Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Williams College in the top spot followed the second-straight week followed by Nichols College and Hamilton College.

Movers: WPI was our biggest mover as the Engineers moved into the top five after picking-up their eighth-straight win. WPI has now won four road games after starting its 2018-19 campaign with four-straight home wins. The Engineers host Husson University on Sunday before enjoying a short break prior to their trip to Tampa, Florida.

Newcomers: We welcomed a pair of teams to this week’s poll, including Babson College, which has won four games this season against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams. They recently defeated Amherst College, which is currently on the rise.

Additionally, Gordon College joined the poll after recently beating Colby College, which is one of a few teams to watch over the next few weeks and months. The Fighting Scots have also scored some impressive regional wins against Johnson & Wales and Salem State. They Blue and White are in action this week when they visit Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday and Framingham State on Friday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 10th, 2018 

1. Williams College

9-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
2. Nichols College  8-0, 3-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Hamilton College 9-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. MIT  8-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. WPI 8-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
6. Endicott College 6-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 6
7. Middlebury College  6-2, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Brandeis University 6-2, 0-0 UAA Last Week: No. 8 
9. Babson College 6-3, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: NR
10. Gordon College 8-1, 3-0 CCC Last Week: No. NR

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (8-3), Amherst College (6-1), Colby College (8-2), Eastern Conn. (6-2, 3-1), Keene State (5-3, 2-1), Rhode Island College (9-3, 2-2-) and Wheaton College (9-1)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 women’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Bowdoin College in the top spot followed by Tufts University and Amherst College for the third consecutive week.

Movers: Trinity College moved into the top five with an impressive win over Connecticut College this past weekend. The Bantams have been a team to watch this month as they have also scored wins over Coast Guard Academy and Stevens. The Blue and Gold return to the hardwood later this month when they face Lehman.

Newcomers: We welcomed Emmanuel College to this week’s poll after scoring some early season (and recent) wins over Connecticut College and Westfield State. Despite falling to MIT, which is on the rise this week, the Saints put fourth an impressive effort in the 72-69 setback. They face Rhode Island College this week before a short break before facing Messiah and Ramapo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 10th, 2018 

1. Bowdoin College

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Amherst College 6-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine) 9-0, 0-0 GNAC  Last Week: No. 4
5. Trinity College 8-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
6. UMass Dartmouth 7-1, 3-0 LEC Last Week: No. 7
7. Middlebury College  8-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
8.  Eastern Conn. State  6-2, 4-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8 
9. Conn. College   8-2, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
10. Emmanuel College 6-2, 0-0 GNAC  Last Week: No. NR

On The Rise:  Babson College (5-2, 3-1), MIT (6-3, 2-1), Smith (6-3), Springfield (5-3, 3-0) and UMass Boston (7-1, 3-1)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three


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Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 7-9)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we made it!

Friday’s usually mean 10 Games to Watch on Noontime Sports, so let’s kick-off a brand new weekend with new slate of games we will be watching this weekend (Dec. 7-9).

Last Week: We finished 7-3, which isn’t bad, but we hold ourselves to high standards, so let’s see if we can improve on that mark this weekend and go 10-0! 


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Corey Sherman and the Brandeis Judges host Wesleyan in an important December clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan Univ. at Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Judges’ starting five has been impressive this season, especially Collin Sawyer, Corey Sherman and Chandler Jones. Look for this trio to carry the Blue and White to an important non-conference win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Brandeis Univ. 

Men’s Basketball: WPI at Salem State (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Engineers scored a hard-fought win earlier this week against Framingham State, thanks to Jake Wisniewski‘s double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Look for the junior to carry the Red and White to their eighth win on Saturday. PREDICTION: WPI 

Men’s Basketball: Pine Manor at St. Joseph’s (Conn.) (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1p.m.): Since falling to Rhode Island College, the Blue Jays have won three-straight, including a 108-63 win over MCLA. Look for Jim Calhoun‘s squad to pick-up their sixth win of the season against the Gators. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (CT)

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Western Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): The Colonials scored an impressive win earlier this week over Eastern Connecticut, which should provide the Blue and Orange with enough momentum to slow down the Beacons. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Men’s Basketball: Trinity College at Anna Maria (Saturday, Dec. 9th | 2 p.m.): The Bantams will place twice this weekend, including Sunday when they visit Anna Maria. Trinity has won three-straight, including a 69-52 win over Springfield College. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

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MIT’s Taylor V’Dovec netted a season-best 22 points on Wednesday in her team’s win over WPI. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Silverman)

Fitchburg State at So. Vermont (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 12 p.m.): Daniel Nagle‘s Falcons almost defeated Suffolk University on Thursday, but fell short (the Falcons lost to the Rams, 74-71). Look for the Green and Gold to bounce back on Saturday. PREDICTION: Fitchburg State 

Conn. College at Trinity College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): This one won’t count in the NESCAC standings, but it is a BIG one for both teams. The Bantams enter the game with some momentum, while Connecticut College will also enter the important clash with some momentum from a recent win over Roger Williams. PREDICTION: Conn. College 

Framingham State at Suffolk University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): These two teams needed an extra session last season to determine a winner, so don’t be surprised if some extra basketball occurs on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: Suffolk Univ. 

Skidmore at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 2 p.m.): The Panthers have certainly been a team to watch thus far and should continue their early season success  against the Thoroughbreds. Keep an eye on Middlebury’s Catherine Harrison in this match-up. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Emmanuel College at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): Since falling to Amherst College last month, the Saints have appeared unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a 79-67 win over Connecticut College. They should certainly provide some challenges for the Engineers, who will need big games from Kara Holinski and Taylor V’Dovec to secure an important non-conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Williams College in the top spot followed the second-straight week followed by Nichols College and Hamilton College.

Nichols continues to be the team to watch this year as they scored an important early conference win last Saturday over Endicott College, which tumbled two spots to the sixth position. Senior Marcos Echevarria netted his 2,000th point late in the game on a made three-point attempt to bump his season total to 127 points through six contests.

This week, the Bison travel to Curry College on Tuesday before hosting Anna Maria on Saturday.

MIT moved into the fourth position with their fifth-straight win. The Engineers have not lost since falling to the Gulls of Endicott in their season-opener. MIT visits UMass Dartmouth and Salem State this week in two important regional match-ups.

Brandeis University made its initial appearance on the poll following Big 4 Championship win against Babson College on Sunday. The Judges have won four-straight and scored an exciting win against Salem State in the first day of the four-team, two-day tournament.

Finally, don’t overlook the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State, which have won five-straight since dropping their season-opener. East Conn. faces two conference foes this week, including Western Connecticut State on Wednesday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 3rd, 2018 

1. Williams College

7-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College  6-0, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 5
3. Hamilton College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. MIT  5-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6 
5. Middlebury College 5-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
6. Endicott College 5-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 4
7. WPI 6-0, 0-0 NEWMAC  Last Week: No. 8 
8. Brandeis University 5-1, 0-0 UAA Last Week: NR 
9. Eastern Conn. State 5-1, 2-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10 
10. Amherst College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (6-2), Colby College (6-1), Keene State (4-2), and Rhode Island College (7-2)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two


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Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Nov. 30th-Dec. 2nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

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 FolgerPREDICTION: 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