Loose, But Fast Blog: Monster Energy All-Star Race Review

2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race Review

Experimental Aero Package/Restrictor Plate Thoughts

What a night. 38 lead exchanges, three-wide racing, and everyone had a shot at the $1 Million Dollar prize. The Monster Energy All-Star Race was without a doubt a hit. Kudos to NASCAR for trying something new and experimenting with a new aero package on one of their marquee evenings. While there will always be pushback from the “we want the old-NASCAR” crowd, Saturday Night’s race was definitely a step in the right direction for a sport some consider to be “dying.” NASCAR isn’t dying and isn’t going anywhere in the near future. However, a major reform of the sport could be on the table soon. Saturday’s All-Star Race could be the foot that opens the door on that conversation. 

For those who didn’t consider the 2018 All-Star Race a success, just look back a season ago. The 2017 All-Star Race was as boring of a race as any of the past few years. There were four lap-leaders in total and only three cautions (all for stage breaks). This year’s race provided twelve changes for lap-lead and the tighter racing produced eight cautions. Furthermore, Kevin Harvick’s margin of victory (0.325 seconds) was the closest in the All-Star Race since Harvick edged Jimmie Johnson by 0.141 seconds in the 2007 version of the event. The experimental aero package worked.

Make no mistakes about it. I don’t think that the success of the aero package on Saturday Night means that NASCAR should try and implement a similar aero package at other tracks a mile and a half or greater this season. They should absolutely look into it for select tracks in 2019 though. Prime targets include California, Michigan, Texas, and Kentucky, but that’s another discussion for another day.

Moments of the All-Star Race

My first moment of the race came at the end of Stage 3. During the first lap of a Green-White-Checkered finish, four-wide racing didn’t sort itself out resulting in Martin Truex Jr. pinching Ricky Stenhouse Jr. going into turn three. Truex Jr. went spinning and collected several others including both Busch brothers and Brad Keselowski. On the ensuing restart, Kevin Harvick slung himself around the outside of three cars between the start-finish line and the end of turn two. Then he overtook leader Daniel Suarez on the outside in turns three and four to take the stage victory.

The second moment of the race was Harvick’s pass for the win. After Joey Logano and Kyle Larson tangled through the tri-oval to bring out the caution with two to go, the field was back double-file for a Green-White-Checkered. On the restart, Suarez received a big push from teammate Denny Hamlin in turns one and two. By FS1’s aerial coverage the #19 looks like he’s clear of Harvick who restarted on the outside. However, instead of going up and blocking Harvick’s momentum, Suarez elected to not get run over by Harvick, who was being pushed by third-place Logano. Harvick clears Suarez and has smooth sailing to the checkered flag. 

All-Star Race Results Thoughts

Happy Harvick

Experimental aero package or not, Kevin Harvick and the #4 Stewart-Hass Racing Ford Team are ridiculously good this season. They’re taking Martin Truex Jr.’s dominance from a season ago to a whole new level. Five points race wins and an All-Star trophy within the first thirteen events of the season. We haven’t seen this type of dominance since Jeff Gordon set the series on fire in 1998. That season Gordon went on to win thirteen points races on his way to his third career Cup title. While the playoffs are the great equalizer in today’s NASCAR, I see no indication of why Harvick won’t be racing for the title at Homestead. 

Open Advancers

Aside from Harvick,  all the drivers who advanced from the Monster Energy Open were impressive. Alex Bowman and AJ Allmendinger used their experience from the earlier race to make hellacious runs through the pack in the first stage. Though Bowman’s night ended early after getting loose and hitting the outside wall, it was good to see the #88 continue to get better every week. Allmendinger hung around the 5-9 range most of the night and brought home a solid eighth-place finish for the #47 JTG Racing Team. Chase Elliott, who advanced to the All-Star Race via fan-vote, took his #9 Chevy home fifth.

Out of the four, I was most impressed with YOUNG Daniel Suarez and the #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Team. YDS ran up front all evening and was a legit contender for the victory. Personally, I wanted YDS to take the victory after my $$$ pick (Larson) was taken out. He finished second in three of the four stages and had Harvick cleared on the final restart. Had he slid up and thrown the block, the outcome may have been different. As Jeff Gordon put it in the FS1 booth, “It would’ve been risky, but I think he could’ve done it.” After Saturday Night’s run, I’m expecting a confidence boost for Suarez and his team heading into the next couple of weeks and wouldn’t be surprised if he is in contention during this weekend’s 600. 

Other Impressions

After both were caught up in wrecks throughout the race, I was by the resilience of Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne’s teams both bringing home top ten finishes. Yes, it may have everything to do with having restrictor plates on the race cars, but damn, they still had to overcome major adversity to do it. 

My one disappointment from the All-Star race was Matt Kenseth and the whole #6 Roush Racing Team. After sitting on the pole, I was convinced Kenseth was going to at least be in contention at the end. Instead, they immediately fell back and were never a threat. Kenseth finished fourteenth in a field that had sixteen cars running at the end.

All in all, this was an excellent event. I certainly hope NASCAR uses this package for future All-Star Races. 

Loose, But Fast Blog: Monster Energy All-Star Race

Loose, But Fast Blog: Monster Energy All-Star Race

Preview

Tonight marks the 34th running of the Monster Energy All-Star Race. It’s the lone gathering of the season where points don’t matter and all eyes are on the $1 Million dollar prize. Over the years, the All-Star race has been used to experiment with new rules, new aero/tire packages, and other aspects of the racing product as a high-dollar testing ground. This year is no different. For the first time ever at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR will mandate that every car racing this evening must have a restrictor plate under the throttle body to reduce speeds. This is in hopes to induce closer racing and put on a better show for the fans.

After this morning’s final practice, ESPN’s Bob Pockrass pointed out the difference in final practice speeds from this year to last year. 

Though speeds were down roughly sixteen miles per hour from last season, 30 of the 38 cars to make a practice run were within three miles an hour from the top speed of 173.305 by Kyle Larson. From the abbreviated video seen from the from this morning’s untelevised practice, passing looks possible and racing should be intense and exciting. The most telling sign, the drivers seem eager to get going. 

Monster Energy Open

Tonight’s event will kick off around 6 PM (weather permitting) with the Monster Energy Open. This will be the race to get into the $$$ race. The Open will feature a 21 car lineup of all current Cup regulars who were not already eligible for the main event (2017 & 2018 race winners and former All-Star Race winners). Four drivers will advance from the 50 lap race, the stage winners from the first two 20 lap stages will automatically advance along with the winner of the final 10 lap shootout. The final spot will be decided by fan-vote. Since qualifying was rained out Friday, the starting grid for The Open was set by owners points.

Monster Energy All-Star Race

After The Open concludes, the main event is scheduled to begin at 8 PM.  This season’s All-Star Race will once again be broken into four stages. Stage 1 will be 30 laps, Stage 2 will end on lap 50,  and Stage 3 will end on lap 70. The Final Stage will be a 10-lap dash with a million dollars on the line. Unlike previous All-Star Races, this season there are no mandatory pit stops, eliminations, or random inversions of the field (my personal favorite). 

While The Open qualifying was rained out, qualifying for the All-Star Race was not. The All-Star field, save the four Open advancers, will start as follows:

2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race Starting Grid

Start # Driver Team Make  Eligibility
1 6 Matt Kenseth #DoYouKnowJack/Roush  Ford 2017 Race Win (ISM)/2004 ASR Win
2 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal/Roush  Ford 2017 Race Win (Talladega/Daytona)
3 14 Clint Bowyer SHR Fan Club/Stewart-Hass Ford 2018 Race Win (Martinsville)
4 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s/Stewart-Hass Ford 2017, 2018 Race Win (7x)/2007 ASR Win
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. 5 Hr. Energy-Bass Pro/Furniture Row Toyota 2017, 2018 Race Win (9x)
6 12 Ryan Blaney Hawk-Carlisle/Penske Ford 2017 Race Win (Pocono)
7 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s/Gibbs Toyota 2017, 2018 Race Win (8x)/2017 ASR Win
8 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire/Penske Ford 2017 Race Win (3x)
9 3 Austin Dillon Dow/Childress Chevrolet 2017, 2018 Race Win (Charlotte/Daytona)
10 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil/Penske Ford 2018 Race Win (Talladega)/2016 ASR Win
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s/Hendrick Chevrolet 2017 Race Win (3x)/ASR Win (03, 06, 12, 13)
12 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops-Tracker/Ganassi Chevrolet 2014 ASR Win
13 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar-Grainger/Childress Chevrolet 2017 Race Win (ISM)/2002 ASR Win
14 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx/Gibbs Toyota 2017 Race Win (2x)/2015 ASR Win
15 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Stewart-Hass Ford 2017 Race Win (Daytona)/2010 ASR Win
16 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank/Ganassi Chevrolet 2017 Race Win (4x)
17 95 Kasey Kahne Dumont Jets/Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 2017 Race Win (IMS)/2008 ASR Win
18 TBD by Monster Energy Open
19 TBD by Monster Energy Open
20 TBD by Monster Energy Open
21 TBD by Monster Energy Open Fan Vote

 


Predictions

Monster Energy Open

With a chance to advance to the Million Dollar Main Event, the Monster Energy Open usually provides awesome racing. With the addition of the restrictor plate, the action should get even tighter.  Here’s how I think things will shake down in The Open

Stage 1

Aric Almirola flexes the Stewart-Hass/Ford muscle. AA takes Stage 1 from the pole leading all 20 laps despite great, close racing in the pack.

Stage 2

With Almirola already in the Main Event, Stage 2 becomes a three-horse race between Eric Jones, Chase Elliott, and Daniel Suarez. Chase Elliott holds on to win, throwing a wrench into the fan vote. 

Stage 3

Everything is a mess, the field ends up wrecking once if not twice. Somehow, Paul Menard survives and advances. 

Fan Vote

With Chase Elliott winning Stage 2, the fan vote is up for grabs, most likely between Bubba Wallace, Alex Bowman, AJ Allmendinger, and dark-house Matt DiBenedetto. Bubba wins the vote and advances.

Advancing: Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, Paul Menard, Bubba Wallace

Monster Energy All-Star Race

Stage 1

Everyone plays nice, Kevin Harvick battles Truex Jr. for the win, Harvick prevails.

Stage 2

Everyone plays nice again. Truex edges Harvick.

Stage 3 

Kyle Larson makes his presence felt but finishes 2nd to Truex.

Stage 4

In the final stage, insanity is everywhere. The field wrecks once, taking out a major contender or two. From third, Larson slingshots Clint Bowyer and Truex Jr. to take the checkered flag and $1 Million Dollar payday.

 


Final Thoughts

I have to applaud NASCAR for trying something different. At first, I was very skeptical of putting restrictor plates on cars at Charlotte. Now I can’t wait to see what tonight has in store. In all, I think tonight should be one of the most entertaining races of the season. Tune in to find out. I’m always down to get the conversation going, find me on Twitter at @QMS_Rongy. HAPPY ALL-STAR RACE DAY PEOPLE.

 

It’s been a while since I wrote about NASCAR. I’m back though, for good. Check out more from the Loose, But Fast Blog and Podcast in the future.

Truex Jr. Captures Monster Energy Cup

Liverpool Is 1 Game Away from Champions League Semi-Finals

Liverpool is set to face-off against Man City in the second leg of their Champions League Quarter-Finals matchup at 2:45 PM, ET. The Reds won their opening match against City 3-0 at Anfield and baring a historic collapse, they’ll cruise into the Semis. Now, call me a pessimist, but this would be such a Liverpool move to mess this up.

Both Liverpool and Man City are known for their ferocious attacks, but each team has a health concern up top. Sergio Aguero was forced to miss the first leg of the competition and Mo Salah left the same game in the second half. While I don’t necessarily think Aguero is City’s best player, he does rank first on the team in goals scored in the Premier League with 21. Salah, on the other hand, is without a doubt the Reds’ best player and is almost a shoo-in at this point for Premier League Player of the Year. If I had to guess the two players’ availabilities, I believe that Aguero will start and that Salah will be available on the bench if needed.

Another thing that both teams benefit from is their top-flight managers, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. Klopp and Pep are widely regarded as two of the best managers in the world and these two fiery tacticians have breathed new life into these historic squads.

So, how do all these things add up to Liverpool potentially blowing this? First, Man City benefits from playing at home in the Ethiad. Secondly, just in the Premier League, Man City has won by 3+ goals eleven times, including a home defeat of Liverpool by 5-0 earlier in the season. And lastly, Liverpool’s defense is suspect at best. Since they’ve acquired Virgil Van Dijk and made Loris Karius their starting goalkeeper, they’ve been infinitely better, but there are still holes in their back line.

Ultimately, I believe that Liverpool will advance to the next round, but it’ll be close, and there will be plenty of goals. Life as a Reds’ supporter is going to be a stressful one today.

My prediction:

Man City 3 – 2 Liverpool

Liverpool advances 5 – 2 on aggregate

“Put $5 On It”: The Masters

Like every degenerate group of friends who enjoy sports, the QuarterMasters love to gamble. We all play Draft Kings. We would also love to have a bookie and make big bets, but we aren’t ballin’ like that yet, and the one of us that does make a little bit of money is saving for a wedding. (Congrats, Cannon) So how do we get past this? Small bets between ourselves, of course. We all think that we know more about sports and pretty much everything else in life than the other, so every week we have a series of $5 bets. Most of the time, it’s just between two of us, but every now and then, we get into a pool. It’s a magical affair. So why not blog about it?

For the inaugural “Put $5 On It” blog, we all chose two golfers for the masters. One favorite (<60/1 odds to win) and one underdog (>60/1 odds to win). Whosever two golfers have the highest average finish wins the pot. Simple enough, right? Let’s get to who chose who.

 

TyGuy:

Jordan Speith: Day 1 (-6)                Day 2 (+2)              Day 3 (-1)           Day 4 (-8)                 Overall (-13)

Ian Poulter: Day 1 (+2)                    Day 2 (+3)              Day 3 (+2)         Day 4 (-3)                  Overall (+4)

 

TreBabs:

Rickie Fowler: Day 1 (-2)                Day 2 (E)                Day 3 (-7)            Day 4 (-5)                  Overall (-14)

Bryson DeChambeau: Day 1 (+2) Day 2 (+2)              Day 3 (E)             Day 4 (-1)                  Overall (+3)

 

Rongy:

Hideki Matsuyama: Day 1 (+1)     Day 2 (-1)                Day 3 (E)             Day 4 (-3)                  Overall (-3)

Kevin Kisner: Day 1: (E)                 Day 2 (+3)              Day 3 (-3)            Day 4 (E)                   Overall (E)

 

The Cannon:

Justin Thomas: Day 1 (+2)            Day 2 (-5)                Day 3 (-2)           Day 4 (+1)                   Overall (-4)

Kevin Chappel: Day 1 (+5)             Day 2 (+4)              Day 3 (CUT)       Day 4 (CUT)               Overall (+9)

 

As you can clearly see, we aren’t quite as smart as we think, but let’s see how it plays out. I’ll update the leaderboard each day.

It came down to TreBabs vs. TyGuy, but my guy Rickie Fowler came through in the battle of the bros. Winner of the inaugural “Put $5 On It” – TreBabs

Expect more “Put $5 On It” blogs every week!

Dolphins Acquire Robert Quinn From Rams

It was reported earlier today that the Dolphins are trading a mid-round pick and swapping late round draft picks to acquire DE Robert Quinn from the Los Angeles Rams.

Just when I began to lose faith in my Dolphins, they reel me back in. After Tannehill got injured in the preseason last year, it was a pretty wild ride in Miami. We automatically signed Jay Cutler to be a $10 million joke. He was a funny joke, we had some good times, but he was still a joke…and an expensive one. Then, they traded Jay Ajayi for a fourth-round draft pick. I was LIVID.

See:

BREAKING: Jay Ajayi To The Eagles

So that happened and we missed the playoffs. Always next year, right? Hard maybe.

My hope started to come back around the time the Dolphins Franchise-Tagged Jarvis Landry a couple of weeks ago, because no matter what happens with that, at least they aren’t letting him walk. And then, this. We not only have Cameron Wake,  we not only have Ndamukong Suh, but not we also have ROBERT QUINN!

Obviously, Adam Gase’s philosophy (besides hiring all of his boys from previous teams) is that if the opposing quarterback dies every week, they can’t beat us. I LOVE IT.

Two important items to note:

https://mobile.twitter.com/QMS_TreBabs/status/969700978684518401

This D-Line trio might actually end Tom Brady’s career. You heard it here first!!

Secondly, getting Robert Quinn for what seems like a 4th-rounder essentially means that they turned Jay Ajayi into Robert Quinn. I can get behind that. I realize that we took on a pretty good sized contract in the process, but we are also not having to pay Landry now. (Hopefully we get good compensation.)

All we need now is to draft the next great QB and let ol’ TanneTHRILL mold them and we will be set.

P.S. I have NO idea which QB we should draft…pretty much anyone besides Darold.

P.S.S. While we are at it, let’s sign Johnny Football to the practice squad. Why? Because it’s #COMEBACKSZN

PHINS UP!

 

Podcasts Are Coming!

In the fast paced society that we live in today, it’s hard to sit down and truly appreciate an article. Sports fans today prefer TV Shows or Radio, but the hot new media outlet on the market is podcasting. With podcasts, you can listen to your favorite personalities while you finish homework or commute to work, or during any other phase of your life.

Here at QuarterMaster Sports, we believe in adapting to best fit our fans, so starting next week we will be offering three new podcasts.

The Parley

Every Monday will feature “The Parley,” which includes all four of the QMS crew talking about the hot sports topics of the week. This podcast is sure to have no shortage of arguments and disagreements as Rongy, TyGuy, TreBabs, and The Cannon sort out who knows best.

That’s Your Opinion

Every Thursday will feature Rongy & The Cannon’s podcast, “That’s Your Opinion.” This will be a fast paced sports podcast that is sure to include the two’s specialty of NCAA Basketball as March Madness draws nearer.

Going Overboard

Finally, every Friday will feature TreBabs & TyGuy’s podcast, “Going Overboard.” This podcast will feature sports topics as well, but will also have real life debates, fantasy talk, and more. “Going Overboard” will be the perfect segue into the weekend as you wind down from work or school.

To begin with, all of our podcasts will be featured on SoundCloud. As always, you can find all of our content on our website and official Twitter page.

More information will be rolling out over the next week, but we hope that you come join us in our podcasting adventures!

Tulo Tricks Photographer Into Thinking He’s A Pitcher

Baseball is officially BACK!

Pitchers and Catchers reported to Spring Training last week, which gave a slight quench of the baseball thirst that has been mounting since the season ended last year. The offseason beforehand was even more entertaining than years past (mostly aided by my Marlins’ firesale.) But now, the full rosters have reported to their Arizona and Florida homes of the next month and BASEBALL IS BACK.

Admittedly, Baseball is not the most entertaining sport to the naked eye. The game moves slowly at times and there isn’t the instant gratification that is present in the nation’s other sports, such as Basketball, Football, and Hockey. Personally, I believe that Baseball is the best game of all, followed closely by Soccer. But then again, I may just be a boring old soul. To others, however, who don’t understand the inner workings of the world’s most in-depth mental game, Baseball relies on two things to reach the common fan…superstitions and shenanigans, which brings us to the title.

Tulo, the Comedian.

Yesterday, while taking Toronto Blue Jays team pictures, Troy Tulowitzki tricked the team photographer into thinking that he was a pitcher. “Why is this so funny,” you might ask? Well, first of all, Tulo is a Shortstop and has been his whole career. I understand that it’s Spring Training, which means young new players, so the photographer wouldn’t know their position, but come on…this is Tulo. Also, apparently the photographer assumed that he was a pitcher. It wasn’t like Tulo initiated the prank, he just saw an opening and took it.

Tulo is 6’3″ and weighs about 205 lbs, which doesn’t scream pitcher. Most pitchers are a little taller and lankier. It’s not the rule, but Tulo’s body type doesn’t scream pitcher, either. He also wears #2, which unless I’m missing someone, isn’t worn by any pitcher in the MLB. There’s only one player off of the top of my head that breaks both of these pitching stereotypes, and it’s Tulo’s teammate, Marcus Stroman, who’s only 5’9″ and wears #6.

Regardless of what the photographer is thinking here, its hilarious stuff, and the perfect way to get back into the lightheartedness of Spring Training.

Speaking of lightheartedness, here’s the best MLB Gif of all time:

Welcome back, Baseball. And, as always, RIP Jose.

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Rolling into February

NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Rolling into February

Its starting to get into crunch time for our North Carolina teams. Check out the NC Men’s D1 Basketball Report: Rolling into February

NC A&T (14-9, 7-1)

The Aggies defeated Hampton in their lone contest of the week at home.

Saturday, February 3rd

North Carolina A&T – 92

Hampton- 84

  • Aggies in Double Figures
    • Davaris McGowens (21 points)
    • Kameron Langley (17 points)
    • Aaren Edmead(14 points)
    • Femi Olujobi (11 points)
    • Devonte Boykins (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • A&T: 34-58 (58.6%)
      • HAM: 33-66 (50%)
    • Free Throws
      • A&T: 16-23 (69.6%)
      • HAM: 9-10 (90%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • A&T: 8-21 (38.1%)
      • HAM: 9-21 (42.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • A&T: 8
      • HAM: 9
    • Bench Points
      • A&T: 18
      • HAM: 25

Upcoming Games

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

Appalachian State (10-15, 5-7)

The Mountaineers went 1-1 on the week dropping a road game to UT Arlington but winning at Texas State.

Thursday, February 1st

Appalachian St. – 77

UT Arlington- 89

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • Ronshad Shabazz (31 points)
    • Griffin Kinney (13 points)
    • Justin Forrest (11 Points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 28-70 (40%)
      • UTA: 25-49 (51%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 13-16 (81.3%)
      • UTA: 29-38 (76.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 8-31 (25.8%)
      • UTA: 10-16 (62.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 14
      • UTA: 15
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 9
      • UTA: 10

Saturday, February 3rd

Appalachian St. -59

Texas State- 56

  • Mountaineers in Double Figures
    • Griffin Kinney (17 points)
    • Ronshad Shabazz (15 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ASU: 22-48 (45.8%)
      • TXST: 19-46 (41.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • ASU: 11-17 (64.7%)
      • TXST: 13-17 (76.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ASU: 4-19 (21.1%)
      • TXST: 5-13 (38.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • ASU: 12
      • TXST: 11
    • Bench Points
      • ASU: 12
      • TXST: 17

Upcoming Games

  • Saturday, February 10th @ Coastal Carolina

 


UNC Asheville (16-9, 9-3)

The Bulldogs went 2-0 on the week beating Campbell on the road and Presbyterian at home.

Thursday, February 1st

Campbell- 57

UNC Asheville – 64

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Macio Teague (36 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 22-55 (40%)
      • UNCA: 24-53 (45.3%
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 6-11 (54.5%)
      • UNCA: 7-10 (70%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 7-23 (30.4%)
      • UNCA: 9-24 (37.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 13
      • UNCA: 13
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 6
      • UNCA: 6

Saturday, February 3rd

UNC Asheville- 75

Presbyterian- 61

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Ahmad Thomas (24 points)
    • Raekwon Miller (14 points)
    • Jonathan Baehre (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • PRE: 21-54 (38.9%)
      • UNCA: 29-58 (50%)
    • Free Throws
      • PRE: 9-12 (75%)
      • UNCA: 8-11 (72.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • PRE: 10-23 (43.5%)
      • UNCA: 9-20 (45%)
    • Turnovers
      • PRE: 11
      • UNCA: 8
    • Bench Points
      • PRE: 18
      • UNCA: 15

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, February 7th @ Longwood

Saturday, February 10th vs Radford

 


Campbell (12-12, 6-6)

The Camels had a tough week going 0-2 with a home loss to UNC Asheville and a road loss to High Point

Thursday, February 1st

Campbell – 57

UNC Asheville- 64

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (23 points)
    • Andrew Eudy (13 points)
    • Marcus Burk (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 22-55 (40%)
      • UNCA: 24-53 (45.3%
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 6-11 (54.5%)
      • UNCA: 7-10 (70%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 7-23 (30.4%)
      • UNCA: 9-24 (37.5%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 13
      • UNCA: 13
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 6
      • UNCA: 6

Saturday, February 3rd

Campbell- 67

High Point- 56

  • Camels in Double Figures
    • Chris Clemmons (26 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 19-52 (36.5%)
      • HP: 25-60 (41.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 12-20 (60%)
      • HP: 10-13 (76.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 6-23 (26.1%)
      • HP: 7-26 (26.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 14
      • HP: 9
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 8
      • HP: 21

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, February 7th @ Gardner-Webb
  • Saturday, February 10th vs Longwood

 


North Carolina Central (12-10, 6-2)

The Eagles went 1-0 in their lone contest of the week against Delaware State at home.

Saturday, February 3rd

NC Central- 72

Delaware State- 61

  • Eagles in Double Figures
    • Raasean Davis (23 points 10 rebounds)
    • Reginald Gardner Jr (13 points)
    • Pablo Rivas (12 points)
    • Jordan Perkins (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DSU: 23-53 (43.4%)
      • NCCU: 29-63 (46%)
    • Free Throws
      • DSU: 7-10 (70%)
      • NCCU: 7-12 (58.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DSU: 8-20 (40%)
      • NCCU: 7-18 (38.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • DSU: 11
      • NCCU: 6
    • Bench Points
      • DSU: 22
      • NCCU: 22

Upcoming Games

  • Monday, February 5th vs Hampton
  • Saturday, February 10th @ Florida A&M

 


UNC Charlotte (5-16, 1-9)

Last week, the Niners suffered home losses to UAB and Middle Tennessee to extend their losing streak to 8 games.

Thursday, February 1st

Charlotte- 64

UAB- 76

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Andrien White ( 23 points)
    • Jon Davis (12 points)
    • Ryan Murphy
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 20-56 (35.7%)
      • UAB: 29-60 (48.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 15-26 (57.7%)
      • UAB: 15-20 (75%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC: 9-29 (31%)
      • UAB: 3-15 (20%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 15
      • UAB: 12
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 23
      • UAB: 23

Saturday, February 3rd

Charlotte- 73

Middle Tennessee State- 78

  • 49ers in Double Figures
    • Jon Davis (20 points)
    • Najee Garvin (17 points)
    • Austin Ajukwa (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCC: 26-49 (53.1%)
      • MTU: 32-63 (50.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCC: 14-21 (66.7%%)
      • MTU: 7-7 (100%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCC: 7-21 (33.3%)
      • MTU: 7-15 (46.7%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCC: 13
      • MTU: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNCC: 2
      • MTU: 11

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 8th @ Louisiana Tech
  • Saturday, February 10th @ Southern Miss

 


Davidson (12-9, 7-2)

Davidson had a nice week sliding firmly into second place in the A-10 after earning a home win against La Salle and a road win against George Washington.

Wednesday, January 31st

Davidson –  84

La Salle- 65

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Kellan Grady (26 points)
    • Jon Axel Gudmundsson (17 points)
    • Peyton Aldridge (16 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV:30-60 (50%)
      • LS: 22-52 (42.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 9-9 (100%)
      • LS: 13-14 (92.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 15-32 (46.9%)
      • LS: 8-26 (30.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 11
      • LS: 14
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 14
      • LS: 27

Sunday, February 3rd

Davidson – 87

George Washington- 58

  • Wildcats in Double Figures
    • Kellan Grady (23 points)
    • Oskar Michelsen (15 points)
    • Peyton Aldridge (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DAV: 30-61 (49.2%)
      • GW: 21-52 (40.4%)
    • Free Throws
      • DAV: 14-16 (87.5%)
      • GW: 11-19 (57.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DAV: 13-29 (44.8%)
      • GW: 5-16 (31.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • DAV: 10
      • GW: 11
    • Bench Points
      • DAV: 16
      • GW: 17

Upcoming Games

  • Tuesday, February 6th vs Davidson
  • Friday, February 9th @ #22 Rhode Island

 


#9 Duke (19-4, 7-3)

Coach K’s squad had an interesting week. They beat Notre Dame in Durham but were upset at Madison Square Garden by St. John’s.

Monday, January 29th

#4 Duke –  88

Notre Dame- 66

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Gary Trent Jr. (22 points 10 rebounds)
    • Grayson Allen (18 points)
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (17 points)
    • Trevon Duval (12 points)
    • Marvin Bagley III (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • DUKE: 32-64 (50%)
      • ND: 22-61 (36.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 12-16 (75%)
      • ND: 15-18 (83.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 12-20 (60%)
      • ND: 7-25 (28%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 12
      • ND: 10
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 7
      • ND: 6

Saturday, February 3rd

#4 Duke – 77

St Johns- 81

  • Blue Devils in Double Figures
    • Gary Trent Jr (22 points)
    • Marvin Bagley III (19 points)
    • Wendell Carter Jr. (14 points)
    • Trevon Duval (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals 18
      • DUKE: 24-51 (47.1%)
      • SJU: 30-65 (46.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • DUKE: 20-29 (69%)
      • SJU: 13-18 (72.2%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • DUKE: 9-20 (45%)
      • SJU: 8-17 (47.1%)
    • Turnovers
      • DUKE: 18
      • SJU: 11
    • Bench Points
      • DUKE: 4
      • SJU: 3

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 8th @ 19 UNC
  • Sunday, February 11th @ Georgia Tech

 


East Carolina (9-13, 3-8)

Kentrell Barkley and the Pirates went 1-1 last week losing to Tulane in overtime but beating Memphis in overtime.

Wednesday, January 31st OT

East Carolina – 69

Tulane- 71

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • Shawn Williams (15 points)
    • B.J. Tyson (12 points)
    • Kentrell Barkley (12 points, 18 rebounds)
    • Isaac Fleming (10 points)
    • K.J. Davis (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 29-63 (46%)
      • TU: 28-65 (43.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 7-14 (50%)
      • TU: 12-18 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 4-21 (19%)
      • TU: 3-21 (14.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 18
      • TU: 16
    • Bench Points
      • ECU: 18
      • TU:16

Saturday, February 3rd OT

East Carolina – 88

Memphis- 85

  • Pirates in Double Figures
    • Shawn Williams (30 points)
    • Kentrell Barkley (19 points, 13 rebounds)
    • BJ Tyson (14 points)
    • Isaac Fleming (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ECU: 31-63 (49.2%)
      • MEM: 29-65 (44.6%)
    • Free Throws
      • ECU: 15-17 (88.2%)
      • MEM: 19-31 (61.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ECU: 11-24 (45.8%)
      • MEM: 8-24 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • ECU: 16
      • MEM: 15
    • Bench Points
      • ECU: 10
      • MEM: 8

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, February 7th @ Temple

 


Elon (14-11, 6-6)

Elon went 1-1 on the week losing to William & Mary on the road and defeating Delaware at home.

Thursday, February 1st

Elon – 92

William & Mary- 99

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Tyler Seibrig (28 points)
    • Dainan Swoope (25 points)
    • Dmitri Thompson (17 points)
    • Steven Santa Ana (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 32-64 (50%)
      • WM: 36-63 (57.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 16-19 (84.2%)
      • WM: 14-21 (66.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 12-27 (44.4%)
      • WM: 13-25 (52%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 10
      • WM: 8
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 5
      • WM: 18

Saturday, February 3rd

Elon – 89

Delaware- 76

  • Phoenix in Double Figures
    • Tyler Seibrig (24 points)
    • Dainan Swoope (22 points)
    • Dmitri Thompson (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ELON: 31-57 (54.4%)
      • DEL: 29-67 (43.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • ELON: 14-16 (87.5%)
      • DEL: 12-17 (70.6%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ELON: 13-25 (52%)
      • DEL: 6-25 (24%)
    • Turnovers
      • ELON: 8
      • DEL: 6
    • Bench Points
      • ELON: 13
      • DEL: 23

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 8th vs Hofstra
  • Saturday, February 10th vs James Madison

 


Gardner-Webb (12-13, 7-5)

David Efianayi and the Runnin’ Bulldogs went 1-1 on the week losing to Radford on the road and defeating Charleston Southern at home.

Thursday, February 1st

Gardner-Webb- 66

Radford- 70

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • David Efianayi (22 points)
    • Jaheam Cornwall (19 points)
    • Liam O’Reilly (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • WEBB: 20-43 (46.5%)
      • RAD: 24-47 (51.1%)
    • Free Throws
      • WEBB: 21-23 (91.3%)
      • RAD: 16-22 (72.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • WEBB: 5-17 (29.4%)
      • RAD: 6-17 (35.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • WEBB: 19
      • RAD: 14
    • Bench Points
      • WEBB: 20
      • RAD: 19

Saturday, February 3rd

Charleston Southern- 61

Gardner-Webb – 63

  • Bulldogs in Double Figures
    • Liam O’Reilly (14 points)
    • Jaheam Cornwall (14 points)
    • David Efianayi (13 Points)
    • Patrick Zeck (10 points)
    • DJ Laster (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CHSO: 20-51 (39.2%)
      • WEBB: 25-57 (43.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • CHSO: 16-17 (94.1%)
      • WEBB: 6-10 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CHSO: 5-18 (27.8%)
      • WEBB: 7-26 (26.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • CHSO: 12
      • WEBB: 7
    • Bench Points
      • CHSO: 14
      • WEBB: 16

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, February 7th vs Campbell
  • Saturday, February 10th @ Liberty

 


UNC Greensboro (17-5, 8-2)

Wes Miller’s Spartans went 1-1 on the week dropping a double overtime game to Chattanooga and defeating VMI at home.

Monday, January 29th 2OT

UNC Greensboro-  85

Chattanooga-  87

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Francis Alonso (20 points)
    • Isiah Miller (17 points)
    • Marvin Smith (14 points)
    • Kyrin Galloway (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 31-76 (40.8%)
      • CHAT: 24-56 (42.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 14-18 (77.8%)
      • VMI: 29-38 (76.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 9-38 (23.7%)
      • CHAT: 10-21 (47.6%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 11
      • VMI: 15
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 37
      • VMI: 16

Thursday, February 1st

UNC Greensboro- 73

VMI- 51

  • Spartans in Double Figures
    • Marvin Smith (13 points)
    • James Dickey (12 points)
    • Isaiah Miller (11 points)
    • Jordy Kuiper (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCG: 26-64 (40.6%)
      • VMI: 18-44 (40.9%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCG: 11-14 (78.6%)
      • VMI: 10-14 (71.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCG: 10-35 (28.6%)
      • VMI: 5-15 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCG: 12
      • VMI: 23
    • Bench Points
      • UNCG: 27
      • VMI: 6

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, February 7th, @ Furman
  • Saturday, February 10th vs Western Carolina

 


High Point (11-12, 6-6)

The Panthers went 1-1 on the week dropping a game to Charleston Southern on the road but defeating Campbell at home.

Thursday, February 1st

High Point- 74

Charleston Southern- 83

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Denny Slay (24 points)
    • Andre Fox (15 points)
    • Brandonn Kamga (12 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HP: 26-49 (53.1%)
      • CHSO: 28-53 (52.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • HP: 15-17 (88.2%)
      • CHSO: 18-21 (85.7%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HP: 7-14 (50%)
      • CHSO: 9-20 (45%)
    • Turnovers
      • HP: 15
      • CHSO: 10
    • Bench Points
      • HP: 9
      • CHSO: 25

Saturday, February 3rd

Campbell- 56

High Point- 67

  • Panthers in Double Figures
    • Jahaad Proctor (20 points)
    • Andre Fox (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CU: 19-52 (36.5%)
      • HP: 25-60 (41.7%)
    • Free Throws
      • CU: 12-20 (60%)
      • HP: 10-13 (76.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CU: 6-23 (26.1%)
      • HP: 7-26 (26.9%)
    • Turnovers
      • CU: 14
      • HP: 9
    • Bench Points
      • CU: 8
      • HP: 21

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, February 7th @ Radford
  • Saturday, February 10th vs Winthrop

 


NC State (16-7, 6-4)

The Wolfpack took care of business in their lone contest of the week defeating Notre Dame at home.

Saturday, February 3rd

NC State- 76

Notre Dame- 58

  • Wolfpack in Double Figures
    • Torin Dorn (21 points)
    • Braxton Beverly (16 points)
    • Omer Yurtseven (10 points, 10 rebounds)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • ND:21-54 (38.9%)
      • NCST: 30-60 (50%)
    • Free Throws
      • ND: 8-14 (57.1%)
      • NCST: 10-14 (71.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • ND: 8-24 (33.3%)
      • NCST: 6-18 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • ND: 15
      • NCST: 13
    • Bench Points
      • ND: 12
      • NCST: 16

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, February 7th @ Virginia Tech
  • Saturday, February 10th vs #19 UNC

 


#21 North Carolina  (17-7, 6-5)

Roy William’s club went 1-1 on the week. They lost to #20 Clemson in Littlejohn Coliseum but beat Pitt at home.

Tuesday, January 30th

#19 UNC- 78

#20 Clemson- 82

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Cameron Johnson (32 points)
    • Joel Berry (27 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 28-62 (45.2%)
      • CLEM: 24-61 (39.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 12-14 (85.7%)
      • CLEM: 19-27 (70.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 10-24 (41.7%)
      • CLEM: 15-30 (50%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 11
      • CLEM: 10
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 9
      • CLEM:15

Saturday, February 3rd

Pittsburgh- 65

#19 UNC- 96

  • Tar Heels in Double Figures
    • Luke Maye (26 points)
    • Kenny Williams (15 points)
    • Cameron Johnson (14 points)
    • Joel Berry II (12 points)
    • Garrison Brooks (10 points)
    • Sterling Manley (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNC: 36-70 (51.4%)
      • PITT: 23-60 (38.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNC: 13-17 (76.5%)
      • PITT: 9-15 (60%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNC: 11-27 (40.7%)
      • PITT: 10-30 (33.3%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNC: 11
      • PITT: 16
    • Bench Points
      • UNC: 27
      • PITT: 8

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 8th vs #4 Duke
  • Saturday, February 10th @ NC State

 


Wake Forest  (9-14, 2-9)

The Demon Deacons stopped their skid against Florida State at home but also dropped a game to Clemson at home

Wednesday, February 1st

Florida State- 72

Wake Forest- 76

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Bryant Crawford (19 points)
    • Chaundee Brown (15 points)
    • Keyshawn Woods (15 points)
    • Brandon Childress (14 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • FSU:  27-61 (44.3%)
      • WAKE: 25-53 (47.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • FSU: 12-20 (60%)
      • WAKE: 18-28 (64.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • FSU: 6-21 (28.6%)
      • WAKE: 8-19 (42.1%)
    • Turnovers
      • FSU: 9
      • WAKE: 12
    • Bench Points
      • FSU: 22
      • WAKE: 15

Saturday, February 3rd

#20 Clemson- 75

Wake Forest- 67

  • Demon Deacons in Double Figures
    • Bryant Crawford (16 points)
    • Keyshawn Woods (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CLEM:24-56 (42.9%)
      • WAKE: 23-59 (39%)
    • Free Throws
      • CLEM: 17-20 (85%)
      • WAKE: 13-17 (76.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CLEM: 10-24 (41.7%)
      • WAKE: 8-20(40%)
    • Turnovers
      • CLEM: 8
      • WAKE: 8
    • Bench Points
      • CLEM: 9
      • WAKE: 31

Upcoming Games

  • Wednesday, February 7th @ Miami
  • Sunday, February 11th @ Syracuse

 


Western Carolina  (11-13, 6-5)

WCU had a nice week. They went 2-0 defeating Chattanooga and Samford both at home.

Thursday, February 1st

Western Carolina- 70

Chattanooga- 68

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Deriece Parks (17 points)
    • Marc Gosselin (14 points)
    • Mike Amius (12 points)
    • Matt Halvorsen (11 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • CHAT: 23-48 (47.9%)
      • WC:  24-50 (48%)
    • Free Throws
      • CHAT: 11-16 (68.8%)
      • WC: 13-16 (81.3%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • CHAT: 11-23 (47.8%)
      • WC: 9-19 (47.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • CHAT: 15
      • WC: 13
    • Bench Points
      • CHAT: 13
      • WC: 19

Saturday, February 3rd

Western Carolina- 88

Samford- 71

  • Catamounts in Double Figures
    • Mike Amius (28 points, 14 rebounds)
    • Devin Peterson (25 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • SAM: 25-65 (38.5%)
      • WC: 33-65 (50.8%)
    • Free Throws
      • SAM: 13-17 (76.5%)
      • WC: 14-17 (82.4%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • SAM: 8-31 (25.8%)
      • WC: 8-22 (36.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • SAM: 11
      • WC: 19
    • Bench Points
      • SAM: 11
      • WC:  43

Upcoming Games

  • Thursday, February 8th @ VMI
  • Saturday, February 10th @ UNC Greensboro

 


UNC Wilmington (7-17, 4-8)

UNCW’s rough season continued last week. The Seahawks went 0-2 dropping games to Hofstra and Northeastern.

Thursday, February 1st

UNCW- 71

Hofstra- 96

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Jordan Talley (21 points)
    • Ty Taylor II (14 points)
    • Justin Fornes (11 points)
    • Jay Estime (10 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • HOF: 34-54 (63%)
      • UNCW: 27-61 (44.3%)
    • Free Throws
      • HOF: 17-26 (65.4%)
      • UNCW: 13-17 (76.5%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • HOF: 11-17 (64.7%)
      • UNCW: 9-19 (47.4%)
    • Turnovers
      • HOF: 8
      • UNCW: 7
    • Bench Points
      • HOF: 20
      • UNCW: 17

Saturday, February 3rd OT

UNCW- 100

Northeastern- 107

  • Seahawks in Double Figures
    • Ty Taylor II (27 points)
    • Jordan Talley (20 points)
    • Devontae Cacok (18 points, 17 rebounds)
    • Jaylen Fornes (13 points)
  • Key Stats
    • Field Goals
      • UNCW: 34-79 (43%)
      • NE: 36-69 (52.2%)
    • Free Throws
      • UNCW: 20-27 (74.1%)
      • NE: 27-41 (65.9%)
    • Three-Pointers
      • UNCW: 12-25 (48%)
      • NE: 8-23 (34.8%)
    • Turnovers
      • UNCW: 7
      • NE: 5
    • Bench Points
      • UNCW: 28
      • NE:  37

Upcoming Game

  • Thursday, February 8th @ James Madison
  • Saturday, February 10th vs Hofstra

 


 

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