Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 7-9)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we made it!

Friday’s usually mean 10 Games to Watch on Noontime Sports, so let’s kick-off a brand new weekend with new slate of games we will be watching this weekend (Dec. 7-9).

Last Week: We finished 7-3, which isn’t bad, but we hold ourselves to high standards, so let’s see if we can improve on that mark this weekend and go 10-0! 


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Corey Sherman and the Brandeis Judges host Wesleyan in an important December clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan Univ. at Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Judges’ starting five has been impressive this season, especially Collin Sawyer, Corey Sherman and Chandler Jones. Look for this trio to carry the Blue and White to an important non-conference win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Brandeis Univ. 

Men’s Basketball: WPI at Salem State (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Engineers scored a hard-fought win earlier this week against Framingham State, thanks to Jake Wisniewski‘s double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Look for the junior to carry the Red and White to their eighth win on Saturday. PREDICTION: WPI 

Men’s Basketball: Pine Manor at St. Joseph’s (Conn.) (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1p.m.): Since falling to Rhode Island College, the Blue Jays have won three-straight, including a 108-63 win over MCLA. Look for Jim Calhoun‘s squad to pick-up their sixth win of the season against the Gators. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (CT)

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Western Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): The Colonials scored an impressive win earlier this week over Eastern Connecticut, which should provide the Blue and Orange with enough momentum to slow down the Beacons. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Men’s Basketball: Trinity College at Anna Maria (Saturday, Dec. 9th | 2 p.m.): The Bantams will place twice this weekend, including Sunday when they visit Anna Maria. Trinity has won three-straight, including a 69-52 win over Springfield College. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

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MIT’s Taylor V’Dovec netted a season-best 22 points on Wednesday in her team’s win over WPI. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Silverman)

Fitchburg State at So. Vermont (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 12 p.m.): Daniel Nagle‘s Falcons almost defeated Suffolk University on Thursday, but fell short (the Falcons lost to the Rams, 74-71). Look for the Green and Gold to bounce back on Saturday. PREDICTION: Fitchburg State 

Conn. College at Trinity College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): This one won’t count in the NESCAC standings, but it is a BIG one for both teams. The Bantams enter the game with some momentum, while Connecticut College will also enter the important clash with some momentum from a recent win over Roger Williams. PREDICTION: Conn. College 

Framingham State at Suffolk University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): These two teams needed an extra session last season to determine a winner, so don’t be surprised if some extra basketball occurs on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: Suffolk Univ. 

Skidmore at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 2 p.m.): The Panthers have certainly been a team to watch thus far and should continue their early season success  against the Thoroughbreds. Keep an eye on Middlebury’s Catherine Harrison in this match-up. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Emmanuel College at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): Since falling to Amherst College last month, the Saints have appeared unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a 79-67 win over Connecticut College. They should certainly provide some challenges for the Engineers, who will need big games from Kara Holinski and Taylor V’Dovec to secure an important non-conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Nov. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Bowdoin College in the top spot followed by Tufts University and Amherst College.

The Polar Bears secured the top spot for the first time this season with recent wins over MIT (78-57) and University of New England (106-55). Bowdoin will be idle for a few days, but does return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit Colby College for a 2 p.m. tip-off.

Tufts has enjoyed a successful start to its 2018-19 campaign, thanks to some impressive play from its underclassmen, including Janette Wadolowski, who netted a season-best 22 points on Sunday in her team’s 110-63 victory over Brandeis University. Additionally, the Jumbos have gotten a boost from first-year Molly Ryan, who is averaging 9.5 points per contest.

Amherst slipped from the top spot to the third position following a 70-67 setback to Eastern Connecticut last week. The loss snapped a 68-game winning streak, but look for Amherst to construct a new one beginning this week.

Connecticut College made the leap from the seventh position to the fifth, thanks to recent regional wins over Johnson & Wales (78-43) and Coast Guard Academy (77-62). The Camels will attempt to close out the first month of play with wins over Mitchell College and Worcester State – both games will take place away from New London.

Finally, UMass Boston remained in the tenth position for the second-straight week following a pair of wins against Keuka College (78-69) and Emerson College (66-61). Sophomores Jalani Jackson and Joie Grassi have provided a boost for the Blue and White, averaging 16.3 and 15.3 points per contest, respectively.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Nov. 26th, 2018 

1. Bowdoin College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Tufts University

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 3

3. Amherst College 2-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine)  4-0, 0-0 GNAC  Last Week: No. 4
5. Conn. College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7 
6. MIT  3-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
7. Middlebury College 3-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
8.  Smith College 4-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
9. UMass Dartmouth 4-0, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8
10. UMass Boston 4-0, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Babson College (1-1), Eastern Conn. (2-2), Emmanuel College (3-0), Hamilton College (3-0), Trinity College (3-0) and Western Conn. (4-1)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One 


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D3 Hoops: Cardoso Leads Worcester State Past Clark In Midnight Meeting

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Chris Cardoso of Worcester State recorded his first double-double of the season as the Lancers defeated Clark University shortly after midnight on Thursday morning. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Chris Cardoso registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as Worcester State commenced its 2018-19 campaign with an 87-81 win earlier this morning against Clark University in the fourth annual Midnight Madness.

The early morning win for the Lancers was the program’s first against the Cougars in the Midnight Madness series, which began in 2015 with Clark scoring an 83-78 win at home that season.

Tyler Dion led the Lancers with a team-high 21 points, while Clark’s Biko Gayman tallied a game-high 23 points. Brendan Kittredge chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red and White.

Worcester State led Clark, 39-30, at the break, while the Cougars outscored the hosts, 51-48, in the second half.

The Lancers return to the hardwood on Sunday when they visit Roger Williams for a 2 p.m. tip-off, while Clark heads to Newbury College on Monday for a 7 p.m. start.


Games to Watch in New England D3 Hoops (Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2018) 

MBB: Albertus Magnus at Anna Maria, 6 p.m.

WBB: Stevens at Western Connecticut, 6 p.m.

WBB: Bay Path at Mount Holyoke, 6 p.m.

MBB: Springfield College at Western New England, 7 p.m.

WBB: MIT at Simmons College, 7 p.m.

WBB: Fitchburg State at Rivier, 7 p.m.

WBB: Emerson College at Gordon College, 7 p.m.

MBB: Roger Williams at Coast Guard Academy, 7 p.m.

MBB: Fitchburg State at Rhode Island College, 7 p.m.


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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week 11 (Nov. 4th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

THE ELEVENTH WEEK OF THE NEW ENGLAND D3 FOOTBALL SEASON HAS ARRIVED, WHICH MEANS IT IS TIME TO UNVEIL OUR NEWEST TOP 10 POLL OF THE SEASON, AS WELL AS OUR ‘TEAMS ARE ON THE RISE.’

With an important win over fifth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday, Trinity College jumped two spots to the top position of our New England D3 Top 10 Poll heading into the final week of the regular season. The Bantams can capture their conference’s crown for the third-straight season with a win this Saturday against Wesleyan University.

MIT bounced back following its initial setback of the season with a much-needed 20-0 win over Norwich University to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. A win over Springfield College could help their chances, but a lot also hinges out the outcome of Coast Guard AcademyMerchant Marine.

Endicott College scored an exciting win over Western New England to move up two spots, while Framingham State jumped four positions to the fourth spot. Both teams are still in contention for NCAA Tournament bids.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week 11 Poll| Sunday, November 4th, 2018 

1. Trinity College 

7-1 (7-1) | Last Week: No. 3 Week 11: Wesleyan

2. MIT

8-1 (5-1) | Last Week: No. 6 Week 11: Springfield
3. Endicott College  7-2 (5-0) | Last Week: No. 5 Week 11: Salve Regina
4. Framingham State  7-2 (6-1) | Last Week: No. 8 Week 11: Worcester St.
5. Amherst College  7-1 (7-1) | Last Week: No. 1 Week 11: Williams
6. Western Conn.   8-1 (6-1) | Last Week: No.  2 Week 11: Westfield St.
7. Western New England  7-2 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 4 Week 11: Becker
8. Springfield College  7-2 (5-1) | Last Week: No. 7 Week 11: MIT
9. Husson Univ.  7-2 (6-0) | Last Week: No. 9 Week 11: Plymouth St.
10. Coast Guard Acad.  6-3 (4-2) | Last Week: NR Week 11: USMMA

ON THE RISE: Bridgewater State (6-3, 5-2) and Tufts University (6-2, 6-2) 


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll | Week Five | Week Six | Week Seven | Week Eight | Week Nine | Week Ten 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 10 (Nov. 3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The tenth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Ten, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Nine): We went 9-1 for the second-straight week, so let’s see if we can go a perfect 10-0 this week!

Season Predictions Records: 65-25 (we struggled with picks in week seven, so let’s see how we do this weekend!)

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Western New England at Endicott College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): WNE quarterback Alec Coleman should continue his current success, both through the air and on the ground against the Gulls in Beverly. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Endicott 17 

Castleton Univ. at Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): Dean has a chance to finish its second season as a Division III program at 5-5, so look for first-year signal-caller Terrell Watts to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth victory. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Castleton 13 

WPI at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): The Engineers of Worcester defeated the Engineers of Cambridge for the third consecutive season one week ago and should continue their late season momentum in New London, Connecticut. PREDICTION: WPI 21, Coast Guard 10 

Nichols College at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): Since falling to WNE at the end of September, the Seahawks have been on a roll and should continue their winning ways against the Bison at home. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 29, Nichols 14 

Anna Maria at Alfred State (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): A win for the AMCATs would provide the program with two conference wins for the first time since 2011. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 14, Alfred State 13 

Amherst College at Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): Since falling to Williams, Trinity has been on a roll and should find a way to beat the undefeated Mammoths in Hartford. PREDICTION: Trinity 21, Amherst 17 

Wesleyan University at Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): The Ephs should capture the first of possibly two Little Three contests this week, as long as they can contain Wesleyan quarterback Mark PiccirilloPREDICTION: Williams 21, Wesleyan 17 

Colby College at Tufts University (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald should lead the Jumbos back into the win column with a much-needed bounce-back win for the Powder Blue and White. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Colby 16 

Framingham State at Western Conn. (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5 p.m.): A win for the Colonials most likely secures the Blue and Orange the conference crown. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 31, Framingham State 21 

Bates College at Bowdoin College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5:30 p.m.): After falling to Colby College last week in the snow, one should expect coach Malik Hall‘s crew to bounce back against the Polar Bears on the road. PREDICTION: Bates 21, Bowdoin 14