NC College Basketball Week 5 Review

NC College Basketball Week 5 Review

After a crazy up and down week for many teams in our power rankings. An end to the college semester and a relatively quiet week of games made for limited movement for a lot of our NC teams. Check out the recap of the games that were played this week: NC College Basketball Week 5 Review.

Appalachian State (5-6)

App State came out flat against Akron. The Mountaineers were only down nine at the half but ultimately fell 94-89. The only two players to add production for ASU were Griffin Kinney with 28 points and star guard Ronshad Shabazz with 26. Akron had the advantage on the glass and in the assist column and overall moved the ball better as a whole. Appalachian State just couldn’t make enough plays to get a win on the road.

Campbell (4-5)

After an up and down start, Campbell heads into the week with no games. Star guard Chris Clemons has been limited in action this year only appearing in six games. Hopefully, this “bye” week is able to get him ready to go. With emerging scorers in Burk and Whitfield, the Camels could be a threat with Clemons ready to play. Look for Campbell to come out ready against Citadel in the upcoming week’s first contest.

Davidson (4-3)

The Wildcats did not have a game on the schedule for the week. Coming off an easy win against VMI let’s see if Davidson uses its week of preparation to try and steal a big road win in a test against Virginia next week.

#4 Duke (11-1)

Down goes Duke. On the road in an ACC contest against hot-shooting Boston College, the Devils were upset 84-89. Coach K’s club had a clear advantage inside. However, in the second half, the Devils decided to get into a shooting contest with the Eagles. Bagley had his typical double-double day even though he wasn’t featured in the second half. Gary Trent Jr showed up for Duke netting 25 including 6 three-pointers. In my analysis, the loss falls on Grayson Allen. The senior guard ended up with 14 points on an ugly 5/20 shooting (1/9 3PA). 

Look for Duke to get some of their defensive struggles under control with a 10-day break till their next game.

East Carolina (5-4)

ECU is riding a 3-game win streak into exam week. Ever since the departure of Coach Lebo, the Pirates have been rolling. Up next, in-state rival UNC-Charlotte. It’s time to find out if the Pirates are going to make some noise in the American this year.

Elon (6-4)

The Phoenix got demolished on the road 75-44 against UNC Greensboro. There is no need to get into player stats for this one. Elon had no player contribute anything of significance. As a team, they shot 34% from the field, 14% from 3 and only attempted seven free throws.

High Point (4-5)

High Point blew out local beating stick Toccoa Falls 110-39. No starter accounted for more than 21 points, However, a trio off the bench all had over 14 points each in extended playing time. Credit Cliff Thomas Jr with 16, Jamal Wright with 15 points 9 assists, and Dexter Gooding with 14 points.

Gardner Webb (3-8)

Gardner-Webb had a rough week. You can thank their schedule for that. The calendar handed the Bulldogs a couple of Power 5 beatdowns. One by Auburn (80-55) and the other by Maryland (82-60). David Efianayi was the leading scorer against Auburn scoring 16 points. Gardner Webb shot 35% from the floor and committed 16 turnovers. That spells disaster against any team. The tandem of DJ Laster 21 points and David Efianayi with 18 were the only contributors against Maryland. No one else could muster much offensively. Another poor shooting night 38% paired 16 turnovers was a recipe for disaster against Maryland.

NC A&T (5-4)

Though they came in as big underdogs, the Aggies kept it respectable against Georgetown. However, they eventually fell 83-74 to the Hoyas. A sluggish start was too much for A&T to overcome, they only scored 26 points in the first half. Credit bench man Milik Gantz with 21 points contributing nicely. Femi Olujobi had a productive game, per usual, with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Ultimately, the Aggies needed better three-point shooting (5/18 3PA).

UNC Asheville (6-4)

In their lone game of the week, Asheville thumped Milligan 97-60. All you need to know about the game: Milligan had 17 points at halftime. Asheville had six scorers in double figures with production coming from everywhere. Raekwon Miller had a nice game with 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

North Carolina Central (4-8)

Despite Raasean Davis’ 21 points and eight rebounds, the Eagles couldn’t shoot with George Mason and fell 65-77. In the contest, the Patriots outshot Central 52.7%-38.6%. Aside from Davis, the only other Eagle in double figures was Pablo Rivas with 13 points of the bench.

Later in the week, NC Central traveled cross-country to face Grand Canyon University. The Eagles performed much better as a unit but still lost 64-59. Davis and Rivas paced the Eagles again with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Reginald Gardner Jr. (11 points) and Alston Jones (10 points) played well in supporting roles.

#9 North Carolina (9-1)

The #11 team in the nation made quick work of Western Carolina by defeating the Catamounts 104-61. Double-double machine Luke Maye kept his streak tallying 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard, Jalek Felton had a good showing off the bench with 15 points and 5 assists in limited action.

Roy Williams’ team now has a nice break between games. Next, Carolina will travel to ranked Tennessee for a bout with the Vols. Let’s see if the young Heels can put together a good week of preparation and beat a solid Vols team on the road.

UNC Charlotte (3-6)

It was another lackluster showing for the 49ers against Chattanooga, 50-64. Harold Price had a nice game with 15 points. Star guard Jon Davis was kept in-check throughout most of the game (5 points on 2/9 shooting). To our best estimation, Davis’ quiet night is the ultimate reason the 49ers couldn’t get a win. The Niners also committed 20 turnovers.

UNC Greensboro (6-3)

Greensboro dominated Elon 75-44 in their only game of the week. Wes Miller’s team had a balanced attack in the win. The Spartans shot 53.4% from the floor compared to a meager 34.7% from Elon. Marvin Smith and Isaiah Miller led the way for UNCG. Both scored 12 points. No other Spartan was in double-figures.

NC State (8-2)

The Wolfpack made easy work at home against UMKC 88-69. NC State had four starters in double-figures. Kevin Keatts’ team received solid efforts from Torin Dorn (22 points), Markell Johnson (17), Braxton Beverly (12), and Allerik Freeman (10). The Pack dominated the game on the glass outrebounding UMKC 52-35. Dorn led the attack on the backboards with 17 rebounds.

UNC Wilmington (2-5)

The Seahawks couldn’t stop LSU and fell 84-97 on the road. Jordan Talley’s 22 points and 7 assists were not enough to help get the win in this one. The Tigers shot a blistering 59% from the field and the C.B. McGrath’s squad had little answers.

Wake Forest (5-4)

Danny Manning and the Deacons earned a comfortable win against Army 109-80. All five Wake Forest starters were in double-figures. Doral Moore led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Wake Forest shot 58% from the field and dominated the glass 43-27.

Western Carolina (3-7)

As could be expected Western was blown out in Chapel Hill against #11 North Carolina 104-61. It was such a dismal display, the only player with any kind of production was Deriece Parks who scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Simply put, the Tar Heels in the Dean Dome were too much for the Catamounts.

Their second game of the week was postponed due to inclement weather against Southern Wesleyan.

Power Rankings

Week 5 Power Rankings
  Team Record This Week’s Schedule +/-
1 Duke 11-1


2 UNC 9-1 12/16 #24 Tennessee


3 NC State 8-2 12/16 UNCG

12/19 Robert Morris

4 Davidson 4-3 12/16 #15 Virginia


5 Wake Forest 5-4 12/18 Western Carolina


6 Greensboro 6-3 12/13 UNCW

12/16 NC State

12/19 Asheville

7 Asheville 6-4 12/17 Western

12/19 UNCG

8 A&T 5-4 12/15 Tennessee St.

12/17 Duquesne

12/19 S Illinois

9 Elon 6-4 12/17 Boston U

12/19 Canisius

10 ECU 5-4 12/18 Charlotte


11 Wilmington 2-5 12/13 UNCG

12/17 Furman

12 App State 5-6 12/16 OSU


13 Campbell 4-5 12/14 Citadel

12/19 St. Louis

14 Charlotte 3-6 12/18 ECU


15 Central 4-8  


16 High Point 4-5 12/17 Wofford

12/19 Western

17 Gardner Webb 3-8 12/17 Hampton
18 Western 3-7 12/17 Asheville

12/19 High Point 


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NFL Week 15 Power Rankings.

Bringin’ On the Heartbreak

Burnin’ out and burnin’ me.

23. Arizona Cardinals (6-7) [LW: 25]

  • Week 14: W 12-7 vs TEN
  • Week 15: @ WAS
  • Quote: “They’re tough at home. They’re always tough at home. It’s a tough stadium to play in, over the years, having been there. They’re professionals, too. They’re going to be ready to win, so we’ve got to go play our best game. Something we’ve struggled to do is go play early on Sunday mornings on the East Coast.” – Cards HC Bruce Arians on playing in Washington with their season on the line in Week 15

22. Cincinnati Bengals (5-8) [LW: 22]

  • Week 14: L 7-33 vs CHI
  • Week 15: @ MIN
  • Quote:  “I do. I said, in the beginning, they had a good focus and a good week of preparation, the six days. But we didn’t go out there and handle the different movements and changes very well defensively today particularly, and then the opportunity to sustain things on offense. We had some good runs that got going and then we didn’t sustain things by completing it, by making the first downs and giving us more opportunity and we had some balls down the field that we were a touch off in the first half, I felt like, and then didn’t get enough opportunity in the second half. Then obviously the fumble there, too many key things.” – Bengals HC Marvin Lewis on his team’s preparedness heading into the Chicago game

21. New York Jets (5-8) [LW: 18]

  • Week 14: L 0-23 @ DEN
  • Week 15: @ NO
  • Quote: “It’s been the best because of the guys. Not the numbers. It’s been the best because of the group of men in the locker room. I’m just proud to be a part of it. I’m so thankful they let me be a part of this team. It just sucks. When you can’t be out there for your guys, that’s the hardest thing. It’s just disappointing. I hate that it went this way, man.” – Jets QB Josh McCown on going down with a season-ending broken hand

20. Oakland Raiders (6-7) [LW: 16]

  • Week 14: L 15-26 @ KC
  • Week 15: vs DAL
  • Quote: “I would really like to see that … if you go halfway, it’s not good enough anyway. So I’d love to just see us just let it rip, OK, and go play. Talked about hair on fire, talked about the kind of effort and energy, playing fast, that’s what I believe in — and I’d love to see it more often.” – Raiders HC Jack Del Rio on his frustrations with his team

19. Green Bay Packers (7-6) [LW: 21]

  • Week 14: W 27-21 (OT) @ CLE
  • Week 15: @ CAR
  • Tweet: 

18. Miami Dolphins (6-7) [LW: 23]

  • Week 14: W 27-20 vs NE 
  • Week 15: @ BUF
  • Quote:  “It means a lot to the players. That’s a tough team to play. If you lose next week, nobody gives a (expletive) ” – Dolphins HC Adam Gase


17. Buffalo Bills (7-6) [LW: 20]

  • Week 14: W 13-7 (OT) vs IND
  • Week 15: vs MIA
  • Quote: “Well, field position. That was big in this game, with the conditions the way they were. I felt confident in our defense if we were able to pin them deep that we could get off the field and get the ball back, which we were able to do.” – Bills HC Sean McDermott on his decision to punt in overtime

16. Dallas Cowboys (7-6) [LW: 17]

  • Week 14: W 30-10 @ NYG
  • Week 15: @ OAK
  • Quote: “We ain’t getting no holding calls. The refs out there for nothing. I ain’t seen holding calls in the last five games. It’s ridiculous that the refs are out here looking at me getting tackled by offensive linemen. Come on, if you’re going to be out there, do your job. I feel like it’s unfair. I got a family to come home to, so if you’re trying to protect quarterbacks, you got to protect me, too. If you’re going to do it, you got to do it on both sides. If you’re going to sit here and call some BS on our O-line you got to call it on their O-line, too.” – Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence

Livin’ On a Prayer

They’re halfway there…

15. Detroit Lions (7-6) [LW: 15]

  • Week 14: W 24-21 @ TB
  • Week 15: vs CHI
  • Quote: “I just think we have a lot of confidence. I think guys that have been around here have understood that sometimes that’s the way the game boils down. We go out there and make plays,” – Lions QB Matthew Stafford

14. Kansas City Chiefs (7-6) [LW: 14]

  • Week 14: W 26-15 vs OAK
  • Week 15: vs LAC
  • Quote: I could actually see it Wednesday when we practiced. He looked more comfortable. I think every day that we go it will be that same type of thing. He looked good yesterday and did some really nice things.” – Chiefs HC Andy Reid on Darrelle Revis

13. Tennessee Titans (8-5) [LW: 11]

  • Week 14: L 7-12 @ ARI
  • Week 15: @ SF
  • Quote: “We’ve just got to do a better job of execution across the board. We didn’t have very many mental errors, probably one of our least mental errors games. But unfortunately, those ones we had were right at the point of where the ball was going to be, either thrown or run.” – Titans HC Mike Mularkey

12. Baltimore Ravens (7-6) [LW: 13]

  • Week 14: L 38-39 @ PIT
  • Week 15: @ CLE
  • Quote: “We could run it. We could pass it. You do whatever you can to try to get yards. If it works, it’s a good call. If it doesn’t work, it’s not a good call.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh

11. Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) [LW: 12]

  • Week 14: W 30-13 vs WAS
  • Week 15: @ KC
  • Quote: “We haven’t accomplished anything really at all. We’re 7-6. We’re happy that we dug ourselves out of a hole, definitely, but there’s not much to celebrate.” – Chargers OT Russell Okung

Running With the Devil

Living life like there is no tomorrow.

10. Seattle Seahawks (8-5) [LW: 7]

  • Week 14: L 24-30 @ JAX
  • Week 15: vs LAR
  • Quote: “I really, really don’t like the way the game ended for us. We never want to see football games look like that. The level we play at, that’s not an excuse for going over the top like that. All these guys have heard that. They understand that. We don’t ever want to look like that.” – Seahawks HC Pete Carroll

9. Atlanta Falcons (8-5) [LW: 10]

  • Week 14: W 20-17 vs NO 
  • Week 15: @ TB
  • Quote: “Prior to the interception, there was about 1:30 left. Even if they kicked it and tied it there, we were going to fight like hell to make sure we could give the offense a chance to go down and win it if it was going to end up being 20-20. Long answer, but that’s how the game played out in our mind from a game management standpoint.” – Falcons HC Dan Quinn

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4) [LW: 9]

  • Week 14: W 30-24 vs SEA
  • Week 15: vs HOU
  • Quote: “Blake had another really good game.” – Jags HC Doug Marrone on QB Blake Bortles

7. Los Angeles Rams (9-4) [LW: 4]

  • Week 14: W 43-35 vs PHI
  • Week 15: @ SEA
  • Quote: “Anytime we’re running the football like that, I’ve got to do a better job of making sure that he gets enough touches to get into the flow, especially when we’re getting some good movement,” – Rams HC Sean McVay on feeding Todd Gurley

6. Minnesota Vikings (10-3) [LW: 3]

  • Week 14: L 24-31 @ CAR
  • Week 15: vs CIN
  • Quote: “After watching the tape last night and again today, we really made a lot of mistakes. Didn’t play well enough to win. A lot of the critical areas we’ve been talking about we didn’t take care of, so we got beat. But it is a good time to refocus, get a good sense of urgency back and get back to work.” – Vikes HC Mike Zimmer

5. Carolina Panthers (9-4) [LW: 8]

  • Week 14: W 31-24  vs MIN
  • Week 15: vs GB
  • Quote: “We didn’t doubt him. That’s why we kept putting Jonathan out there. We believe in who he is, and he has been solid.” – Panthers HC Ron Rivera on Jonathan Stewart’s Sunday performance 

Paradise City

The grass is green and the girls are pretty.

4. New Orleans Saints (9-4) [LW: 5]

  • Week 14: L 17-20 @ ATL
  • Week 15: vs NYJ
  • Tweet:

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) [LW: 6]

  • Week 14: W 39-38 vs BAL
  • Week 15: vs NE
  • Quote: “It’s good to be in the kitchen. The kitchen’s in Pittsburgh, PA, this week in the National Football League, and at Heinz Field. That’s where you want to be in the middle of December. We don’t take it for granted.” – Steelers HC Mike Tomlin

2. New England Patriots (10-3) [LW: 1]

  • Week 14: L 20-27 @ MIA
  • Week 15: @ PIT
  • Quote: “No. Any questions about the game?” – Pats HC Bill Belichick

1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) [LW: 2]

  • Week 14: W 43-35 @ LAR
  • Week 15: @ NYG
  • Video:

The Race for the #1 Pick

  1. Cleveland Browns (0-13)
  2. New York Giants (2-11)
  3. Indianapolis Colts (3-10)
  4. San Francisco 49ers (3-10)
  5. Houston Texans (4-9)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)
  7. Chicago Bears (4-9)
  8. Denver Broncos (4-9)
  9. Washington Redskins (5-8)

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