including Emmanuel College and UMass Boston.

Tufts University continues to be our top team – the Jumbos won their 25th-straight contest this past weekend and will look to continue their momentum against seventh-ranked Williams College, which earned a trip to Medford, Massachusetts by defeating Trinity College in the opening round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this past weekend.

Western New England enters the week as the favorite in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament – the Golden Bears have won their last six outings and will host a semifinal contest on Thursday, February 27th against either Gordon College or the University of New England.

Both fifth-ranked Rhode Island College and Eastern Connecticut will be the two teams to watch in the Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament but will be certainly challenged by UMass Boston, pending they advance to the semifinals.

Finally, Babson College secured the top spot in this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament – the Beavers could possibly face either ninth-ranked Springfield College or tenth-ranked Smith College in the championship game on Sunday, March 1st, pending two of the three teams advance to the final round.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 13 Poll| Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020

1. Tufts University 25-0, 10-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College  22-3, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Bowdoin College 23-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. Western New England 21-4, 14-2 CCC Last Week: No. 4
5. Rhode Island College 21-4, 13-3 LEC Last Week: No. 5
6. Eastern Connecticut 21-4, 14-2 LEC Last Week: No. 6
7. Williams College 18-7, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Babson College 18-7, 10-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Springfield College 18-7, 9-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Smith College 21-4, 7-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Emmanuel College, Framingham State, and UMass Boston


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine Week Ten |Week 11 |Week 12

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, February 24th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the second-straight week, Springfield College secured the top spot – the Pride, who have won 22 of 25 contests this season are not just the team to beat in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), but also the region, too.

Springfield will host the winner of Emerson CollegeCoast Guard Academy on Friday, February 28th in what could be an interesting semifinal match-up. A win over either the Lions or Bears would allow Springfield to host the NEWMAC championship two days later on Sunday, March 1st.

Colby College remains the second team on our poll for another week after outlasting Bates College in triple-overtime this past weekend in the opening round of the New England Small College (NESCAC) Tournament. Colby will tip-off against eighth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday, February 29th – the winner will face either third-ranked Tufts University or tenth-ranked Trinity College in the NESCAC Championship on Sunday.

Fourth-ranked Babson College and seventh-ranked WPI will meet in the NEWMAC semifinals on Friday evening in Worcester – the outcome could possibly end both teams’ chances of reaching the upcoming NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid.

Finally, St. Joseph (Conn.) moved-up two spots to the fifth position this week – they will be a team to watch (and follow) this week in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) – while ninth-ranked Brandeis University needs to beat New York University on Saturday, February 29th to have a chance to possibly secure an at-large bid to the postseason.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 13 Poll| Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020

1. Springfield College  22-3, 11-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Colby College 23-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Tufts University  19-6, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
4. Babson College 20-5, 10-4 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. St. Joseph (Conn.) 23-2, 11-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 7
6. Middlebury College 20-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
7. WPI  19-6, 10-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
8. Amherst College 18-7, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
9. Brandeis University  16-8, 8-5 UAA Last Week: No. 8
10. Trinity College 17-8, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, New England College, Nichols College, and Western Connecticut 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten|Week 11|Week 12 

 

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 24th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you ALL had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the spring-like temperatures, especially yesterday. It is almost spring here in Boston (and New England), which means warm weather, spring sports, and dinner (and coffee) outside, not inside.

Let’s kick off a brand new week with the ‘Daily Noontime’ by smiling, laughing, and loving life!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • Jayson Tatum scored 41 points in 37 minutes but it wasn’t enough to lift the Boston Celtics to victory on Sunday. Instead, Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-112, snapping a three-game winning streak.

    Luckily, the Green and White will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 25th) when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers for a 10 p.m. tip-off.

  • The Boston Bruins will look to return to their winning ways tomorrow when they host the Calgary Flames for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Boston beat Calgary on Friday, 4-3, but then lost to the Vancouver Canucks, 9-3, one day later.
  • Finally, the Boston Red Sox will play some exhibition baseball today against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • LeBron James saluted Jayson Tatum on Instagram following the Lakers’ two-point win over the Celtics on Sunday. (MassLive.com)
  • The Boston Celtics altered their travel plans so they can attend Kobe Bryant‘s Memorial. (CBS Boston)

  • Sunday’s loss to the Lakers was a tough pill to swallow, but it certainly seemed like a game the Celtics should have won. (Boston Globe)

  • Will the Boston Bruins make a move before the NHL Trade Deadline ends at 3 p.m. today? (NESN.com)

  • The Boston Bruins should not pursue Joe Thornton, says one hockey writer. (Yahoo.com)

  • Tom Brady was the fourth-ranked quarterback on the ‘101 NFL free agent‘ list on NFL.com.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The St. Louis BattleHawks recorded the first XFL kickoff return of the 2002 season yesterday. 

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 21st, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Happy Friday, everyone!

Hope you are ALL having a great day thus far – yes, we know we’re posting a bit later than normal, but we wanted to make sure we provided you with something to read at the end of your lunch break or when you’re bored in the afternoon (and want to go home!).

As usual, have a wonderful rest of your day, smile, laugh, be happy, and have a great weekend!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening when they visit the Calgary Flames for a 9 p.m. face-off. Boston is still the top team in the Eastern Conference with 88 points – can they make it to 90 this evening?
  • The Boston Celtics kick-off the second half of their 2019-20 season this evening, when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m. Boston, is currently the third-best team in the Eastern Conference – they are behind the Milwaukee Bucks (first) and Toronto Raptors (second).

The Noontime Headlines (and Links) 

  • It sounds like Tom Brady could be headed to the Tennessee Titans, but maybe he will come back to the New England Patriots(CBS Boston)
  • Here are five things a few NFL experts think will happen when Tom Brady enters free agency in a few weeks. (Boston.com)

  • The NFL wants a 17th game and an expanded postseason. Does that sound good to you? (The Boston Globe)

  • The Bruins are likely to trade David Backes by the NHL Trade Deadline next week. (CBS Boston)

  • Apparently, Colin Cowherd believes the Boston Celtics can win the NBA title later this spring (and early summer!). (NESN.com)

  • An Alabama football staff member is leaving the college football program and heading to the pros to join the Patriots. (247 Sports)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: David Ortiz is calling Mike Fiers a ‘snitch,’ and ESPN had some thoughts on this comment! 

Tufts Secures Top Spot In Second NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

For the second-straight week, the Tufts University women’s basketball team secured the top spot in the NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings.

The Jumbos, who have won 24 consecutive contests, will look to continue their current momentum on Saturday, February 22nd when they host Wesleyan University in the opening round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.

Amherst College checked-in second this week – the Mammoths will also be competing in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament this weekend against Bates College.

Western New England, which is currently the top team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) secured the third position followed by Bowdoin College (fourth) and Eastern Connecticut (fifth).

Williams College checked-in sixth overall. The Ephs will host Trinity College in the NESCAC Tournament this weekend – the Bantams secured the 12th position on this week’s rankings.

Springfield College checked-in seventh overall while Rhode Island CollegeBabson College, and UMass Boston placed eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively.

Smith College secured the eleventh position – the Pioneers are currently one of the top five teams in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) heading into the final Saturday of the regular season.