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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Whitney’s March Madness Primer

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By Bob Whitney | @WhitneyBob 

Well, it’s time to get the 2019 NCAA basketball tournament underway after Sunday’s selection committee announced the top seeds and brackets for the 68 team field.

There were no surprises at the top with Duke receiving the top seed along with Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga.

Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans made a very impressive last-second push for consideration but it was too little – too late. Izzo is a master at preparing his team for March and the Spartans enter the tournament playing some of the best basketball in the country.

Realistically, Michigan State is one of seven or eight teams with a shot to claim the 2019 crown in Minneapolis.

Tennessee and Kentucky were in the conversation but their season-long body of work fell a tad short when compared to Duke, Virginia, Carolina and the Zags.

John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines, who were the runner up to Villanova in 2018, would be the other squad with a legitimate chance at advancing to the championship game.

The tournament gets started this evening in Dayton, Ohio with ‘first four’ action featuring Farleigh Dickinson (20-13) versus Prairie View A&M (22-12) followed by Belmont (26-5) and Temple (23-9).

The other ‘first four’ concludes on Wednesday with NC Central (18-15) versus ND State (18-15) followed by Arizona State (22-10) against St. John’s (21-12).

The Belmont/Temple matchup is perhaps the most interesting of all the ‘first four’ games. Belmont could be this year’s Cinderella team in the tournament. Temple enters with plenty of emotion on its side as coach Fran Dunphy prepares to write the final chapter on what is likely to be a Hall of Fame coaching career.

Here is an early look at some of the key matchups in each region, exciting players to watch, potential Cinderella teams, and much more.

East Region Preview: Duke, with a healthy Zion Williamson, is the odds-on favorite to win the region, however, Michigan State and Virginia Tech (the Hokies outstanding point guard Justin Robinson is expected back for the tournament) just might get in the way of the Blue Devils bid for Coach K’s sixth national title.

If Duke has an Achilles heel it would be outside shooting.

Two first-round games to watch would be Mississippi State/ Liberty and LSU/Yale.

Liberty under coach Richie Mackay (and a former assistant under Tony Bennett at UVA) sport a stingy defense that could pose problems for Mississippi State. Controversy surrounds a very athletic and talented LSU squad with coach Will Wade embroiled in a recruiting scandal.

Ivy League tournament champ Yale is the real deal so this game is on the upset watch list.

If Belmont gets by Temple they could be a team to watch along with Louisville who has surprised most in the ACC under first-year Coach Chris Mack.

Whitney’s Prediction: Duke and Michigan State will meet in the east final.

West Region Preview: Gonzaga is the top seed with Michigan close behind in a region where most teams enter the tournament with more questions than answers.

Florida State has the talent to advance to the regional final, particularly after they raised a few eyebrows by easily defeating Virginia in the ACC tournament semifinals. But the ‘Noles have been inconsistent and will be challenged to raise their level of play, especially shooting from beyond the arc. The Buffalo Bulls, with an experienced senior-laden lineup, could be the surprise team in the region.

A first-round matchup to keep your eye on would be Marquette/Murray State. The contest pits two of the most explosive players in the country in Marquette’s Markus Howard and Murray State’s Ja Morant. Both are capable of going for 40 points on any given night. Morant has been tabbed a mini Zion Williamson so get ready to hold your breath as these two go head-to-head on Thursday in Hartford.

Whitney’s Prediction: Florida State and Michigan will advance to the west final.

South Region Preview: Top-seeded Virginia is front and center as the Hoos seek to erase the stain from last’s first-round flameout to UMBC.

On paper, this region appears to be stacked in Virginia’s favor as most of the contenders play a slower, defensive-oriented style which is right up Virginia’s alley.

Kansas State may pose a mild challenge to the Hoos but the road to the regional final is wide open for Virginia’s redemption tour bus. If you haven’t seen him catch a peek at Virginia’s All American guard Kyle Guy, who can drain three’s with his eyes closed.

Tennessee and Purdue should battle it out for the chance to face Virginia in the final with a possible challenge from Mitch Cronin’s Cincinnati Bearcats.

Whitney’s Prediction: It will be Virginia and Purdue in the south final.

Midwest Region Preview: This region could have the most drama and surprises of all the four regions.

I like Carolina and I also believe that this is one of Roy Williams best coaching jobs in his Hall of Fame career. The Tar Heels have the horsepower to get to Minneapolis provided they continue to defend at a high level and eliminate costly turnovers. Many are looking ahead to a Carolina/Kansas battle of blue blood programs, but the Jayhawks have been playing poorly and may not get past a first-round date against Billy Coen’s Northeastern Huskies.

Auburn is coming off a spectacular run in the SEC tournament. The knock on the Tigers is that they often play with far less energy than their coach exudes on the sidelines.
Kentucky and Houston should compete for the chance to face Carolina in the final.

Wofford and Seton Hall should be an intriguing first round battle. Both teams are capable of beating anyone in the country and the winner could derail Kentucky’ shot in the region.

Whitney’s Prediction: It will be a Carolina and Houston final.


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Mass. College Hockey: No. 4 Harvard Claims 14th Beanpot Championship

By Matt Noonan 

Fourth ranked Harvard University rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the second period to defeat Boston College – number on in the latest NCAA NC Women’s Hockey RPI poll – by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday evening in the 2015 Boston Beanpot Championship.

With the win, Harvard claims its 14th Beanpot crown and improves to 16-8 all-time against the Eagles in tournament play.

Karly Heffernan and Miye D’Oench each lit the lamp at 9:39 and 11:54, respectively, during the second period, which helped the Crimson claim their only lead of the contest.

The Eagles and Crimson swapped goals throughout the opening period before Boston College pushed ahead with a Haley Skarupa goal – her 25th of the season – at 8:18 in the second period. Harvard countered with Heffernan – her sixth goal of the season – before D’Oench deposited her 14th marker of the season.

Harvard’s goalie, Emerance Maschmeyer, turned away 30 of 32 shots and was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Katie Burt – the Eagles’ netminder – deflected 14 of 17 shots in a span of 59:33.

The Crimson’s last Beanpot victory occurred during the 2010 campaign when Harvard edged Northeastern University, 1-0.

Boston University defeated Northeastern in the consolation match, 3-1. BU’s Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice, while Hayley Masters netted the Huskies’ lone goal in the second period.

Stonehill College’s Chris Tasiopoulos recorded a career-high 48 saves against Saint Anselm as the Skyhawks and Hawks skated to a 1-1 tie. Garrett White netted his 10th goal of the season, which was set up by Kevin Aufiero and Scott Rolph.

Saint Anselm tied the game with a Sean Jenkins goal at 18:10 in the third period, but neither team was able to locate the back of the net during the extra stanza.

Jay Dalton recorded one goal and one assist as the Westfield State Owls defeated Worcester State, 3-2. Dalton netted the go-ahead goal at 17:27 in the third, which secured the win for the visitors.

Alex Dewitz and Andrew Bates each netted one goal for the Lancers, while goaltender Tyler Fallica turned away 21 of 24 shots.

Perry McCarthy and Eliza Noyes each scored one goal in Williams’ 2-2 tie with Sacred Heart. Charlie Billadeau stopped 17 of 19 shots in 65 minutes for the Ephs.

Emma Griese recorded two goals and one helper as the seventh-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team cruised past Salve Regina, 6-0.

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Evening Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

A variety of regular season and conference tournament contests occurred this evening and below is their outcomes.

Men’s Ice Hockey: 

* Notre Dame 2, Boston College 1 (OT)

* UNH 5, Merrimack 2

* BU 4, Northeastern 2

* Vermont 3, UMass Lowell 2

* Bentley 4, AIC 1

* Cornell 3, Harvard 2

* No. 8 Babson 4, No. 13 UMass Boston 2 — Babson advances to next Saturday’s ECAC East Championship vs. Norwich University

* Curry 4, Salve Regina 1 — Curry advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Nichols College

* Williams 7, Colby 3 — Williams advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Amherst College.

* Johnson & Wales 7, Suffolk 0 — J&W advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology

* Westfield State 1, Worcester State 0 — Westfield State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals vs. Plymouth State

* Amherst 4, Conn. College 2 — Amherst advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Williams

* Framingham State 7, Fitchburg State 1 — Framingham State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals against Salem State

Mass. College Hockey: BU Edges Providence, Advances To Hockey East Semifinals

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s hockey game. The Terriers edged Providence College, 3-2, and advanced to the Hockey East semifinals:

BOSTON – Senior captain Louise Warren tallied two goals, including the game-winner with 14:52 remaining in regulation, to help the Boston University women’s ice hockey team advance to the Hockey East semifinals with a 3-2 win over Providence on Saturday at Walter Brown Arena.

BU (22-12-1) will face third-seeded Northeastern next Saturday (March 8) at 4:30 p.m., in Hyannis, Mass. The first semifinal will feature top-seeded Boston College and No. 4 Vermont at 1:30 p.m., with the title game to take place the following day at 1:30 p.m. Providence finished its season with an 11-24-0 record.

Sophomore Sarah Lefort became the first player in the NCAA to score 30 goals this season with her second-period strike. She also assisted on Warren’s game-winner. Senior Kaleigh Fratkin had two assists, with sophomore Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga and freshmen Maddie Elia and Samantha Sutherland also adding assists.

Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry was spectacular once again for the Terriers. She stopped 37 of 39 shots and collected her seventh straight Hockey East tournament victory. Sperry was perfect in the final frame, holding the Friars scoreless with 13 saves.

After a scoreless first period in which Providence outshot BU, 16-2, the Friars took a 1-0 lead just 47 seconds into the second stanza. With two seconds remaining on a 5-on-3 penalty, Cassidy Carels found Beth Hanrahan alone at the top of the crease for an easy finish.

Warren responded at the 9:06 mark of the period to tie the game, 1-1. Fratkin took a shot from the right point that Sarah Bryant (19 saves) stopped. The rebound caromed to Sutherland, who pushed it to Warren amidst a sea of players. The senior captain knocked it home for her 25th goal of the year.

It took just 45 seconds for Lefort to give BU its first lead of the game. Ribeirinha-Braga passed the puck to Fratkin at the top of the zone, and the senior blue liner again fired a shot from the right point. This time, Lefort redirected it from the left circle past Bryant for her NCAA-best 30th goal of the season.

Lexi Romanchuk tied the game, 2-2, exactly four minutes later when her blast from the top of the zone got through traffic and past Sperry. The score remained that way until the 5:08 mark of the third period when BU converted on a power-play chance. Lefort skated into the right circle and fired a shot towards goal. Elia had two rebound chances stopped on the doorstep before Warren found space five-hole and finished for her 26th tally of the season.

The Friars pulled their goaltender with 1:17 remaining in regulation and had several chances to tie the game, but Sperry and the BU defense stood tall and survived several final-minute defensive-zone draws to secure the victory.

This was the third straight year that the Terriers ended the Friars’ season. BU bested Providence in the 2012 Hockey East title game and again in last year’s semifinal. It is the first time in the league’s history that Providence did not reach the Hockey East semifinals.

BU is 2-1-0 this season against Northeastern, with both wins coming on the road. The Huskies earned a 4-2 win at Walter Brown Arena on Jan. 19 in the last meeting between the two teams.

36th Women’s Boston Beanpot: Boston College Tops Northeastern, 3-0

By NoontimeSports.com 

The 36th Women’s Boston Beanpot tournament concluded this evening with Boston College defeating Northeastern University, 3-0, at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill.

BC, which hadn’t won the tournament since defeating Harvard 3-1 in 2011, earned its fifth title in program history. The win also avenged last year’s 4-3 setback to Northeastern.

Taylor Wasylk provided the Eagles with the lead for good when she netted her 10th goal of the season at 16:02 in the first period. BC’s lead would increase to 3-0 in the third, thanks to power play strikes by Meagan Mangene and Melissa Bizzari

BC’s Corinne Boyles improved to 18-5-2 between the pipes as she stopped 25 shots, including 12 during the final frame, while Andie Anastos finished the contest with two assists.

Northeastern netminder Chloe Desjardins deflected 27 of 30 shots, while Katie MacSorley fired eight shots on net.

BC and Northeastern will each return to action on Saturday, February 15 as the Eagles travel to Maine for a 1 p.m. face-off, while the Huskies host Connecticut for a 2 p.m. face-off.

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