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Noontime 2012 Countdown: Revisiting Amherst-Williams Basketball Games

By Matt Noonan

One of my fondest memories from this past year was covering the Amherst-Williams men’s and women’s basketball games in Williamstown.

This is a rivalry that certainly lives up to the hype. Its Harvard-Yale, Ohio State-Michigan, and Notre Dame-USC all in one. And on a bone-chilly January evening, I was treated to some great basketball, as well as an exciting ending in the men’s game.

Below I have provided links to my game stories, as well as video interviews and packages from that evening.

Game Stories

Amherst 80, Williams 58 (Women’s Hoops)

Amherst 67, Williams 65 (Men’s Hoops)

Videos

* The final seconds of the men’s game:

* Amherst College’s Aaron Toomey talks about his heroics at the end of the game:

* Both men’s coaches provide their take on the 67-65 outcome:

* Amherst College’s Caroline Stedman talks about her team’s enormous win:

Mass. College Hoops: A Few Thoughts On Div. III Basketball

By Matt Noonan 

With the college basketball season in Massachusetts slowly hitting the halfway point, it’s time to provide a few thoughts on what’s occurred in the Div. III world thus far.

* I’m not sure if this is a total shocker, but the WPI men’s basketball team is 10-0. They’ve managed to pullout a few impressive wins against Fitchburg State, Husson College and Rhode Island College, and will attempt to keep their perfect mark intact when they host Colby-Sawyer on Sunday, December 30.

* As usual, Amherst College remains one of the top squads in the country, as well as New England. The Lord Jeffs are currently 8-2, and riding a two-game winning streak. Amherst will attempt to keep their winning ways going over the next few weeks when they travel to four different institutions before returning home for a contest against Hamilton College on January 11.

* The NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) men’s basketball conference currently has three teams with eight wins (Amherst, Middlebury and Williams). As expected, all three teams will be in the running for a conference crown, but which one is the strongest unit? I’d probably say Amherst due to their depth, but let’s not count out the Ephs or Panthers.

* Jim O’Brien must have done something during the offseason, as his Emerson College Lions men’s basketball team is currently 4-4. The Lions have won two-of-three GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) games, but know their biggest test will occur on January 19, against Albertus Magnus.

* The GNAC women’s conference seems like a toss-up, but luckily its only December. Emmanuel College hasn’t played a single conference game, but has managed to win eight-of-night contests. The Saints only setback came against Amherst College, but luckily they’ve been able to rebound with two back-to-back victories against Endicott College and Salem State.

* Babson College and Smith College both have eight wins. Yet, the Beavers haven’t lost this season. The Pioneers only loss came against RPI, but ever since they’ve won six consecutive games. Both teams will meet twice in 2013, and it’ll be interesting to see if Lynn Hersey’s squad can overcome their past NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) championship losses.

* Tufts University’s women’s team has been on a roll. The Jumbos have won all nine of their contests and will attempt to earn their 10th win against Connecticut College on Monday, December 31. Are the Jumbos for real? Tufts’ has always been a tough team to beat, and this year they certainly have been impressive.

Mass College Hoops – D3Hoops Men’s Opening Round Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NCAA unveiled it’s 62-team men’s Division III tournament bracket on Monday, and features five colleges from Massachusetts. Below, we have provided the first round schedules and locations.

* Amherst College earned a first-round bye, and will face the winner of New York University-Misericordia University on Saturday, Mar. 3 in Amherst. 

* Endicott College vs. Oswego State will tip-off on Friday, Mar. 2 in Oswego, New York at 7:00pm  

* Becker College vs. Wm. Patterson will meet in Wayne, NJ on Friday, Mar. 2 at 7:30pm 

* MIT vs. Skidmore College will face-off at Oneonta, NY on Friday, Mar. 2 – no time has been announced for this particular contest.   

* Salem State will take on Rhode Island College in Staten Island, New York on Friday, Mar. 2 at 5:30pm. 

Massachusetts College Basketball: Men’s Top-5 Poll Updated

By NoontimeSports.com 

1.) MIT (Last Week/No. 1) – Despite dropping their first contest of the season to rival WPI, the Engineers still remain the top-squad in our men’s Top-5 poll. However, they’ll certainly need to rebound this week, especially against Clark University and the U.S. Coast Guard at home. 

2.) Amherst College (Last Week/No. 2) – The Lord Jeffs appear to be peaking at the right time, as they’ve won two consecutive road games. They’ll continue their four-game swing on Wednesday when they travel to the Berkshires to face Williams College.

3.) WPI (Last Week/No. 4) – The Engineers earned an enormous road victory this past weekend, as they defeated MIT in Cambridge, 80-68. WPI will look to build off their convince win at Springfield College on Wednesday.

4.) Williams College (Last Week/No. 3) – Earlier this month, the Ephs struggled, and lost two games to Tufts University and Wesleyan University. However, the men who sport the words, “Williams” across their chest have rebounded quite well, as they’ve won three of their last four contests, which included an 82-61 victory this past Sunday against Hamilton College.

5.) Tufts University (Last Week/No. 5)Bob Sheldon’s squad is currently residing in second place, and will want to earn a “W” on Saturday when they host Bowdoin College, who is also 4-2 in conference play. The Jumbos have won two of their last three contests, along with three consecutive home games, too.