NC College Basketball Week 5 Review
After a crazy up and down week for many teams in our power rankings. An end to the college semester and a relatively quiet week of games made for limited movement for a lot of our NC teams. Check out the recap of the games that were played this week: NC College Basketball Week 5 Review.
Appalachian State (5-6)
App State came out flat against Akron. The Mountaineers were only down nine at the half but ultimately fell 94-89. The only two players to add production for ASU were Griffin Kinney with 28 points and star guard Ronshad Shabazz with 26. Akron had the advantage on the glass and in the assist column and overall moved the ball better as a whole. Appalachian State just couldn’t make enough plays to get a win on the road.
After an up and down start, Campbell heads into the week with no games. Star guard Chris Clemons has been limited in action this year only appearing in six games. Hopefully, this “bye” week is able to get him ready to go. With emerging scorers in Burk and Whitfield, the Camels could be a threat with Clemons ready to play. Look for Campbell to come out ready against Citadel in the upcoming week’s first contest.
The Wildcats did not have a game on the schedule for the week. Coming off an easy win against VMI let’s see if Davidson uses its week of preparation to try and steal a big road win in a test against Virginia next week.
#4 Duke (11-1)
Down goes Duke. On the road in an ACC contest against hot-shooting Boston College, the Devils were upset 84-89. Coach K’s club had a clear advantage inside. However, in the second half, the Devils decided to get into a shooting contest with the Eagles. Bagley had his typical double-double day even though he wasn’t featured in the second half. Gary Trent Jr showed up for Duke netting 25 including 6 three-pointers. In my analysis, the loss falls on Grayson Allen. The senior guard ended up with 14 points on an ugly 5/20 shooting (1/9 3PA).
Look for Duke to get some of their defensive struggles under control with a 10-day break till their next game.
East Carolina (5-4)
ECU is riding a 3-game win streak into exam week. Ever since the departure of Coach Lebo, the Pirates have been rolling. Up next, in-state rival UNC-Charlotte. It’s time to find out if the Pirates are going to make some noise in the American this year.
The Phoenix got demolished on the road 75-44 against UNC Greensboro. There is no need to get into player stats for this one. Elon had no player contribute anything of significance. As a team, they shot 34% from the field, 14% from 3 and only attempted seven free throws.
High Point (4-5)
High Point blew out local beating stick Toccoa Falls 110-39. No starter accounted for more than 21 points, However, a trio off the bench all had over 14 points each in extended playing time. Credit Cliff Thomas Jr with 16, Jamal Wright with 15 points 9 assists, and Dexter Gooding with 14 points.
Gardner Webb (3-8)
Gardner-Webb had a rough week. You can thank their schedule for that. The calendar handed the Bulldogs a couple of Power 5 beatdowns. One by Auburn (80-55) and the other by Maryland (82-60). David Efianayi was the leading scorer against Auburn scoring 16 points. Gardner Webb shot 35% from the floor and committed 16 turnovers. That spells disaster against any team. The tandem of DJ Laster 21 points and David Efianayi with 18 were the only contributors against Maryland. No one else could muster much offensively. Another poor shooting night 38% paired 16 turnovers was a recipe for disaster against Maryland.
NC A&T (5-4)
Though they came in as big underdogs, the Aggies kept it respectable against Georgetown. However, they eventually fell 83-74 to the Hoyas. A sluggish start was too much for A&T to overcome, they only scored 26 points in the first half. Credit bench man Milik Gantz with 21 points contributing nicely. Femi Olujobi had a productive game, per usual, with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Ultimately, the Aggies needed better three-point shooting (5/18 3PA).
UNC Asheville (6-4)
In their lone game of the week, Asheville thumped Milligan 97-60. All you need to know about the game: Milligan had 17 points at halftime. Asheville had six scorers in double figures with production coming from everywhere. Raekwon Miller had a nice game with 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
North Carolina Central (4-8)
Despite Raasean Davis’ 21 points and eight rebounds, the Eagles couldn’t shoot with George Mason and fell 65-77. In the contest, the Patriots outshot Central 52.7%-38.6%. Aside from Davis, the only other Eagle in double figures was Pablo Rivas with 13 points of the bench.
Later in the week, NC Central traveled cross-country to face Grand Canyon University. The Eagles performed much better as a unit but still lost 64-59. Davis and Rivas paced the Eagles again with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Reginald Gardner Jr. (11 points) and Alston Jones (10 points) played well in supporting roles.
#9 North Carolina (9-1)
The #11 team in the nation made quick work of Western Carolina by defeating the Catamounts 104-61. Double-double machine Luke Maye kept his streak tallying 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard, Jalek Felton had a good showing off the bench with 15 points and 5 assists in limited action.
Roy Williams’ team now has a nice break between games. Next, Carolina will travel to ranked Tennessee for a bout with the Vols. Let’s see if the young Heels can put together a good week of preparation and beat a solid Vols team on the road.
UNC Charlotte (3-6)
It was another lackluster showing for the 49ers against Chattanooga, 50-64. Harold Price had a nice game with 15 points. Star guard Jon Davis was kept in-check throughout most of the game (5 points on 2/9 shooting). To our best estimation, Davis’ quiet night is the ultimate reason the 49ers couldn’t get a win. The Niners also committed 20 turnovers.
UNC Greensboro (6-3)
Greensboro dominated Elon 75-44 in their only game of the week. Wes Miller’s team had a balanced attack in the win. The Spartans shot 53.4% from the floor compared to a meager 34.7% from Elon. Marvin Smith and Isaiah Miller led the way for UNCG. Both scored 12 points. No other Spartan was in double-figures.
NC State (8-2)
The Wolfpack made easy work at home against UMKC 88-69. NC State had four starters in double-figures. Kevin Keatts’ team received solid efforts from Torin Dorn (22 points), Markell Johnson (17), Braxton Beverly (12), and Allerik Freeman (10). The Pack dominated the game on the glass outrebounding UMKC 52-35. Dorn led the attack on the backboards with 17 rebounds.
UNC Wilmington (2-5)
The Seahawks couldn’t stop LSU and fell 84-97 on the road. Jordan Talley’s 22 points and 7 assists were not enough to help get the win in this one. The Tigers shot a blistering 59% from the field and the C.B. McGrath’s squad had little answers.
Wake Forest (5-4)
Danny Manning and the Deacons earned a comfortable win against Army 109-80. All five Wake Forest starters were in double-figures. Doral Moore led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Wake Forest shot 58% from the field and dominated the glass 43-27.
Western Carolina (3-7)
As could be expected Western was blown out in Chapel Hill against #11 North Carolina 104-61. It was such a dismal display, the only player with any kind of production was Deriece Parks who scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Simply put, the Tar Heels in the Dean Dome were too much for the Catamounts.
Their second game of the week was postponed due to inclement weather against Southern Wesleyan.
|Week 5 Power Rankings|
|Team||Record||This Week’s Schedule||+/-|
|2||UNC||9-1||12/16 #24 Tennessee
|3||NC State||8-2||12/16 UNCG
12/19 Robert Morris
|4||Davidson||4-3||12/16 #15 Virginia
|5||Wake Forest||5-4||12/18 Western Carolina
12/16 NC State
|8||A&T||5-4||12/15 Tennessee St.
12/19 S Illinois
|9||Elon||6-4||12/17 Boston U
|12||App State||5-6||12/16 OSU
12/19 St. Louis
|16||High Point||4-5||12/17 Wofford
|17||Gardner Webb||3-8||12/17 Hampton||–|
12/19 High Point