D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Dec. 9th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Babson College becomes our biggest mover this week, checking in second overall following a trio of impressive wins last week against Amherst College (No. 6), Salem State, and Tufts University (No. 10).

The Beavers, who captured this past weekend’s New England Big 4 Challenge, matched their program’s best start to a season with their ninth consecutive victory.

Babson is off until the end of the month when they face Eastern Connecticut in the Trinity Holiday Invitational.

Colby College also moved-up this week, checking-in third overall following their ninth-straight win this past weekend against Colby-Sawyer. The Mules are one of two undefeated teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and will certainly be a team to watch once the calendar turns to 2020.

Finally, we welcomed Albertus Magnus to this week’s poll – the Falcons have won eight-straight contests after starting their current campaign with an opening day loss to the University of Lynchburg.

The Falcons visit St. Lawrence University on Saturday before enjoying a few weeks off for the holidays.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, December 9th, 2019

1. Middlebury College 9-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Babson College 9-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
3. Colby College  9-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
4. Springfield College  7-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
5. Hamilton College  8-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
6. Amherst College  4-2, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Albertus Magnus  8-1, 0-0 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked 
8. Nichols College 6-1, 1-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
9. WPI 8-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Tufts University 6-2, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Rhode Island College, and UMass Dartmouth


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four

 

D3 Basketball: Brandeis will attempt to win its second-straight New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend

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Brandeis University will attempt to capture its second-straight New England Big 4 Challenge championship this weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY: Babson College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Brandeis University captured the 2018 New England Big 4 Challenge last season with a commanding 74-49 win over Babson College and will attempt to win the title again this weekend when they compete in the two-day, four-team tournament at Salem State University.

The Judges will begin their title defense against Tufts University on Saturday, December 7th at 12 p.m. Babson and Salem State will square-off afterward at 2 p.m. The winner of both contests will advance to Sunday’s championship game at 2 p.m. which will follow the consolation game at 12 p.m.

Brandeis will certainly be a team to watch this weekend after beginning their current campaign with a 5-2 mark, but the same could be said for the Beavers of Babson, which enter the weekend tournament with an impressive 7-0 record. The Green and White’s seventh win – an 87-82 victory over Amherst College earlier this week – was highlighted by Frank Oftring, who netted a career-high 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds. 

Tufts saw its five-game winning streak to start its 2019-20 campaign snapped earlier this week against WPI. The Jumbos scored some impressive non-conference wins prior to their initial setback last month against MIT and UMass Dartmouth.

Salem State will attempt to snap its current five-game losing streak this weekend when they face Babson in the opening round. The Vikings have not appeared in the win column since last month when they defeated Anna Maria College, 89-76.

The winner of the tournament will receive the Crotty Cup, which is named after Michael Crotty Sr., who was the Founder and Director of the Middlesex Magic.

“The tournament features four very good teams from four different leagues, to celebrate the game of basketball and a dear friend to each of us in Michael Crotty Sr., Founder, and Director of the Middlesex Magic AAU Club, who left us far too soon,” said Salem State coach Chris Harvey, via the tournament preview.

While Brandeis has won four New England Big 4 Challenges, Babson has won three – their last came during the 2016-17 season when they captured the program’s first-ever NCAA championship. Tufts has won two titles, while Salem State captured its first-ever tournament crown two years ago.

New England D-III Hoops Notebook: Brandeis, Emmanuel Score Impressive Mid-Week Victories

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

For the first time since 2005, the Emmanuel College women’s basketball team scored a win over the top team in Division III as the Saints beat Amherst College last night by a score of 60-55.

The Saints, who beat Bowdoin College 14 years ago when they were the top team in D-III, were led by Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, who recorded a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native connected on 10 of 20 shots from the field, while sinking five of eight freebies.

Emmanuel led Amherst, 23-19, at the break – they would outscore the Mammoths, 26-19, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

The setback snapped an early three-game winning streak for the Mammoths, which scored early-season wins against Babson CollegeIthaca College, and New Jersey City. Amherst is scheduled to face Eastern Connecticut on Saturday before heading to Las Vegas, Nevada three weeks later to compete in the D3Hoops.com Classic.

Emmanuel, which has won four of seven contests thus far, visits MIT on Saturday before hosting Rhode Island College next Monday, December 9th. The win over the Mammoths should provide the Blue and Gold with some momentum heading into their next two contests before heading to Nevada, as well, to compete in two days of the D3Hoops Classic at the end of the month.

Keep your eyes on Ramirez-Tejeda over the next few weeks – the senior guard is averaging 20.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Additionally, she is averaging 2.9 assists per game and sinking 64.4 percent of her free throws.

Brandeis University scored an exciting 99-88 overtime win last night against Babson, thanks to a pair of impressive performances by Hannah Nicholson (19 points and 16 rebounds) and Camila Casanueva (19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists).

The Judges outscored the Beavers, 25-14, in the extra session – Brandeis utilized an 8-2 run to begin the overtime period, which provided them enough momentum to secure their fifth win of the season.

Brandeis has enjoyed a successful start to its 2019-20 campaign – they won their Tip-Off Tournament early last month with wins against Framingham State and Nichols College while scoring non-conference wins over Roger Williams and Salem State. The Judges’ lone setback came against Tufts University late last month – the Jumbos outscored Brandeis, 41-29, in the second half to secure an 81-77 win.

The Judges will visit Clark University and Johnson & Wales later this week before hosting Becker College next Monday.

Since falling to New England College last month, the WPI men’s basketball team has looked unstoppable as they have now won seven consecutive contests, including a 72-62 win on Tuesday against Tufts.

WPI’s Garrett Stephenson stuffed the stat sheet against the Jumbos with a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Colin McNamara contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Reid Walker added 10 points, three rebounds, and one assist.

The Engineers will attempt to stretch their winning streak to eight games on Saturday when they visit Albertus Magnus for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

WPI has scored some impressive regional victories thus far against Tufts, Salem StateFitchburg State, Eastern Connecticut, and Brandeis. After their visit to the Falcons, WPI will be off for the holidays before visiting Framingham State on Saturday, January 4th for its final non-conference clash.

As of this morning, the Engineers are the only New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) team that has won eight games thus far. Babson has won all six of its contests, while Springfield College has won five-straight.

Speaking of the Beavers, they host Amherst this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Babson has been a team to watch thus far, but Wednesday’s meeting with the Mammoths will certainly be a good test for the Green and White.

Following their non-conference clash with the Mammoths, Babson will compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend – their first game is against Salem State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Big 4 Challenge is always a fun tournament to watch – the two day, the four-game tournament features Babson, Tufts, Brandeis, and Salem State.

D3 Basketball: Men’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 18th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the third-straight week, Amherst College remained the top team in New England followed Nichols College (second) and Middlebury College (third).

The Mammoths of Amherst will play their first game on Tuesday, November 19th when they visit Lasell College before facing Elmira on Friday, November 22nd.

Springfield CollegeUMass Dartmouth, and New England College joined our poll following some impressive wins by all three squads.

Finally, Babson CollegeTufts University, and Williams College each moved-up.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Two Poll| Monday, Nov. 18th, 2019

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College

2-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Middlebury College

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

5. Springfield College

4-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: Not Ranked

6. UMass Dartmouth

4-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: Not Ranked 

7. Tufts University

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Williams College

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

9. Babson College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10

10. New England College

2-1, 0-0 NEC

Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Colby College, Endicott College, Fitchburg State, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, Salem State, Suffolk University, Wesleyan University, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One 

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Tuesday’s in November usually means one thing: a brand new Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

As noted in our preseason poll, we will be posting a weekly Top 10 Poll this month on Tuesdays before switching to Mondays once the New England D-III Football season concludes.

This is a BUSY week for many teams as most squads begin their respective campaigns, while others take part in early season tournaments. Additionally, some teams will be competing in their second (or third) game of the season, too.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week One Poll| Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2019

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College

0-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Middlebury College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. WPI 

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Hamilton College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Eastern Connecticut

0-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Salem State 

1-1, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 6

8. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

9. Williams College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 10

10. Babson College

2-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Colby College, Endicott College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, Keene State, Springfield College, and Trinity College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll