By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeHoops
Welcome to Friday – let’s go!
In honor of a new weekend – well, the final weekend of January, to be exact – it is time to dish out a brand new edition of Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch, including our picks, too.
Last week, we struggled. We picked four of ten games correctly, so now our overall record is 39-21. Let’s see if we can bounce back this week!
Wesleyan University at Bates College (MBB) | Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m.: The Cardinals appear to be soaring in the right direction, which may not bode well for the ‘cats of Lewiston, Maine. Bates has certainly provided challenges to its recent opponents, but we think the Cardinals will make a few big plays down the stretch to secure an important road win. PREDICTION: Wesleyan University
Clark University at Wheaton College (WBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 1 p.m.: If the Cougars are going to keep their postseason hopes alive, they must score some late-season wins, including this one against the Lyons. Clark edged Wheaton earlier this month by a score of 52-50. PREDICTION: Clark University
Endicott College at Curry College (WBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 1 p.m.: Despite falling to Salve Regina earlier this month, the Gulls remain the team to beat in their conference. Endicott ran away from Curry in its initial meeting in Beverly and should certainly find a way past the Colonels in Milton. PREDICTION: Endicott College
Norwich University at Suffolk University (MBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m.: The Rams suffered their first home loss of the season earlier this week against the Pride of Regis College. On Thursday, their game against Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) was postponed, so you know this group will be eager to return to action on Saturday with hopes of returning to the win column. PREDICTION: Suffolk University
Emerson College at MIT (MBB)| Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m.: The Lions have certainly provided challenges for its conference foes this month, but the Engineers have a lot of momentum on their side since falling to Emerson earlier this month. Their recent overtime win against Babson has us thinking they will find a way to beat the Purple and Gold on Saturday. PREDICTION: MIT
Amherst College at Bowdoin College (WBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 3 p.m.: The Polar Bears remain the top team in New England, but can solidify their spot atop the rankings with a win over the Mammoths. Amherst beat Bowdoin last year in the national championship, so you know this is a game the Polar Bears have been eager to play since last March. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College
WPI at Wheaton College (MBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 3 p.m.: The Engineers seem to be in a groove similar to earlier this season. WPI has rebounded from back-to-back losses earlier this month with a five-game winning streak. We expect that winning streak to continue on Saturday in Norton, Massachusetts. PREDICTION: WPI
Western New England at Univ of New England (MBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 3 p.m.: When these two teams last met, they combined for 226 points. Both teams can put up some points, so expect more fireworks on Saturday. PREDICTION: WNE
Albertus Magnus at Emmanuel College (WBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 3 p.m.: Both teams enter this important conference clash with winning streaks – Emmanuel has won six-straight, while Albertus Magnus has captured its last four contests. The Saints relied on its defense in its last outing to beat Norwich and will need that unit to step-up against a Falcons squad that is averaging 82.5 points per game. PREDICTION: Emmanuel College
Middlebury College at Trinity College (WBB) | Sunday, January 27th at 2 p.m.: The Panthers have already scored a road in Connecticut this month, but can they make it two in January? Trinity appears to have some serious momentum heading into this important conference clash. PREDICTION: Trinity College
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