D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Tufts University men’s basketball team secured the top spot in our tenth poll of the season following two conference wins last weekend, including an 80-67 victory over Colby College, which entered the game on an 18-game winning streak.

With the win over Colby, as well as Bowdoin College, the Jumbos secured the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with just four games remaining. Tufts will play its final four games away from Medford, Massachusetts, beginning this Friday, February 7th at Trinity College.

The Bantams of Trinity secured the tenth position on this week’s poll – the Blue and Gold have won four-straight, including back-to-back games against Middlebury College and Williams College. Trinity has won four of six conference games thus far but faces a tough stretch over the next two weeks.

Springfield College continues to be the team to beat in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic (NEWMAC) conference as they have won seven of eight league meetings. They host Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, February 5th followed by Emerson College on Saturday, February 8th. The Lions of Emerson defeated the Pride last month in Boston.

Finally, don’t overlook Brandeis University or St. Joseph’s (Conn.) as both teams enter the final weeks of the regular season with a great deal of momentum. The Judges boast their best conference mark at the midway point of league play, while the Blue Jays have won 16 consecutive contests dating back to November.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Ten Poll| Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020

1. Tufts University 16-4, 6-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
2. Colby College 18-1, 6-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Springfield College 16-3, 7-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Brandeis University 14-4, 6-1 UAA Last Week: No. 5
5. Babson College 16-3, 6-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
6. Middlebury College 18-3, 4-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
7. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 17-2, 5-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 8
8. WPI  15-4, 6-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
9. Amherst College 14-6, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Trinity College 14-6, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, and Hamilton College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine 

New England Basketball: Colby Looks To Continue Its Momentum Against Tufts

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Colby College men’s basketball team has won 18-straight contests this season, including six consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match-ups. They will attempt to extend that streak to 19 consecutive victories this afternoon when they visit Tufts University.

Colby, which defeated Bates College last night, is tied with Tufts for the top spot in the NESCAC with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season. A win over the Jumbos would provide them with the inside track to the top spot in the conference tournament later this month.

Similar to Colby, Tufts has not dropped a conference clash this winter as they have won five consecutive league meetings, including one last night against Bowdoin CollegeEric Savage netted a career-high 35 points against the Polar Bears while Tyler Aronson chipped in 15 points and five rebounds.

If Tufts is going to beat the Mules, they must find a way to slow down a very impressive Colby offense, which is averaging a league-best 92.8 points per game. Additionally, they will need to stop Sam Jefferson, who is averaging a league-best 23.5 points per contest.

Colby beat Tufts last season, 103-93, at home, thanks to a game-high 32 points from Sam Jefferson, but have not beaten the Jumbos in Medford since February 14, 2014.

The Tufts women’s basketball team scored a big road win last night, defeating Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine, by a score of 97-88. With the win, the Jumbos have secured the top spot in the conference, along with an inside track to hosting the NESCAC Tournament later this month in Medford.

Emily Briggs led the Jumbos with a team-high 23 points, while Calin Harrington netted a season-high 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting.

“It was just an awesome game,” Tufts first-year coach Jill Pace said via The Portland Press Herald.

The Jumbos outscored the Polar Bears, 24-18, in the final session to improve to 19-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play. Tufts will visit Colby this afternoon with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m. Their meeting with the Mules will be their final regular-season road contest as their next four games will take place on campus.

Other News and Notes from the New England D-III Basketball World

  • The Trinity College men’s basketball team scored an impressive 82-76 win last night over Middlebury College. Kyle Padmore and Colin Donovan each netted 20 points in the win. The Bantams host Williams College this afternoon at 3 p.m.
  • The Babson College women’s team has won two-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests and will attempt to win a third against Smith College this afternoon at 1 p.m. Despite falling to Emerson College, the Pioneers have been a team to watch this winter – they enter today’s important meeting riding a three-game winning streak.
  • Framingham State women’s basketball has won six-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) meetings, including an early January contest against Westfield State. A win this afternoon against the Owls would provide the Rams with a season-sweep, as well as the inside track to the top spot in the conference tournament.
  • Eastern Connecticut women’s basketball has won 15 of 18 contests this season, including an early January meeting against UMass Boston. A win today against the Beacons would secure a season-sweep. UMass Boston has not beaten the Warriors since February 3, 2018. The Beacons’ last home win against the Warriors occurred on January 6, 2018.
  • The Endicott College men’s basketball team will attempt to win their seventh-straight contest when they visit Gordon College for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Gulls edged the Fighting Scots earlier this season, 88-86, in overtime. A win today over Gordon would provide Endicott with its tenth conference victory.
  • Finally, St. Joseph (Conn.) men’s basketball will look to extend their winning streak to 16 consecutive wins when they visit Johnson & Wales for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Blue Jays enter the game with a great deal of momentum following an impressive win earlier this week against Albertus Magnus.

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D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 27th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Last season, the Colby College men’s basketball team won 17 games but saw their conference championship hopes dashed in the opening round of the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament against Hamilton College.

This season, the Mules have also won 17 games, but have yet to drop a single contest, which is why they once again appear in the top spot in this week’s New England D-III Men’s Basketball Poll.

Colby, which entered the past week with a 15-0 mark, tacked on two additional wins over Bowdoin College (81-67) and Husson University (97-70). They will attempt to pick up two more wins this week when they visit Bates College on Friday, January 31st followed by Tufts University on Saturday, February 1st.

Both Colby and Tufts remain the two NESCAC squads without a single setback in conference play so whoever wins this particular contest will most likely be in the driver seat heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

Springfield College moved-up one spot after scoring wins last week against Coast Guard Academy (94-82) and MIT (72-60). The Pride host sixth-ranked WPI on Wednesday with first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on the line.

Finally, the Endicott College men’s basketball team checked-in tenth overall – the Gulls enter the new week with a 14-4 record, including 8-1 mark in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play. The Gulls netted a season-high 110 points this past weekend against Western New England and will attempt to continue their winning ways this week with important match-ups against Gordon College and Nichols College.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Nine Poll| Monday, January 27th, 2020

1. Colby College 17-0, 5-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Middlebury College 17-2, 3-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Springfield College 14-3, 5-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
4. Tufts University 14-3, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
5. Brandeis University 12-4, 4-1 UAA Last Week: No. 3
6. WPI  14-3, 5-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Babson College 14-3, 4-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
8. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 15-2, 3-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 9
9. Albertus Magnus  14-2, 3-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 8
10. Endicott College 14-4, 8-1 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Amherst College and Wesleyan University


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight

 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University remained our top team after picking up a pair of conference wins this past weekend, including a one-point victory last Friday over Hamilton College.

One day after their dramatic win over the Continentals, the Powder Blue and White found a way to outlast the Mammoths of Amherst College in overtime.

Tufts will host Babson College on Wednesday before resuming conference play in Maine with a Saturday afternoon tilt against Bates College.

Bowdoin College, which remains our second team in this week’s poll, has won 17 games this season, including four conference match-ups. This past weekend they defeated Middlebury College and Williams College. The Polar Bears will visit Colby College on Saturday before hosting Tufts in a very important conference clash on Friday, January 31st at 7 p.m.

Western New England secured the fourth spot with an important conference win over the University of New England. The Golden Bears have won three straight and will host Curry College and Endicott College this week in Springfield.

Finally, we welcomed Trinity College to this week’s poll – the Bantams have won three-straight after falling to Bowdoin, Smith College, and WNE earlier this month. They host Connecticut College on Saturday before visiting MCLA on Sunday.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Tufts University 16-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  17-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 15-2, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western New England 13-3, 6-1 CCC Last Week: No. 10
5. WPI  10-5, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Trinity College 12-4, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
7. Rhode Island College 14-2, 7-1 LEC Last Week: No. 5
8. Smith College 14-2, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Brandeis University 11-3, 1-2 UAA Last Week: No. 6
10. Eastern Connecticut 13-3, 6-1 LEC Last Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Emerson College, Middlebury College, Springfield College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and Williams College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven 

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Colby College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 15 games this past weekend by defeating both Middlebury College and Williams College on the road.

Colby, which improves to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, has been an impressive story this season – can they continue their momentum later this week against Husson University on Tuesday, January 21st and Bowdoin College on Saturday, January 25th? We’ll have to wait and see.

Brandeis University was this week’s biggest mover, checking in third overall after securing the tenth position one week ago. The Judges scored an exciting 75-73 win yesterday over Emory University, handing the Eagles their second setback of the 2019-20 season, along with their initial loss against a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA).

The Judges are currently tied for first in the UAA with Washington University – the two teams will meet on Friday, January 24th in a VERY important match-up.

Tufts University moved into the fifth position after rebounding from an early week loss to Suffolk University with back-to-back wins over Amherst College (No. 10) and Hamilton College.

Finally, the Blues Jays of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) joined our poll at the ninth position – the Blue and Gold have not lost a game since falling to the Jumbos last November.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Colby College 15-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Middlebury College 16-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
3. Brandeis University 11-3, 3-0 UAA Last Week: No. 10
4. Springfield College 12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Tufts University 13-3, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. WPI  12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Babson College 12-3, 2-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
8. Albertus Magnus  12-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 5
9. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 13-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Amherst College 11-5, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Emerson College, Endicott College, Hamilton College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, UMass Boston, Wesleyan University, and Western New England


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven