Tag: March Madness 2012

Daily Noontime – April 3, 2012

Bobby Valentine and the Boston Red Sox will play against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means this week is slowly chugging along! Let’s kick-start the morning with some headlines and news from Boston!

* The Boston Red Sox will experience a “get-away” day on Tuesday, as they travel to Washington D.C. to face the Nationals for a 3:05pm first pitch.

* Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine seemed rather content on Monday, as he told the media that he felt his team accomplished what was needed in Florida. Boston’s first regular season contest is on Thursday, Apr. 5 against Detroit Tigers.

* ESPN launched its first power rankings of the 2012 season, and tabbed the Sox as the No. 6 team in the MLB. Do you believe that was the right spot for the local nine?

* According to reports – New England Patriots center Dan Koppen is expected to visit the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. Kopen, who is a free agent, has been the Patriots starting center since 2003, but sustained a season ending injury last year, which shifted offensive lineman Dan Connolly to the center position. The Pats recently re-signed Connolly to a three-year deal.

* Boston Celtics teammates Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce apparently spent Monday evening trash talking about their former college teams – Kansas and Kentucky – who played against each other in the March Madness finale. Kentucky won their first championship since 1998, which made Rondo rather  content.

* Finally, the Boston Bruins will return to the TD Garden on Tuesday to face the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:00pm.

March Madness Rapid Reaction: Vanderbilt 79, Harvard 70

The 2011-12 Harvard University basketball season came to an end on Thursday, as the Crimson lost their opening-round matchup against Vanderbilt University, 79-70. (Photo Credit: WBUR.org)

By Matt Noonan 

Harvard University’s men’s basketball team will have to wait another year to attain NCAA glory, as Vanderbilt University defeated the Crimson on Thursday in the first-round of the 2012 March Madness tournament, 79-70.

The Commodores earned a 33-22 advantage at the break, and then netted an additional 46 points in the second frame to secure the win, as well as a second round matchup against Wisconsin.

The Crimson kept things close following the opening tap, but senior Jeffery Taylor‘s layup at 4:06 in the first half provided the necessary spark for the Commodores to finish the opening session on an 11-3 run. Vanderbilt then extended its lead to 15 midway through the second frame, which provided them a lead they never relinquished for the remainder of the game.

Harvard was led by sophomore Laurent Rivard, who registered 20 points, while junior John Jenkins paced Vanderbilt with a game-high 27 points.

Daily Noontime – March 12, 2012

Kobe Bryant once again led the L.A. Lakers past Boston, 97-94! (Photo Credit: Slate.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Monday to everyone, and welcome back to the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines to kick-start and jumpstart your day!

* The Boston Celtics couldn’t hang onto a three-point advantage late in the fourth quarter, as the Los Angles Lakers rallied to defeat the Green and White, 97-94. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 26 points, while Rajon Rondo paced the Celtics with 10 assists. Boston will return to the Staple Center on Monday when they tip-off against the Los Angles Clippers.

* On Sunday, the NCAA announced that Harvard University’s men’s basketball team earned the No. 12 seed in the eastern bracket of the upcoming March Madness tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Mar. 15. The Crimson will begin their journey toward a NCAA crown against Vanderbilt University.

* Sources confirmed late Sunday evening that University of Massachusetts’ (Amherst) men’s basketball team earned a spot in the upcoming NIT tournament. The Minutemen will tip-off against Mississippi State on Tuesday, Mar. 13.

* The Boston Bruins earned their second consecutive loss on Sunday, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Black and Gold, 5-2. Pittsburgh netted three goals in the first frame, while adding one strike in the second and third period, while Tim Thomas and Marty Turco combined for 27 saves. The Bruins will look to snap their two-game skid on Tuesday when they travel to Tampa Bay.

Mass College Hoops: D3Hoops Sweet Sixteen Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NCAA Div. III March Madness college basketball tournament resumes on Friday and Saturday.

Two more wins will secure four teams a spot in the Final Four, as well as a chance to hoist some hardware in either Michigan or Virginia next weekend.

So, without further ado, here are the games scheduled for Friday, Mar. 9, 2012, featuring the remaining Massachusetts squads.

Men’s Basketball

* Amherst College vs. Frank & Marsh @ 7:30pm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

* MIT vs. Staten Island @ 5:30pm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Women’s Basketball:

 * Amherst College vs. York @ 7:00pm in Amherst, Massachusetts 

* Emmanuel College vs. King’s (PA) @ 5:00pm in Amherst, Massachusetts 

* Tufts University vs. St. Thomas (MN) @ 6:30pm in Chicago, Illinois 

Mass College Hoops Recap: Tufts 61, Misericordia University 57

By Matt Noonan 

MEDFORD, MA – Clinging to a two-point advantage with 38 seconds remaining, Tufts University senior Tiffany Kornegay, (15 points, 10 rebounds) recorded two rebounds and two free throws in a span of nine seconds, which lifted the Jumbos past Misericordia University in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament, 61-57.

“Misericordia really got after it, [and] I thought they played a great game, and made a lot of plays,” exclaimed Tufts head coach Carla Berube. “Down the stretch, we made the plays that we needed to, got some big rebounds, had some big shots contested and got rebounds and then got on the break.”

Both teams exchanged the lead nine times before freshman Hannah Foley and junior Collier Clegg, (11 points) helped Tufts relinquish it with back-to-back treys, which provided the Jumbos with a 32-26 lead at the break.

Tufts then constructed a 46-36 cushion to start the second half, which was erased and evened at 50-50 with five minutes remaining.

Senior Christine Marks, (22 points, 12 rebounds) sparked the Cougars offense with a few rebounds and free throws before senior Jesse Robinson, (16 points) provided Misericordia with their first lead in nearly 30 minutes when she recorded a pair at the stripe.

“Marks is just an excellent basketball player,” said Berube. “They’ve got a great supporting cast around her, and we had trouble defending them.”

Tufts eventually responded with a jump shot by Kornegay, which ballooned the Jumbos lead to 58-51 with 2:58 remaining.

“That shot got us into a rhythm, and I think we felt confident,” said Kornegay. “That’s what we needed to finish out the game.”

The Cougars then mustered six points during the final minute, but also watched Marks miss two consecutive layups, which halted Misericordia’s comeback to force overtime, and allowed the Jumbos to walk off their home court with a dramatic March Madness victory.

“Tiffany really pushed it out there in the end, and made plays when we need [them],” said Berube. “[Overall] it was exciting [because] it’s been a while I feel like that we’ve pulled out a game at the end when it’s really, really close, and Misericordia really tested us, so it doesn’t matter how you win now, it’s just about advancing and luckily we did that.”

Tufts will attempt to continue their quest toward a national championship when they face-off against Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 7:00pm. The winner will earn a trip to sectional-finals, which is scheduled for Mar. 9.