Yale will certainly be a team to watch this season and should receive a boost from senior Makai Mason, who has been selected as the Ivy League preseason player of the year, per various outlets, including NBCSports.com.
Mason earned first-team All-Conference honors during his sophomore season (2015-16) – he became the fourth sophomore in program history to earn a spot on the conference’s first-team.
It was recently announced by multiple sources, including the Hartford Courant that Hall-of-Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun will serve as a consultant to the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball program.
The University of St. Joseph’s will play its first men’s basketball game in school history next year during the 2018-19 school year.
Calhoun, who retired from coaching in 2012 after winning 873 games during a 40-year coaching career, guided the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team to trio of national championships, including a 2011 title against Butler. The former UConn bench boss is still under contract until March of 2018.
When introduced to the media on Thursday, Calhoun told reporters he’s a “part-time employee for now.” However, Calhoun doesn’t consider his new position with the Blue Jays as part-time because his main focus going forward is finding student-athletes to compete for the program next season.
Just days after the NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship concluded, Noontime Sports the Podcast host Matt Noonan caught-up with Babson College play-by-play broadcaster John Cabral to discuss and highlight the Beavers’ (men’s basketball) first-ever national championship.
Cabral and Noonan recap a pair of exciting contests, and yes, slowly look ahead (at the end of the podcast) to what teams could be in the mix for a title-run next season.
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.
The ‘Round of 16’ and ‘Round of eight’ concluded this past weekend with some exciting outcomes.
But now, we move onto the so-called, ‘Final Four’ where we’ll see a pair of Massachusetts squads competing in both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division III semifinals, beginning this Friday, March 17th. The national championship games will take place on Saturday, March 18th.
The men’s NCAA Division III semifinals and finals will take place in Salem, Virginia, while the women’s semifinals and finals will occur in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Babson College and Williams College advanced to this Friday’s men’s semifinals with convincing wins over Keene State and Middlebury College, respectively. Amherst College and Tufts University returned to the women’s semifinals for the second-straight season – it is possible we could see both New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) units compete in the national championship.
Williams avenged its NESCAC Championship loss by defeating No. 6 Middlebury College by a score of 79-75. Daniel Aronowitz concluded the game with a double-double, netting 10 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. He said following his team’s sectional final victory that it is a ‘amazing feeling’ to return to Salem, Virginia.
The Ephs led the Panthers, 39-37, at the break before outscoring the hosts in the second stanza, 40-38. The Ephs collaborated for 10 of 14 free throws, while tallying 15 points on second chances. Middlebury won the battle of points off the turnover, scoring 25 compared to Williams, which tallied just six points.
Williams’ Bobby Casey provided a lift for the Purple and Yellow off the bench, tallying 12 points in 20 minutes, including four trifectas. He sank four of five attempts from beyond the arc.
“It was just a hard-fought game,” said Williams men’s basketball coach Kevin App.
The Ephs will face Augustana, which secured a sectional final win over over Hanover, 77-64.
The No. 1 Amherst College women’s basketball team extended its season to the semifinal for the second-straight season, as the Purple and White defeated UMass Dartmouth, 73-33. Amherst will now face No. 10 Christopher Newport, which defeated Ohio Northern, 76-66.
Saturday’s sectional final win provided the Purple & White an opportunity to compete in the national semifinals for not just the second-straight season, but seventh time in program history.
As noted in last night’s release: “Amherst has now advanced to the national semifinals for the second time in a row, and seventh time in program history, including five straight appearances between 2009 and 2013, and highlighted by a national championship in 2011. The Purple & White enter semifinal action with a 37-11 overall record in NCAA postseason play.”
The No. 4 Tufts University women’s basketball team returned to the semifinals for the second-straight season, too, as they knocked-off No. 6Washington University (Mo.) last night, 57-43.
Michela North recorded her 14th career double-double in NCAA Tournament play with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Lauren Dillon led the Jumbos with a team-best seven assists.
Tufts secured an early lead, jumping out to a 14-12 advantage after the opening frame, but Washington University countered, outscoring the visitors, 6-5, in the second stanza to pull within one points (19-18) at the break.
Melissa Baptista and North helped the Jumbos push ahead for good in the second half, combining for seven points, which helped Tufts secure a 27-21 advantage. They would not look back, though, as they tallied 22 points in the frame before tacking on an additional 16 in the fourth.
Baptista finished with 14 points, while Jac Knapp added 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Tufts will take on No. 2 St. Thomas in the semifinals – the Tommies will enter the game riding a 31-game winning streak. They defeated No. 16 Whitman last night in their section, final by a score of 65-48.