By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops
Happy New Year, New England D3 Hoops fans!
Let’s kick-off the new year with our fifth poll of the 2018-19 season, which once again finds Williams College in the top spot followed by Hamilton College (second) and MIT (third).
Movers: We had some movement, beginning with Hamilton and MIT moving-up, while Gordon College and Babson College also moved-up one spot, respectively.
Newcomers: Amherst College checked-in 10th overall after scoring its third-straight win over Hunter College. The Mammoths, who currently stand at 8-1 overall, will attempt to continue its current momentum on Wednesday against Keystone before facing Trinity College on Friday.
Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Jan. 1st, 2019
1. Williams College
11-0, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously: No. 1
2. Hamilton College
11-0, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously No. 3
10-1, 0-0 NEWMAC
Previously: No. 4
4. Nichols College
10-1, 3-0 CCC
Previously: No. 2
5. Middlebury College
9-3, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously No. 7
6. Endicott College
8-3, 1-1 CCC
Previously: No. 6
9-2, 0-0 NEWMAC
Previously: No. 5
8. Babson College
7-4, 0-0 NEWMAC
Previously: No. 9
9. Gordon College
11-1, 3-0 CCC
Previously: No. 10
10. Amherst College
8-1, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously: Not Ranked
On The Rise: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Coast Guard Academy, Colby College, Eastern Conn., Wesleyan University and Wheaton College
A brand new weekend of New England D3 basketball has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our first edition of 10 Games to Watch for the season, along with some predictions, too – who doesn’t love predictions?
Make sure to stay connected with @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter throughout the weekend for in-game updates, scores, news and more!
Women’s Basketball: Smith College at Babson College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 12 p.m.): The Beavers fended off a late rally by the Engineers to score an important (and yes, impressive) early season win on Wednesday. Look for the Green and White to continue their mid-week momentum on Saturday against the Pioneers. PREDICTION: Babson Beavers
Women’s Basketball: Clark University at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 1 p.m.): The Engineers enjoyed an impressive start to its 2018-19 campaign, but have recently struggled in their last two outings. Expect coach Sonia Raman‘s squad to bounce back on Saturday against the Cougars in Cambridge. PREDICTION: MIT Engineers
Women’s Basketball: Univ. of New England at Roger Williams (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 1 p.m.): Can we call this game a must-win? Both teams have struggled over the past few weeks, but this is always a must-see/must-follow contest. Look for Sam Leone and Gabby Jerahian to lead the Hawks to a much-needed win. PREDICTION: Roger Williams Hawks
Women’s Basketball: Conn. College at FDU-Florham (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2 p.m.): The Camels have been one of a few teams to watch thus far – they enter Saturday’s non-conference clash riding a five-game winning streak. Look for the Blue and White to continue their current trend and pick-up their sixth win of the season. PREDICTION: Conn. College Camels
Women’s Basketball: Bowdoin College at Colby College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2 p.m.): Bowdoin’s Cordelia Stewart had a big game against MIT last Sunday and should once again be a player to watch in this match-up. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College Polar Bears
Men’s Basketball: Keene State at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m.): The Panthers have enjoyed a very successful start to their 2018-19 campaign and should continue their early-season momentum against the Owls. Look for a big game from Middlebury’s Matt Folger. PREDICTION: Middlebury Panthers
Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Eastern Conn. State (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m.): The Warriors have rebounded since an opening day loss to William Patterson, winning four-straight, including a 77-70 win over Rhode Island College earlier this week. PREDICTION: Eastern Conn. Warriors
Men’s Basketball: Salem State vs. Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m. | Babson College): First-year coach Jean Bain has the Judges in position to snatch a Big 4 Challenge crown this weekend, especially after scoring recent victories over Bates College and Lasell College. PREDICTION: Brandeis Judges
Men’s Basketball: Tufts University at Babson College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 5 p.m.): The Beavers finished last season’s Big 4 Challenge as the runner-up, but expect the Green and White to once again be in contention for some hardware this weekend, especially if Brandon Johnson continues his impressive play from earlier this week. PREDICTION: Babson Beavers
Men’s Basketball: Endicott College at Nichols College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 6 p.m.): This is a BIG one for both teams as a win would provide the winner with an inside track for the conference crown in February. PREDICTION: Nichols Bison
The NCAA Division III basketball tournament commenced today with some pretty exciting outcomes as St. Joseph’s (Maine) and Hamilton College each began the day with opening round wins. The Monks scored an exciting five-point (61-56) victory over UMass Boston women’s basketball team in Amherst, while the Continentals defeated Nazareth, 86-72, thanks to a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds from Kena Gilmour.
The Monks of St. Joseph’s played some impressive defense down the stretch, holding the Beacons just nine points in the third and fourth quarters. Julia Champagne led the Monks with 16 points – she also stuffed the stat sheet with six caroms, three steals and one one assist.
Joining the Monks in the second round of the women’s tournament is Amherst College, Bowdoin College and Tufts University. The Jumbos scored an opening round win over Westfield State, thanks to 17 points off the bench from Cailin Harrington, along with 15 points from Jac Knapp and Melissa Baptista.
On the men’s side: MIT scored an opening round win as the Engineers defeated Brockport, 81-67. Tim Roberts recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Middlebury College topped Lebanon Valley, 83-63, behind a triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists from Jack Daly.
Joining MIT and Middlebury in the second round is Springfield College, Wesleyan University, Eastern Connecticut and Williams College. The Pride scored an exciting opening round win as they edged Albright, 88-86, thanks to a pair of freebies from Jake Ross, along with a late free throw from Heath Post.
Bobby Casey helped the Ephs break-open a one-point (21-20) lead at the break to defeat the Bears of Bridgewater State, 56-45. James Heskett concluded the game with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Saturday’s Schedule | Round Two
Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s (Maine) at Amherst College, 6 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: FDU-Florham at Bowdoin College, 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: Ithaca at Tufts University, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Ramapo at Williams College, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Middlebury College at Eastern Connecticut St., 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: MIT at Johns Hopkins, 8 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Hamilton College at York (Pa), 7 p.m.
With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 26th, 2018!
This week’s poll – similar to the past 11 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.
Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 26th, 2018
1. Williams College
22-5 | NESCAC
Last Week: No. 2
2. Eastern Conn. St.
25-3 | LEC
Last Week: No. 1
3. Wesleyan University
21-6 | NESCAC
Last Week: No. 3
4. Hamilton College
22-4 | NESCAC
Last Week: No. 4
22-5 | NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 10
6. Nichols College
25-3 | CCC
Last Week: 8
7. Middlebury College
19-6 | NESCAC
Last Week: No. 9
8. Amherst College
17-9 | NESCAC
Last Week: No. 6
9. Springfield College
18-8 | NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 7
10. Salem State
22-4 | MASCAC
Last Week: No. 5
On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (21-6|GNAC), Johnson & Wales (19-9 |GNAC), Keene State (19-9|LEC), New England College (NAC) and Tufts University (17-8|NESCAC)