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Mass. College Hoops: UMass Remains No. 22 In This Week’s AP Top 25 Poll

UMass' men's basketball remains No. 22 for a second straight week, according to the latest AP Top 25 Poll. (Photo Credit: UMass Athletics)

UMass’ men’s basketball remains No. 22 for a second straight week, according to the latest AP Top 25 Poll. (Photo Credit: UMass Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

UMass’ men’s basketball team remains the 22nd best team in the country, according to today’s latest AP Top 25 poll, which was posted on ESPN.com.

The Minutemen, who’re 9-0 overall and 6-0 at the Mullins Center, picked up their ninth straight victory on Saturday by defeating Northern Illinois, 80-54.

According to the ESPN 2013-14 Overall Rankings, UMass is 20th in rebounds with 41.6 boards per game, 25th in points (84.0), 27th in assists (16.3) and 51st in field goal percentage (.480).

Chaz Williams currently leads the maroon and white with 16.9 points per game, while Cady Lalanne ranks first on the team in rebounds per game with 9.8.

It’s been an exciting season for the Minutemen, who commenced their current campaign with wins against BYU, Clemson and New Mexico. UMass also topped Boston College in their season opener at the TD Garden, 86-73, while winning this year’s Charleston Classic.

UMass will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they travel to Ohio to face a Bobcats squad, which they defeated last season. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. Ohio enters the contest 7-2. Their last win came against Alabama A&M on Saturday.

Mass. College Hoops: Northeastern, UMass To Compete In NIT Tourney

By NoontimeSports.com 

Both Northeastern University and UMass men’s basketball teams earned spots in the upcoming NIT tournament.

Northeastern will travel to Alabama to face the Crimson Tide in the first round on Tuesday, March 19 at 9 p.m., while UMass will host the Seawolves of Stony Brook on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:15 p.m.

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Mass. College Sports: Mid-Week Check In

Assumption's Katy Howard is one point away from netting her 1,000-point in a Hounds uniform. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

Assumption’s Katy Howard is one point away from netting her 1,000-point in a Hounds uniform. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s time for a mid-week check in on the local college basketball and hockey scene in Massachusetts.

* Assumption College’s Katy Howard is one point away from closing in on 1,000 points in a Hounds uniform. On Tuesday, the Medway native tallied 10 points in a 57-51 victory over St. Michaels.

* Bentley University’s Courtney Finn and Lauren Battista each netted 17 points in last night’s 85-51 win against Le Moyne. Bentley, which has been ranked number two in the country since the preseason, has now won 31 consecutive games against East Region opponents. Also, the Falcons are 18-0 overall and 14-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play.

* UMass’ men’s basketball team is 5-2 this month and will look to earn their 14th win of the season when they face La Salle at 7:00 p.m. Chaz Williams has recorded 10 points or more in his team’s last nine games.

* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team will look to earn their ninth consecutive Colonial Athletic Association victory this evening when they welcome Georgia State to historic Matthews Arena. The Huskies remain the top squad in their conference, and lead James Madison by two and a half games in the standings.

* Merrimack College’s Mike Collins was recently honored as the Athletic Republic Player of the Month. The junior forward from Boston recorded a league-high 11 points in seven January games for the Warriors. Merrimack finished the month 4-2-1, and remains tied with UMass Lowell for fifth place in the Hockey East.

* Needham’s Danny O’Regan, who is a freshman forward for the Boston University Terriers, was tabbed the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month. According to the latest Hockey East report, O’Regan led all Division I freshman with 11 points in January, (four goals, seven assists). His 11 points came during BU’s past six games.

* Reading’s Alex Carpenter was named the Athletic Republic Player of the Month on Tuesday. Carpenter recorded 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) over nine games in January for Boston College’s women’s ice hockey team. The Eagles ended the month with an 8-1 record.

Mass. College Hoops: Div. I Weekend Notes

By Brian Willwerth 

With conference play in full force, we begin our weekly look at the Division 1 schools in Massachusetts.

Men’s Hoops:

* Let’s start with Northeastern. They’re not just the Huskies; they’re the first-place Huskies. NU is a perfect 6-0 in the CAA, with four of those wins coming away from Matthews Arena. What’s more: their next four games are all at home. Joel Smith, averaging nearly 16 points per game, leads the Huskies. Is this the year Northeastern goes dancing for the first time since 1991?

* Speaking of teams dreaming about going to the Big Dance, that’s what they’re doing in Amherst. UMass is 12-5 on the year, and off to a 2-2 start in a loaded Atlantic-10 that now includes ranked powerhouses Butler and VCU. The Minutemen get the Bulldogs at home, but have to travel to Richmond to take on the Rams. You’d have to think UMass needs to win at least one of those games to get one of those so-called “quality wins” on its resume.

Women’s Hoops:

* At Boston University, the Terriers are ineligible for the NCAA tournament because they’re jumping to the Patriot League next year. So it’s easy to overlook the fact that the women’s hoops team is on a serious roll. With a comeback victory over UNH on Saturday, BU has won 13 in a row, and is 16-3 overall. The Terriers have a first place showdown coming up against Albany on Wednesday night at The Roof.

Mass. College Sports Stories From Around The Web (LINKS)

By NoontimeSports.com 

One of the new things we’ll be providing in January 2013 is links to stories from around the web pertaining toward the various colleges in Massachusetts, as well as updates on former high school athletes.

If you have a story that you’d like our blog to feature or link, please send it to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog), too.

Here is our first installment of “stories from around the web.”

* The New England Hockey Journal recently profiled former Northeastern University women’s ice hockey player Dani Rylan, who opened a coffee shop on Dec. 17 in East Harlem, New York. Rylan, who reported for GoNU.com, had her dream opportunity of working for the NHL Network dashed due to the lockout. So while the professional hockey world remains at a standstill, Rylan has focused her attention on growing her new business.

* According to the New England Hockey Journal, the ECAC East Div. III men’s ice hockey conference has featured some interesting results over the past few weeks. And while most teams remain below Norwich University (10-0) in the standings, their are at least six teams on the Cadets tail.

* On Wednesday, the Boston Globe noted on its college blog that Boston College Eagles football head coach Steve Addazio named Don Brown and Ryan Day coordinators for the upcoming season. Brown, who spent the past two seasons at the University of Connecticut, will control the defense, while Day will operate the offense.

* The Globe also published two interesting profiles — one about about Nichols College senior Hayley Zophinwho has anchored the Bison this season at the center position, and the other about Scituate High graduates Andrew and Sean McCarthy, who’re each playing Div. I basketball.

* The Boston Herald profiled Dartmouth College’s Abbey D’Agostino, who hails from Topsfield, and her pursuit toward landing a spot as a runner in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. According to the article, “the former Masconomet High star has positioned herself among the U.S. women’s running hierarchy, winning the 2012 NCAA outdoor title in the 5,000 meters in a Dartmouth record of 16:11.34, becoming the first Big Green woman to capture an individual national championship.” 

* Could UMass’ men’s basketball team be joining the Mid-American Conference? It’s not likely, but possible, according to MassLive.com.

Noontime Favorite: Earlier this week we learned that Holy Cross’ men’s lacrosse team will be competing in the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, and on Wednesday we caught up with head coach Jim Morrissey to discuss the event.