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

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

After winning a pair of games this past weekend, the Tufts University women’s basketball team remains our top team in today’s New England D-III Top 10 Poll followed by Amherst College, which defeated third-ranked Bowdoin College this past weekend.

All three teams – Amherst, Bowdoin, and Tufts – appear destined to host New England Small College Athletic Conference (NECAC) quarterfinals after their respective regular-season campaigns conclude this weekend. Tufts can sew-up the top spot by beating Middlebury College and Williams College later this week.

Eastern Connecticut and Western New England remained in their same positions from one week ago while Rhode Island College moved up two spots following back-to-back wins last week over Southern Maine and UMass Boston. The Anchorwomen will host Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday, February 12th for an important conference meeting. RIC beat Eastern Connecticut earlier this season.

Finally, Springfield College joined this week’s poll – the Pride enters the new week on a six-game winning streak, which will be tested against WPI on Wednesday followed by MIT (at home) on Saturday.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 11 Poll| Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020

1. Tufts University 22-0, 8-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College  19-3, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Bowdoin College 21-2, 7-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
4. Eastern Connecticut 18-3, 11-1 LEC Last Week: No. 4
5. Western New England 18-4, 11-2 CCC Last Week: No. 5
6. Rhode Island College 18-4, 10-3 LEC Last Week: No. 8
7. Williams College 16-6, 5-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
8. Trinity College 15-7, 4-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Babson College 13-7, 6-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Springfield College  15-6, 6-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Framingham State, Hamilton College, Smith College, and University of New England 


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

 

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

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Tufts University men’s basketball team remains our top team in our latest New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 – the Jumbos have won four-straight, including back-to-back games against Connecticut College and Trinity College.

Tufts continues to be the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with two games remaining, but the Jumbos will face some challenges later this week when they visit Middlebury College and Williams College.

Springfield College moved into the second position after checking in third one week ago. The Pride has won six-straight contests dating back to a mid-January loss to Emerson College. Springfield visits Wheaton College on Wednesday before hosting MIT later this week.

Babson College moved up two spots – the Beavers have won six-straight and face a tough challenge on Wednesday when they host eighth-ranked WPI.

Colby College and Middlebury College rounded out the top five, while Emmanuel College joined the poll, checking, in tenth overall. The Saints have won six straight, but face a difficult challenge later this week when they host seventh-ranked St. Joseph’s (Conn.), which has won 18 consecutive contests.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 11 Poll| Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020

1. Tufts University 18-4, 8-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Springfield College 18-3, 9-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Babson College 18-3, 8-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
4. Colby College 19-2, 7-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
5. Middlebury College 19-3, 5-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Brandeis University 15-5, 7-2 UAA Last Week: No. 4
7. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 19-2, 7-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 7
8. WPI 17-4, 8-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Amherst College 16-6, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Emmanuel College 18-3, 6-1 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, Rhode Island College, and Trinity College


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

 

New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Jan. 10th-12th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Another busy weekend of New England D-III college basketball is set to tip-off this afternoon and evening – hope you are ready for some great games to watch and follow!

Let’s begin with one game to watch in Medford, Massachusetts this evening as the Tufts University women’s basketball team welcomes Wesleyan University to Cousens Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Friday’s clash between the Cardinals and Jumbos marks the official start of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play.

Tufts enters tonight’s contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak, which has included recent wins over UMass DartmouthSUNYIT, and Wheaton College. Emily Briggs highlighted the Powder and Blue’s effort against the Lyons on Wednesday by connecting on 7 of 10 field goals for 19 points – she also made all three freebies. Erica DeCandido chipped in 13 points on six of eight shooting.

Wesleyan should certainly provide Tufts with some challenges on both ends of the court – the Cardinals have won eight of 11 contests thus far, including an early January clash with Babson College. The Cardinals began their 2019-20 campaign with six-straight wins.

In their last outing against SUNY Geneseo, last weekend, Caleigh Ryan and Katy O’Connor combined for 24 points, while Emma Roush added 10 points off the bench. 

A few other NESCAC women’s games to watch tonight and this weekend include Bowdoin College at Trinity College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), Amherst College at Middlebury College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), and Amherst at Williams College on Saturday, January 11th at 3 p.m.

On the men’s side of the NESCAC, keep an eye on Friday’s clash between Middlebury and Amherst. The Panthers have won 13-straight contests, including three consecutive 2020 meetings with Colby-SawyerSpringfield College, and Plattsburgh State. This particular outing should be a good test for the Panthers, but also the Mammoths, who began the new year with a 116-44 win over Lesley University before falling to Wesleyan three days later by a score of 79-77.

My prediction for Friday’s Amherst-Middlebury game is the following: The Mammoths will prevail and receive some major contributions from Grant Robinson, Fru Che, and Eric Sellew.

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th), WPI will entertain Babson in a very enticing New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. The Engineers began conference play earlier this week against MIT, while the Beavers were edged on Wednesday by Springfield.

It’s too early to say this a must-win for the Beavers (or Engineers) as all eight teams play each other twice in a single-season, but this could be a potential preview of the conference championship game next month.

Other Games to Watch (and Follow) this Weekend: 

  • WBB: Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Rams can begin conference play with a win on the road against an Owls team, which has not won a game since beating Plymouth State in mid-to-late November.
  • WBB: Western New England at Wentworth Inst. of Technology (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): Look for the Golden Bears to bounce back after losing to WPI earlier this week. A win over the Leopards would provide WNE with their fourth conference win and keep them within at least one or two games of the University of New England.
  • WBB: Brandeis University at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): The Judges face another 10-1 squad in an important conference meeting. Brandeis has won 10 of 11 contests this season so I expect that momentum will help them against the Violets.
  • MBB: Keene State at Rhode Island College (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 3 p.m.): This is an important meeting for both teams as the Anchormen and Owls are in a three-way tie with Western Connecticut for the top spot in the conference. Look for the Anchormen to bounce back after losing to Western Connecticut earlier this week.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 6th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Prior to their initial Monday contest of 2020, the Tufts University women’s basketball team checked-in first overall in our weekly Monday New England D-III women’s basketball Top 10 poll followed by Bowdoin College (second) and Amherst College (third).

Both Bowdoin and Tufts have won 11 consecutive contests – the two squads will meet at the end of the month in Maine. Tufts concluded the month of December with some impressive wins over Christopher Newport and TCNJ, while the Polar Bears ended 2019 with back-to-back victories against Cal Lutheran and Chapman.

Since falling to Emmanuel College early last month, the Mammoths of Amherst have been impressive to watch – the Purple and White have recently scored wins against Chapman, Widener, and Stevens. Amherst will entertain Albertus Magnus on Tuesday, January 7th before visiting Middlebury College on Friday, January 10th and Williams College on Saturday, January 11th.

The Ephs commenced 2020 with a win this past weekend against Skidmore College – prior to their win against the Thoroughbreds, Williams scored wins against Babson College, Delaware Valley, and Ursinus.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Six Poll| Monday, January 6th, 2020

1. Tufts University 11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 2
3. Amherst College 10-1, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 3
4. Williams College 11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 4
5. Smith College 12-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 7
6. Brandeis University 10-1, 0-0 UAA Previously: No. 5
7. Western New England 9-2, 2-1 CCC Previously: No. 6
8. Rhode Island College 10-1, 3-0 LEC Previously: No. 8
9. Eastern Connecticut 8-2, 2-0 LEC Previously: No. 10
10. Wesleyan University 8-3, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Middlebury College, Springfield College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week Five

 

Around The Rim with Bob Whitney

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By Bob Whitney 

Some random thoughts after looking around at the local and national basketball landscape.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)/Big Ten Conference (B1G) Basketball Challenge is always at the top of my viewing list each year – I love channel surfing.

This year, the Big 10 Conference reigned supreme with some impressive showings by Maryland, Purdue, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Purdue absolutely dismantled Virginia and exposed the ‘Hoos offensive shortcomings while Ohio State throttled North Carolina. It’s early but Ohio State is looking like they have the horsepower to make a run to the Final Four next April.

Speaking of the ACC, Boston College is on a four-game losing spin and facing a rigorous conference road trip this Saturday at Norte Dame. A highly-touted freshman class must grow up in a hurry or the Eagles will once again reside in the ACC’s bottom quartile.

Save the date: current No. 1 Louisville will visit Conte Forum on Jan. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Carl Pierre, who played high school basketball at Boston College High School, is having an excellent season at UMass. The 2017 Catholic Conference MVP and two-time conference all-star selection is currently averaging 12 points per game.

Pierre and the Minutemen will visit Harvard on Saturday, December 7th with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. UMass will attempt to snap a four-game skid, which began prior to Thanksgiving with a 58-46 setback to Virginia. Harvard enters the non-conference clash at 4-4 – the Crimson have lost two-straight since beating Texas A&M last Thursday. 

Newton North’s Ethan Wright has seen an uptick in playing time this season with the Princeton Tigers. The second-year guard has logged 93 minutes in six contests this season – he even started a game last month against Indiana. Wright has scored 13 points on 5 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc. He has pulled down 13 rebounds, including two offensive caroms to go along with five assists and two blocks.

Wright and the Tigers sit at 1-6 and are scheduled to compete next Tuesday, December 10th against Monmouth. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Coach Trish Brown and the Stonehill College women’s basketball team are off to an impressive 6-2 start. Sure, their lone setbacks have come against Bentley and Molloy, but they have been fun to watch, especially in their last two contests against Assumption College and Franklin Pierce.

Emily Bramanti, who played locally for Westford Academy, credited all of her teammates in their most recent win against the Ravens for stepping-up and making plays when needed.

“That is just the greatness of our team is that any night anybody can step-up and play, so it’s really exciting to see how far we can get going,” she said following the Skyhawks’ 68-59 win over the Ravens.

Bramanti concluded her team’s eighth contest with a team-high 16 points.

Stonehill hosts Saint Anselm College on Saturday before heading to Daytona Beach Florida two weeks later to compete in the Daytona Beach Shootout.

Finally, the Babson College men’s basketball team scored an exciting and impressive win last night over Amherst CollegeFrank Oftring, who grew up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts netted a career-high 30 points in the win to go along with 10 rebounds.

Babson’s Andrew Jaworski finished with 23 points with four of those points being recorded during the final 30 seconds of the second half.

Babson, which is 12-3 against the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) dating back to the 2016-17 season, will look to continue its early-season momentum this weekend when they compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge at Salem State University.

I’m getting ready to head back to warm and sunny Florida so I’ll be writing from the Sunshine State next week.

KEEP SHOOTING, Everyone!