NC College Basketball Review: Week 2
Week 2 is through. As always, we have some great D1 NC College Basketball programs. See how they faired this week.
Against Iowa State, the Mountaineers put up a valiant effort but ultimately lost 104-98 to the Cyclones. It was another big game for Ronshad Shabazz who led the way with 32 points along with Justin Forrest, who added another 32 off the bench. Later in the week, ASU played Western Michigan and lost 86-67. This was a rather disappointing display based on Appalachian State’s other performances thus far. The only Mountaineer production in this one came from Shabazz. App State was able to get back to their winning ways against UTEP in the opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip-off and beat the Miners 76-72. The Mountaineers had a much more balanced attack in this one with bench player O’Showen Williams leading the way with 19 points.
A late rally wasn’t enough for the Fighting Camels to top UNCW in Wilmington. They fell to the Seahawks 88-84. Campbell received a surprising 33 points from Marcus Burk during a rare off night for Chris Clemmons. The star Camel only mustered up 17 points on 5-16 shooting from the field. With a little more efficiency, the Camels could have gotten a win. Campbell may have taken some frustration out in the next game. They rolled to an easy victory against Johnson and Wales 98-53. Marcus Burk had a good game again tallying 31 in this one.
Bob McKillop’s squad came up short Tuesday, falling 81-68 to Nevada. The Martin twins formerly of NC State shined for Nevada while Davidson could not get much going offensively in the contest. A dismal 41% shooting was the downfall for the previously unbeaten Wildcats.
The Blue Devils had no issues with Southern. Duke won easily 78-61. Wendell Carter Jr led Duke with 20 points to go with Marvin Bagley’s 19. Both posted 11 rebounds as well. Duke also rolled to an easy win against Furman 92-63 later in the week. Bagley led the way with 24 points.
“It was just a time in the game when I was hitting, my teammates kept finding me,” Bagley said after the win against Furman. “They kept coming back to me, they believed in me enough to keep going and keep pushing, and I just executed on the plays we were running. It was one of those moments in the game when I was hot.”
Early in the weak, the Pirates fell to Radford 73-66. B.J. Tyson led the way with 16 in the loss. In another disappointing loss, ECU fell to Central Connecticut 79-68. As has been the theme early this season, the only two contributors were Kentrell Barkley and B.J. Tyson both scored 19 points apiece. Later in the week, Jeff Lebo’s squad got back into the win column by squeaking past Cleveland State 72-69. B.J. Tyson led the way again scoring 25 points for the Pirates.
Elon came back to beat FIU 95-87 in a high scoring affair. Dainan Swoope led the way with 26 points. Also, count double-doubles from Brian Dawkins and Tyler Seibring. The following night the Phoenix took the court again Concordia. This was an easy win for Elon, 84-62. Elon again featured a balanced attack led by Dainan Swoope who put in 25 points in this one. For the final game of the week, Elon lost a heartbreaker to Milwaukee. After a 46-29 halftime lead, Milwaukee came back with a vengeance, winning with a put-back late to win 72-71. Swoope led the way again with 20 points.
DJ Laster scored 21 points with 9 rebounds in a 68-65 loss on the road to UCF. David Efianayi chipped in with 18. The Bulldogs seemed to take some frustration out in their next game against a lesser Warren Wilson squad winning 119-81. There was scoring from everywhere in this one. We’ll give a shoutout to David Efianayi and Liam O’Reilly who both scored 24.
The Aggies rolled past Citadel with a 13/15 FG performance by Femi Olujobi. He finished with 29 points and 9 rebounds. A&T also got a boost from Devonte Boykins double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) in the 92-73 win. The final game of the week was a massive overtime win against Jacksonville on the road 90-82. The Aggies were again led by Olujobi with 37 and 15.
Asheville put up a good fight against Vanderbilt but ultimately fell 79-76. The Bulldogs had a balanced attack with four starters in double figures. Next, UNCA responded with an overtime win versus Austin Peay 82-79. Macio Teague had a standout game scoring 26 points in the contest.
“I thought our guys showed a little bit of resilience down the stretch. We turned the basketball over a few too many times to put ourselves in that position, but I thought we responded well in a good environment. Austin Peay played well, and we were forced to get some stops down the stretch and fortunately, we came up with some good efforts on the defensive end.” – Head Coach Nick McDevitt
North Carolina Central
The Eagles lost to UT Martin 74-57. In the loss, NCCU got production from Raasean Davis with 16 points. Outside of Davis, the Eagles were nowhere to be found. Later in the week, Central took on Warren Wilson University who was no match 101-76. While everyone scored, Raasean Davis led the Eagles with 19 and 12. Finally, Central had a routine victory against Southern winning 80-67. Davis led the way again with yet another double-double posting 17 and 10.
North Carolina rolled to an easy 12-point win against Bucknell. They got big contributions again from Luke Maye (20 points) and Theo Pinson (19). Next, Carolina made easy work of Stanford 96-72. A big game from senior Joel Berry (29 points) paced the Tar Heels in the victory.
“You go through this, you feel good about being 3-0,” Roy Williams said. “I’ve seen some good things, but the freshmen have got a long way to go. Before the end of the year, they’ll either get better or I won’t have gray hair—because I won’t have any at all.”
Charlotte put up a good effort versus Charleston but fell short 81-72 in the contest. A balanced attack led to a close game but they couldn’t get enough stops to truly make it a good game. The Niners bounced back in the next game defeating Presbyterian 83-74. Jon Davis led the way in this one with 24 points.
The Spartans roll to an easy win versus NC Wesleyan with a balanced attack, Marvin Smith lead the way with 16 points. The Spartans also had no issues demolishing a Ferrum team 95-43. Same story for the Spartans a balanced attack but this time lead by a bench player with 19 from Isaiah Miller. Lastly, the Delaware Blue Hens were no match for the Spartans of Greensboro, the Spartans taking this one 79-66. Francis Alonso had a career day in this one scoring a career-high 32 points. Spartans also made easy work of Longwood. Alonso again was the spark off the bench scoring 16 points.
The Wolfpack rolled over Presbyterian in an 86-68 affair. They got big production out of Lennard Freeman who scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Next up for NC State is the #3 Arizona Wildcats. An early test to see how serious we should take the Kevin Keatts squad this year in a loaded ACC race.
“It gets a little more challenging,” Keatts said. “Certainly we get to play, in my opinion, the No. 1 team in the country on Wednesday, which is Arizona, which is a very good program.” “I’m very pleased with the way we are playing on the defensive end,” Keatts stated later. “Obviously if you are a pressing team you want to be turning teams over.”
C.B McGrath’s Hawks pulled out a tight game at home against Campbell 88-84. UNCW was again led by the tandem of Jordan Talley (18 points, 14 assists) and double-double machine Devontae Cacok (16 points, 17 rebounds).
“I wouldn’t have thought we turned them over 20 times in the game if I didn’t see the box score. Because all I can think about is the lob dunks and the wide-open 3s that occur because Cacok’s like Shaq out there,” Campbell coach Kevin McGeehan said.
The Demon Deacons have been nothing but disappointing this year. This week, they started with a loss to Drake 77-74. The only person for Wake Forest that came to play in this one was Doral Moore with a 17 point 17 rebound line. Next, they defeated an inferior Quinnipiac team 72-55. Crawford had 17 points in the game and was the leading scorer. Lastly, Wake lost to Houston 78-73. I can’t quite figure out what’s wrong with Wake Forest this year. On paper, they should have a much better record. Yet to start the year, here they sit 1-4. They need Bryant Crawford to play to his potential and become more efficient to lead this team to some wins.
Against division-irrelevant Hiwassee, Western had a balanced attack featuring Devin Peterson with 15 points. Later in the week, the Catamounts got a taste of a real opponent, #14 Minnesota. Matt Halvorsen played well with 17 points in the loss, but no one else could muster any production in the game. In the final game of the week, WVU fell short to UMass 85-76. I think Western Carolina may have a few new starters this coming week as Matt Halvorsen lead the way with 18 points along with Desmond Johnson having 17 points, both off the bench.
|Week 2 Power Rankings|
|Team||Record||This Week’s Schedule||+/-|
|1||Duke||5-0||11/23 Portland State
|3||NC State||4-0||11/22 Arizona
|4||Davidson||2-1||11/25 App State
11/28 UNC Charlotte
|6||Greensboro||4-1||11/24 Wake Forest
|9||Campbell||2-2||11/24 Abil Christian
11/25 Bowling Green
11/26 SC Upstate
11/26 NC A&T
|11||Charlotte||2-2||11/24 High Point
|12||Wake Forest||1-4||11/24 UNC Greensboro
|14||App State||3-2||11/22 JMU
11/26 SE Missouri State
|16||Gardner Webb||1-3||11/21 Brevard
|17||Western||1-4||11/24 UT Arlington