VIDEO: Catching Up With Head Coach Brian Meehan (Brandeis University Men’s Basketball)


WALTHAM, MA — On Tuesday, Matt Noonan caught up with Brandeis University’s men’s basketball head coach Brian Meehan to discuss the team’s most recent victory against Amherst College, as well as the season thus far.

Massachusetts College Basketball: Recapping Saturday’s D3Hoops Action

The MIT Engineers earned their 11th "W" of the season on Saturday! (Photo Credit: MIT News)


The Division III college basketball season in Massachusetts is slowly approaching the mid-way point, but don’t worry hoop fans because there are still loads of games remaining in January and February to be played.

Here’s some interesting news and notes from Saturday’s games, enjoy.

* The MIT Engineers matched their best start in school history on Saturday, as they defeated the Tufts University Jumbos, 60-56. Junior guard Mitchell Kates scored the go-ahead layup with 21 seconds remaining in the second half to secure the team’s 11th win. The Engineers will host Wheelock College on Wednesday before enjoying a short holiday break.

* Wheelock College’s junior forward Keneisha Milton recorded a school record 24 rebounds against Bay Path College in the team’s eighth loss of the season. The Wildcats outrebounded their opponent, 66-43, as well as also set a school record for rebounds in a game. The Wildcats will look to earn their first win in a few weeks when they travel to Newbury College on Thursday, January 5, 2012.

* It was a tough week for the Smith College Pioneers, who dropped two-of-three contests against Springfield College (Tuesday) and Trinity College (Saturday). However, they did muster their third conference victory against the United States Coast Guard Academy on Thursday, 57-42. The Pioneers will return to the court once more on Wednesday when they travel to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

* Junior guard James Klemm and sophomore forward Taylor Epley combined for 34 points, two assists, and nine rebounds, as Williams College cruised to their eighth win of the season against Springfield College, 68-57. The Ephs have now won seven of their last eight contests, and will enjoy a short break before returning to the court on Wednesday, December 28, when they travel to The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts for the Coach Connor Classic.

* Senior Jill Greenberg led the Ephs with 23 points and five assists, as Williams College’s women’s basketball team earned their eighth win of the season against Wesleyan, 69-55. Williams College currently remains atop the NESCAC, (New England Small College Athletic Conference) with Amherst College, who is [7-0].

* The Amherst College men’s basketball team suffered their first setback of the season, as Brandies University defeated the Lord Jeffs, 76-61. The Judges have now won four of their last six meetings against the Lord Jeffs since the ’07-’08 season.

Week One – Massachusetts Division III Men’s and Women’s Top-5

James Wang and his Williams College Ephs begin the season atop our Noontime Sports DIII Men's Basketball Poll!


Tuesday marks the official start date for a variety of Division III Men’s and Women’s College Basketball teams in Massachusetts, and with that being the case, here’s a look a some of the teams to watch during the opening week of the season.

Also, as a side note, Noontime Sports will provide a weekly Top-5 and certainly, we’d appreciate, as well as encourage any feedback from coaches, players or fans. Feel free to contact us with thoughts or opinions at

Men’s Basketball:

1.) Williams College – The Ephs ended their season with a crushing two-point loss to Wooster in the Division III Final Four, but appear destined to return to Virginia for the second year in a row. has Williams ranked third nationally, and that’s probably because of senior guard James Wang and junior guard James Klemm, who finished the season as two of the team’s top three scorers. Yet, one of the biggest questions entering the upcoming season will be who’ll fill the void of Troy Whittington, who led the squad with 250 rebounds. Williams will kick-off their season on Friday (Nov. 18) when they host Southern Vermont.

2.) Amherst College – Despite squandering an 18-point lead in the NESCAC, (New England Small College Athletic Conference) semi-finals to Middlebury, the Lord Jeffs came within two games of Division III championship, but fell to their archrival, Williams College. This season, Amherst will seek revenge against Middlebury and Williams, as well as battle the Ephs for the top spot in conference. Also, without Connor Meehan as the team’s main floor general, the Lord Jeffs will have to rely on sophomore guard Aaron Toomey and senior guard Taylor Barrise to carry the load. Amherst’s season begins Friday (Nov. 18) against Plymouth State.  

3.) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – After a rather difficult loss last Friday to Harvard University, the Engineers will look to kick-off their season with a victory on the road at Curry College on Tuesday (Nov. 15) before returning home on Thursday (Nov. 17) against Gordon College. MIT’s six top scorers are back from last year’s [20-9] team, including preseason All-American Noel Hollingworth.

4.) Brandeis University – The Judges start the year ranked just outside the Top-25.  Head coach Brian Meehan will try to duplicate the start he saw last year, when his team won its first eleven games, en route to a [19-9] campaign that ended with a victory in the ECAC New England Championship game.

5.) Worcester Polytechnic Institution (WPI) – After losing the NEWMAC, (New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference) championship to MIT in Worcester, the Engineers ended their postseason run with a loss in the second round to Amherst. WPI will need to find someone to replace Jeffery Robinson, who led the team last season with 471 points. WPI begins its season on Wednesday (Nov. 16) at home against Husson.

Women’s Basketball:

Can the Amherst College Women's basketball team return to the championship again this season? (Photo courtesy of NESCAC's website).

1.) Amherst College – After winning the Division III championship, the Lord Jeffs will enter the year ranked atop numerous polls as the team to beat.  Yet, despite adding four new members to their squad, the Lord Jeffs championship unit remains in tact with senior guard Caroline Stedman and senior forward/center Lem Atanga McCormick. The Lord Jeffs begin their title defense on Saturday (Nov. 19) when they host Norwich.

2.) Babson College – Despite ending their successful campaign with a loss to Amherst in the playoffs, the Beavers experienced one of their best seasons in program history with 30-wins, and appear to be even hungrier than last year. Seniors Kathleen King and Nicki Wurderman, along with junior Sarah Collins will be the main focal point of the Beavers offense and defense, and you can bet they’ll cause nightmares for opposing coaches. Babson will begin its NEWMAC title defense on Tuesday (Nov. 15) when they host Salem State.   

3.) Williams College – For the last two seasons, the Ephs have either ended their campaigns in the first or second round of the NESCAC playoffs, but this year, they appear to be a front runner to challenge Amherst. Senior Jill Greenberg will be one of the key players to watch this season, especially since she finished last year with 247 points and 71 steals, as well as led the squad with 133 assists. Also, the Ephs will need to find Taylor Shea’s replacement on the boards. The Ephs begin their season against Whitman at home on Friday (Nov. 18) before facing Babson on Saturday (Nov. 19).

4.) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) – For the past two seasons, WPI has always finished second behind Babson, but could this be the year the Engineers challenge the Beavers for first place in the NEWMAC? The Engineers will rely heavily upon senior guard Lauren Hannmann, who finished the year with 322 points, 26 steals, and 23 assists. WPI begins their season on Tuesday (Nov. 15) against Brandies.   

5.) Tufts University – Replacing Colleen Hart will be the biggest challenge for the Jumbos entering the upcoming season. Tufts has been to the NESCAC playoffs the past two years, but has struggled against both Amherst and Williams. The Jumbos finished last season winning 10-of-11 games at home, but faltered on the road with a [5-5] record. If the Jumbos are going to challenge the Ephs and Lord Jeffs, they have to win on the road. Tufts kicks off their season against Babson on Saturday (Nov. 19) at the Williams Tip-Off Tournament.   

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