Daily Noontime: Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

We hope you are ALL having a wonderful day thus far. Yes, we know our Daily Noontime is a bit later than normal – blame it on some early meetings! – allow us to provide a quick break with some news and links, as well as what to watch (and follow) in Boston sports tonight.


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins continued their winning ways last night with a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Boston has outscored its last three opponents by a combined score of 12-2.
  • The Bruins are in Chicago this evening to face the Blackhawks with puck drop scheduled for 8 p.m. The Chicago Blackhawks are 6-3-1 in their last ten outings.
  • The Boston Celtics welcome the Orlando Magic to the TD Garden this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
  • Boston University advanced to the women’s Beanpot Tournament championship next Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Boston College, while Northeastern University secured a spot in the finals with a 3-1 win over Harvard University.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Last night, the Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. And now … Red Sox fans are not happy. (ESPN.com)

  • According to Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice, Mookie wanted to stay in Boston. (Boston.CBSLocal.com)

  • Boston.com’s Chad Finn wants to know if Red Sox fans are happy or sad about the news of the organization dealing Mookie Betts to the Dodgers. (Boston.com)

  • Spotify will purchase The Ringer, a digital outlet started by Bill Simmons(Boston.com)
  • David Price can be an instrumental piece of the Dodgers rotation this spring. (TheRinger.com)

  • After leading the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl victory since 1970, head coach Andy Reid feels a sense of urgency to guide the team back to a championship next season. (ProFootballTalk.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Los Angeles Dodgers are now scary-good with Mookie Betts and David Price. 

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Hello, Tuesday – how are you?

It’s rather cloudy (and overcast) outside our window this morning. Will the sun come out today?

While we anxiously await for the sun to come out, let’s dish out a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – have a wonderful day, everyone!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Celtics continued their winning ways last night by defeating the Atlanta Hawks, 123-115Jayson Tatum recorded 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in the win, while Gordon Hayward finished with 24 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
  • The Boston Bruins will look to continue their second-half momentum this evening when they host the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m. Boston has won back-to-back games since the NHL All-Star Break – they have outscored their last two foes, 8-2.
  • Boston University and Northeastern University each won their respective opening round Beanpot Tournament games – the two teams will meet next Monday (Feb. 10th) in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Boston College and Harvard University will skate in the consolation game next Monday, as well, at 4:30 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Apparently, Tom Brady to the Tennessee Titans rumors has been “debunked.”  (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • The Boston University men’s ice hockey team stunned the Eagles of Boston College last night in the second game of the 68th Beanpot Tournament. (BU.edu)

  • Brendan van Riemsdyk netted the clincher yesterday against Harvard University, which secured Northeastern University a spot in next Monday’s championship. (USCHO.com)

  • The Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade could include some snow, so make sure to bundle up if you plan to attend! (KansasCity.com)

  • Could Tom Brady become the new owner of the Miami Dolphins(ProFootballTalk.com)

  • Los Angeles Times columnist believes the Los Angeles Dodgers should acquire Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox. (LATimes.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: This Super Bowl commercial makes us laugh, but also smile at the same time. And it also makes us want to dance, too! 

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 3rd, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Well, that weekend went by fast, eh?

We hope you had a nice weekend, as well as enjoyed the Super Bowl, too – what an exciting finish by the Kansas City Chiefs!

Today should be somewhat mild for early February – per the latest reports, we could reach (or over around) 50 degrees in the Boston area, which makes us even more excited for warmer weather ahead.

In the meantime, have a great morning/day, get an extra cup of coffee later – you may need it! – and remember to smile and laugh!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • Both the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics were idle yesterday, but the Green and White will return to the hardwood this evening when they visit the Atlanta Hawks with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
  • The Celtics enter the new week with some momentum – they have won three-straight, including a 116-95 win this past Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Tonight is the 68th Beanpot Tournament at the TD GardenNortheastern University, which won the championship last season, will skate against Harvard University at 5 p.m. while Boston College and Boston University will compete at 8 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • The Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years last night, thanks to an exciting fourth-quarter comeback, which was led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes(FiveThirtyEight.com)

  • Kansas City’s Frank Clark ripped San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after his team’s comeback win last night in the Super Bowl. (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • Kyle Shanahan believes the 49ers should be “fired up for next year” after losing on Sunday in the Super Bowl. (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • Justin Bieber and others had some funny reactions to Tom Brady‘s Hulu Super Bowl commercial. (NESN.com)
  • New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was booed in Miami during the Super Bowl pregame ceremony for flexing his championship rings. (Yahoo.com)
  • Sunday’s win over the 49ers was Andy Reid‘s 222nd on the sidelines, along with his first Super Bowl championship. (ESPN.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Google’s Super Bowl commercial tugged at the hearts of many! 

The 68th Beanpot Tournament Begins Monday, February 3rd, 2020

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The 68th Beanpot is scheduled to commence Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beanpot_(ice_hockey))

By NoontimeSports.com 

Sure, it may be ‘Super Bowl Sunday,’ but today marks the day before one of the great Boston sports traditions: The Beanpot Tournament, which is scheduled to commence tomorrow, Monday, February 3rd at the TD Garden.

Northeastern University, which won the two-day, four-team tournament last season, will attempt to capture the 68th Beanpot Tournament beginning tomorrow when they skate against Harvard University at 5 p.m.

Also competing tomorrow is Boston College and Boston University – the two rivals will square-off at 8 p.m.

Both contests, as well as next Monday’s (Feb. 10th) consolation and championship games, can be seen on NESN. For fans outside the New England region, all four games can be seen on either the NHL Network (North America) or TSN2 (Canada).

Northeastern has never won three-straight tournaments but has captured back-to-back championships twice, including the past two seasons (2018 and 2019)

Boston University, which has won 30 titles since the two-day, four-team tournament commenced in 1952 at the Boston Arena (now Matthews Arena), has not celebrated a championship since beating Northeastern in 2015.

Boston College last won the Beanpot in 2016, while Harvard ended a lengthy drought in 2017 with a 6-3 victory over Boston University.

Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern enter tomorrow’s tournament as ranked teams, while Boston University is receiving votes, according to the latest USCHO.com poll.

2020 Beanpot Schedule 

  • Monday, February 3rd, 2020: Harvard University vs. Northeastern University (5 p.m.)
  • Monday, February 3rd, 2020: Boston College vs. Boston University (8 p.m.)
  • Monday, February 10th, 2020: Consolation Game (BC-BU) vs. (Harvard-Northeastern) (4:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, February, 10th, 2020: Championship Game (BC-BU) vs. (Harvard-Northeastern) (7:30 p.m.)

2020 Beanpot Links

  • 6 Questions about the Beanpot Tournament (Boston.com)
  • Previewing the 2020 Beanpot Tournament (NCAA.com)
  • NESN will air live and exclusive coverage of the 68th Beanpot (NESN.com)
  • Can Harvard top Northeastern in the opening game of the 68th Beanpot? (Harvard Crimson)
  • Northeastern seeks its first-ever three-peat. (Sentinel & Enterprise)
  • McInnis brothers hope to lead Boston College to a Beanpot Championship (The Patriot Ledger)

New England Basketball Notebook: Harvard Shines In Season-Opener

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Bryce Aiken and the Harvard University men’s basketball team are motivated to return to the NCAA Tournament this upcoming season. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Dermer/Harvard Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

For Harvard University, Tuesday’s 84-27 victory over MIT was an ideal way to begin a new season, but also an opportunity to gain some much-needed momentum heading into an important non-conference clash on Friday with Northeastern University.

Multiple Crimson players contributed on both ends of the floor against the Engineers, including first-year forward Chris Ledlum, who recorded his first collegiate double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Christian Juzang netted 12 points, while classmate Chris Lewis stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one block.

Harvard’s 57-point victory margin matched the 1945-46 team, which established the mark with their win over Northeastern.

While it certainly was an impressive start to their 2019-20 campaign, Harvard, as well as their coach Tommy Amaker, know they have more work to do in order to accomplish their preseason goals. And one of those goals, according to senior guard Bryce Aiken, is to return to the NCAA Tournament, something the Crimson have not done since 2015.

Harvard has come close to returning to the ‘big dance,’ but has fallen short the past three seasons in the Ivy League tournament. Additionally, they saw their run toward a National Invitational Tournament (NIT) title conclude twice within the past two years, including this past March when they lost a heartbreaker in the second round to North Carolina State University.

But despite falling short of accomplishing past preseason goals or winning tournaments and championships, Aiken remains optimistic. He believes this year’s crew can “make history,” and from what fans witnessed the other evening against MIT, perhaps the senior guard believes this year’s squad is truly capable of not just winning an Ivy League conference tournament but challenging other teams from across the country for the ultimate prize, a national championship. 

“The biggest motivation for us as seniors (this year) is leaving with a bang, man,” said senior Bryce Aiken, who elected to return to campus for one more season after initially entering his name for the 2019 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft last April.

“We haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament, so that is the biggest motivating factor for us.”

Added Juzang, “It’s been three years of all of us (for) things you can look at and you can call motivation (from) the Ivy League championship games, the NC State game, and we could point to a bunch of different things, but I think the biggest thing is (we’re) internally driven, not getting pushed around by the expectations and whatnot.”

The expectations, as both the coaches and student-athletes know, is rather high for a team that is scheduled to face some stiff competition this month against Northeastern, University at Buffalo, and Texas A&M. Harvard could also face the University of Maryland this month, too – they would need to beat the Aggies of Texas A&M in the opening round of the Orlando Invitational, which is scheduled to commence on Thanksgiving Day.

Weeks after competing in the Orlando Tournament, Harvard will commence conference play in mid-to-late January against Dartmouth College before ending the month with a visit to the University of Pennsylvania, which opened its 2019-20 season with an 81-80 win over the University of AlabamaPenn lost to Harvard last March in the Ivy League semifinals but was picked second in the conference preseason poll.

Yet, before Harvard worries about Dartmouth, Penn, and other future foes, they will keep their focus on Northeastern, a team that beat the Crimson last November, thanks to a game-high 35 points by Jordan Rolland. Rolland will certainly be a player the Crimson will need to slow down in order to pick-up their second win of the season, but from a quick glance at this year’s roster, Harvard is loaded with talent to slow down their opponents’ top players, and will certainly receive a boost from an impressive and hard-working first-year class.

Amaker praised his freshman class, which was ranked 38th nationally, according to 247Sports.com. All five newcomers logged time on Tuesday against MIT and have seemed to adapt to the college game quite well it seems.

“I have been impressed with our first-years,” said Amaker during the team’s media day last Friday. “This is a tough-minded group. They are physical – you look at who they are (with their) bodies and (what) they are capable of taking in … they have been durable, but they have been very (impressive) with their durability, dependability, and then fitting in.

“Our future is good hands with this first-year class.”

No matter who is on the floor Friday and later this season – Aiken, Ludlum, Juzang, sophomore Noah Kirkwood or seniors Seth Towns and Henry Welsh – Harvard is expected to compete and play some impressive basketball that should translate into more wins and an exciting 2019-20 season.

News and Notes from New England: 

  • Andrew Fleming became the 31st player in the University of Maine men’s basketball program to net 1,000 points as the senior helped the Black Bears defeat Merrimack College, 84-64, on Wednesday evening. Fleming, who was named a preseason America East All-Conference honoree, recorded 37 points and 10 rebounds against the Warriors to go along with five assists and two blocks.
  • Keep your eyes on the Saint Anselm College women’s basketball team this weekend – the Hawks, who were picked to finish atop the Northeast-10 Conference will tip-off Saturday, November 9th against Bloomfield College at 6:30 p.m. After facing the Bears, the Hawks will cap their weekend with a late Sunday afternoon contest against the University of Bridgeport.

    Senior Shannon Ryan will be one of many student-athletes to watch on the Hawks this winter. Ryan recorded a double-double of 29 points and 18 rebounds last weekend against Bishop’s University.

  • WPI, which secured the fourth spot in our New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll, tips-off its season against ninth-ranked Brandeis University on Friday. Both teams are two squads to watch this winter – the Engineers were picked to capture the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while Brandeis is expected to continue its success from last year under second-year coach Jean Bain.
  • Finally, make sure to read Bob Whitney‘s first column, Around The Rim – I am very excited to have Bob join our team this winter to produce some additional basketball content. Bob has covered the college and high school game for years and will be a great addition to our Noontime Sports staff.