Harvard, Yale Highlight Ivy League Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

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Harvard’s Bryce Aiken will be one of many players to watch on the Crimson this season. (PHOTO CREDIT: Boston Globe)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Harvard men’s basketball team was chosen to finish first in the Ivy League this winter, according to yesterday’s release.

Harvard, which collected six first-place votes, edged Yale by two points – the Bulldogs earned eight first-place votes, while tallying 118 points.

Princeton University, which is projected to finish third, garnered a trio of first-place votes for 114 points, while Penn and Columbia rounded out the top five.

Cornell, Dartmouth and Brown were projected to finish sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Harvard welcomes back a quartet of its leading scorers from a year ago, including sophomore Bryce Aiken, who was tabbed the Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season.

Aiken, a first-team All-Conference selection, paced the Crimson with 14.5 points per game last season, while tallying a career and season-best 28 points against Yale. As noted in his player bio, Aiken became the second first-year since Siyani Chambers to earn first team All-Ivy League honors.

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.

Against Baylor in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Mason netted a career and game-high 31 points, including 11 free throws to lift the Bulldogs to an exciting first round win.

Both teams will commence their respective 2017-18 campaigns on Friday, November 10 with Harvard hosting MIT and Yale facing Creighton at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Jim Calhoun To Assist Univ. of St. Joseph’s (CT) Men’s Basketball Program

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It was announced on Thursday that former University of Connecticut (UConn) Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun will serve as a consultant to the Univ. of St. Joseph’s men’s basketball team. (PHOTO CREDIT: MassLive)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

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.

The University of St. Joseph’s announced earlier this summer that they would be admitting men, beginning in the fall of 2018. According to the school’s release, which was seen on the athletic department’s website earlier this summer, this was a unanimous decision made by the Board of Trustees.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 24 (John Cabral | Play-By-Play Broadcaster)

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By Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports)

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.

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.

All-Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Team Of The Year

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports and NoontimeSports.com is pleased to unveil our first-ever All-Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Teams!

Men’s Coach of the Year: Ryan Cain (Keene State)

Men’s Player of the Year: Joey Flannery (Babson College)

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

All-Noontime First Team 

Joey Flannery 

Babson College

Acton, Mass.

Matt St. Amour

Middlebury College

Swanton, Vt.

Daniel Aronowitz  Williams College Columbus, Ohio
Marcos Echevarria  Nichols College  Lynn, Mass.
 Hugh Lindo   Eastern Conn. State Univ.  Enfield, Conn.

All-Noontime Second Team 

 Jaleel Bell Fitchburg State Dorchester, Mass.
 Raheem Anderson  Husson University  Miramar, Fla.
 Kamahl Walker  Endicott College  Worcester, Mass.
 Matt Ozzella   Keene State  Medway, Mass.
 Ed Ogundeko  Trinity College  Brooklyn, N.Y.

All-Noontime Third Team 

 Jake Ross  Springfield College  Northampton, Mass.
Jaqhawn Walters  Albertus Magnus  Hartford, Conn.
 Johnny McCarthy  Amherst College  Medfield, Mass.
 Marcus Delpeche  Bates College  Wilmington, Del.
 Armin Omanovic  Lasell College  Wilkesboro, N.C.

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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Recapping An Exciting Evening Of NCAA D3 Tournament Sectional Finals

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Babson men’s basketball advanced to its second NCAA Division III men’s basketball semifinals in three years last night, defeating Keene State in the sectional finals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Endow)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

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.

Men’s NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket 

Women’s NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket

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.

Saturday’s 102-79 win over Keene State provided Babson with its second trip to the semifinals in three seasonsJoey Flannery poured in a game-high 29 points, while Charlie Rice netted a career-high 20 points – he also pulled down nine rebounds, including eight defensive caroms.

The Beavers led the Owls, 51-46, at the break, but came out firing in the opening minutes of the second half, thanks to a trio of three-pointers from Nick Comenale, who ended the game with 17 points.

Babson, which is currently ranked third in the country, according to the latest D3Hoops.com rankings, will face No. 1 Whitman College – the Blues will enter this week’s semifinal clash with an impressive 31-0 record. The Blues advanced to this year’s semifinals with a sectional final win over No. 13 Rochester (91-87).

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.

“I am just really happy to be going back to Salem,” Aronwitz said following his team’s four-point win over the Panthers. “Not everybody gets this opportunity, so we’re certainly go to take advantage of it, just really happy to be here.”

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.

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Williams College celebrated an exciting four-point win over Middlebury College on Saturday in the NCAA Division III Sectional Finals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

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.

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Michela North recorded a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead Tufts to a sectional final win over Washington University (Mo.). (PHOTO CREDIT:

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.