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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch In Round One Of The 2019 NCAA D3 Tournament

NS 10 GAMES TO WATCH HOOPS

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to the 2019 NCAA Division III men and women’s basketball tournaments, everyone!

In honor of the opening round, it is time to unveil a special edition of 10 Games to Watch in round one, including predictions, too.

As always, make sure to follow @Noontime_Hoops for in-game updates, scores and more from rounds one and two this weekend.


MIT vs. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (WBB) @ 5 p.m.: The Engineers scored three wins last week, including a pair of road tournament wins over Babson College or Springfield College. They have a tone of momentum heading into this year’s tournament and should find a way to outlast the Monks. PREDICTION: MIT 

Merchant Marine vs. Smith College (WBB) @ 5 p.m.: The Pioneers are back in the ‘big dance’ for the first time since the 2012-13 season. They should find a way past the Mariners, who are coming off a conference tournament finals victory. PREDICTION: Smith College 

Rosemont College vs. Amherst College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: The Mammoths are one of the hottest teams in New England – they recently captured the NESCAC crown last weekend on the road, and probably have a shot of making the semifinals in a few weeks. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Keene State vs. Moravian College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: The Owls rallied to beat Eastern Connecticut last week in the LEC Championship. We are NOT picking against this crew, which should once again work its magic against the Greyhounds. PREDICTION: Keene State 

Middlebury College vs. Nichols College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: Nichols enters today’s contest with a lot of momentum after scoring wins last week over Gordon College and Western New England. Look for their momentum to continue against the Panthers. PREDICTION: Nichols College 

MIT vs. Skidmore College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: Despite losing in the semifinals last week in the NEWMAC tournament, these Engineers have the pieces to make a deep run. Skidmore topped Hobart in its conference championship, but we are not sure if they have what it takes to topple MIT on a neutral site. PREDICTION: MIT 

Bowdoin College vs. Hunter College (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Polar Bears saw their 26-game winning streak conclude last weekend in the NESCAC finals. Look for a new one to begin this evening on their home court. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College 

Tufts University vs. Western New England (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Jumbos appear to be clicking on all cylinders since losing early last month to Amherst. They should find a way past the Golden Bears, who needed to win a trio of conference tournament games last week to secure their first-ever tournament berth. PREDICTION: Tufts University

Husson University vs. Williams College (MBB) @ 7:30 p.m.: The Ephs received an at-large bid to this year’s postseason and should be able to pull out a win with its home crowd cheering them on. PREDICTION: Williams College 

Emerson College at Rowan University (MBB) @ 7:30 p.m.: The Lions have been a fun team to watch this winter, but Rowan may have the advantage being in their home gym this evening. PREDICTION: Rowan University


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Which D3 New England Teams Are Going Dancing?

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Monday brought some exciting news to a slew of New England D3 basketball teams that learned they will be headed to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially tips-off this Friday, March 1st.

Below are the teams from New England that will be competing for a national championship beginning this Friday.

Men’s Basketball 

  • Husson University at Williams College (Williams will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Albertus Magnus at Christopher Newport (Christopher Newport will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Penn State-Behrend at Hamilton College (Hamilton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Keene State vs. Moravian College (Hamilton)
  • Amherst College vs. Rosemont College (at the University of Rochester)
  • Emerson College vs. Rowan University (Rowan will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Middlebury College vs. Nichols College (Rowan)
  • Mitchell College at Swarthmore College (Swarthmore will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • MIT vs. Skidmore College (Swarthmore)
  • Salem State at Oswego State (Oswego State will be hosting the first and second rounds)

Women’s Basketball 

  • New England College at The University of Scranton (Scranton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Eastern Connecticut vs. Johns Hopkins (Scranton)
  • Westfield State vs. Mount Saint Mary (Gettysburg College)
  • Western New England at Tufts University (Tufts will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Hunter College at Bowdoin College (Bowdoin will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Smith College vs. Merchant Marine (Bowdoin)
  • Emmanuel College vs. Hartwick College (at SUNY New Paltz)
  • MIT vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (at Ithaca College)
  • Middlebury College vs. John Carroll (at DeSales)
  • Husson University at Amherst College (Amherst will be hosting the first and second rounds)

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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Amherst, Tufts Win NESCAC Crowns

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By Matt Noontime | @MattyNoonz11

A busy weekend of conference championships has come to an end today with Amherst College beating Hamilton College in the men’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship, while Tufts University topped Bowdoin College in the women’s title game.

With their respective wins, Amherst and Tufts are headed back to the NCAA Division III basketball tournaments – we will learn the pairings tomorrow for the opening round games, which will take place next Friday, March 1st.

Here are some news and notes from both today’s championship, and what you need to know heading into tomorrow’s selection show.

Tufts hands Bowdoin its first loss of the 2018-19 season: Coach Carla Berube led the Jumbos to their third conference crown in five seasons this afternoon with an exciting 75-69 win in Maine.

With the win, the Jumbos have now won six games since falling to Amherst earlier this month at home. The victory also provided Bowdoin its first setback of the season – the Polar Bears entered the contest riding a 26-game winning streak.

Tufts’ Jac Knapp paced all scorers with 25 points, while Erica DeCandido contributed 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, along with five assists, two steals, one block, and one rebound.

Maddie Hasson led Bowdoin with 20 points – she finished the game 10 of 10 from the stripe, while Abby Kelly added 16 points. As a team, Bowdoin ended the game 20 of 21 from the charity stripe.

Tufts led by one (52-51) heading into the final stanza but relied on Knapp down the stretch to sink some key freebies to secure the win.

The victory provided the Jumbos with the conference’s automatic bid for the upcoming tournament, while Bowdoin will wait to hear its name called as an at-large tomorrow.

Amherst tops Hamilton to win its first title since 2014: After defeating Williams College in yesterday’s semifinal, the Mammoths secured the conference’s automatic berth to the upcoming postseason tournament with a 62-56 win over the Continentals. Fru Che and Granton Robinson each netted 16 points, while Devonn Allen added 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

The Mammoths led Hamilton, 36-31, at the break before padding its lead with 26 points in the final stanza.

Peter Hoffmann paced Hamilton with 15 points, while Kena Gilmour added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Amherst has now won eight NESCAC crowns dating back to its initial in the current stretch in 2001 when coach David Hixon led the Mammoths to an 86-75 win over Trinity College.

Who is headed to the NCAA Tournament from New England? So, what schools secured an automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Tournament? The answer is below!

Men’s Basketball Teams 

  • Nichols College
  • Albertus Magnus
  • Keene State
  • Salem State
  • Mitchell College
  • Amherst College
  • Emerson College
  • Husson University

Women’s Basketball Teams

  • Western New England
  • Emmanuel College
  • Eastern Connecticut
  • Westfield State
  • New England College
  • Tufts University
  • MIT
  • Husson University

Who could receive an at-large bid? So, who could receive an at-large bid? Well, here are some thoughts on which teams we think could get into the tournament (below again!).

Men’s Basketball 

  • Gordon College: The Fighting Scots should hear their name called tomorrow, but as of now, it appears as if they are on the bubble.
  • Eastern Connecticut: The Warriors will certainly be considered by the committee, however, if their name is called, then it will most likely be at the end.
  • Hamilton College: The Continentals have been one of the NESCAC’s top teams this year, so they should get an invite tomorrow.
  • Middlebury College: An early round exit in the NESCAC Tournament left me wondering if their season was over, but similar to Hamilton, they have been one of the top teams in their conference and region, so expect the Panthers to hear their name announced tomorrow.
  • Williams College: The Ephs should be in the tournament this year, but Hamilton and Middlebury should hear their name called before Williams, though.
  • MIT: Despite falling to WPI last Thursday in the NEWMAC semifinals, the Engineers have done enough to secure an at-large bid. They will certainly hear their name called.

Women’s Basketball 

  • St. Joseph’s (Maine): Despite falling to Emmanuel College, they most likely have done enough to secure an invite to the ‘big dance.’
  • UMass Dartmouth: If the Corsairs hear their name called on Monday, they will most likely be one four teams into the tournament.
  • Amherst College: The defending champions will be in.
  • Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears saw their 26-game winning streak conclude this afternoon, but they will get an invite as one of the top teams in the country.
  • Middlebury College: Advancing to conference championship weekend may be enough for the Panthers to get into the postseason.
  • Trinity College: Their loss last week to Middlebury may hurt their chances, but anything is possible, so maybe they sneak in as one of the last teams in.
  • Smith College: Despite a heartbreaking loss to Springfield College earlier this week, these Pioneers have appeared to have done enough to get a look from the committee.
  • Babson College: Similar to UMass Dartmouth and Trinity College, they will be waiting to hear if they are one of the last four in.

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D3 Hoops: Saturday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

NS CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s been an exciting Saturday in the New England D3 hoops world with upsets galore, along with some impressive conference championship finishes. Additionally, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) resumed its postseason tournament this afternoon, as well, so let’s get you ALL caught-up on a busy day of basketball.


CCC Men’s Championship: Nichols College 105, Gordon College 90: Marcos Echevarria and DeAnte Bruton combined for 63 points to power the Bison to a third-straight CCC title.

CCC Women’s Championship: Western New England 69, Endicott College 55: Courtney Carlson led the Golden Bears with 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting to lead Western New England past Endicott on the road.

GNAC Men’s Championship: Albertus Magnus 81, St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 77: Damian Grant paced the Falcons with a team-high 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting, while Jahmerikah Green-Younger clinched the win with a late layup. Green-Younger concluded the contest with 12 points, including four freebies.

GNAC Women’s Championship: Emmanuel College 65, St. Joseph’s (Maine) 64: Maddie McLaughlin netted a pair of freebies with seven seconds left to lift the Saints past the Monks in an exciting GNAC championship. McLaughlin concluded the contest with 10 points.

LEC Men’s Basketball Championship: Keene State 72, Eastern Connecticut 69: Ty Nichols poured in a game-high 37 points on 13 of 21 shooting to lead the Owls past the Warriors on their home court.

LEC Women’s Basketball Championship: Eastern Conn. 77, UMass Dartmouth 72: Mya Villard recorded a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds as the Warriors outlasted the Corsairs in a thriller in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

MASCAC Men’s Championship: Salem State 66, Westfield State 57: Sean Bryan posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Vikings back to the NCAA Tournament. Bryan’s 18 points were the most recorded by all scorers.

MASCAC Women’s Championship: Westfield State 84, Worcester State 73The Owls outscored the Lancers, 58-38, in the second half to secure the MASCASC’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Kierra McCarthy led the Owls with 22 points off the bench.

NECC Men’s Basketball Championship: Mitchell College 77, Newbury College 69 (OT): Domenico Santiago registered a game-high 25 rebounds to go along with 16 points as the Mariners outlasted the Nighthawks in overtime.

NECC Women’s Basketball Championship: New England College 61, Becker College 40Rene Hudson paced all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting to lead the Pilgrims past the Hawks on their home court.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Hamilton College 89, Tufts University 84: Tim Doyle sank a pair of free throws late in the second half to seal the win for the Continentals. Doyle finished the contest with a team-high 18 points.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Amherst College 74, Williams College 69: Grant Robinson netted a game-high 33 points as the Mammoths defeated the Ephs to secure a date with the Continentals tomorrow in the NESCAC Championship. 

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinals: Bowdoin College 84, Middlebury College 54: Samantha Roy was one of five Bowdoin players to net 10 points of more – she finished with a game-high 20 points – as the Polar Bears raced paced the Panthers to secure a spot in tomorrow’s NESCAC championship.

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinal: Tufts University 47, Amherst College 46: Janette Wadolowski‘s netted the game-winning jumper during the final seconds of the fourth quarter to lift the Jumbos past the Mammoths in the NESCAC semifinals. Erica DeCandido led Tufts with 14 points.

NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Emerson College 93, WPI 75: Jack O’Connor exploded for a game-high 33 points on 11 of 17 shooting as Lions defeated the Engineers to secure an automatic berth for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. 

NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Championship: MIT 66, Springfield College 50The Engineers earned a return trip to the postseason, thanks to 22 points and 10 rebounds from Jocelyn Luizzi off the bench.

NAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 82, Thomas College 67The Eagles outscored the Terriers, 42-27, in the second half to secure the conference’s automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament. Justin Martin paced Husson with 26 points.

NAC Women’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 58, Maine Maritime 51: Kenzie Worcester and Megan Peach combined for 35 points as the Eagles defeated the Mariners in Newman Gym to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


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Daily Noontime: February 13th, 2019

The Daily Noontime

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Wednesday, everyone – the weekend is almost here, so stay focused!

From looking outside our window this morning, it looks like a sloppy and slushy mess of snow, rain, and puddles – yuck!

Anywho, let’s make today a great day by producing an awesome (and amazing) Daily Noontime!


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