LEC Set To Tip-Off Its 2020-21 Basketball Season This Weekend

The LEC is set to tip-off its 2020-21 college basketball season this week. (PHOTO COURTESY: bobert1980 on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC)

By NoontimeSports.com

The Little East Conference (LEC) basketball season is set to begin this weekend. And this is certainly good news for New England small college basketball fans.

As of this evening, three men’s basketball games are scheduled to tip-off this Saturday, January 23, along with one women’s contests between Keene State and Rhode Island College. More games will occur both later this month and next month, along with a four-team playoff in early March. And pending a national postseason does occur, the winner of their respective conference tournament would represent the league in the NCAA D-III playoffs.

Both Keene State squads have competed previously this school year in their Red vs. White contest while the men’s team squared-off last November against New Hampshire. The Rhode Island men’s basketball team competed last December against Bryant.

While the opening weekend will feature just six of the league’s nine members, Southern Maine is expected to play some games next month, according to a recent post from Al Bean, who is the school’s athletic director.

UMass Boston and Western Connecticut are the only two LEC members that won’t be competing this winter.

The Western Connecticut men’s basketball team captured the LEC crown last winter to secure a date with Tufts University in the opening round of the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament.

The Eastern Connecticut women’s basketball team, which won its second-straight LEC title last February, announced earlier this month that they would not play an abbreviated season due to “health risks surrounding COVID-19.”

Here is this weekend’s LEC men’s and women’s basketball schedule:

  • Keene State at Rhode Island College (WBB) | 12 p.m.
  • Eastern Connecticut at Plymouth State (MBB) | 1 p.m.
  • Castleton at UMass Dartmouth (MBB) | 2 p.m.
  • Keene State at Rhode Island College (MBB) | 3 p.m.

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: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 27th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

We head into the final week of January with a must-see, must-follow contest on the horizon: Tufts University at Bowdoin College on Friday, January 31st.

The game – as you can tell from below – will pit our top two teams with the winner most likely securing the inside track to the top spot in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

Western New England remains our fourth team in this week’s poll – the Golden Bears enter the new week with an impressive 8-1 conference mark and will look to continue their momentum on Wednesday at Roger Williams and Saturday at Salve Regina.

Trinity College moved-up one spot to the fifth position, while Rhode Island CollegeSmith College, and Eastern Connecticut each moved one position, as well.

Finally, we welcomed UMass Boston to this week’s poll – the Beacons have won three consecutive contests and will look to continue their winning ways against Eastern Connecticut and Southern Maine this week.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week NinePoll| Monday, January 27th, 2020

1. Tufts University 18-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  18-0, 5-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 16-3, 3-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western New England 15-3, 8-1 CCC Last Week: No. 4
5. Trinity College 14-4, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Rhode Island College 16-2, 8-1 LEC Last Week: No. 7
7. Smith College 16-2, 2-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
8. Eastern Connecticut 14-3, 7-1 LEC Last Week: No. 10
9. Brandeis University 12-4, 2-3 UAA Last Week: No. 9
10. UMass Boston 15-3, 6-3 LEC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Hamilton College, Springfield College, Williams College, and WPI 


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

 

Colby College Secures Our New England D-III Men’s Basketball Team of the Month

Colby_Mules_logoBy Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Following an impressive first month of the 2019-20 New England D-III men’s basketball season, we have selected Colby College as our ‘Team of the Month’ for November.

The Mules, who recently improved to 7-0 this past weekend with a 106-102 win over Kean University, recently moved-up three spots in today’s New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 2nd, 2019.

Colby has scored some impressive regional (and non-regional) wins thus far, including a 103-97 season-opening victory against Ramapo CollegeAlex Dorion led the Mules with a team-high 23 points, while Noah Tyson pulled down 10 rebounds.

Despite scoring eight points less than the Roadrunners in the second half, Colby managed to outscore Ramapo, 16-10, in the extra session to secure their first of seven consecutive wins.

Including their most recent win over Kean, the Mules boast a 4-0 record in Waterville, Maine, a 2-0 mark away from campus and a 1-0 record in neutral sites.

Two of the team’s six wins last month came against Gordon College (95-77) and New England College (103-67) in the Colby Classic.

This week, the Mules face Thomas College on Tuesday, December 3rd followed by a visit to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, December 7th. Colby will then break for the holidays before visiting Southern Maine on Tuesday, December 31st.

Players to Watch: 

  • Sam Jefferson: 181 points through seven contests … has netted 61 of 90 field goals, including 28 of 48 three-pointers … He is first on the team in three-point percentage (58.3%) … Jefferson is 31 of 34 from the free-throw line … Jefferson has also recorded 23 rebounds, 37 assists, and 10 steals.
  • Matt Hanna: Second on the team in points (121) and fourth on the team in rebounds (24) … Leads the Mules in assists with 37 … Hanna has converted 14 of 17 free throws (82.4 %).
  • Noah Tyson: Leads the Mules with 56 rebounds through seven contests … Tyson has also recorded 11 assists and seven steals … Ranks fourth on the team in points (83).
  • Alex Dorion: Dorion has come off the bench to net 92 points on 33 of 58 shooting, including 24 of 44 from beyond the arc … The senior guard has registered 16 rebounds, 14 assists, and two swipes.

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

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the third-straight week (and the second consecutive week of the New Egland D-III basketball season), Amherst College remains our top team followed by Tufts University and Bowdoin College second and third, respectively.

All three teams were in action this past week and scored at least one or two wins. We’ll be keeping our eyes on all three squads, along with the other teams both on this week’s poll and ‘on the rise.’


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

1. Amherst College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Middlebury College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Eastern Connecticut

2-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Springfield College

3-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
7. Western New England  3-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked
8. Smith College 3-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Babson College  1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
10. UMass Dartmouth 3-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Southern Maine, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, Westfield State, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One