State Line Hoops
Report & Power Rankings©
— 01/14/02 —
THE TOP TEN
Duke ... A week after a stunning 78-77 loss
at Florida State, the Blue Devils were not entertaining any notions of
an upset in Raleigh. Duke blitzed N.C. State with a decisive 17-0
first-half run. Mike Dunleavy was the Wolfpack’s primary tormentor
with 22 of his career-high 27 points in the first half. The thorough
win and Kansas’ loss at UCLA will likely return Duke to the No. 1 spot
in the national polls. Carlos Boozer had 22 points for the Blue
Devils, who host Maryland in a much-anticipated matchup at 9 p.m. on
Wake Forest ... The Deacons used a 17-0 run
to take a 33-14 lead at home against Clemson and Wake eventually
subdued the Tigers, 96-55. Eastern North Carolina connections boosted
Wake offensively. Antwan Scott, who grew up in New Bern, led the Deacs
in scoring with 17 points and Craig Dawson, who is from Kinston, had
16 points. Homegrown Josh Howard, from Winston-Salem, had 15 points.
WFU’s Lithuanian duo, Darius Songaila and Vytas Danelius, combined for
25 points and 19 rebounds. Wake is 13-3 overall and 3-0 in the ACC
going into a Tuesday night game at Virginia.
3. N.C. State ... Never mind the 76-57
loss to Duke. That one tipped off at 8 p.m. and was over before the
on-air folks on the 10 o’clock news had finished applying their
make-up. The Wolfpack has to refocus quickly for a Tuesday night game
at Clemson, where the Tigers won 72-69 over the Wolfpack last year.
NCSU is 12-4 overall and 2-2 in league play. State needs to improve
its offensive consistency after going almost nine minutes without a
basket in the first half against the Blue Devils as senior guard
Anthony Grundy had a sub-par effort.
South Carolina ... First-year Gamecocks
coach Dave Odom was looking for a silver lining in a heartbreaking
51-50 loss in Columbia to traditional Southeastern Conference power
Kentucky that dropped USC TO 10-5 overall and 0-2 in the league. The
Wildcats came into the game 0-2 in the SEC but avoided their first 0-3
league start since the 1975-76 season. “I can only imagine the
disappointment that (Kentucky) has felt with two disappointing
losses,” Odom said. “And I think there’s a lesson in that. They were
able to go on the road and come out with a one-point win after being
behind for 39 minutes in the game.” Cliff Hawkins’ driving shot with
3.4 seconds to go won for Kentucky.
5. Charlotte ... East Carolina fans —
6,430 of them — got a first-hand look at the 49ers on Saturday as
coach Bobby Lutz’ club took an 84-75 Conference USA win in Williams
Arena at Minges Coliseum. Noted shooter Jobey Thomas led the way with
20 points on 3-for-5 shooting from behind the arc. Cam Stephens had 19
points and 12 rebounds — his sixth double-double in the last eight
games. UNCC led 43-35 on the boards. The 49ers, who visit Saint Louis
on Tuesday night, got 20 offensive rebounds.
6. College of Charleston ... The
Cougars avenged a 66-64 loss to Wofford on Jan. 2 as they topped the
Terriers 73-61 in overtime on Saturday behind 29 points from Jeff
Bolton. Wofford led 61-56 in the second meeting with 1:09 to play.
Bolton hit a three with 51 seconds left and a 12 footer with just two
seconds to go in regulation to get coach John Kresse’s club into the
extra period. The Cougars are 12-3 overall and 2-2 in the Southern
Conference going into a game at Furman on Monday night.
7. UNC Wilmington ... Delaware,
coached by former Duke player and assistant coach David Henderson, did
something few teams do. They went into the home of the Seahawks, Trask
Coliseum, and they left with a win. The Blue Hens handed UNCW its
first Colonial Athletic Association defeat. The Seahawks dropped to
9-6 overall and 4-1 in the league despite 20 points by junior guard
Brett Blizzard. “Coach Henderson’s kids were the best team,” said
Seahawks coach Jerry Wainwright. “We didn’t lose this game; they beat
us. There’s a big difference.” UNCW visits William & Mary on Wednesday
for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
8. UNC Greensboro ... The Spartans got
a career-high 26 points from James Maye in a 79-67 Southern Conference
road win over Georgia Southern on Saturday night. That stopped a
six-game home winning streak for the Eagles and lifted coach Fran
McCaffery’s Spartans to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in the league. Maye is
hitting 44.3 percent of his 3-point attempts for UNCG, which will host
East Tennessee State tonight. The Spartans meet crosstown rival N.C.
A&T at the Greensboro Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
9. Clemson ... One of the problems the
Tigers encountered against Wake Forest was foul trouble for muscular
post player Chris Hobbs, who leads the team in scoring with a
12.5-point average. Hobbs scored just four points before fouling out
on Saturday. Clemson managed to hit just 32.4 percent of its shots
from the field and was out-rebounded 56-48. The Tigers were a
plus-nine on rebounding going into the game. The Tigers have lost 12
straight on the road to the Deacons.
10. The Citadel ... Who let the
Bulldogs out? They’ve bounded into the Top 10 with a 105-97 win at
Western Carolina in two overtimes on Saturday, upping their record to
11-4 overall and 3-1 in the Southern Conference. Travis Cantrell is
averaging 17.3 points and 2.9 assists. Cliff Washburn, a 6-foot-7
center, leads coach Pat Dennis’ club in rebounding with a 7.1 average.
Georgia Southern visits The Citadel tonight and Chattanooga comes to
Charleston on Saturday.
THE NOT-SO-SWEET 17
13. North Carolina
15. East Carolina ... The Pirates will
be concerned about several facets of play as first-year Louisville
coach Rick Pitino brings the Cardinals to Greenville on Wednesday
night for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Coach Bill Herrion wants his team to shoot
better. The Pirates are hitting just 38.7 percent of their field goal
attempts and 31.2 percent of their threes.
Herrion felt the defensive performance was good enough to win in a
63-54 loss at UAB last week but ECU made just nine of 31 field goal
attempts in the second half (29.0 percent). They were a dismal two of
14 behind the arc for 14.3 percent.
ECU made just nine of 24 field goal tries in the first half against
UNC Charlotte, 37.5 percent. ECU trailed by 12 points at the half and
got no closer than five points in the second half after trailing by as
many as 16.
The Pirates will have to improve on the defensive glass where
Charlotte converted 20 offensive rebounds into 26 second-chance points
Little fault could be found in the play of sophomore Erroyl Bing of
the Pirates, who had a game-high 24 points on nine of 11 shooting from
the floor. Bing also had nine rebounds.
Gabriel Mikulas has had 16 points in both games since his return.
Mikulas hit 12 of 12 free throws against the 49ers.
The Pirates travel to Saint Louis for a game on Saturday. The
Savvis center was the site of a 90-54 ECU loss to the Billikens last
17. Appalachian State
18. Western Carolina
19. South Carolina State
21. UNC Asheville
23. High Point
25. Charleston Southern
26. Coastal Carolina
27. N.C. A&T