What Teams To Watch In New England D3 Basketball In 2017-18

201718 Teams To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Sure, the 2016-17 Division III basketball season concluded last weekend with a pair of Massachusetts champions – congratulations again to Amherst College and Babson College! – but it is never too early to think about next season, the 2017-18 season, to be exact.

Below are some teams we’re already eye-balling for next season (2017-18) – let us know what teams you’re going to be keeping an eye on by sending us a tweet on Twitter (@NoontimeSports).

Men’s Basketball Teams to Watch in 2017-18

Amherst College

Babson College

Becker College

Eastern Connecticut

Gordon College

Husson University

Keene State

UMass Dartmouth

Middlebury College

MIT

Nichols College

Roger Williams

Springfield College

Tufts University

Wesleyan

Williams

WPI

Women’s Basketball Teams to Watch in 2017-18 

Amherst College

Babson College

Becker College

Bowdoin

Colby College

Eastern Connecticut

Emmanuel College

Endicott College

Keene State

UMass Dartmouth

Middlebury College

MIT

New England College

Regis College

Roger Williams

Springfield College

St. Joseph’s (Maine)

Tufts University

Univ. of New England

Western New England

Westfield State

Worcester State

WPI

Babson’s Brennan Reflects On An Exciting National Championship Victory

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It was a special moment for Babson College coach Stephen Brennan and the Beavers when they captured the program’s first-ever NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship. (PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Lucas)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s been a few days since Babson College captured its fist-ever NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship and coach Stephen Brennan’s phone is still buzzing with text messages, phone calls and emails.

“I think that night after the game I had about 120 text messages,” said Brennan, who guided the Beavers to an exciting 79-78 victory over Augustana (Ill.) last Saturday in Salem, Virginia.

Everyone wanted to congratulate Brennan and the team, including past and current Babson presidents, friends from Bates College and current Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Learn more about the connection between Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and the Babson College Beavers, via MassLive.com

Even the New England Patriots expressed their excitement, tweeting out a congratulatory tweet to both Babson and Amherst College, which captured the women’s national title game last Saturday, too.

“When the Patriots sent a congratulator tweet, I was like ‘what’s that?’” said Brennan. “You don’t really expect that.”

The Beavers were also congratulated by Massachusetts Mayor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey.

Babson’s win provided a great deal of excitement to both Massachusetts and New England college basketball fans. They all feel touched by this particular victory, according to Brennan, including Babson’s conference foes and regional opponents.

“(This win) has touched multiple members of our community from alums to our opponents (in the northeast),” said Brennan, “so it’s certainly nice to touch so many people and share it with our friends and friends of our program.”

The win also touched a quartet of Babson alums – David MackTravis SheldonEric Dean and John Wickey – that positioned the Beavers over the past few years for a potential national title-run. And despite coming-up short two years ago in the national semifinals, Babson was able to avenge its disappointing setback with a dramatic one-point victory.

“The key for success is you have to pay the rent,” said Brennan, “and this team (especially the seniors) put in the time.”

The senior class certainly put in the time, they will depart Babson Park with 103 victories, which is the most wins in program history.

Joey Flannery, who was certainly a catalyst behind the Beavers’ run toward the program’s initial national crown, concluded his career with 2,620 points, which positions him eighth all-time in Division III history. Additionally – and as noted in the game’s release – he also scored 167 points in six NCAA Tournament games this season.

Brennan and the Beavers will continue to enjoy this special accomplishment, but know a new season will be here soon. And in order to continue their current success, the tenured coach knows his team will need to ‘pay the rent’ every day.

“Everyone will have to grow,” said Brennan. “We’ll need to continue our current work ethic and culture (moving forward, while continuing) our toughness and work ethic, too.”

All-Noontime Sports Rookie Team of the Year

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports and NoontimeSports.com is proud to unveil our first-ever men’s and women’s rookie teams of the year!

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (Springfield College)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State)

All-Noontime Rookie Team (Men’s)

Jake Ross

Springfield College

Northampton, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.

Antonio White Jr.

Becker College

Middletown, Conn.

Dana Bean 

Colby-Sawyer

Franklin, N.H.

Carlos Gonzalez

Eastern Conn. State Univ.

Springfield, Mass.

Matthew Karpowicz

Williams College

Wellesley, Mass.

Eric Savage

Tufts University

South Brunswick, N.J.

All-Noontime Rookie Team (Women’s)

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg State

Rockland, Mass.

Madeline Eck

Amherst College

Rye, N.Y.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Erica DeCandido

Tufts University

North Wales, Pa.

Sadie Nelson

University of New England

Windham, Maine

Meghan Orbann

Western New England

East Hampton, Conn.

Mya Villard

Eastern Conn. State Univ.

Cromwell, Conn.

Rene Hudson

New England College

Gallatin, Tenn.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 22 (Howard Herman | Berkshire Eagle)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

In anticipation of this week’s NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball semifinals and finals, Noontime Sports the Podcast welcomed back Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle to preview and predict the various outcomes of this week’s contests.

Babson College and Williams College each advanced to the men’s semifinals, while Amherst College and Tufts University secured spots in the women’s semifinals.

Men’s Division III Basketball Bracket

Women’s Division III Basketball Bracket

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Flannery Comes Up Big For No. 3 Babson In Sectional Final Win Over Keene State

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A big evening from Babson senior Joey Flannery helped the Beavers top Keene State in the NCAA Division III Sectional Finals. (PHOTO CREDIT:

By Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth)

BABSON PARK – Babson College senior Joey Flannery is not ready to see his outstanding career as a Beaver come to an end.

In Saturday night’s 102-79 victory over Keene State in the Division III Sectional Final, Flannery led all scorers with 29 points, as all five Beavers starters scored in double-figures.

“It’s always good to hit a couple of shots early,” said Flannery, “but to get that confidence early I think is big for us.”

This is the eighth-straight game Flannery has topped the 20-point mark. He is averaging 30 points per game in the NCAA tournament.

On this particular evening, he and his teammates needed to be sharp. And they scored 51 points in the first half, yet only led the Owls by five (51-46) at the break.

“They scored 46 points, which in our minds is way too much in a half to let up,” said Flannery. “We had a defensive mindset going into the second half.”

Next up for Flannery and the rest of the Beavers: a matchup against Whitman College in the national semifinal in Virginia.

“It feels good to be heading back to Salem. We have got some unfinished business there,” said Flannery.

“We won’t get caught up in the hype being down there. We’ll be able to treat it like a business trip… and focus on the game as much as possible.”

NCAA D3 Elite Eight Scoreboard: Babson Returns To Salem, Amherst & Tufts Advance to Semifinals

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The sectional finals of the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournament produced some exciting outcomes!

By Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports) 

The road to the ‘Final Four’ is complete. Babson College and Williams College advance to the national semifinals on the men’s side, while Amherst College and Tufts University secured spots on the women’s side.

Below is this evening’s scoreboard with links to box scores courtesy of D3Hoops.com.

No. 3 Babson 102, Keene State 79

Williams 79, No. 6 Middlebury 75

No. 1 Amherst 73, UMass Dartmouth 33

No. 4 Tufts 57, No. 6 Washington Univ. 43

 

Sweet Sixteen Roundup: Keene State, UMass Dartmouth Advance To Elite Eight

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Keene State men’s basketball advanced to Saturday’s sectional final, thanks to an impressive second half rally by the Owls! (PHOTO CREDIT: Keene State College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Another round of the 2017 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball tournament is in the books, and below is a roundup from this evening’s seven contests.

Editor’s Note: Links (Box Scores) courtesy D3Hoops.com. 

No. 6 Middlebury 89, Endicott 60: Matt St. Amour netted a team-high 21 points, while Jake Brown added 19 points and eight assists as the Panthers defeated the Gulls in Vermont en route to a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rematch with Williams in the sectional finals.

Williams 78, No. 17  Susquehanna 61: Kyle Scadlock powered the Ephs with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds as Williams secured a conference tournament final rematch with the Panthers on Saturday.  

Keene State 68, No. 2 Christopher Newport 64The Owls’ pursuit of some NCAA hardware continued Friday evening as they overcame an eight-point deficit at the break to defeat No. 2 Christopher Newport in Babson Park. Jeff Lunn led all players with 20 points, while pulling down eight rebounds.

No. 3 Babson 87, No. 14 Tufts 80The Beavers overcame a one-point deficit at the break to defeat the Jumbos en route to their second sectional finals in three seasons. Babson’s Joey Flannery exploded for a game-high 38 points , while Isaiah Nelsen added 22 points on 10 of 16 attempts from the field.

No. 1 Amherst 63, Babson 39Four members of the Purple & White’s starters tallied 11 points or more as top-ranked Amherst defeated Babson to advance to Saturday’s sectional finals. Emily McCarthy paced the Purple & White, connecting on 8 of 9 shots from the field for 21 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

UMass Dartmouth 67, SUNY New Paltz 57:Make it three-straight NCAA Tournament wins for Matt Ducharme‘s unit as the Corsairs advanced to their first-ever sectional finals. Alicia Kutil recorded 17 points and nine rebounds for UMass Dartmouth, while Rachel McCarron tallied 15 points.

No. 4 Tufts 65, No. 17 Scranton 48: Jac Knapp tallied a career-high 20 points, Michela North registered her 42nd double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Jumbos cruised past the Royals for the second straight season en route to the sectional finals.