Week 3: NC College Basketball
Week 3 of the NC College Basketball season has come and gone. Last week’s action featured a bevy of pre-season tournaments and invitationals to officially kick the college basketball season into full swing. See how our teams in North Carolina performed this week.
Appalachian State (4-4)
In a heartbreaker against James Madison, the Mountaineers lost in double overtime 105-99. Justin Forrest led the way for App State with 36 points off the bench. The big night earned Forrest a promotion into the starting lineup. Later in the week, ASU had a tough matchup against Davidson. Fortunately, RonShad Shabazz showed up and scored 18 points to lead the Mountaineers past the Wildcats 79-62. Forrest added 16 of his own in the victory. The Mountaineers were unable to come out with a win against VCU on the road dropping the contest 85-72. Shabazz led the way again with 19 points. They shot a poor 6-25 from the three-point line, so you can credit the loss to a lack of makes from beyond the arc.
Campbell lost their first game of the week in overtime to Abilene Christian 85-80. Marcus Burk led the way with 22 points. Next, they played Bowling Green and lost again 78-72. Shane Whitfield had a nice outing leading the way with 28 points. The Camels were finally able to break into the win column this week by defeating SC Upstate. Campbell was hot from three-point land, making 16 three-pointers in the game. Burk was on fire again with 26 points including 8 makes from three.
Davidson had a rough go at it Saturday against Appalachian State. The Wildcats fell to the Mountaineers 78-62. Peyton Aldridge continued his good season with a nice 17-point and 10-rebound performance, but it wasn’t enough to guide the Cats to victory. One difference maker in the game was the Wildcats inability to get to the free-throw line. On the evening, the Wildcats took four free throws compared to twenty-eight attempted by the Mountaineers. The Wildcats come out with a purpose against UNC Charlotte defeating the 49ers easily 85-70. Peyton Aldridge continued his scoring ways dropping 25 points with 7 rebounds along the way. Kellan Grady also had a solid game netting 22 points and don’t forget the double-double from Jon Axel Gudmundsson with 12 points and 10 assists as well as 4 steals.
#1 Duke (8-0)
The Blue Devils had an adventurous week in the PK80 tournament and came away with three wins and a trophy. They defeated Portland State 99-81, Texas 85-76 in overtime and capped off the tournament with a win against #7 Florida 87-84. There was a well-balanced attack from the Blue Devils all tournament long. All starters were over 14 points in the game against Portland State. Against Texas, Bagley flexed his muscles by pulling the Devils back into the game and dropping 34 points and 15 rebounds. Continuing his dominance, Bagley again showed who’s who against the Florida frontcourt with 30 points and 15 rebounds.
“Your blood pressure is a lot higher when you don’t have good players than it is when you have good players. We have very talented players,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the Florida victory. “I believe in my guys.”
East Carolina (2-4)
ECU lost both of their games this week. First to Rutgers 61-47, then to NC A&T 87-81. Isaac Flemming and Jabari Craig both had 14 points in the dismal offensive night against Rutgers. ECU lost this one from the charity stripe going 4-11 versus 14-23 for the Knights. Against the A&T, Isaac Flemming had a nice game with 23 points. Credit Kentrell Barkley with a double-double in the game as well. However, efficiency at the line would again be the downfall of the Pirates.
“You’re not going to be able to win basketball games when you foul as much as we foul. It’s impossible. Anybody can beat you if you put them on the line 34 times. They’re shooting unguarded and they made them tonight… Give them credit. I thought they were terrific.” – ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo
Elon defeated Radford in their lone contest this week winning 77-74. Dainan Swoope again led the way with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Brian Dawkins chipped in with 21 of his own to help lead the Phoenix to a win.
“We had a good trace on the ball,” Elon forward Brian Dawkins said. “Everybody was locked in, so the look they did get wasn’t a great one. Glad to execute and come out with the win.”
High Point (2-4)
In their first game of the week, High Point dropped a hard-fought battle with UNC-Charlotte 67-70. Brandon Kamga was the leading scorer for the Panthers pouring in 26 points. Kamga and Andre Fox (10 points, 2-12 FG) were the only two Panthers in double-figures for the game. Later in the week, HPU traveled up to play Pittsburgh where they lost 63-71 despite forcing 22 turnovers. Give the Panthers credit though, they went into an ACC gymnasium and played tight with a team that plays well home. Andre Fox was able to shake his poor shooting performance against Charlotte with a 20 point output against Pitt.
“Just kind of some empty possessions late in the game and give them credit, they made some timely shots,” High Point head coach Scott Cherry said. “Still, right there with a chance to play and win the game… That’s pretty good for our group.”
Gardner Webb (2-6)
The Bulldogs had a rough week dropping all three games. They lost 67-47 to Wright State, to Fairfield 75-64 and in triple overtime to Jacksonville 106-99. Liam O’Reilly led the effort with 16 against Wright State. Then David Efianayi and DJ Laster both had 14 in the loss to Fairfield. The Bulldogs showed a little bite in the 3OT loss to Jacksonville, but essentially lost this one from the line only attempting 18 compared to the 41 Jacksonville attempted. The trio that seems to be doing most of the production for Gardner Webb all had nice games. Efianayi had 27 points, Laster chipped in with 20, and O’Reilly had a double-double sporting a 17-12 line.
NC A&T (5-1)
In their lone clash of the week, the Aggies defeated ECU 87-81. Aaren Edmead had a surprise game off the bench with 25, along with the continued production of Femi Olujobi. Olujobi added 23 points and snatched 9 rebounds in the victory.
— Aaren Edmead (@____DoubleR) November 28, 2017
UNC Asheville (4-2)
Asheville had a good week defeating Monmouth 62-51 and Wofford 85-65. Against Monmouth, Kevin Vannatta had a nice game netting 25 points. Ahmad Thomas was a stat stuffer. The senior guard scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had four steals, and dished out five assists in the victory. From three-point land, the Bulldogs connected on 8 of 18 attempts. Against Wofford, MaCio Teague showed out with 19 points and 8 boards. Thomas added 18 points of his own in the win versus the Terriers.
North Carolina Central (7-4)
The Eagles had an up and down week, they lost to Marshall 92-84 and Illinois 86-73 but pulled out a win against SE Missouri State 77-70. Raasean Davis led the way with 21 points on 10 of 14 shooting against Marshall. Raekwon Harney and Del’vin Dickerson finished with 19 and 17 points, respectively, in the loss. Against Illinois, Davis couldn’t muster much, but Reginald Gardner Jr had a nice game with 18 points. Davis returned to form in the Eagles lone win of the week scoring 20 and grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double.
#11 North Carolina (5-1)
UNC had a decent week by most standards, but not their own. At they PK80 Tournament, they defeated Portland 102-78 and Arkansas 87-68 but ultimately fell to #4 Michigan State 63-45 in the Championship Game. Luke Maye had 20 in the Portland win and 28 in the Arkansas win to lead the way in both contests. When the Tarheels came up against their first true test on the year in Michigan State, they shot a dismal 24% from the field and only had one scorer in double figures (Theo Pinson with 16). This was not the Heels night.
“Well, that’s about as bad an exhibition as I’ve ever seen. I did as poor a job coaching and getting my team ready than in any game I’ve ever coached. They were physically, mentally, emotionally more into the game than my club was.” “Today [freshmen] played like freshmen. The sophomores, juniors, and seniors played like freshmen. And the coach coached like he’d never seen a game of basketball before in his life. Other than that it’s not a bad night.” – Roy Williams after the Michigan State loss
UNC Charlotte (3-3)
The 49ers defeated High Point 70-67 in the first contest of the week. Hudson Price led the way with 17 in the victory. Najee Garvin poured in 13 to of his own to aid in the cause. Charlotte had the misfortune of running into Davidson coming off a loss. They fell 85-70 to the Wildcats. Andrien White had an unexpected 22 points in the loss. You can accredit this loss to the lack of production from Jon Davis shooting a 2-11 from the field only netting 5 points coming in as the leading scorer for Charlotte at 16 a game.
UNC Greensboro (4-2)
The Spartans took a loss to Wake Forest 81-75. no matter how bad the Deacons have looked to date, they are an ACC school. Francis Alonso had another big showing against better competition, dropping 31 in the game to keep it close for the Spartans. The Spartans lose in a stunner on the road by a last-second jumper from Presbyterian falling 74-72. James Dickey had a huge game with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Francis Alonso chipped in with 16 as well as 15 from Demetrius Troy.
NC State (5-2)
NC State had an interesting week at the Battle 4 Atlantis filled with peaks and valleys. They started out roaring to a 90-84 upset over #2 Arizona. Then they fell to Northern Iowa 64-60 and Tennessee 67-58. The win against Arizona looked to be a big upset and tournament resume builder, but then Arizona lost every game in the Battle 4 Atlantis and fell out the top 25. Al Freeman led the way with 24 but Braxton Beverly had a showing with 20 off the bench versus the Wildcats.
Against Northern Iowa, Omer Yurtseven had 17 in the rather bleak showing offensively for the Pack. Same can be said in the game against Tennessee. There was lackluster shooting from everywhere. NC State needed better offensive sets against an efficient defense. None of the losses accumulated this week were terrible losses, but against some quality competition, it’s hard to determine what we can expect from State this year.
UNC Wilmington (2-3)
There were a lot of growing pains for C.B. McGrath’s Seahawks over the week at the Savannah Invitational. First, they got smothered by Loyola-Chicago 102-78. UNCW allowed the Ramblers to shoot a stunning 60% from the floor including 10-18 (55.6%) from behind the three-point line. Jordan Talley was the leading scorer for the Seahawks with 20 points. DeVonte Cacok was in foul trouble most of the evening and only logged 10 points and 6 rebounds in 14 minutes played. On the following day, the Seahawks ran into undefeated Valparaiso. Though the game was tied at the half, the Crusaders were able to pull away in the end. Jordan Talley led the way again with 13 points. Ty Taylor (13 points), DeVonte Cacok (12 points, 10 rebounds), and Marcus Bryan (8 points, 10 rebounds) were all solid contributors.
Wake Forest (3-4)
The Deacons started the week with an 81-75 win against UNCG. They won the game with efficiency at the free throw line. Credit Keyshawn Woods as the leading scorer with 20 off the bench. Wake was finally able to get a quality win against a previously unbeaten team in Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC challenge 80-73. Bryant Crawford finally showed up and led this team to a win with 20 points and 4 steals to go along with it.
Western Carolina (2-5)
In the first contest of the week, the Catamounts lost 89-65 to UT Arlington. Matt Halvorsen had another decent showing with 16 points but defensively its been a struggle for Western. Later in the week, the Catamounts earned a win against Alabama A&M 82-72. Devin Peterson had a good game scoring 21 points and 7 assists.
|Week 3 Power Rankings|
|Team||Record||This Week’s Schedule||+/-|
12/2 South Dakota
12/5 St Francis
|3||NC State||5-2||11/29 Penn State
12/2 South Carolina St
|5||Asheville||4-2||11/29 South Carolina Upstate
|6||A&T||5-1||11/30 Central Connecticut
|8||Wake Forest||3-4||12/2 Richmond
12/2 Saint Peters
|11||Charlotte||3-3||12/2 James Madison
12/5 Wake Forest
|12||App State||4-4||12/2 USF
12/4 Western Carolina
12/2 Delaware State
12/2 SE Missouri St
|16||Gardner Webb||2-6||12/2 SC Upstate
|17||Western||2-5||11/30 College of Charleston
12/4 Appalachian State
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