D3 Basketball: Tufts Secures The Top Spot In Wednesday’s Regional Rankings

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Tufts University men’s basketball team secured the top spot in the first NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings this afternoon followed by Middlebury College (second) and Springfield College (third).

Tufts is one of seven teams on today’s list that has won 17 or more contests this season.  Additionally, the Jumbos are the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) heading into the final weekend of the regular season for the league.

Colby College secured the fourth position – the Mules are 19-2 overall but have lost two of their last four outings. They entered the final month of the regular season with an 18-game winning streak but had it snapped on the initial day of February at Tufts.

Babson College checked-in fifth overall followed by WPI, which secured the sixth position. Both teams will meet this evening in Babson Park for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Babson won the initial meeting between the two teams last month.

Brandeis UniversitySt. Joseph’s (Conn.), and Amherst College secured the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions, while Endicott College and Albertus Magnus rounded out the rankings, checking-in tenth and eleventh, respectively.

Brandeis is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with Emory University and Washington University. Emory secured the top spot in the South rankings while WashU checked in second in the Central behind Wisconsin-Plattville.

Today’s Regional Rankings are the first of three sets – we will see two more over the next two weeks before the pairings for the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament is announced on Monday, March 2nd.

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Colby College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 15 games this past weekend by defeating both Middlebury College and Williams College on the road.

Colby, which improves to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, has been an impressive story this season – can they continue their momentum later this week against Husson University on Tuesday, January 21st and Bowdoin College on Saturday, January 25th? We’ll have to wait and see.

Brandeis University was this week’s biggest mover, checking in third overall after securing the tenth position one week ago. The Judges scored an exciting 75-73 win yesterday over Emory University, handing the Eagles their second setback of the 2019-20 season, along with their initial loss against a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA).

The Judges are currently tied for first in the UAA with Washington University – the two teams will meet on Friday, January 24th in a VERY important match-up.

Tufts University moved into the fifth position after rebounding from an early week loss to Suffolk University with back-to-back wins over Amherst College (No. 10) and Hamilton College.

Finally, the Blues Jays of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) joined our poll at the ninth position – the Blue and Gold have not lost a game since falling to the Jumbos last November.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Colby College 15-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Middlebury College 16-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
3. Brandeis University 11-3, 3-0 UAA Last Week: No. 10
4. Springfield College 12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Tufts University 13-3, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. WPI  12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Babson College 12-3, 2-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
8. Albertus Magnus  12-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 5
9. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 13-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Amherst College 11-5, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Emerson College, Endicott College, Hamilton College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, UMass Boston, Wesleyan University, and Western New England


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven 

 

NCAA D3 Elite Eight Scoreboard: Babson Returns To Salem, Amherst & Tufts Advance to Semifinals

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The sectional finals of the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournament produced some exciting outcomes!

By Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports) 

The road to the ‘Final Four’ is complete. Babson College and Williams College advance to the national semifinals on the men’s side, while Amherst College and Tufts University secured spots on the women’s side.

Below is this evening’s scoreboard with links to box scores courtesy of D3Hoops.com.

No. 3 Babson 102, Keene State 79

Williams 79, No. 6 Middlebury 75

No. 1 Amherst 73, UMass Dartmouth 33

No. 4 Tufts 57, No. 6 Washington Univ. 43

 

Mass. College Hoops: WashU 76, Brandeis 60

By Matt Noonan 

WALTHAM, MA – Brandeis University’s men’s basketball team held a one-point lead for roughly one minute during the opening minutes of the first half.

Yet, once their advantage was erased, Washington University padded their lead with multiple layups and foul shots, which helped the Bears defeat the Judges on Sunday afternoon at the Red Auerbach Arena, 76-60.

“I’m just really disappointed that our effort was subpar,” Brandeis coach Brian Meehan said, whose team falls to 17-7 overall and 8-5 in University Athletic Association play.

“We gave a great effort out at their place and the fact that we came here and we were really flat, (and) I didn’t think we played with much emotion, we really dug ourselves a hole (and) it’s just really a disappointing loss for me.”

Sunday’s game was the complete opposite from their first meeting this season, as Brandeis converted one less shot from the field and turned the ball over three more times. They also struggled on the offensive boards, and recorded six less caroms.

“We just didn’t come out with enough energy (and) we weren’t ready to play,” Brandeis’ Jay Freeman explained. “WashU is a good team and they got the best of us today.”

The Brandeis offense missed three consecutive shots following the opening tap before Gabriel Moton registered his first layup of the day. Moton also sank a shot from the stripe before the Bears jumped ahead literally a minute later on an Alan Aboona jumper.

Ben Hoener and Chris Klimek extended WashU’s lead to 14-6, but Brandeis answered with a 7-0 run that featured two back-to-back triples by Moton and Ruben Kanya, and one free throw by Youri Dascy, which brought the Judges within one with 6:13 remaining in the first stanza.

Brandeis’ momentum faded, though, as Klimeck sparked a 20-10 run for WashU, which provided the Bears with a 34-23 lead at the break.

“We were taking contested shots (during that first half),” said Meehan. “I didn’t think we played physical. They smashed us on the glass in the first half and out at their place we competed and I think they won by one rebound in the battle, and we really dominated the boards in the second half out there, but it was a real effort game and we just didn’t have the effort (today).

“It’s just really a disappointing loss because we needed a win here and a win next week to give ourselves a shot at the tournament, so it’s a little disappointing.”

Freeman helped the Judges trim the deficit once the second half commenced with layups and two 3-pointers, but the Bears responded on numerous ensuing possessions.

And despite trailing WashU by six with 12:47 remaining, the Bears ended up closing the gap with layups from Hoener and Tim Cooney, along with two free throws by Robert Burnett to seal the win for the visitors.

“We all know we never fold and fight hard to the end,” Freeman said of his team’s motto when trailing. “And that’s what we try to do.”

Hoener led all players with 25 points, while Dascy paced the Judges with 17 points and eight rebounds. Freeman finished with 12 points, while Moton added 11 points.

“We just didn’t do anything that we needed to do,” said Meehan. “WashU did a very good job, they played their game, but I thought physically they played harder. I thought execution-wise they did a better job (and) they just beat us in every facet of the game.”

Despite the setback, Brandeis will look to finish their season with a win next Saturday when they travel to New York University for a 3:30 p.m. tip.