Monday, January 26, 2009

North Carolina basketball report (4)

Game of the Week: BC at N.C. State women, Thursday at 7 p.m.
Kay Yow always wanted more fans at women’s basketball games. Attending this game would be a fitting tribute.

Game of the Week II: Duke at Wake Forest, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils defend their No. 1 (RPI) ranking against the No. 12 Demon Deacons.

Game of the Week III: UNC at N.C. State, Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
This game will have to be State’s Super Bowl.

Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology: Bracket | Story

Rankings (results through Sunday’s games)
RPI rankings, team (overall record, record vs. North Carolina teams)

1. Duke (18-1, 3-0)
Last week: 1
Bracketology: No. 1 seed in the Midwest, vs. Southland champion
beat UNC Asheville, Davidson, N.C. State

7. North Carolina (16-2, 1-1)
Last week: 7
Bracketology: No. 2 seed in the South, vs. Ivy League champion
beat UNC Asheville
lost to Wake Forest

Tyler Hansbrough: 22.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, .537 2-point percentage and .842 free throw percentage

His brother — Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame: is sitting out this season after transferring from Mississippi State.

Tyler: 10th in the country in scoring.

Ty Lawson: fifth in assists (6.7).

12. Wake Forest (16-1, 5-0)
Last week: 11
Bracketology: No. 1 seed in the West, vs. Big Sky champion
beat N.C. Central, UNC Wilmington, Winston-Salem State,
East Carolina, North Carolina

37. Davidson (15-3, 3-1)
Last week: 31
Bracketology: No. 8 seed in the East, vs. Virginia Tech
beat N.C. State, Appalachian State, Elon
lost to Duke

Stephen Curry: 29.3 points, 6.4 assists, 2.95 steals, .553 2-point percentage, .385 3-point percentage and .854 free throw percentage

Curry: first in scoring, ninth in assists and seventh in steals.

His brother — Seth Curry, Liberty: 20.7 points, .506 2-point percentage, .386 3-point percentage and .781 free throw percentage

110. N.C. State (10-7, 4-2)
Last week: 117
beat High Point, UNC Greensboro, Winston-Salem State, East Carolina
lost to Davidson, Duke

166. East Carolina (7-8, 3-2)
Last week: 174
beat Campbell, UNC Wilmington, UNC Greensboro
lost to N.C. State, Wake Forest

Brock Young: first in assists (8.2).

180. Gardner-Webb (6-10, 2-1)
Last week: 193
beat Western Carolina, High Point
lost UNC Asheville

193. UNC Charlotte (6-12, 1-1)
Last week: 206
beat UNC Greensboro
lost to Appalachian State

203. UNC Asheville (6-11, 3-3)
Last week: 189
beat Western Carolina, Gardner-Webb, High Point
lost to Campbell, North Carolina, Duke

234. Western Carolina (7-9, 2-3)
Last week: 219
beat UNC Greensboro, Elon
lost to Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville, Appalachian State

255. Appalachian State (6-10, 4-3)
Last week: 272
beat UNC Charlotte, Campbell, Elon, Western Carolina
lost UNC Wilmington, UNC Greensboro, Davidson

270. UNC Wilmington (5-16, 2-2)
Last week: 289
beat Appalachian State, N.C. Central
lost to Wake Forest, East Carolina

280. N.C. A&T (5-11, 1-0)
Last week: 273
beat Winston-Salem State

Thomas Coleman: ninth in blocks (2.89).

281. Elon (3-11, 0-4)
Last week: 288
lost to Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Davidson,
UNC Greensboro

305. Campbell (5-12, 1-2)
Last week: 301
beat UNC Asheville
lost to East Carolina, Appalachian State

322. UNC Greensboro (2-14, 2-4)
Last week: 317
beat Appalachian State, Elon
lost to UNC Charlotte, N.C. State, East Carolina, Western Carolina

330. Winston-Salem State (2-13, 1-3)
Last week: 315
beat N.C. Central
lost to Wake Forest, N.C. State, N.C. A&T

333. High Point (2-14, 1-3)
Last week: 337
beat N.C. Central
lost to N.C. State, Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville

Cruz Daniels: ninth in blocks (2.89).

338. N.C. Central (1-20, 0-4)
Last week: 334
lost to Wake Forest, UNC Wilmington, High Point,
Winston-Salem State

Nine of the 19 North Carolina teams (47 percent) rank in the bottom 26 percent of the sport.


M. Lail said...

Seems to be three "tiers":

-The "new" Big Four
-NC State
-The rest

Talk about gaps.

Kevin Brewer said...

Unfortunately for State, all teams outside the top 100 are considered the same.

Not that the selection committee looks at teams outside the top 100 for the tournament, but when they look at what teams other teams have played, well, you know ...