NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Fourth Week of January

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Fourth Week of January

Some of our NC teams are developing into Conference Title Contenders while others are falling by the wayside. Check out the NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report here:

NC A&T (13-9, 6-1)

The Aggies went 1-1 on the week with a road loss in OT to Howard and a home win against NC Central.

Monday, January 22nd OT

North Carolina A&T – 88

Howard- 90

  • Aggies in Double Figures
    • Davaris McGowens (21 points, 14 rebounds)
    • Femi Olujobi (14 points, 16 rebounds)
    • Aaren Edmead (14 points)
    • Amari Hamilton (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 32-71 (45.1%)
      • HOW:30-70 (42.9 %)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 18-28 (64.3%)
      • HOW: 20-31 (64.5%)
    • Three-Pointers%
      • A&T: 6-25 (24%)
      • HOW: 10-34 (29.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 16
      • HOW: 19
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 30
      • HOW: 18

Saturday, January 27th

North Carolina A&T – 70

North Carolina Central- 64

  • Aggies in Double Figures
    • Denzel Keyes (20 Points)
    • Kameron Langley (13 points)
    • Devonte Boykins (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 25-51 (49%)
      • NCCU:24-66 (43.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 15-23 (65.2%)
      • NCCU: 9-20 (45%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • A&T: 5-20 (25%)
      • NCCU: 7-23 (30.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 13
      • NCCU: 17
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 28
      • NCCU: 26

Upcoming Games

  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Hampton
  • Monday, February 5th vs Delaware State
  • Saturday, February 10th @ South Carolina State

Appalachian State (9-14, 4-6)

The Mountaineers went 1-1 on the week at home with a win against Little Rock and a loss to Arkansas State.

Thursday, January 25th

Appalachian St. -72

Little Rock-67

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • O’Showen Williams (13 points)
    • Justin Forrest (12 Points)
    • Ronshad Shabazz (10 points)
    • Griffin Kinney (10 points, 12 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 23-70 (32.9 %)
      • UALR: 23-65 (35.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 19-26 (73.1%)
      • UALR: 13-20 (65%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 7-29 (24.1%)
      • UALR: 8-23 (34.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 7
      • UALR: 9
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 31
      • UALR: 36

Saturday, January 27th

Appalachian St. – 88

Arkansas State- 93

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • Ronshad Shabazz (27 points)
    • Justin Forrest (15 Points)
    • Tyrell Johnson (14 points)
    • O’Showen Williams (11 points)
    • Isaac Johnson (10 points, 12 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 31-63 (49.2%)
      • ARST: 31-61 (50/8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 12-24 (50%)
      • ARST: 21-27 (77.8%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 14-28 (50%)
      • ARST: 10-16 (62.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 13
      • ARST: 9
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 18
      • ARST: 22

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 1st @ UT Arlington
  • Saturday, February 3rd @ Texas State
  • Saturday, February 10th @ Coastal Carolina

 


UNC Asheville (14-9, 7-3)

The Bulldogs went 2-0 on the week defeating Gardner-Webb and High Point at home.

Wednesday, January 24th

Gardner Webb – 60

UNC Asheville – 65

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Ahmad Thomas (25 points)
    • Raekwon Miller (15 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WEBB: 21-49 (42.9%)
      • UNCA: 23-62 (37.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • WEBB: 13-15 (86.7%)
      • UNCA: 14-16 (87.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WEBB: 5-18 (27.8%)
      • UNCA: 5-23 (21.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • WEBB: 15
      • UNCA: 9
    • Bench Points
      • WEBB: 0
      • UNCA: 8

Saturday, January 27th

UNC Asheville- 84

High Point- 77

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Ahmad Thomas (23 points)
    • Macio Teague (21 points)
    • Raekwon Miller (17 points)
    • Kevin Vannatta (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 28-59 (47.5%)
      • UNCA: 28-51(54.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 16-29 (55.2%)
      • UNCA: 20-28 (71.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 5-16 (31.3%)
      • UNCA: 8-20 (40%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 13
      • UNCA: 15
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 9
      • UNCA: 7

Upcoming Games

Thursday, February 1st @ Campbell

Saturday, February 3rd vs Presbyterian


Campbell (12-10, 6-4)

Campbell went 1-1 on the road with a win at Liberty and a loss to Winthrop.

Tuesday, January 23rd

Campbell – 94

Liberty- 85

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (42 points, 10 3’s)
    • Marcus Burk (32 points, 10 3’s)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 27-42 (64.3%)
      • LIB: 26-52 (50%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 17-22 (77.3%)
      • LIB: 24-28 (85.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 23-32 (69.7%)
      • LIB: 9-24 (37.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 15
      • LONG: 10
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 5
      • LIB: 17

Saturday, January 27th

Campbell- 64

Winthrop- 75

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Andrew Eudy (22 points)
    • Marcus Burk (15 points)
    • Chris Clemmons (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU:26-60 (43.3%)
      • WIN: 29-56 (51.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 9-10 (90%)
      • WIN: 10-13 (76.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 3-19 (15.8%)
      • WIN: 7-19 (36.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU:  13
      • WIN: 12
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 6
      • WIN: 4

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 1st vs UNC Asheville
  • Saturday, February 3rd @ High Point

 


North Carolina Central (11-10, 5-2)

Central went 1-1 on the road with a win against Maryland Eastern Shore and a loss to NC A&T.

Monday, January 22nd

NC Central- 63

Maryland Eastern Shore- 60

  • Eagles in Double Figures
    • Reginald Gardner Jr (19 points)
    • Raasean Davis (16 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCCU: 22-52 (42.3%)
      • UMES: 20-58 (34.5 %)
    • Free Throws
      • NCCU: 10-15 (66.7%)
      • UMES: 15-19 (78.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCCU: 9-23 (39.1%)
      • UMES: 5-22 (22.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCCU: 14
      • UMES: 11
    • Bench Points
      • NCCU: 12
      • UMES: 13

Saturday, January 27th

NC Central- 64

North Carolina A&T- 70

  • Eagles in Double Figures
    • Raasean Davis (15 points)
    • Pablo Rivas (13 points)
    • Reginald Gardner Jr (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 25-51 (49%)
      • NCCU:24-66 (43.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 15-23 (65.2%)
      • NCCU: 9-20 (45%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • A&T: 5-20 (25%)
      • NCCU: 7-23 (30.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 13
      • NCCU: 17
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 28
      • NCCU: 26

Upcoming Games

  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Delaware State
  • Monday, February 5th vs Hampton

 


UNC Charlotte (5-14, 1-7)

The 49ers went 0-1 on the week with a home loss to Old Dominion.

Saturday, January 27th

Charlotte- 66

Old Dominion- 88

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Ryan Murphy (27 points)
    • Jon Davis (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 22-40 (55%)
      • ODU: 31-62 (50%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 13-19 (68.4%)
      • ODU: 17-23 (73.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC: 9-17 (52.9%)
      • ODU: 9-20 (45%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 14
      • ODU: 5
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 13
      • ODU: 8

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 1st vs UAB
  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Middle Tennessee

 


Davidson (10-9, 5-3)

The Wildcats have a rough week as they went 0-2 with a road loss to Dayton and a home loss to Richmond.

Tuesday, January 23rd

Davidson –  64

Dayton- 65

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Peyton Aldridge (24 points)
    • Jon Axel Gudmundsson (14 points)
    • Will Magarity (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV:25-53 (47.2%)
      • DAY: 24-49 (49%)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 4-6 (66.7%)
      • DAY: 9-11 (81.8%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 10-23 (43.5%)
      • DAY: 8-24 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 9
      • DAY: 6
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 14
      • DAY: 5

Sunday, January 28th

Davidson – 63

Richmond – 66

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Jon Axel Gudmundsson (21 points)
    • Peyton Aldridge (18 points)
    • Kellan Grady (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV: 23-50 (46%)
      • RICH: 28-57 (49.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 10-12 (83.3%)
      • RICH: 4-11 (36.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 7-22 (31.8%)
      • RICH: 6-19 (31.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 17
      • RICH: 6
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 5
      • RICH: 4

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 31st vs La Salle
  • Saturday, February 3rd @ George Washington

 


#4 Duke (18-3, 6-3)

Duke earned a road win against Wake Forest but suffered a home loss to #2 Virginia.

Tuesday, January 23rd

#4 Duke – 84

Wake Forest- 70

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (23 points, 12 rebounds)
    • Gary Trent Jr. (19 points)
    • Grayson Allen (17 points)
    • Marvin Bagley III (16 points, 11 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 24-53 (45.3%)
      • WAKE: 27-62 (43.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 30-39 (76.9%)
      • WAKE: 11-13 (84.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 6-19 (31.6%)
      • WAKE: 5-20 (25%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 11
      • WAKE: 21
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 9
      • WAKE: 23

Saturday, January 27th

#4 Duke – 63

#2 Virginia- 65

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Marvin Bagley III (30 points, 14 rebounds)
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (14 points 15 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 27-56 (48.2%)
      • UVA: 26-66 (39.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 5-11 (45.5%)
      • UVA: 7-9 (77.8%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 4-15 (26.7%)
      • UVA: 6-22 (27.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 16
      • UVA: 5
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 0
      • UVA: 14

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 29th vs Notre Dame
  • Saturday, February 3rd @ Saint John’s

East Carolina (8-12, 2-7)

The Pirates took a loss at SMU in their lone contest of the week.

Sunday, January 29th

East Carolina – 61

SMU- 86

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • Isaac Fleming (17 points)
    • Shawn Williams (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 24-56 (42.9%)
      • SMU:  34-55 (61.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 4-4(100%)
      • SMU: 7-11 (63.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 9-30 (30%)
      • SMU: 11-20 (55%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 13
      • SMU: 10
    • Bench Points
      • ECU: 14
      • SMU: 6

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 31st vs Tulane
  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Memphis

 


Elon (13-10, 5-5)

Elon went 1-1 on the road with a loss to Drexel and a win against Towson.

Thursday, January 25th

Elon – 83

Drexel- 79

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Tyler Seibrig (19 points)
    • Steven Santa Ana (13 points)
    • Sheldon Eberhardt (13 points)
    • Dmitri Thompson (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 31-63 (49.2%)
      • DREX: 30-65 (46.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 6-8 (75%)
      • DREX: 11-13 (84.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 11-28 (39.3%)
      • DREX: 12-31 (38.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 9
      • DREX: 6
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 19
      • DREX: 14

Saturday, January 27th

Elon – 83

Towson- 76

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Dmitri Thompson (20 points)
    • Brian Dawkins (20 points)
    • Tyler Seibrig (17 points)
    • Dainan Swoope (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 27-57 (47.4%)
      • TOW: 26-64 (40.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 17-21 (81%)
      • TOW: 17-23 (73.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 12-26 (46.2%)
      • TOW: 7-17 (41.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 10
      • TOW: 10
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 9
      • TOW: 18

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 1st @ William & Mary
  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Delaware

 


Gardner-Webb (11-12, 6-4)

The Bulldogs went 1-1 last week with a  road loss to UNC Asheville and a home win against Longwood

Wednesday, January 24th

UNC Asheville- 65

Gardner-Webb- 60

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • DJ Laster (25 points)
    • David Efianayi (18 points)
    • Liam O’Reilly (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WEBB: 21-49 (42.9%)
      • UNCA: 23-62 (37.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • WEBB: 13-15 (86.7%)
      • UNCA: 14-16 (87.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WEBB: 5-18 (27.8%)
      • UNCA: 5-23 (21.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • WEBB: 15
      • UNCA: 9
    • Bench Points
      • WEBB: 0
      • UNCA: 8

Saturday, January 27th

Longwood- 57

Gardner-Webb – 60

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • David Efianayi (20 Points)
    • Jaheam Cornwall (17 points)
    • DJ Laster (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • LONG: 21-53 (39.6%)
      • WEBB: 23-56 (41.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • LONG: 10-13 (76.9%)
      • WEBB: 10-16 (62.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • LONG: 5-19 (26.3%)
      • WEBB: 4-17 (23.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • LONG: 9
      • WEBB: 12
    • Bench Points
      • LONG: 13
      • WEBB: 24

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 1st @ Radford
  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Charleston Southern

 


UNC Greensboro (16-5, 7-1)

Wes Miller’s Spartans went 2-0 on the week with a home win against Furman and a road win against Samford.

Wednesday, January 24th

UNC Greensboro- 71

Furman- 61

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Francis Alonso (17 points)
    • Marvin Smith (13 points)
    • James Dickey (12 points)
    • Demetrius Troy (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 22-47 (40.8%)
      • FUR: 23-55 (41.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 21-28 (75%)
      • FUR: 9-15 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 6-15 (40%)
      • FUR: 6-23 (26.1%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 12
      • FUR: 14
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 13
      • FUR: 9

Saturday, January 27th

UNC Greensboro- 98

Samford- 82

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Francis Alonso (24 points)
    • Marvin Smith (18 points)
    • Jordy Kuiper  (16 points)
    • James Dickey (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 34-53 (64.2%)
      • SAM: 24-58 (41.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 14-16 (87.5%)
      • SAM: 25-29 (86.2%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 16-21 (76.2%)
      • SAM: 9-26 (34.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 20
      • SAM: 8
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 30
      • SAM: 30

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 29th @ Chattanooga
  • Thursday, February 1st vs VMI

 


High Point (10-11, 5-5)

The Panthers took a tough OT home loss against Radford as well as a road loss to UNC Asheville.

Wednesday, January 24th

High Point- 76

Radford- 78

Final/OT

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Jahaad Proctor (28 points)
    • Brandonn Kamga (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 27-56 (48.2%)
      • RAD: 29-60 (48.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 18-24 (75%)
      • RAD: 12-15 (80%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 4-13( 30.8%)
      • RAD: 8-22 (36.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 10
      • RAD: 8
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 24
      • RAD: 25

Saturday, January 27th

UNC Asheville- 84

High Point- 77

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Andre Fox (18 points)
    • Brandonn Kamga (16 points)
    • Jordan Whitehead (12 points)
    • Justyn Mutts (12 points)
    • Jahaad Proctor (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 28-59 (47.5%)
      • UNCA: 28-51(54.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 16-29 (55.2%)
      • UNCA: 20-28 (71.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 5-16 (31.3%)
      • UNCA: 8-20 (40%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 13
      • UNCA: 15
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 9
      • UNCA: 7

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 1st @ Charleston Southern
  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Campbell

 


NC State (15-7, 5-4)

The Wolfpack had a big week going 2-0 with two road wins at Pittsburgh and against in-state rival #10 UNC.

Wednesday, January 24th

NC State- 72

Pitt- 68

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Omer Yurtseven (16 points)
    • Allerik Freeman (13 points)
    • Torin Dorn (12 points)
    • Markell Johnson (5 points, 12 assists)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCST: 24-71 (33.8%)
      • PITT: 23-55 (41.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCST: 15-15 (100%)
      • PITT: 14-15 (93.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCST: 9-35 (25.7%)
      • PITT: 8-29 (27.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCST: 12
      • PITT: 14
    • Bench Points
      • NCST: 24
      • PITT: 19

Saturday, January 27th (OT)

NC State- 95

#10 UNC- 91

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Allerik Freeman (29 points)
    • Markell Johnson (20 points, 11 assists)
    • Torin Dorn (20 points)
    • Omer Yurtseven (16 points, 13 rebounds)
    • Braxton Beverly (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 38-72 (52.8%)
      • NCST: 34-76 (44.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 11-20 (55%)
      • NCST: 12-18 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 4-19 (21.1%)
      • NCST: 15-30 (50%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 14
      • NCST: 9
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 16
      • NCST: 29

Upcoming Games

  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Notre Dame
  • Wednesday, February 7th @ Virginia Tech

 


#10 North Carolina  (16-6, 5-4)

The Tarheels have a tough week losing to Virginia Tech on the road as well as at home to NC State.

Monday, January 22nd

#10 UNC- 69

Virginia Tech- 80

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Luke Maye (23 points)
    • Joel Berry (23 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 27-63 (42.9%)
      • VT: 30-63 (47.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 5-5 (100%)
      • VT: 8-12 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 10-31 (32.3%)
      • VT: 12-30 (40%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 13
      • VT: 9
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 12
      • VT: 11

Saturday, January 27th (OT)

NC State- 95

#10 UNC- 91

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Luke Maye (31 points, 12 rebounds)
    • Theo Pinson (22 points, 15 rebounds)
    • Cameron Johnson (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 38-72 (52.8%)
      • NCST: 34-76 (44.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 11-20 (55%)
      • NCST: 12-18 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 4-19 (21.1%)
      • NCST: 15-30 (50%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 14
      • NCST: 9
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 16
      • NCST: 29

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 30th @ #18 Clemson
  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Pittsburgh

 


Wake Forest  (8-13, 1-8)

The Deacons struggles continue. Last week they dropped games to Duke at home and to Louisville on the road.

Tuesday, January 23rd

#4 Duke – 84

Wake Forest- 70

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Doral Moore (18 points, 12 rebounds)
    • Brandon Childress (18 points)
    • Chaundee Brown (16 points)
    • Bryant Crawford (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 24-53 (45.3%)
      • WAKE: 27-62 (43.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 30-39 (76.9%)
      • WAKE: 11-13 (84.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 6-19 (31.6%)
      • WAKE: 5-20 (25%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 11
      • WAKE: 21
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 9
      • WAKE: 23

Saturday, January 27th

Louisville- 96

Wake Forest- 77

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Chaundee Brown (20 points)
    • Bryant Crawford (19 points)
    • Doral Moore (16 points, 13 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • LOU: 36-71 (50.7%)
      • WAKE: 29-61 (47.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • LOU: 14-17 (82.4%)
      • WAKE: 12-16 (75.0%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • LOU: 10-25 (40%)
      • WAKE: 7-18 (38.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • LOU: 7
      • WAKE: 20
    • Bench Points
      • LOU: 42
      • WAKE:  15

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 31st vs Florida St.
  • Saturday, February 3rd vs #18 Clemson

 


Western Carolina  (9-11, 3-4)

The Catamounts took a brutal loss on the road to Furman in their lone contest of the week.

Saturday, January 27th

Western Carolina- 67

Furman- 100

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Matt Halvorsen (15 points)
    • Ashley Williams (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • FUR:32-62 (51.6%)
      • WC:  20-58 (34.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • FUR: 21-28 (75%)
      • WC: 22-28 (78.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • FUR: 15-36 (41.7%)
      • WC: 4-23 (17.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • FUR: 7
      • WC: 10
    • Bench Points
      • FUR: 29
      • WC: 48

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 29th @ Wofford
  • Thursday, February 1st vs Chattanooga
  • Saturday, February 3rd vs Samford

 


UNC Wilmington (7-15, 4-6)

The Seahawks went 1-1 on the week during the homestand with a win against James Madison and a loss to William & Mary.

Thursday, January 25th

UNCW- 71

James Madison- 68

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Devontae Cacok (26 points, 24 rebounds)
    • Jordan Talley (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • JMU: 25-57 (43.9%)
      • UNCW: 28-64 (43.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • JMU: 9-18 (50%)
      • UNCW: 9-17 (52.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • JMU: 9-22 (40.9%)
      • UNCW: 6-19 (31.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • JMU: 9
      • UNCW: 12
    • Bench Points
      • JMU:  13
      • UNCW: 23

Saturday, January 27st

UNCW- 81

William & Mary- 84

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Jordan Talley (25 points)
    • Jaylen Fornes (15 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (12 points, 15 rebounds)
    • Matt Bryan (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCW: 30-69 (43.5%)
      • WM: 29-52 (55.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCW: 9-14 (64.3%)
      • WM: 16-22 (72.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCW: 12-29 (41.4%)
      • WM: 10-25 (40%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCW: 11
      • WM: 12
    • Bench Points
      • UNCW: 13
      • WM: 12

Upcoming Game

  • Thursday, February 1st @ Hofstra
  • Saturday, February 3rd @ Northeastern

 


Power Rankings

  1. #4 Duke (18-3, 6-3)
  2. #10 North Carolina (16-6, 5-4)
  3. Greensboro (16-5, 7-1)
  4. NC State (15-7, 5-4)
  5. A&T (13-9, 6-1) +4
  6. Central (11-10 5-2) -1
  7. Davidson (10-9, 5-3) -2
  8. Asheville (14-9, 7-3) +2
  9. Elon (13-10, 5-5) -2
  10. Gardner-Webb (11-12, 6-4) -2
  11. Campbell (12-10, 6-4)
  12. High Point (10-11, 5-5)
  13. Wake Forest (8-13, 1-8)
  14. East Carolina (8-12, 2-7)
  15. Appalachian St. (9-14, 4-6)
  16. Western Carolina (9-13, 4-5)
  17. Wilmington (7-15, 4-6)
  18. Charlotte (5-14, 1-7)

2018 NBA AllStar Game Mock Draft

2018 NBA AllStar Game Mock Draft

In honor of the 2018 NBA AllStar Game Draft, the first ever, we decided to have a little fun with it and conduct a mock draft of our own. Cannon will represent LeBron James as one team captain and I (Rongy) will serve as Steph Curry and the other team captain. Since LeBron earned the most votes, he will pick first. The first four rounds will be devoted to picking the game’s starters. LeBron will have the first pick in the first four rounds. The final seven rounds will fill out the respective rosters with Curry receiving the first pick in those rounds. 2018 NBA AllStar Game Mock Draft.

Team Captains: LeBron James (Cannon), Steph Curry (Rongy)

Starter Player Pool

East West
Kyrie Irving James Harden
DeMar DeRozan Kevin Durant
Giannis Antetokounmpo Anthony Davis
Joel Embid DeMarcus Cousins

Reserve Player Pool

East West
Kyle Lowry Damian Lillard
Bradley Beal Klay Thompson
John Wall Jimmy Butler
Victor Oladipo Russell Westbrook
Kevin Love LaMarcus Aldridge
Kristaps Porzingis Draymond Green
Al Horford Karl-Anthony Towns

Round 1

Team LeBron: Kevin Durant – Foward (Golden State Warriors)

Team Curry: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Foward (Milwaukee Bucks)

Round 2

Team LeBron: Anthony Davis –  Foward (New Orleans Pelicans)

Team Curry: DeMarcus Cousins – Foward (New Orleans Pelicans)

Round 3

Team LeBron: Kyrie Irving – Guard (Boston Celtics)

Team Curry: Joel Embid – Foward (Philadelphia 76ers)

Round 4

Team LeBron: James Harden – Guard (Houston Rockets)

Team Curry: DeMar DeRozan – Guard (Toronto Raptors)


Round 5

Team Curry: Russel Westbrook – Guard (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Team LeBron: Jimmy Butler – Guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Round 6

Team Curry: Kristaps Porzingis – Foward (New York Knicks)

Team LeBron: John Wall – Guard (Washington Wizards)

Round 7

Team Curry: Damian Lillard – Guard (Portland Trail Blazers)

Team LeBron: Karl-Anthony Towns – Foward (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Round 8

Team Curry: Victor Oladipo – Guard (Indiana Pacers)

Team LeBron: Klay Thompson – Guard (Golden State Warriors)

Round 9

Team Curry: LaMarcus Aldridge – Foward (San Antonio Spurs)

Team LeBron: Al Horford – Forward (Boston Celtics)

Round 10

Team Curry: Draymond Green – Forward (Golden State Warriors)

Team LeBron: Kyle Lowry – Guard (Toronto Raptors)

Round 11

Team Curry: Bradley Beal – Guard (Washington Wizards)

Team LeBron: Kevin Love – Forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)


Results

Team LeBron Starting Lineup

  • Kyrie Irving – G
  • James Harden – G
  • Kevin Durant – F
  • Lebron James – F
  • Anthony Davis – F

Team Curry Starting Lineup

  • Steph Curry – G
  • DeMar DeRozan – G
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo – F
  • Joel Embid – F
  • DeMarcus Cousins – F

Team LeBron Reserves

  • Jimmy Butler- G
  • John Wall- G
  • Klay Thomspon- G
  • Kyle Lowry – G
  • Karl-Anthony Towns- F
  • Al Horford- F
  • Kevin Love- F

Team Curry Reserves

  • Russell Westbrook- G
  • Damian Lillard- G
  • Victor Oladipo- G
  • Bradley Beal- G
  • Kristaps Porzingis- F
  • LaMarcus Aldridge- F
  • Draymond Green- F

 

While the results of the real All-Star draft won’t be made public, we can imagine the insanity that would ensue if it were. Next year they should televise the whole process.

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Third Week of January

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Third Week of January

Our NC teams are now in the trenches of conference play. Check out the updates for this past week’s games. The NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report here:

NC A&T (12-8, 5-0)

A&T went unbeaten on the week posting a 3-0 record with home wins against Coppin State and Norfolk State and a road win at Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Monday, January 15th

North Carolina A&T – 60

Coppin State-47

  • Aggies in Double Figures
    • Davaris McGowens (13 points)
    • Aaren Edmead (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 19-53 (35.8%)
      • CS: 17-55 (30.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 16-19 (84.2%)
      • CS: 6-12 (50%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • A&T: 6-26(23.1%)
      • CS: 7-27 (25.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 14
      • CS: 14
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 19
      • NFS: 22

Thursday, January 18th

North Carolina A&T – 71

Norfolk State-68

  • Aggies in Double Figures
    • Denzel Keyes (21 Points)
    • Devonte Boykins (12 points)
    • Davaris McGowens (10 points)
    • Aaren Edmead (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 22-45 (48.9%)
      • NFS: 28-63 (44.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 17-21 (81%)
      • NFS: 3-6 (50%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • A&T: 10-20(50%)
      • NFS: 9-23 (39.1%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 19
      • NFS: 16
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 29
      • NFS: 16

Saturday, January 20th

North Carolina A&T -66

Maryland-Eastern Shore-64

  • Aggies in Double Figures
    • Femi Olujobi (17 points)
    • Aaren Edmead (14 points)
    • Davaris McGowens (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 24-58 (41.4%)
      • UMES: 25-56 (44.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 12-15 (80%)
      • UMES: 9-15 (60 %)
    • Three-Pointers
      • A&T: 6-22 (27.3%)
      • UMES: 5-22 (22.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 8
      • UMES: 10
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 14
      • UMES: 28

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 22nd @ Howard
  • Saturday, January 27th vs North Carolina Central

 


Appalachian State (8-12, 3-4)

The Mountaineers lost their lone contest of the week, a road game to Southern Alabama.

Saturday, January 20th

Appalachian St. – 77

Southern Alabama- 83

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • Justin Forrest (15 Points)
    • Griffin Kinney ( 14 points)
    • Craig Hilton ( 13 points)
    • O’Showen Williams (12 points)
    • Tyrell Johnson (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 27-58 (46.6%)
      • USA: 28-53 (52.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 13-18 (72.2 %)
      • USA: 22-25 (88%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 10-21 (47.6%)
      • USA: 5-16 (31.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 12
      • USA: 13
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 28
      • USA: 8

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 25th vs Arkansas- Little Rock
  • Saturday, January 27th vs Arkansas St.

 


UNC Asheville (12-9, 5-3)

The Bulldogs went 2-1 on the week with a home win against Charleston Southern and a road win against Liberty while dropping a road game to Winthrop.

Monday, January 15th

Charleston Southern-73

UNC Asheville – 83

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Macio Teague (27 points)
    • Ahmad Thomas (19 points)
    • Raekwon Miller (15 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CHSO: 26-55 (47.3%)
      • UNCA: 29-47 (61.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • CHSO: 13-21 (61.9%)
      • UNCA: 12-15 (80%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CHSO: 8-23 (34.8%)
      • UNCA: 13-21 (61.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • CHSO: 12
      • UNCA: 14
    • Bench Points
      • CHSO: 15
      • UNCA: 10

Thursday, January 18th

Winthrop- 85

UNC Asheville – 58

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Ahmad Thomas (20 points)
    • Macio Teague (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WIN: 27-57 (47.4%)
      • UNCA: 24-69 (34.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • WIN: 20-28 (71.4%)
      • UNCA: 20-27 (74.1%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WIN: 11-26 (42.3%)
      • UNCA: 4-22 (18.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • WIN: 10
      • UNCA: 9
    • Bench Points
      • WIN: 24
      • UNCA: 12

Sunday, January 21st

UNC Asheville-84

Liberty -68

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Ahmad Thomas (23 points)
    • Kevin Vannatta (23 points)
    • Raekwon Miller (12 points)
    • Macio Teague (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • LIB: 23-56 (41.4%)
      • UNCA: 30-48 (62.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • LIB: 17-21 (81%)
      • UNCA: 9-12 (75%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • LIB: 5-18 (27.8 %)
      • UNCA: 15-24 (62.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • LIB: 12
      • UNCA: 19
    • Bench Points
      • LIB: 18
      • UNCA: 12

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 24th vs Gardner-Webb
  • Saturday, January 27th vs High Point

 


Campbell (11-9, 5-3)

The Fighting Camels went 2-1 on the week winning two home games against Charleston Southern and Radford on a Chris Clemmons buzzer. They fell in their lone road game to Longwood.

Monday, January 15th

Campbell – 62

Longwood- 76

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (28 points)
    • Andrew Eudy (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 20-59 (33.9%)
      • LONG: 26-64 (40.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 17-19 (89.5%)
      • LONG: 18-25 (72%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 5-29 (17.2%)
      • LONG: 6-18 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 14
      • LONG: 12
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 8
      • LONG: 13
    • Rebounds
      • CU: 36
      • LON: 45

Thursday, January 18th

Campbell – 62

Charleston Southern- 47

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (23 points)
    • Cory Gensler (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 19-43 (44.2%)
      • CHSO: 17-55 (30.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 18-20 (90%)
      • CHSO: 9-17 (52.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 6-19 (31.6%)
      • CHSO: 4-15 (26.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 17
      • CHSO: 12
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 12
      • CHSO: 11

Sunday, January 21th

Campbell- 59

Radford- 56

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (22 points)
      • Hit Game-Winning Buzzer Beater
    • Marcus Burk (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 19-49 (38.8%)
      • RAD: 19-53 (35.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 13-20 (65%)
      • RAD: 13-17 (76.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 8-22 (36.4%)
      • RAD: 5-23 (21.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 12
      • RAD: 12
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 2
      • RAD: 22

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 23rd @ Liberty
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Winthrop

 


North Carolina Central (10-9, 4-1)

The Eagles went 1-1 on the week with a home win against Morgan State and a disappointing road loss to Howard

Monday, January 15th

NC Central- 77

Morgan State- 63

  • Eagles in Double Figures
    • Raasean Davis (18 points, 11 rebounds)
    • Pablo Rivas (15 points)
    • Jordan Perkins (12 points)
    • Reginald Gardner Jr (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCCU: 27-60 (45%)
      • MS: 20-57 (35.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCCU: 16-21 (76.2%)
      • MS: 19-27 (70.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCCU: 7-22 (31.8%)
      • MS: 4-14 (28.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCCU: 11
      • MS: 7
    • Bench Points
      • NCCU: 37
      • MS: 12

Saturday, January 20th (OT)

NC Central-78

Howard-84

  • Eagles in Double Figures
    • Raasean Davis (19 points)
    • Reginald Gardner Jr. (17 points)
    • Jordan Perkins (11 points)
    • Larry McKnight Jr. (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCCU: 31-62 (50%)
      • HOW: 29-67 (43.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCCU: 11-20 (55%)
      • HOW: 19-27 (70.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCCU: 5-9 (55.6%)
      • HOW: 7-20 (35%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCCU: 20
      • HOW: 12
    • Bench Points
      • NCCU: 30
      • HOW: 13

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 22nd @ Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • Saturday, January 27th @ North Carolina A&T

 


UNC Charlotte (5-13, 1-6)

Charlotte went 0-2 for the week. They lost to Florida Atlantic and Florida International on the road. The Niners are 2-11 over their last 13 games.

Thursday, January 18th

Charlotte- 64

Florida Atlantic- 75

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Jon Davis (25 points)
    • Austin Ajukwa (14 points)
    • Milos Supica (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 25-51(49%)
      • FAU: 30-62(48.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 9-18(50%)
      • FAU: 9-16(56.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC: 5-14 (35.7%)
      • FAU: 6-12 (50%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 16
      • FAU: 12
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 17
      • FAU: 22

Saturday, January 20th

Charlotte- 59

Florida International- 79

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Jon Davis (15 points)
    • Ryan Murphy (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 22-53 (41.5%)
      • FIU: 26-55 (47.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 9-12 (75%)
      • FIU: 19-25 (76%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC:6-20 (30%)
      • FIU: 8-18 (44.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 16
      • FIU: 7
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 8
      • FIU: 18

Upcoming Games

  • Saturday, January 27th vs Old Dominion

 


Davidson (10-7, 5-1)

Davidson continued their push in the A-10, winning their lone home game this week against St Bonaventure.

Friday, January 19th

Davidson – 83

St. Bonaventure-73

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Peyton Aldridge (25 points)
    • Jon Axel Gudmundsson (21 points)
    • Kellan Grady (16 points)
    • KiShawn Pritchett (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV: 28-53 (52.8%)
      • SBON: 25-62 (40.3)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 13-14 (92.9%)
      • SBON: 14-17 (82.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 14-33 (42.4%)
      • SBON: 9-24 (37.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 11
      • SBON: 8
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 7
      • SBON: 4

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 23rd @ Dayton
  • Sunday, January 31st vs La Salle

 


#5 Duke (17-2, 5-2)

Coach K’s club earned two home victories this week. First, the survived #25 Miami. Then they took out Pitt out to the woodshed. 

Monday, January 15th

#5 Duke – 83

#25 Miami- 75

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Gary Trent Jr. (30 points)
    • Trevon Duval (17 points)
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (15 points, 14 rebounds)
    • Marvin Bagley III (13 points, 12 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 31-56 (55.4%)
      • MIA: 29-78 (37.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 10-21 (47.6%)
      • MIA: 8-10 (80%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 11-21 (52.4%)
      • MIA: 9-25 (36%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 19
      • MIA: 11
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 3
      • MIA: 15

Saturday, January 20th

#5 Duke – 81

Pitt – 54

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (21 points)
    • Marvin Bagley III (20 points)
    • Gary Trent Jr. (17 points)
    • Grayson Allen (16 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 29-56 (51.8%)
      • PITT: 20-49 (40.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 11-17 (64.7%)
      • PITT: 10-14 (71.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 12-26 (46.2%)
      • PITT: 4-16 (25%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 15
      • PITT: 15
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 2
      • PITT: 18

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 23rd @ Wake Forest
  • Saturday, January 27th vs #2 Virginia
  • Monday, January 29th vs Notre Dame

 


East Carolina (8-11, 2-6)

The Pirates throttled South Florida at home but dropped a road game at #12 Cincinnati.

Wednesday, January 17th

East Carolina – 90

South Florida- 52

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • Shawn Williams (22 points)
    • Kentrell Barkley (18 points, 10 rebounds)
    • B.J. Tyson (11 points)
    • Dimitri Spasojevic (10 points)
    • Isaac Fleming (10 points, 10 assists)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 35-57 (61.4%)
      • USF: 20-49 (40.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 9-12 (75%)
      • USF: 8-12 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 11-19 (57.9%)
      • USF: 4-14 (28.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 14
      • USF: 18
    • Bench Points
      • ECU: 34
      • USF: 16

Saturday, January 20th

East Carolina – 60

#12 Cincinnati- 86

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • Shawn Williams (15 points)
    • Isaac Fleming (15 points)
    • Kentrell Barkley (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 25-59 (42.4%)
      • CIN: 33-73 (45.2)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 6-11 (54.6%)
      • CIN: 15-21 (71.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 4-16 (25%)
      • CIN: 5-14 (35.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 15
      • CIN: 7
    • Bench Points
      • ECU: 10
      • CIN: 24

Upcoming Games

  • Sunday, January 28th @ SMU
  • Thursday, January 31st vs Tulane

 


Elon (12-9, 4-4)

Elon took a tough overtime loss on the road at James Madison and then got bounced at home against William & Mary.

Thursday, January 18th

Elon – 74

James Madison- 85

Final/OT

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Tyler Seibrig (15 points)
    • Dainan Swoope (15 points)
    • Brian Dawkins (15 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 26-60 (43.4%)
      • JMU: 27-63 (42.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 11-21 (52.4%)
      • JMU: 19-22 (86.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 11-32 (34.4%)
      • JMU: 12-32 (37.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 11
      • JMU: 11
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 17
      • JMU: 2

Saturday, January 20th

Elon – 73

William & Mary- 80

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Brian Dawkins (19 points)
    • Dainan Swoope (14 points)
    • Steven Santa Ana (11 points)
    • Tyler Seibrig (11 points)
    • Dmitri Thompson (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 26-62 (41.9%)
      • WM: 28-54 (51.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 13-19 (68.4%)
      • WM: 8-15 (53.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 8-29 (27.6%)
      • WM: 16-21 (51.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 12
      • WM: 13
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 8
      • WM: 10

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 25th @ Drexel
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Towson

 


Gardner-Webb (10-11, 5-3)

Gardner-Webb went 1-1 on the week. They defeated Presbyterian at home and lost to Charleston Southern on the road.

Thursday, January 18th

Presbyterian- 53

Gardner-Webb- 61

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • DJ Laster (22 points)
    • David Efianayi (16 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • PRE: 18-56 (32.1%)
      • WEBB: 21-46 (45.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • PRE: 13-18 (72.2%)
      • WEBB: 15-19 (78.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • PRE: 4-27 (14.8%)
      • WEBB: 4-17 (23.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • PRE: 13
      • WEBB: 12
    • Bench Points
      • PRE: 10
      • WEBB: 4

Sunday, January 21st

Charleston Southern- 83

Gardner-Webb – 68

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Liam O’Reilly(27 points)
    • David Efianayi (17 Points)
    • DJ Laster (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CHSO: 26-51 (51%)
      • WEBB: 27-56 (48.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • CHSO: 21-23 (91.3%)
      • WEBB: 4-10 (40%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CHSO: 10-23 (43.5%)
      • WEBB: 10-20 (50%)
    • Turnovers
      • CHSO: 13
      • WEBB: 19
    • Bench Points
      • CHSO: 16
      • WEBB: 4

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 24th @ Asheville
  • Saturday, January 27th vs Longwood

 


UNC Greensboro (14-5, 5-1)

Greensboro went 2-0 on the week with home wins against Citadel and Mercer in OT.

Thursday, January 18th

UNC Greensboro- 72

Citadel- 58

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Marvin Smith (14 points)
    • Isaiah Miller (13 points)
    • Demetrius Troy (12 points)
    • James Dickey (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 26-64 (40.6%)
      • CIT: 21-54 (38.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 9-13 (69.2%)
      • CIT: 9-15 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 11-30 (36.7%)
      • CIT: 7-29 (24.1%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 14
      • CIT: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 27
      • CIT: 9

Saturday, January 20th

UNC Greensboro- 70

Mercer- 66

Final/OT

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Francis Alonso (17 points)
    • Marvin Smith (15 points)
    • Demetrius Troy (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 22-57 (38.6%)
      • MER:20-50 (40%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 18-28 (64.3%)
      • MER: 16-20 (80%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 8-28 (28.6%)
      • MER: 10-19 (52.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 9
      • MER: 18
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 9
      • MER: 22

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 24th vs Furman
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Samford
  • Monday, January 29th @ Chattanooga

 


High Point (10-9, 5-3)

The Panthers won both of their games this week to extend their win streak to three straight in conference play. Jahaad Proctor and company was able to earn a road win against Longwood and a home win against Liberty.

Thursday, January 18th

High Point- 71

Liberty- 60

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Jahaad Proctor (24 points)
    • Andre Fox (22 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 25-50 (50%)
      • LIB: 20-43 (46.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 13-18 (72.2%)
      • LIB: 16-20 (80%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 8-14 (57.1%)
      • LIB: 4-18 (22.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 9
      • LIB: 14
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 13
      • LIB: 28

Sunday, January 21st

Longwood- 55

High Point- 75

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Jahaad Proctor (22 points)
    • Brandonn Kamga (16 points)
    • Andre Fox (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • LONG: 20-54 (37%)
      • HP: 26-49 (53.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • LONG: 9-17 (52.9%)
      • HP: 14-20 (70%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • LONG: 6-25 (24%)
      • HP: 9-18 (50%)
    • Turnovers
      • LONG: 12
      • HP: 11
    • Bench Points
      • LONG: 6
      • HP: 13

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 24th vs Radford
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Asheville

 


NC State (13-7, 3-4)

Kevin Keatts and the Pack earned a win against Wake Forest but lost to #25 Miami to go 1-1 on the week.

Thursday, January 18th

NC State- 72

Wake Forest- 63

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Omer Yurtseven (22 points)
    • Markell Johnson (13 points)
    • Torin Dorn (11 points)
    • Braxton Beverly (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCST: 26-62 (41.2%)
      • WAKE: 25-65 (38.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCST: 13-20 (65%)
      • WAKE: 9-15 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCST: 7-26 (26.9%)
      • WAKE: 4-17 (23.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCST: 12
      • WAKE: 13
    • Bench Points
      • NCST: 22
      • WAKE: 22

Sunday, January 21st

NC State- 81

#25 Miami- 86

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Omer Yurtseven (28 points)
    • Torin Dorn (13 points)
    • Allerik Freeman (13 points)
    • Braxton Beverly (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • MIA: 34-59 (57.6%)
      • NCST: 31-57 (54.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • MIA: 8-12 (66.7%)
      • NCST: 12-16 (75%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • MIA: 10-19 (52.6%)
      • NCST: 7-18 (38.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • MIA: 10
      • NCST: 15
    • Bench Points
      • MIA: 33
      • NCST: 30

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 24th @ Pittsburgh
  • Saturday, January 27th @ #15 North Carolina

 


#10 North Carolina  (16-4, 5-2)

The Heels earned a top 20 win against Clemson at home and another home win against Georgia Tech.

Tuesday, January 16th

#15 UNC- 87

#20 Clemson- 79

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Cameron Johnson (21 points)
    • Joel Berry (17 points)
    • Kenny Williams (15 points)
    • Theo Pinson (12 points)
    • Luke Maye (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 26-51 (51%)
      • CLEM: 27-56 (48.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 20-24 (83.3%)
      • CLEM: 14-21 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 15-31 (48.4%)
      • CLEM: 11-31 (35.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 14
      • CLEM: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 11
      • CLEM: 8

Saturday, January 20th

#15 UNC- 80

Georgia Tech- 66

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Luke Maye (17 points, 11 rebounds)
    • Cameron Johnson (16 points)
    • Joel Berry (16 points)
    • Theo Pinson (11 points, 10 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 28-66 (42.4%)
      • GT: 29-60 (48.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 19-24 (79.2 %)
      • GT: 3-6 (50%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 5-21 (23.8%)
      • GT: 5-18 (27.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 14
      • GT: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 15
      • GT: 7

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 22nd @ Virginia Tech
  • Saturday, 27 vs NC State
  • Tuesday, January 30th @ #20 Clemson

 


Wake Forest  (8-11, 1-6)

The Deacons took their losing streak to 5 with a road loss to NC State and a home loss to #2 Virginia.

Thursday, January 18th

NC State- 72

Wake Forest- 63

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Bryant Crawford (18 points)
    • Doral Moore (15 points, 10 Rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCST: 26-62 (41.2%)
      • WAKE: 25-65 (38.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCST: 13-20 (65%)
      • WAKE: 9-15 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCST: 7-26 (26.9%)
      • WAKE: 4-17 (23.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCST: 12
      • WAKE: 13
    • Bench Points
      • NCST: 22
      • WAKE: 22

Sunday, January 21st

#2 Virginia- 59

Wake Forest- 49

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Bryant Crawford (11 points)
    • Mitchell Wilbekin (10 points)
    • Brandon Childress (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • VA: 21-52 (40.4)
      • WAKE: 17-46 (37%)
    • Free Throws
      • VA: 10-10 (100%)
      • WAKE: 11-14 (78.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • VA: 7-17 (41.2%)
      • WAKE: 4-13 (30.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • VA: 10
      • WAKE: 12
    • Bench Points
      • VA: 24
      • WAKE: 15

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 23rd vs #5 Duke
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Louisville
  • Wednesday, January 31st vs Florida St.

 


Western Carolina  (8-11, 4-3)

WCU went 1-1 with a home win against VMI and a road loss to East Tennesse State.

Monday, January 15th

Western Carolina – 65

VMI- 58

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Marc Gosselin (16 points)
    • Ashley Williams (13 points)
    • Mike Amius (13 points, 12 rebounds)
    • Deriece Parks (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WCU: 22-51 (43.1%)
      • VMI: 22-57 (38.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • WCU: 17-26 (65.4%)
      • VMI: 8-9 (88.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WCU:4-17 (23.5%)
      • VMI: 6-20 (30%)
    • Turnovers
      • WCU: 18
      • VMI: 20
    • Bench Points
      • WCU: 16
      • VMI: 12

Saturday, January 20th

East Tennessee State- 66

Western Carolina- 50

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Deriece Parks (16 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ETST: 24-49 (49%)
      • WC: 19-59 (32.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • ETST: 13-19 (68.4%)
      • WC: 8-11 (72.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ETST: 5-19 (26.3%)
      • WC: 4-19 (21.1%)
    • Turnovers
      • ETST: 17
      • WC: 13
    • Bench Points
      • ETST:25
      • WC: 13

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 25th vs South Wesleyan
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Furman
  • Monday, January 29th @ Wofford

 


UNC Wilmington (6-14, 3-5)

C.B. McGrath’s club went 1-1 on the week. They defeated Towson at home in OT and dropped a road game to Charleston.

Thursday, January 18th

UNCW- 76

Charleston- 80

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Ty Taylor II (23 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (20 points, 13 rebounds)
    • Jordan Talley (18 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • COFC: 27-59 (45.8%)
      • UNCW: 27-58 (46.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • COFC: 16-21 (76.2%)
      • UNCW: 11-15 (73.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • COFC: 10-21 (47.6%)
      • UNCW: 11-20 (55%)
    • Turnovers
      • COFC: 8
      • UNCW: 15
    • Bench Points
      • COFC: 9
      • UNCW: 3

Saturday, January 21st

UNCW- 73

Towson- 71

Final/OT

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Ty Taylor II (20 points)
    • Jordan Talley (14 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (12 points)
    • Jaylen Fornes (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCW: 24-61 (39.3%)
      • TOW: 22-62 (35.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCW: 20-28 (71.4%)
      • TOW: 21-27 (77.8%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCW: 5-21 (23.8%)
      • TOW: 6-20 (30%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCW: 16
      • TOW: 18
    • Bench Points
      • UNCW: 9
      • TOW: 27

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 25th vs James Madison
  • Saturday, January 27th vs William & Mary

 


Power Rankings

  1. #4 Duke (17-2, 5-2)
  2. #10 North Carolina (16-4, 5-2)
  3. Greensboro (14-5, 5-1)
  4. NC State (13-7, 3-4)
  5. Davidson (10-7, 5-1) +1
  6. Central (10-9, 4-1) -1
  7. Elon (12-9, 4-4)
  8. Gardner-Webb (10-11, 5-3)
  9. A&T (12-8, 5-0) +2
  10. Asheville (12-9, 5-3)
  11. Campbell (11-9, 5-3)
  12. High Point (10-9, 5-3)
  13. Wake Forest (8-11, 1-6)
  14. East Carolina (8-11, 2-6)
  15. Appalachian St. (8-12, 3-4)
  16. Western Carolina (8-11, 3-4)
  17. Wilmington (6-14,3-5)
  18. Charlotte (5-13, 1-6)

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Second Week of January

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Second Week of January

Now our NC teams are in the thick of conference play lets get an update on this past week’s games. Check out the NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report here:

NC A&T (10-8, 3-0)

Femi Olujobi and the Aggies defeated Morgan State in their lone contest of the week.

Saturday, January 13th

North Carolina A&T – 69

Morgan State- 67

  • Aggies in Double Figures
    • Davaris McGowens (19 points)
    • Amari Hamilton (13 points)
    • Denzel Keyes (12 Points)
    • Femi Olujobi (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 25-56 (44.6%)
      • MST: 25-54 (46.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 12-19 (63.2%)
      • MST: 14-19 (73.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • A&T: 7-23(30/4%)
      • MST: 3-12 (25%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 20
      • MST: 18
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 39
      • MST: 20

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 15th vs Coppin State
  • Wednesday, January 17th vs Norfolk State
  • Saturday, January 20th @ Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • Monday, January 22nd @ Howard
  • Saturday, January 27th vs North Carolina Central

 


Appalachian State (8-11, 3-3)

The Mountaineers went 0-2 on the week dropping two to Georgia State and Georgia Southern in Boone.

Thursday, January 11th

Appalachian St. – 58

Georiga State- 71

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • Ronshad Shabazz (15 Points)
    • Tyrell Johnson (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 21-59 (35.6%)
      • GAST: 28-59 (47.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 7-11 (63.6%)
      • GAST: 9-15 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 9-27 (33.3%)
      • GAST: 6-15 (40%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 14
      • GAST: 9
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 14
      • GAST: 11

Saturday, January 13th

Appalachian St. – 59

Georgia Southern- 60

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • Ronshad Shabazz (17 points)
    • Justin Forrest (10 Points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 19-60 (31.7%)
      • GASO: 24-58 (41.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 16-21 (76.2%)
      • GASO: 7-14 (50%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 5-27 (18.5%)
      • GASO: 5-16 (31.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 19
      • GASO: 13
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 9
      • GASO: 15

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th @ Troy
  • Saturday, January 20th @ South Alabama
  • Thursday, January 25th vs Arkansas- Little Rock
  • Saturday, January 27th vs Arkansas St.

 


UNC Asheville (11-8, 4-2)

The Bulldogs went 2-0 on the week with a home win against Longwood and a road win against Presbyterian.

Tuesday, January 9th

Longwood-80

UNC Asheville – 90

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Macio Teague (24 points)
    • Ahmad Thomas (13 points)
    • Raekwon Miller (12 points)
    • Jonathan Baehre (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • LONG: 26-49 (53.1%)
      • UNCA: 34-61 (55.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • LONG: 20-28 (71.4%)
      • UNCA: 14-17 (82.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • LONG: 8-21 (38.1%)
      • UNCA: 8-24 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • LONG: 17
      • UNCA: 18
    • Bench Points
      • LONG: 28
      • UNCA: 21
    • Rebounds
      • LONG:21
      • UNCA: 37

Saturday, January 12th

UNC Asheville- 76

Presbyterian – 56

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Ahmad Thomas (21 points)
    • Macio Teague (16 points)
    • Raekwon Miller (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • PRE: 18-50 (36%)
      • UNCA: 31-56 (55.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • PRE: 13-19 (68.4%)
      • UNCA: 6-8 (75%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • PRE: 7-25 (28%)
      • UNCA: 8-17 (47.1%)
    • Turnovers
      • PRE: 15
      • UNCA: 13
    • Bench Points
      • PRE: 28
      • UNCA: 10

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 15th vs Charleston Southern
  • Thursday, January 18th @ Winthrop
  • Sunday, January 21st @ Liberty
  • Wednesday, January 24th vs Gardner-Webb
  • Saturday, January 27th vs High Point

 


Campbell (9-9, 3-3)

Chris Clemmons and the Camels went undefeated for the week beating Presbyterian on the road and High Point at home.

Tuesday, January 9th

Campbell – 83

Presbyterian-79

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (28 points)
    • Andrew Eudy (22 points)
    • Shane Whitfield (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 30-55 (54.5%)
      • PRE: 30-58 (51.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 20-22 (90.9%)
      • PRE: 9-11 (81.87%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 3-11 (27.3%)
      • PRE: 10-23 (43.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 11
      • PRE: 10
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 10
      • PRE: 11
    • Rebounds
      • CU:33
      • PRE-24

Friday, January 12th

Campbell – 65

High Point- 64

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (25 points)
      • Hit Game-Winning Buzzer Beater
    • Cory Gensler (13 points)
    • Marcus Burk (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 25-52 (48.1%)
      • HP: 24-52 (46.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 7-10 (708%)
      • HP:10-15 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 8-26 (30.8%)
      • HP: 6-14 (42.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 12
      • HP: 15
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 5
      • HP: 23

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 15th vs Longwood
  • Thursday, January 18th vs Charleston Southern
  • Sunday, January 21st vs Radford
  • Tuesday, January 23rd @ Liberty
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Winthrop

 


North Carolina Central (8-8, 2-0)

The Eagles pulled out an easy win in their lone contest this week against Coppin State at home. Their win streak is now up to five games.

Wednesday, January 3rd

NC Central- 81

Coppin State – 61

  • Eagles in Double Figures
    • Pablo Rivas (23 points, 14 rebounds)
    • Alston Jones (16 points)
    • Larry McKnight Jr. (15 points)
    • Reginald Gardner Jr (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCCU: 29-56 (51.8%)
      • COPP: 20-58 (34.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCCU: 15-17 (88.2%)
      • COPP: 14-21 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCCU: 8-18 (44.4%)
      • COPP: 7-27 (25.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCCU: 15
      • COPP: 12
    • Bench Points
      • NCCU: 58
      • COPP: 19

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 15th vs Morgan State
  • Friday, January 20th @ Howard
  • Monday, January 22nd @ Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • Saturday, January 27th @ North Carolina A&T

 


UNC Charlotte (5-11, 1-4)

Charlotte went 0-2 for the week. They lost to Marshall and Western Kentucky. The Niners are 2-9 over their last 11 games.

Thursday, January 11th

Charlotte- 83

Marshall- 91

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Jon Davis (38 points)
    • Najee Garvin (13 points)
    • Jailan Haslem (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 29-67 (43.3%)
      • MAR: 32-67 (47.81%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 20-29 (69%)
      • MAR: 18-21 (85.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC: 5-16 (31.3%)
      • MAR: 9-31 (28.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 18
      • MAR: 14
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 5
      • MAR: 26

Saturday, January 13th

Charlotte- 63

Western Kentucky- 73

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Jon Davis (26 points)
    • Andrien White (18 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 20-58 (34.5%)
      • WKU: 25-64 (39.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 21-22 (95.5%)
      • WKU: 20-29 (69%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC: 2-15  (13.3%)
      • WKU: 3-14 (21.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 13
      • WKU: 14
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 0
      • WKU: 13

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th @ Florida Atlantic
  • Saturday, January 20th @ Florida International
  • Saturday, January 27th vs Old Dominion

 


Davidson (9-7, 4-1)

Davidson throttled George Washington at home and then dominated Fordham on the road.

Wednesday, January 10th

Davidson – 72

G Washington- 45

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Kellan Grady (19 points)
    • Jon Axel Gudmundsson (14 points)
    • Peyton Aldridge (15 points)
    • KiShawn Pritchett (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV:30-56 (53.6%)
      • GW: 17-52 (32.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 8-11 (72.7%)
      • GW: 6-11 (54.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 4-16 (24%)
      • GW: 5-22 (22.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 6
      • GW: 12
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 11
      • GW: 9

Sunday, January 14th

Davidson – 75

Fordham- 45

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Jon Axel Gudmundsson (18 points)
    • Kellan Grady (14 points)
    • Oskar Michelsen (13 points)
    • Peyton Aldridge (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV: 28-53 (52.8%)
      • FOR: 16-53 (37.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 4-8 (50%)
      • FOR: 4-6 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 15-26 (57.7%)
      • FOR: 9-24 (37.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 5
      • FOR: 9
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 13
      • FOR: 6
    • Rebounds
      • DAV: 32
      • FOR: 23

Upcoming Games

  • Friday, January 19th vs George Washington
  • Tuesday, January 23rd @ Dayton
  • Sunday, January 31st vs La Salle

 


#5 Duke (15-2, 3-2)

The Blue Devils got back on track this week with easy wins against Pittsburgh on the road and Wake Forest at home.

Wednesday, January 10th

#7 Duke – 87

Pitt – 52

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Marvin Bagley III (16 points, 15 rebounds)
    • Trevon Duval (14 points)
    • Gary Trent Jr. (14 points)
    • Grayson Allen (11 points)
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (10 points)
    • Justin Robinson (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 34-64 (53.1%)
      • PITT: 17-51 (33.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 7-18 (38.97%)
      • PITT: 14-22 (63.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 12-29 (41.40%)
      • PITT: 4-22 (18.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 6
      • PITT: 15
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 22
      • PITT: 30
    • Assists
      • DUKE: 21
      • NCST: 8

Saturday, January 13th

#7 Duke – 89

Wake Forest- 71

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Marvin Bagley III (30 points, 11 rebounds)
    • Gary Trent Jr. (19 points)
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (15 points, 11 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 25-57 (43.9%)
      • WAKE: 27-757 (36%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 27-34 (79.47%)
      • WAKE: 7-9 (77.8%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 12-23 (52.2%)
      • WAKE: 10-23 (43.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 13
      • WAKE: 12
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 15
      • WAKE: 37

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 15th vs #25 Miami
  • Saturday, January 20th vs Pitt
  • Tuesday, January 23rd @ Wake Forest
  • Saturday, January 27th vs #2 Virginia
  • Monday, January 29th vs Notre Dame

 


East Carolina (7-10, 1-5)

As expected, the Pirates dropped two at home to #5 Wichita State and Houston.

Thursday, January 11th

East Carolina – 60

#5 Wichita State- 95

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • B.J. Tyson (16 points)
    • Kentrell Barkley(14 points)
    • Dimitri Spasojevic (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 23-58 (39.7%)
      • WICH: 38-64 (59.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 10-17 (58.8%)
      • WICH: 10-12 (83.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 4-18 (22.2%)
      • WICH: 9-22 (40.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 15
      • WICH: 11
    • Bench Points
      • ECU: 14
      • WICH: 51

Sunday, January 14th

East Carolina – 49

Connecticut – 65

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • Shawn Williams (17 points)
    • B.J. Tyson (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 17-57 (29.8%)
      • HOU: 26-66 (39.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 9-12 (75%)
      • HOU: 4-4 (100%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 6-23 (26.1%)
      • HOU: 9-22 (40.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 121
      • HOU: 10
    • Bench Points
      • ECU: 19
      • HOU: 29

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 17th vs South Florida
  • Saturday, January 20th vs #12 Cincinnati
  • Sunday, January 28th @ SMU
  • Thursday, January 31st vs Tulane

 


Elon (12-7, 4-2)

Elon took a tough overtime loss at home against UNC Wilmington to start the week but bounced back with a good win against Charleston.

Thursday, January 11th

Elon – 78

UNC Wilmington- 80

Final/OT

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Tyler Seibrig (21 points, 12 rebounds)
    • Steven Santa Ana (15 points)
    • Brian Dawkins (12 points)
    • Dmitri Thompson (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 29-68 (42.6%)
      • UNCW: 29-72 (50.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 7-14 (50%)
      • UNCW: 11-17 (64.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 13-40 (32.5%)
      • UNCW: 11-27 (40.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 13
      • UNCW: 14
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 14
      • UNCW: 13

Saturday, January 13th

Elon – 63

Charleston – 58

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Steven Santa Ana (23 points)
    • Tyler Seibrig (17 points)
    • Dmitri Thompson (13 points, 11 rebounds)
    • Brian Dawkins (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 21-56 (37.5%)
      • COC: 21-57 (36.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 10-15 (66.7%)
      • COC: 9-9 (100%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 11-33 (33.3%)
      • COC: 7-24 (29.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 8
      • COC: 10
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 0
      • COC: 3

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th vs James Madison
  • Saturday, January 20th vs William & Mary
  • Thursday, January 25th @ Drexel
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Towson

 


Gardner-Webb (9-10, 4-2)

Gardner-Webb went 2-1 on the week. They defeated High point and Radford at home but fell to Winthrop on the road.

Tuesday, January 9th

High Point- 45

Gardner-Webb- 62

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • David Efianayi (23 points)
    • Liam O’Reilly (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 17-55 (30.9%)
      • WEBB: 19-49 (38.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 10-16 (62.5%)
      • WEBB: 18-23 (78.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 1-15 (6.7%)
      • WEBB: 6-13 (46.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 15
      • WEBB: 11
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 13
      • WEBB: 11

Friday, January 12th

Radford-54

Gardner-Webb – 59

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Liam O’Reilly(17 points)
    • David Efianayi (12 Points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • RAD: 19-52 (35.21%)
      • WEBB: 21-58 (38.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • RAD: 10-19 (52.6%)
      • WEBB: 11-15 (73.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • RAD: 6-22 (27.3%)
      • WEBB: 6-18 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • RAD: 17
      • WEBB: 20
    • Bench Points
      • RAD: 21
      • WEBB: 14

Sunday, January 14th

Winthrop-90

Gardner-Webb – 67

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • David Efianayi (21 Points)
    • DJ Laster (13 points)
    • Liam O’Reilly(12 points)
    • Jamaal Robateau (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WIN: 33-62 (53.2%)
      • WEBB: 27-70 (38.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • WIN: 12-18 (66.7%)
      • WEBB: 6-10 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WIN: 12-33 (36.4%)
      • WEBB: 7-20 (35%)
    • Turnovers
      • WIN: 13
      • WEBB: 7
    • Bench Points
      • WIN: 20
      • WEBB: 28

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th vs Presbyterian
  • Sunday, January 21st @ Charleston Southern
  • Wednesday, January 24th @ Asheville
  • Saturday, January 27th vs Longwood

 


UNC Greensboro (12-5, 3-1)

Greensboro went 1-1 on the week losing on the road to Eastern Tennessee and defeating Western Carolina on the road.

Thursday, January 11th

UNC Greensboro- 58

East Tennessee State- 68

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Marvin Smith (11 points)
    • Francis Alonso (10 points)
    • Kyrin Galloway (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 21-63 (33.3%)
      • ETS: 24-46 (52.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 9-17 (52.9%)
      • ETS: 17-26 (65.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 7-24 (23.1%)
      • ETS: 3-10 (30%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 11
      • ETS: 14
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 21
      • ETS: 23

Saturday, January 13th

UNC Greensboro- 66

Western Carolina- 55

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Marvin Smith (24 points)
    • Francis Alonso (20 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 26-53 (49.1%)
      • WC: 15-38 (39.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 5-7 (71.4%)
      • WC: 20-29 (69%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 9-29 (31%)
      • WC: 5-12 (41.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 21
      • WC: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 11
      • WC: 14
    • Rebounds
      • UNCG: 36
      • WC: 19

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th vs Citadel
  • Saturday, January 20th vs Mercer
  • Wednesday, January 24th vs Furman
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Samford
  • Monday, January 29th @ Chattanooga

 


High Point (8-9, 3-3)

The Panthers lost both their games this week on the road to Gardner-Webb at Campbell.

Tuesday, January 9th

High Point- 45

Gardner-Webb- 62

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Brandonn Kamga (11 points)
    • Jahaad Proctor (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 17-55 (30.9%)
      • WEBB: 19-49 (38.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 10-16 (62.5%)
      • WEBB: 18-23 (78.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 1-15 (6.7%)
      • WEBB: 6-13 (46.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 15
      • WEBB: 11
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 13
      • WEBB: 11

Friday, January 12th

Campbell – 65

High Point- 64

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Andre Fox (20 points)
    • Jahaad Proctor (11 points)
    • Ricky Madison (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 25-52 (48.1%)
      • HP: 24-52 (46.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 7-10 (708%)
      • HP:10-15 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 8-26 (30.8%)
      • HP: 6-14 (42.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 12
      • HP: 15
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 5
      • HP: 23

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th vs Liberty
  • Sunday, January 21st @ Longwood
  • Wednesday, January 24th vs Radford
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Asheville

 


 

NC State (12-6, 2-3)

The Wolfpack had a solid home win against #19 Clemson but suffered a tough road loss to #3 Virginia.

Thursday, January 11th

NC State- 78

#19 Clemson- 77

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Omer Yurtseven (29 points)
    • Allerik Freeman (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCST: 28-67 (41.8%)
      • CLEM: 28-53 (52.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCST: 12-20 (60%)
      • CLEM: 15-22 (68.2%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCST: 10-21 (47.63%)
      • CLEM: 6-16 (37.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCST: 4
      • CLEM: 17
    • Bench Points
      • NCST: 13
      • CLEM: 19
    • Rebounds
      • NCST: 32
      • CLEM: 43

Sunday, January 14th

NC State- 51

#3 Virginia- 68

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Torin Dorn (16 points)
    • Lavar Batts Jr. (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • VIR: 23-41 (56.1%)
      • NCST: 23-56 (41.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • VIR: 14-16 (87.5%)
      • NCST: 3-5 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • VIR: 8-14 (57.1%)
      • NCST: 2-16 (12.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • VIR: 15
      • NCST: 15
    • Bench Points
      • VIR: 6
      • NCST: 21
    • Assists
      • VIR: 16
      • NCST: 7

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th vs Wake Forest
  • Sunday, January 21th vs #25 Miami
  • Wednesday, January 24th @ Pittsburgh
  • Saturday, January 27th @ #15 North Carolina

 


#15 North Carolina  (14-4, 3-2)

After dropping back to back games, the Heels were able to bounce back this week with wins against Boston College and Notre Dame.

Tuesday, January 9th

#20 UNC- 96

Boston College- 66

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Luke Maye (32 points, 18 rebounds)
    • Cameron Johnson (14 points)
    • Joel Berry (13 points)
    • Kenny Williams (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 39-78 (50%)
      • BC: 24-62 (38.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 9-9 (100%)
      • BC: 6-13 (46.2%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 9-27 (33.3%)
      • BC: 12-33 (36.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 8
      • BC: 5
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 19
      • BC: 4

Saturday, January 13th

#20 UNC- 69

Notre Dame- 68

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Luke Maye (18points, 11 rebounds)
    • Joel Berry (15 points)
    • Theo Pinson (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 26-61 (42.6%)
      • ND: 23-66 (34.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 11-171 (64.7%)
      • ND: 12-15 (80%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 6-21 (28.6%)
      • ND: 10-24 (41.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 7
      • ND: 11
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 11
      • ND: 14

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 16th vs #20 Clemson
  • Saturday, January 20th vs Georgia Tech
  • Monday, January 22nd @ Virginia Tech
  • Saturday, 27 vs NC State
  • Tuesday, January 30th @ #20 Clemson

 


Wake Forest  (8-9, 1-4)

Danny Manning’s Deacons went 0-2 on the week. They lost to Virgina Tech at home and to #7 Duke on the road.

Wednesday, January 10th

Wake- 75

Virginia Tech- 83

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Brandon Childress  (17 points)
    • Keyshawn Woods (12 points)
    • Doral Moore (12 points)
    • Bryant Crawford (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WAKE: 31-70 (44.3%)
      • VT: 29-57 (50.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • WAKE: 4-7 (57.1%)
      • VT: 13-16 (81.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WAKE:9-25 (36%)
      • VT: 12-28 (42.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • WAKE: 13
      • VT: 11
    • Bench Points
      • WAKE: 27
      • VT: 14
    • Rebounds
      • WAKE:40
      • VT: 30

Saturday, January 13th

#7 Duke – 89

Wake Forest- 71

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Bryant Crawford (21 points)
    • Keyshawn Woods (15 points)
    • Brandon Childress (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 25-57 (43.9%)
      • WAKE: 27-757 (36%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 27-34 (79.47%)
      • WAKE: 7-9 (77.8%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 12-23 (52.2%)
      • WAKE: 10-23 (43.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 13
      • WAKE: 12
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 15
      • WAKE: 37

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th @ NC State
  • Sunday, January 21st vs #2 Virginia
  • Tuesday, January 23rd vs #5 Duke
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Louisville
  • Wednesday, January 31st vs Florida St.

 


Western Carolina  (7-10, 3-2)

WCU went 1-1 at home this week. They beat Mercer but lost to UNC Greensboro.

Wednesday, January 10th

Western Carolina – 58

Mercer- 56

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Mike Amius(21 points)
    • Devin Peterson (12 points)
    • Marc Gosselin (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WCU: 21-53 (39.6%)
      • MERC: 18-51(35.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • WCU: 11-21 (52.4%)
      • MERC: 15-20 (75%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WCU:5-15 (33%)
      • MERC: 5-21 (23.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • WCU: 19
      • MERC: 14
    • Bench Points
      • WCU: 15
      • MERC: 10
    • Rebounds
      • WCU:41
      • MERC: 33

Saturday, January 13th

UNC Greensboro- 66

Western Carolina- 55

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Mike Amius (19 points)
    • Deriece Parks (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 26-53 (49.1%)
      • WC: 15-38 (39.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 5-7 (71.4%)
      • WC: 20-29 (69%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 9-29 (31%)
      • WC: 5-12 (41.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 21
      • WC: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 11
      • WC: 14
    • Rebounds
      • UNCG: 36
      • WC: 19

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, January 15th vs VMI
  • Saturday, January 20th @ East Tennessee State
  • Thursday, January 25th vs South Wesleyan
  • Saturday, January 27th @ Furman
  • Monday, January 29th @ Wofford

 


UNC Wilmington (5-13, 2-4)

C.B. McGrath’s club went 1-1 on the week. They defeated Elon on the road but dropped a home game to Northeastern both games went into overtime.

Thursday, January 11th

UNCW- 80

Elon- 78

Final/OT

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Jaylen Fornes (20 points)
    • Ty Taylor II (17 points)
    • Jordan Talley (14 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (14 points, 17 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 29-68 (42.6%)
      • UNCW: 29-72 (50.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 7-14 (50%)
      • UNCW: 11-17 (64.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 13-40 (32.5%)
      • UNCW: 11-27 (40.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 13
      • UNCW: 14
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 14
      • UNCW: 13

Saturday, January 13th

UNCW- 77

Northeastern- 81

Final/OT

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Jaylen Fornes (24 points)
    • Jordan Talley (17 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (15 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCW: 30-67 (44.8%)
      • NE: 28-53 (52.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCW: 12-18 (66.7%)
      • NE: 17-23 (73.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCW:5-18 (27.8%)
      • NE: 8-24 (33%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCW: 12
      • NE: 17
    • Bench Points
      • UNCW: 20
      • NE: 36

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 18th @ College of Charleston
  • Saturday, January 20th vs Towson
  • Thursday, January 25th vs James Madison
  • Saturday, January 27th vs William & Mary

 


Power Rankings

  1. #5 Duke (15-2, 3-2)
  2. #15 North Carolina (14-4, 3-2)
  3. Greensboro (12-5, 3-1)
  4. NC State (12-6, 2-3)
  5. Central (9-8, 3-0)
  6. Davidson (9-7, 4-1)
  7. Elon (12-7, 4-2)
  8. Gardner-Webb (9-9, 4-1)
  9. Asheville (10-8, 3-2)
  10. Campbell (9-8, 3-2)
  11. A&T (9-8, 2-0)
  12. High Point (7-9, 2-3)
  13. Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4)
  14. East Carolina (7-10, 1-5)
  15. Appalachian St. (8-11, 3-3)
  16. Wilmington (5-13, 1-4)
  17. Charlotte (5-11, 1-4)

NFL Divisional Round Preview

NFL Divisional Round Preview

After a great Wild Card weekend, it’s already time to eliminate more teams from Super Bowl contention. First, the Falcons travel to Philly to take on the top-seeded Eagles. Of course, the Eagles will be riding the talents of backup QB Nick Foles while Atlanta comes in as one of the hottest teams in the league. Later in the day, the Tennessee Titans will go into Foxboro to face the goliath Patriots. No one is giving Mariota and the Titans a chance. We’ll see if they can pull off a David-type upset. On Sunday, Sacksonville travels to the Steel City for a rematch of a Week 5 Jags 30-9 victory. Big Ben threw for five picks in the first affair and will surely look for revenge on a tough Jags secondary. Sunday’s second matchup features Drew Brees and the Saints against Case Keenum and the Vikings. The Saints have already been to Minneapolis once this season where they lost 29-19 in Week 1. However, the Saints have since found an identity on both sides of the ball. The NFL Divisional Round Preview here:

Saturday 4:35 PM – NBC

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles

Passing Edge: Atlanta

Rushing Edge: Philadelphia

QB Edge: Matt Ryan (Playoff Experience + Talent)

X-Factor: Julio Jones

Rongy’s Take: The Eagles’ season has been phenomenal, but without Carson Wentz do they have a shot against the defending NFC Champion Falcons? Philly’s defense is certainly capable of shutting down anyone, but will the offense stay on the field long enough to give them any rest? With Foles, my bet is no.

Rongy’s Prediction: ATL 31-24


Saturday 8:15 PM – CBS

Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots

Passing Edge: New England (TB & Co.)

Rushing Edge: Tennessee (O-Line)

QB Edge: Tom Brady (Do I really need to explain?)

X-Factor: Dick LeBeau

Rongy’s Take: In all honesty, either Tom Brady wipes the floor with the Titans or is this one of those wild upsets that tend to happen to Brady from time to time? Thanks to ESPN and the fire they just lit under Kraft, Belichick, and Brady’s asses, an upset is not likely. Thanks to ESPN, we should probably just pencil in the Pats as Super Bowl champs.  

Rongy’s Prediction: NE 28-17


Sunday 1:05 PM – CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Passing Edge: Pittsburgh (Weapons)

Rushing Edge: Pittsburgh (Le’Veon)

QB Edge: Roethlisberger (Playoff Experience)

X-Factor: Le’Veon Bell

Rongy’s Take: The Jags may have picked off Big Ben five times in Week 5, but that will not happen this time around. With or without Antonio Brown, the Steelers playoff experience speaks for itself. Despite Jacksonville’s great season, if Pittsburgh doesn’t win this game, it will go down as one of the biggest upsets in playoff history.

Rongy’s PredictionPIT 17-14


Sunday 4:40 PM – FOX

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings

Passing Edge: Minnesota

Rushing Edge: Minnesota

QB Edge: Drew Brees

X-Factor: Alvin Kamara

Rongy’s Take: On paper, the Vikings are better but come on, the Saints are the Saints. Better yet, Drew Bress is Drew Brees. If anything, this should be the best game of the weekend. The Vikings D is tough, let’s see if Brees and the boys can figures it out.

Rongy’s Prediction: MIN 35-34


 

Ball Bro’s Make Professional Debut

Ball Bros Make Professional Debut

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball made their professional debuts earlier today for Vytautas in the Big Baller Brand Challenge in Prienai, Lithuania. The BBB Challenge is a series of 5 “friendly” games against other Lithuanian teams that range in the competitive level. Today’s game was against Zalgiris-2, the best team in Lithuania’s developmental team. Most of the team’s players are under 18 years of age.

The first game of the BBB Challenge was a spectacle, to say the least. The BBB logo was everywhere, including the center of the court and on the referee’s uniforms. The game was streamed on Facebook Live and announced by Rytis Kazlauskas, (play by play) and Rytis Vysniauskas, (analyst). The tandem was absolutely hilarious.  Considering they were announcing the game in a second language, Rytis & Rytis were actually pretty impressive. However, at times Kazlauskas struggled with which Ball bro was on the court.

Some viewers may have thought that was annoying at times, but come on…it’s the Ball family. I thought it just added to the spectacle.

LiAngelo’s Performance

Gelo was announced in the starting-five for Vytautas and actually played a pretty decent game. He finished with a team-leading 19 points, with a handful of rebounds and a few steals to go with it. There were times when Gelo looked out of place on the offensive end of the floor. He missed some easy scoring opportunities. That being said, he looked completely in control on the defensive side. At times he had to play against physically superior players and held his own. The most impressive thing from Gelo’s performance is that it genuinely looked as if he was giving it all the duration of the game and got into a better flow, offensively, as the game progressed.

LaMelo’s Performance

Melo’s game is the epitome of his father’s personality but on a basketball court. It’s flashy, entertaining, but down-right ridiculous at times. He came off the bench and immediately bricked an NBA range three. There were times when he showed flashes of greatness and times where he showed that he was a 16-year old kid. Melo finished the game with 10 points and a handful of both assists and steals. He was at his best when he used his quickness, especially on fast-breaks, driving to the basket, or going for steals. There were a few instances on defense, however, where he sold out too hard for a steal. He finished the first half with 3 fouls and there were a few instances when the opposing guards blew by him. I still think that LaMelo could be the most talented out of the three Ball brothers, but he needs to mature both on and off the court for that to happen.

Overview & Looking Forward

This wasn’t NBA-level basketball, but it was really entertaining. There was a good amount of sloppy play at times, but there were also a few ballers on the court. The Ball brothers had a couple talented stretch-fours on their Vytautas squad and the coach’s son, Edvinas Seskus looked to be the clear leader. On the opposing Zalgiris-2 side, PG Rokas Jokubaitis was the game’s leading scorer with 31. He could legitimately be a future NBA prospect with the right exposure. He’ll surely get that playing against the Ball’s.

There are four more of these BBB Challenge games, which is where I assume the Ball brothers will get the majority of their playing time. If you didn’t get the chance to check today’s game out, I would certainly tune-in in the future. No matter the NBA future of the younger Ball brothers, the family certainly knows how to put on a show.

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: First Week of January

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: First Week of January

The calendars have finally turned, it’s the first week of January. For the D1 men’s college basketball programs in the state of North Carolina, it means it’s time for conference play. Check out the NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report here:

Appalachian State (8-9, 3-1)

The Mountaineers went 1-1 on the week out in the great state of Louisiana. First, they got trounced by Ragin Cajuns in Lafayette but rebounded for a victory against Monroe.

Thursday, January 4th

Appalachian St. – 45

Louisiana – 78

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • Justin Forest (12 Points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 19-55 (34.5%)
      • ULL: 29-66 (43.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 4-12 (33.3%)
      • ULL: 12-16 (75%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 3-19 (15.8%)
      • ULL: 8-25 (32%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 17
      • ULL: 10
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 9
      • ULL: 25

Saturday, January 6th

Appalachian St. – 79

UL Monroe – 73

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • Ronshad Shabazz (22 points)
    • Justin Forest (14 Points)
    • O’Showen Williams (12 points)
    • Craig Hilton (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 29-55 (52.7%)
      • ULM: 29-62 (46.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 8-16 (50%)
      • ULM: 5-7 (71.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 13-24 (54.2%)
      • ULM: 10-24 (41.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 8
      • ULM: 10
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 27
      • ULM: 19

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 11th vs Georgia St.
  • Saturday, January 13th vs Georgia Southern

 


Campbell (8-8, 2-2)

Last week the Camels went 1-1. They lost an overtime heartbreaker to in-state rival Gardner-Webb and then beat Winthrop at home.

Wednesday, January 3rd

Campbell – 80

Gardner-Webb – 82

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Marcus Burk (20 Points)
    • Chris Clemmons (18 points)
    • Andrew Eudy (17 points)
    • Shane Whitfield (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 26-59 (44.1%)
      • WEBB: 29-61 (47.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 20-26 (76.9%)
      • WEBB: 16-22 (72.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 8-25 (32%)
      • WEBB: 8-29 (27.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 13
      • WEBB: 14
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 12
      • WEBB: 15

Saturday, January 6th

Campbell – 80

Winthrop – 82

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (33 points)
    • Marcus Burk (17 points)
    • Mogga Lado (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 25-43 (58.1%)
      • WIN: 25-58 (43.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 31-37 (83.8%)
      • WIN: 20-26 (76.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 7-15 (46.7%)
      • WIN: 7-28 (25%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 14
      • WIN: 10
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 18
      • WIN: 8

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 9th vs Presbyterian
  • Friday, January 12th vs Georgia Southern

 


Davidson (7-7, 2-1)

Peyton Aldridge and the Cats were able to come away with two wins last week. They squeaked by Saint Louis and blew out George Mason.

Wednesday, January 3rd

Davidson – 54

St. Louis – 51

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Peyton Aldridge (21 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV: 21-48 (43.8%)
      • SLU: 17-45 (37.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 8-10 (80%)
      • SLU: 10-19 (52.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 4-23 (17.4%)
      • SLU: 7-19 (36.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 14
      • SLU: 16
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 9
      • SLU: 9

Sunday, January 7th

Davidson – 86

George Mason – 59

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Jon Axel Gudmundsson (24 points)
    • Peyton Aldridge (17 points)
    • Kellan Grady (15 points)
    • KiShawn Pritchett (15 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV: 35-63 (55.6%)
      • GMU: 23-54 (42.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 5-6 (83.3%)
      • GMU: 3-6 (50%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 11-26 (42.3%)
      • GMU: 10-22 (45.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 7
      • GMU: 14
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 15
      • GMU: 16
    • Rebounds
      • DAV: 35
      • GMU: 26

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 10th vs George Washington
  • Sunday, January 14th vs Fordham

#7 Duke (13-2, 1-2)

Coach K’s Devils lost their lone game of the week, an upset in PNC to NC State.

Saturday, January 6th

#2 Duke – 85

NC State – 96

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Marvin Bagley III (31 points 10 rebounds)
    • Trevon Duval (18 points)
    • Gary Trent Jr. (13 points)
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 31-60 (51.7%)
      • NCST: 34-67 (50.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 20-23 (87%)
      • NCST: 23-25 (92%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 3-15 (20%)
      • NCST: 5-14 (35.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 16
      • NCST: 10
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 4
      • NCST: 25
    • Assists
      • DUKE: 10
      • NCST: 17

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 10th vs Pittsburgh
  • Saturday, January 13th vs Wake Forest

 


East Carolina (7-8, 1-3)

A trip to South Florida was successful for the Pirates. Unfortunately, a trip to Storrs, CT was not. 

Wednesday, January 3rd

East Carolina – 67

South Florida – 65

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • Kentrell Barkley(16 points)
    • B.J. Tyson (14 points)
    • Jabari Craig (13 points)
    • Isaac Fleming (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 24-53 (45.3%)
      • USF: 23-50 (46%)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 14-19 (73.7%)
      • USF: 10-12 (83.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 5-15 (33.3%)
      • USF: 9-17 (52.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 6
      • USF: 14
    • Bench Points
      • ECU 4
      • USF: 9

Saturday, January 6th

East Carolina – 65

Connecticut – 70

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • B.J. Tyson (21 points)
    • Kentrell Barkley (13 points)
    • Dimitri Spasojevic (12 points)
    • Shawn Williams (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 25-55 (45.5%)
      • UCONN: 25-60 (41.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 10-15 (66.7%)
      • UCONN: 18-23 (78.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 5-20 (25%)
      • UCONN: 2-16 (12.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 21
      • UCONN: 16
    • Bench Points
      • ECU: 11
      • UCONN: 11

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 11th vs #5 Wichita State
  • Sunday, January 14th vs Houston

 


Elon (11-6, 3-1)

The Phoenix had a good week. They went 2-1 on the week after defeating Towson and Hofstra at home but fell to Northeastern on the road.

Tuesday, January 2nd

Elon – 75

Towson – 72

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Steven Santa Ana (17 points)
    • Tyler Seibrig (16 points)
    • Dmitri Thompson (15 points)
    • Dainan Swoope (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 28-58 (48.3%)
      • TOW: 30-59 (50.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 8-12 (66.7%)
      • TOW: 4-7 (57.1%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 11-32 (34.4%)
      • TOW: 8-22 (36.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 11
      • TOW: 15
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 8
      • TOW: 25

Friday, January 5th

Elon – 60

Northeastern – 72

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Dmitri Thompson (19 points)
    • Tyler Seibrig (17 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 23-45 (51.1%)
      • NE: 26-56 (46.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 7-8 (87.5%)
      • NE: 9-9 (100%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 7-18 (38.9%)
      • NE: 11-30 (36.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 19
      • NE: 14
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 4
      • NE: 22

Sunday, January 7th

Elom – 89

Hofstra – 76

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Tyler Seibrig (22 points)
    • Dmitri Thompson (18 points)
    • Brian Dawkins(18 points)
    • Dainan Swoope (10 pints)
    • Steven Santa Ana (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 31-61 (50.8%)
      • HOF: 28-79 (35.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 14-19 (73.7%)
      • HOF: 11-15 (73.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 13-27 (48.1%)
      • HOF: 9-30 (30%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 9
      • HOF: 7
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 11
      • HOF: 10

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 11th vs UNC Wilmington
  • Saturday, January 13th vs Charleston

 


High Point (7-8, 2-2)

The Panthers go undefeated on the week getting two nice home win against UNC Asheville and Charleston Southern.

Wednesday, January 3rd

High Point- 84

UNC Asheville – 74

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Andre Fox (27 points)
    • Jahaad Proctor (23 points)
    • Ricky Madison(11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 29-63 (46%)
      • UNCA: 25-56 (44.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 17-26 (65.4%)
      • UNCA: 15-17 (88.2%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 9-20 (45%)
      • UNCA: 9-20 (45%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 12
      • UNCA: 13
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 19
      • UNCA: 26
    • Rebounds
      • HP:41
      • UNCA: 29

Wednesday, January 6th

High Point- 80

Charleston Southern – 59

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Andre Fox (20 points)
    • Jahaad Proctor (29 points)
    • Brandonn Kamga (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 29-57 (50.9%)
      • CHSO: 20-59 (33.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 12-14 (85.7%)
      • CHSO: 15-18 (83.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 10-18 (55.6%)
      • CHSO: 4-18 (22.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 14
      • CHSO: 15
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 13
      • CHSO: 34

Upcoming Games

  • Friday, January 12th @ Campbell

 


Gardner-Webb (8-9, 3-1)

Gardner-Webb went 1-1 on the week. They defeated Campbell on the road and lost to Longwood.

Wednesday, January 3rd

Campbell – 80

Gardner-Webb – 82

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • David Efianayi (31 Points)
    • Liam O’Reilly(15 points)
    • DJ Laster (13 points)
    • Jaheam Cornwall (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 26-59 (44.1%)
      • WEBB: 29-61 (47.5%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 20-26 (76.9%)
      • WEBB: 16-22 (72.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 8-25 (32%)
      • WEBB: 8-29 (27.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 13
      • WEBB: 14
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 12
      • WEBB: 15

Wednesday, January 3rd

Longwood – 79

Gardner-Webb – 73

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • David Efianayi (14 Points)
    • Liam O’Reilly(22 points 10 rebounds)
    • DJ Laster (16 points)
    • Patrick Zeck (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • LONG: 26-53 (49.1%)
      • WEBB: 26-54 (48.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • LONG: 19-29 (65.5%)
      • WEBB: 14-20 (70%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • LONG: 8-17 (47.1%)
      • WEBB: 7-21 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • LONG: 14
      • WEBB: 18
    • Bench Points
      • LONG: 33
      • WEBB: 9

Upcoming Games

  • Friday, January 12th vs Radford

 


NC A&T (8-8, 1-0)

The Aggies defeated Delaware State in their lone contest of the week.

Monday, January 8th

North Carolina A&T – 80

Delaware St. – 82

  • Aggies in Double Figures
    • Denzel Keyes (17 Points)
    • Devonte Boykins(16 points)
    • Aaren Edmead (13 points)
    • Davaris McGowens (12 points)
    • Femi Olujobi (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 28-53 (52.8%)
      • DSU: 24-51 (47.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 13-16 (81.3%)
      • DSU: 8-8 (100%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • A&T: 7-20 (35%)
      • DSU: 10-18 (27.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 14
      • DSU: 19
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 34
      • DSU: 14

Upcoming Games

  • Saturday, January 13th vs Morgan State

 


UNC Asheville (8-8, 1-2)

The Bulldogs went 0-2 on the week falling to High Point and Radford on the road.

Wednesday, January 3rd

High Point- 84

UNC Asheville – 74

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Macio Teague (21 points)
    • Raekwon Miller (18 points)
    • Ahmad Thomas (12 points)
    • Kevin Vannatta(10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 29-63 (46%)
      • UNCA: 25-56 (44.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 17-26 (65.4%)
      • UNCA: 15-17 (88.2%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 9-20 (45%)
      • UNCA: 9-20 (45%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 12
      • UNCA: 13
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 19
      • UNCA: 26
    • Rebounds
      • HP:41
      • UNCA: 29

Saturday, January 6th

UNC Asheville- 70

Radford – 90

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Macio Teague (11 points)
    • Drew Rackley (14 points)
    • Ahmad Thomas (15 points)
    • Alec Wnuk(10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • RAD: 31-53 (58.5%)
      • UNCA: 25-58 (43.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • RAD: 19-24 (79.2%)
      • UNCA: 14-16 (87.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • RAD: 9-20 (45%)
      • UNCA: 6-20 (30%)
    • Turnovers
      • RAD: 13
      • UNCA: 12
    • Bench Points
      • RAD: 20
      • UNCA: 24
    • Rebounds
      • RAD:33
      • UNCA: 24

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 9th vs Longwood
  • Friday, January 12th @ Presbyterian

 


North Carolina Central (8-8, 2-0)

The Eagles pulled out two tight wins against Delaware State and North Dakota State.

Wednesday, January 3rd

NC Central- 65

Delaware State – 62

  • Eagles in Double Figures
    • Reginald Gardner Jr (13 points)
    • Alston Jones (13 points)
    • Raasean Davis (10 points)
    • Jordan Perkins (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCCU: 20-39 (51.3%)
      • DSU: 20-41 (48.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCCU: 16-22 (72.7%)
      • DSU: 15-22 (68.2%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCCU: 9-17 (52.9%)
      • DSU: 7-17 (41.2%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCCU: 23
      • DSU: 17
    • Bench Points
      • NCCU: 21
      • DSU: 8

Monday, January 8th

NC Central- 64

Norfolk State – 63

  • Eagles in Double Figures
    • Raasean Davis (23 points)
    • Pablo Rivas (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCCU: 22-53 (41.5%)
      • NST: 24-60 (40%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCCU: 16-25 (64%)
      • NST: 7-12 (58.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCCU: 4-14 (28.6%)
      • NST: 8-25 (32%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCCU: 12
      • NST: 15
    • Bench Points
      • NCCU: 24
      • NST: 14

Upcoming Games

  • Saturday, January 13th vs Coppin State

 


North Carolina  (13-4, 1-2)

Against two ranked opponents, the Tar Heels went 0-2. They lost by one to Florida State on the road and got suffocated by Virginia.

Wednesday, January 3rd

UNC- 80

FSU – 81

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Joel Berry (28 points)
    • Kenny Williams (18 points)
    • Luke Maye (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 31-77 (40.3%)
      • FSU: 28-57 (49.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 7-9 (77.8%)
      • FSU: 14-22 (63.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 11-29 (37.9%)
      • FSU: 11-29 (37.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 7
      • FSU: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 15
      • FSU: 19

Saturday, January 6th

UNC- 49

Virgina – 61

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Joel Berry (17 points)
    • Kenny Williams (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 16-64 (29/6%)
      • UVA: 24-53 (45.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 9-11 (81.8%)
      • UVA: 5-9 (55.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 8-23 (34.8%)
      • UVA: 8-22 (36.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 19
      • UVA: 11
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 9
      • UVA: 20

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, January 9th vs Boston College
  • Saturday, January 13th @ Notre Dame

 


UNC Charlotte (5-9, 1-2)

Charlotte went 1-1 on the week. They defeated North Texas but lost to Rice.

Thursday, January 4th

Charlotte- 70

North Texas – 81

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Andrien White(28 points)
    • Jon Davis (15 points)
    • Milos Supica(11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 24-64 (37.5%)
      • NTU: 26-59 (44.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 17-24 (70.8%)
      • NTU: 10-17 (58.8%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC: 5-24 (20.8%)
      • NTU: 6-21 (28.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 10
      • NTU: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 16
      • NTU: 24

Saturday, January 6th

Charlotte- 64

Rice- 73

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Andrien White(18 points)
    • Najee Garvin (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 24-62 (38.7%)
      • RICE: 26-56 (46/4%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 10-17 (58.8%)
      • RICE: 13-17 (76.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC: 6-26 (23.1%)
      • RICE: 8-22 (36.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 19
      • RICE: 13
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 14
      • RICE: 11

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 11th vs Marshall
  • Saturday, January 13th vs Western Kentucky

 


UNC Greensboro (11-4, 2-0)

Greensboro avoided the road upset and squeaked by VMI for a win in their only game of the week.

Saturday, January 6th

UNC Greensboro- 63

VMI- 61

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Francis Alonso(19 points)
    • James Dickey (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 22-57 (38.6%)
      • VMI: 19-49 (38.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 12-14 (85.7%)
      • VMI: 16-23 (69.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 7-24 (23.1%)
      • VMI: 7-19 (36.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 16
      • VMI: 12
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 20
      • VMI: 20

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 11th vs East Tennessee State
  • Saturday, January 13th vs Western Carolina

 


NC State (11-5, 1-2)

The Wolfpack had the ultimate roller coaster week. They were blown out by 30 against Notre Dame but pulled off a huge upset versus #2 Duke.

Wednesday, January 3rd

NC State- 58

Notre Dame- 88

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Allerik Freeman (13 points)
    • Lennard Freeman (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • NCST: 22-60 (36.7%)
      • ND: 29-56 (51.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • NCST: 8-15 (53.3%)
      • ND: 19-25 (75%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • NCST: 6-18 (33.3%)
      • ND: 11-25 (44%)
    • Turnovers
      • NCST: 15
      • ND: 12
    • Bench Points
      • NCST: 14
      • ND: 14
    • Rebounds
      • NCST: 30
      • ND: 41

Saturday, January 6th

NC State- 96

Duke- 85

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Omer Yurtseven (16 points)
    • Torin Dorn (16 points)
    • Allerik Freeman (15 points)
    • Braxton Beverly (14 points)
    • Lennard Freeman (13 points)
    • Abdul-Malik Abu (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 31-60 (51.7%)
      • NCST: 34-67 (50.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 20-23 (87%)
      • NCST: 23-25 (92%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 3-15 (20%)
      • NCST: 5-14 (35.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 16
      • NCST: 10
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 4
      • NCST: 25
    • Assists
      • DUKE: 10
      • NCST: 17

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 11th vs #19 Clemson
  • Saturday, January 13th vs #3 Virginia

 


UNC Wilmington (4-12, 1-3)

C.B. McGrath’s club went 1-2 on the week. They defeated Drexel at home but dropped road games to Towson and Delaware.

Tuesday, January 2nd

UNCW- 96

Drexel- 85

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Jordan Talley (24 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (23 points 16 rebounds)
    • Jaylen Fornes (21 points)
    • Ty Taylor II(17 points)
    • Jeffrey Gary (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCW: 37-63 (58.7%)
      • DREX: 33-64(51.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCW: 26-34 (76.5%)
      • DREX: 15-22 (68.2%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCW:7-18 (38.9%)
      • DREX: 6-16 (37.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCW: 16
      • DREX: 12
    • Bench Points
      • UNCW: 13
      • DREX: 12
    • Rebounds
      • UNCW:43
      • DREX: 24

Friday, January 5th

UNCW- 71

Towson- 89

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Jordan Talley (14 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (15 points 10 rebounds)
    • Ty Taylor II (15 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCW: 25-56 (44.6%)
      • TOW: 34-63(54%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCW: 14-24 (58.3%)
      • TOW: 9-11 (81.8%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCW:7-18 (38.9%)
      • TOW: 12-22 (54.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCW: 17
      • TOW: 14
    • Bench Points
      • UNCW: 20
      • TOW: 24

Sunday, January 7th

UNCW- 76

Delaware-96

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Jordan Talley (16 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (18 points 11 rebounds)
    • Jaylen Fornes (10 points)
    • Ty Taylor II(17 points)
    • Jay Estime (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCW: 26-63 (41.3%)
      • DEL: 34-58(58.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCW: 18-23 (78.3%)
      • DEL: 17-27 (63%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCW:6-25 (24%)
      • DEL: 11-21 (52.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCW: 7
      • DEL: 6
    • Bench Points
      • UNCW: 14
      • Del: 10

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, January 11th @ Elon
  • Saturday, January 13th vs Northeastern

 


Wake Forest  (8-7, 1-2)

Danny Manning and the Deacons went 1-1 on the week. They earned a home win against Syracuse and suffered a road loss to Boston College.

Wednesday, January 3rd

Wake- 73

Syracuse- 67

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Bryant Crawford (19 points)
    • Terrence Thompson (13 points)
    • Mitchell Wilbekin (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WAKE: 25-56 (44.6%)
      • SYR: 21-50(42%)
    • Free Throws
      • WAKE: 14-24 (58.3%)
      • SYR: 18-23 (78.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WAKE:9-19 (47.4%)
      • SYR: 7-18 (38.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • WAKE: 12
      • SYR: 13
    • Bench Points
      • WAKE: 20
      • SYR: 0
    • Rebounds
      • WAKE:38
      • SYR: 29

Saturday, January 6th

Wake- 71

Boston College- 77

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Bryant Crawford (24 points)
    • Terrence ThompsonChaundee Brown (20 points)
    • Mitchell Wilbekin (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WAKE: 24-69 (34.8%)
      • BC: 22-59(37.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • WAKE: 11-15 (73.3%)
      • BC: 26-35 (74.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WAKE:12-26 (46.2%)
      • BC: 7-22 (31.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • WAKE: 15
      • BC: 7
    • Bench Points
      • WAKE: 9
      • BC: 2
    • Rebounds
      • WAKE:50
      • BC: 39

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 10th vs Virginia Tech
  • Saturday, January 13th vs #7 Duke

 


Western Carolina  (6-9, 2-1)

WCU went 1-1 on the week on the road. They beat Chattanooga but lost at Samford.

Thursday, January 4th

Western Carolina – 75

Chattanooga – 63

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Mike Amius(27 points)
    • Deriece Parks (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WCU: 28-62 (45.2%)
      • CHAT: 23-50(46%)
    • Free Throws
      • WCU: 15-19 (78.9%)
      • CHAT: 8-18 (53.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WCU:4-15 (26.7%)
      • CHAT: 9-30 (30%)
    • Turnovers
      • WCU: 16
      • CHAT: 15
    • Bench Points
      • WCU: 18
      • CHAT: 3
    • Rebounds
      • WCU:43
      • CHAT: 24

Saturday, January 6th

Western Carolina – 71

Samford – 85

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Mike Amius(13 points)
    • Matt Halvorsen (21 points)
    • Onno Steger (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WCU: 25-61 (41%)
      • SAM: 26-48(54.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • WCU: 9-14 (64.3%)
      • SAM: 23-29 (79.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WCU:12-34 (35.3%)
      • SAM: 10-19 (52.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • WCU: 13
      • SAM: 14
    • Bench Points
      • WCU: 21
      • SAM: 14

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, January 10th vs Mercer
  • Saturday, January 13th vs UNC Greensboro

 

NFL Wild Card Round Preview

NFL Wild Card Round Preview

It’s NFL Wild Card Weekend. Is your team playing, waiting, or sitting at home? Either way, let us know your thoughts at Contact@Quartermastersports.com.

Saturday, January 6th 4:20 PM – ESPN

Tennessee Titans (9-7) @ Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

To kick off NFL Wild Card weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans Saturday afternoon. Marcus Mariota makes his playoff debut for the Titans who barely squeaked into the playoffs. Andy Reid’s Chiefs enter the playoffs riding a four-game win streak. 

TyGuy’s Verdict

KC Pass Offense 7th TEN Pass Offense 23rd
TEN Pass Defense 25th KC Pass Defense 29th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Kansas City

KC Run Offense 9th TEN Run Offense 15th
TEN Run Defense 4th KC Run Defense 25th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Tennessee

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Push

Rongy’s Take: Though DeMarco Murray has already been ruled out, the Titan’s run game shouldn’t suffer without him. Derrick Henry is more than capable of filling Murray’s absence. Regardless, the Chiefs are solid all around and have more explosive weapons on the offensive side of the ball. 

Rongy’s Prediction: Kansas City 31-20

Rongy’s X-Factor: Tyrek Hill


Saturday, January 6th 8:15 – NBC

Atlanta Falcons (10-6) @ Los Angeles Rams (11-5)

In Saturday’s second game, the defending NFC champion Falcons travel to LA to take on Todd Gurley and the worst-to-first Rams. The Rams haven’t been in the playoffs since 2004, but Sean McVay and Wade Phillips have the Rams as competitive as anyone in the wide-open NFC. Matty Ice and the Dirty Bird had to claw their way into the playoffs by defeating Carolina in Week 17. 

TyGuy’s Verdict

LAR Pass Offense 10th ATL Pass Offense 8th
ATL Pass Defense 12th LAR Pass Defense 13th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Atlanta

LAR Run Offense 8th ATL Run Offense 13th
ATL Run Defense 9th LAR Run Defense 28th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Los Angeles (Todd Gurley’s recent play)

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Matt Ryan (Playoff Experience)

Rongy’s Take: The defending NFC Champs versus the upstart feel-good story Rams. 95 out of 100 times, I’d be rolling with the team with playoff experience in Atlanta. On the other hand, Todd Gurley’s dominance over the last quarter of the season is too impressive to ignore. Also, the Falcons are the same team that blew a 28-3 lead. Nothing is safe around those guys.

Rongy’s Prediction: Los Angeles 34-31

Rongy’s X-Factor: Todd Gurley


Sunday, January 7th 1:05 – CBS

Buffalo Bills (9-7) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)

For the first time in 18 seasons, Bills Mafia is back in the playoffs. Thanks to Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd, of course. Unfortunately, Buffalo is facing the best defense in football this season, the Sacksonville Jaguars. Further damning the Bills chances is the health of LeSean McCoy, who is currently listed as Questionable. The Jags ended a playoff drought as well. 2007 was the last time they’ve been in the playoffs.

TyGuy’s Verdict

JAX Pass Offense 17th BUF Pass Offense 31st
BUF Pass Defense 20th JAX Pass Defense 1st

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Jacksonville

JAX Run Offense 1st BUF Run Offense 6th
BUF Run Defense 29th JAX Run Defense 21st

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Jacksonville

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Blake Bortles

Rongy’s Take: I want more of Bills Mafia, but Jacksonville’s defense is loaded. Tyrod doesn’t stand a chance, especially if Shady can’t go. Only Blake Bortles can ruin this for the Jags.

Rongy’s Prediction: Jacksonville 28-17

Rongy’s X-Factor: Calais Campbell


Sunday, January 7th 4:40 – FOX

Carolina Panthers (11-5) @ New Orleans Saints (11-5)

In the Big Easy, Cam Newton and Drew Brees meet up in the highest-profile QB matchup of the Wild Card round. The two NFC South foes have already met twice this season with the Saints prevailing in both games. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have been the best backfield tandem in the league this season and Carolina features one of the best run defenses creating an intriguing matchup.

TyGuy’s Verdict

NO Pass Offense 5th CAR Pass Offense 28th
CAR Pass Defense 18th NO Pass Defense 15th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: New Orleans

NO Run Offense 5th CAR Run Offense 4th
CAR Run Defense 3rd NO Run Defense 16th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Carolina (Cam Newton & Co.)

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Drew Brees (In the Dome)

Rongy’s Take: As a Panthers fan, I’m obviously biased towards Carolina in this one. However, out of the QBs in the NFC playoffs Drew Brees in the Super Dome is the only one that scares me. Cam is capable of anything, we’ve seen it before, maybe we’ll see it again.

Rongy’s Prediction: Carolina 24-21

Rongy’s X-Factor: Cam Newton

Jon Gruden to sign 100 Million/10 Year deal with Raiders

Jon Gruden is Going Back to the Bay Area

At least for two seasons. Then it’s off to Sin City for Gruden and the Silver and Black. 

Regardless of where they are playing, the Raiders have found their guy for the next ten years. As reported by several sources, the Raiders have scheduled a press conference Tuesday and are expected to introduce Gruden as the team’s head coach. The twenty-first head coach in team history, replacing the recently fired Jack Del Rio. It’s been ten years since Gruden roamed the sidelines as an NFL head coach. Furthermore, it’s been twenty years since the late Al Davis introduced a 35-year old Gruden as the Raiders’ twelveth coach in team history. 

Oh how the times have changed for the Raiders. Before the 2002 draft, Al Davis sent Gruden packing to Tampa Bay in a blockbuster trade for several 1st and 2nd round picks. Since the trade, the Raiders have compiled a 92-164 record. Only the Cleveland Browns (77-179) have been worse over that span.

Reaction

If any non-Raider fan has been on the train over the past 3 seasons, it’s me. I think Derek Carr has the potential to be a perennial MVP candidate, especially with the help of Gruden. They have two stud wide receivers who need someone to light a fire under their ass. Jon Gruden is that guy. To fill the role of offensive coordinator, Gruden has pegged Rams’ QB’s coach, Greg Olson. Olson was the Raiders’ OC during Carr’s rookie season, so there is already some familiarity there. I’m not worried about the offense at all. 

On the other side of the ball, Gruden has chosen Bengals’ DC Paul Guenther to run the defense. Guenther had been apart of the Bengals organization for twelve years. He was the linebackers coach until 2014 when he was promoted to DC. He’ll be tasked with building a fearsome defensive unit around All-World pass rusher Kalil Mack. 

I don’t believe this move instantly makes the Raiders Super Bowl contenders. I’d go as far as saying he doesn’t even make them a playoff team yet, but then I remember how weak the AFC was this season. A few good moves and they’re right back in the thick of things, especially in the AFC West. 

At least Gruden (10 years) and his coordinators (4 years) have time. 

This is where I grow skeptical. 10 years!?!? Really? When has a 10-year deal ever worked out? In the NFL, we’ve never seen anything like this (sounds familiar). The guy has been out of coaching for almost ten seasons. How could you commit that much time and money to something that is more hype and speculation than actual results?

For certain, he’ll get two years in Oakland and two years in Vegas to build a winner. I think he has what it takes. I’m calling it now, the Las Vegas Raiders will win Super Bowl 56.

Gruden’s First Tenure in Silver & Black

In 1997, the Philadelphia Eagles offense ranked in the top 10 in both passing and rushing. Though Philadelphia finished with a 6-9-1 record, the Eagles offensive success caught the eye of Raiders owner/GM Al Davis whose team had finished the season 4-12. By the start of the 1998 season, Gruden was Davis’ guy.

1998

Unfortunately for Gruden, he didn’t have his guy at QB. After the ’97 season, former #1 overall pick (1990) and borderline bust, Jeff George was the incumbent starter in Oakland. Though George was coming off a career season in which he led the NFL in passing yards, Gruden’s offensive scheme was not favorable towards George’s style of play. George came out strong to begin the season, passing for 303 and 270 yards in the first two games. Then the struggles began. In the team’s third and fourth games, George didn’t pass over 200 yards. In the team’s fifth game, George suffered a groin injury. Despite trying to make comebacks in Weeks 9, 12 and 16, George’s season and tenure in Oakland were effectively done. 

1999

Following an 8-8 campaign in ’98, the Raiders went out and signed free agent QB Rich Gannon to run Gruden’s pass-oriented offense. In Gannon’s first season under center in Oakland, the 34-year old set career highs in almost every passing statistic and started all 16 games for the first time in his career. Despite Gannon’s success in the West Coast offense, the Raiders went on to finish 8-8 again. However, all eight losses were by a touchdown or less.

2000

With the turn of the century, so did the Raiders fortunes. Gruden, Gannon, and OC Bill Callahan led the Oakland to a 12-4 record and an AFC West division title. Gannon threw 28 touchdowns to 11 interceptions on way to being name 1st team All-Pro and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. In the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, the Raiders blew the doors of the Dolphins 27-0 to punch their ticket to the AFC title game. The following week, the Raiders fell to the eventual Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens at home 3-16. Rich Gannon was decked early in the 2nd Quarter and was hampered with injury for the rest of the game. Oakland’s chances were doomed.

2001

Expectations were high in Oakland following the 2000 season and the Raiders were ready to match. The Raiders won 10 of their first 13 games. However, late in the season, they fiddled out and their last three games of the regular season. Though they still won the AFC West division title, falling to 10-6 cost the Raiders home-field advantage past the Wild Card Round. In the Wild Card Round, Gannon (23/29, 294 y, 2 TD) and Jerry Rice (9 rec, 183 y, TD) destroyed the Jets in Oakland singlehandedly 38-24.

Since Oakland lost their last three games of the regular season, the Raiders had to travel to New England for the Divisional Round. History has dubbed this game with two names depending on perspective: The Snow Bowl and The Tuck Rule Game. Patriots’ kicker Adam Vinatieri nailed a field goal in a blizzard to tie the game. Then drilled the game-winner in overtime. The game would propel the beginning of the Patriots dynasty. Without knowing it at the time, it also signified the end of an era in Oakland: Jon Gruden’s last game as Raiders’ head man.

The Trade

At the 2002 NFL Draft, Al Davis sent shockwaves through the NFL when he agreed to trade Gruden for two first round picks and two second round picks. 

  • Buccaneers Get
    • (HC) John Gruden
  • Raiders Get
    • 2002 1st Round Pick (21st Overall)
    • 2002 2nd Round Pick (53rd Overall)
    • 2003 1st Round Pick (32nd Overall)
    • 2004 2nd Round Pick (33rd Overall)

The Buccaneers After the Trade

In Tampa, Gruden inherited a 9-7 team that earned an NFC Wild Card berth the previous season. Brad Johnson was the team’s QB coming off a solid 2001 campaign. On the other side of the ball, Monty Kiffin’s defense was one of the best in the league. 

Knowing he had one of the best defensive units in the league, Gruden made it his purpose to elevate Johnson and the offense. In 2002, thats what he did. Brad Johnson had the most efficient season of his 15-year career. Johnson threw 22 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions. 

The Buccaneers went on to finish 12-4 and win the newly aligned NFC South in Gruden’s first season. In the playoffs, the Bucs knocked off San Francisco and took out the Eagles in Philly to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. Super Bowl 37 pitted Gruden’s Bucs against the team the team that traded him. Tampa Bay went on to wipe the floor with the Raiders in route to a 48-21 victory and Gruden’s only Super Bowl ring. 

After the 2002 Super Bowl run, the Buccaneers never quite regained that magic under Gruden. In Gruden’s next six seasons as Bucs head-man, Tampa Bay went 45-51. They finished better than 9-7 once (2005), but won two more NFC South titles (2005, 2007). Over Gruden’s tenure, the Bucs were hit with many salary cap hardships that enabled the team to keep its core nucleus of players intact. 

Tampa Bay lost their last four games of the season in 2008 to finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs. Gruden was subsequently fired after the season. In 2009 he was hired by ESPN and the rest is history. 

The Bucs haven’t made the playoffs since. 

The Raiders After the Trade

Al Davis absolutely got the short end of the stick on this trade. In all fairness to Mr. Davis, Gruden’s contract was up in a year and he could walk for nothing. Hauling in four high draft picks for a head coach was and still is unprecedented. Had the draft picks been allocated better, the move could have gone down as one of the most influential trades in NFL history. Al Davis would have died a genius. 

Draft Woes

At the 2002 NFL Draft, the Raiders used the 21st overall pick they acquired to execute a series of trades that allowed them to trade up to the 17th overall pick. There they selected Phillip Buchanon, an exciting kick returner/cornerback from Miami. Buchanon only played in six games his rookie season. In his first full season of action, he returned two of his six interceptions for touchdowns and returned two punts for scores. After a promising start to his Raiders’ career, Buchanon was sent packing to Houston on draft day 2005 for a 2nd and 3rd round pick. Neither pick garnered much in return. 

With the 53rd pick in the 2002 draft, Oakland selected Langston Walker, a Tackle from California. Walker only started a full season once for the Raiders in his five seasons in Oakland. He subsequently signed with Buffalo in free agency the following season before returning to the Raiders two years later. In 2010, he started 15 games for Oakland in his final NFL season.

Notable Players Passed On in 2002: Ed Reed (24th Overall)

In 2003, Oakland owned Tampa’s 1st round pick. With the last pick in the first round, the Raiders selected Tyler Brayton, a DE from Colorado. Later in the day, they traded away the 2004 second rounder they acquired in the Gruden deal for two more draft picks (LB Sam Williams and WR Ryan Hoag). Neither made an impact in the NFL.

Notable Players Passed On in 2003: Charles Tillman (35th), Jon Stinchcomb (37th), Rashean Mathis (39th), Anquan Boldin (54th), Osi Umenyiora (56th), Robert Mathis (138th)

Notable Players Passed On in 2005: Nick Collins (51st), Vincent Jackson (61st), Frank Gore (65th), Justin Tuck (74th, Evan Mathis (79th), Richie Incognito (81st)

Outcome

The season after the Gruden trade the Raiders made it to the Super Bowl, but since have only made the playoffs once (2016) in fourteen seasons. In fact, the 2016 season was the only season the Raiders finished above third in their division. Al Davis passed away in 2011 and relinquished control to his son Mark. During the past offseason, Mark Davis announced that the Raiders would be leaving Oakland to relocate to Las Vegas after completion of a new stadium in 2020.

 

The Buffalo Bills Are In The Playoffs

The Buffalo Bills have made the 2018 NFL Playoffs, ending an 18-year drought, and it is GREAT for the NFL. Now, I say this as a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan, but really, it was time. The Bills started the day on Sunday as the most unlikely of the four teams vying for the two wild-card spots to make it, but alas they found a way.

Before anything else, of course, the Bills needed to beat my Fins. And, to be honest, I didn’t really see a highlight on RedZone of the Dolphins until the fight at the end. Ol’ David Fales did his best, but like his namesake…he failed.

Next, the Bills needed some help. They needed the Titans and Bengals to win. Blake Bortles was out there throwing the ball to the other team and it just seemed like the Jaguars didn’t really care that much. What was really exciting, was the Red Rocket, Andy Dalton marching the Bengals done the field to knock the Ravens out of playoff contention. I was super surprised because I don’t think anyone is used to Dalton being a clutch QB, but then I remembered it was the regular season. I honestly don’t know what was better, the game-winning drive or the Bills’ reaction.

Never mind. Of course, the reaction was better. Look at my boy, Zay…so excited.

So why is it good for the league, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.

First of all, the Bills are “Panthers North,” as we like to call them at QMS. Just off the top of my head, the former Panthers on the Bills include Kelvin Benjamin, Joe Webb, Mike Tolbert, and Sean McDermott, who is their new Head Coach. Wouldn’t it be something if the Panthers and Bills somehow met in the Super Bowl? Rongy’s head might explode.

Secondly, BILLS MAFIA. My words couldn’t do them justice, so here are some highlights.

And finally, the most important reason that the Bills making the playoffs is good for the league…Zay “Darth Zayder” Jones. There’s no secret that I’m a big Zay Jones guy and he had an up and down year, to say the least, but he’s going to be a stud. Trust me. Hailing from ECU, better known as WIDE RECIEVER UNIVERSITY. The guy can flat out catch the football. Look for him to have a sneaky big playoff run because the playoffs gon’ be LIT.

The Bills meet the Jaguars in the first round and this game will really depend on two things. Is Shady McCoy able to play and which Blake Bortles will we see? Bortles is a total bro, but I’m picking Bills Mafia to find a way in a close game. If they win, then they go to Foxboro, and it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season, right?

I’d like to end this with a RIP to the Chargers’ season. The Cannon almost had an aneurysm knowing that a team that the Chargers beat by 30 is making the playoffs over them. Got to love tie-breakers. Also, congrats to the Browns, who now rightly own the longest playoff drought at 15 years and counting.

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