Charlotte, NC – Charlotte 49ers head coach Alan Major announced the 49ers schedule for the 2014-15 season.
“This is one of the most challenging schedules that we have had since we have been at Charlotte,” Major said. “Our players and our staff are really excited about this year’s schedule and the challenges that it presents.”
The non-conference schedule features five games in Halton Arena beginning with an exhibition game against Newberry in Halton Arena, Tuesday, November 11. Charlotte tips-off the regular-season on the road at Elon, Sunday, November 16.
Then, Charlotte travels to Charleston, South Carolina to play in the Charleston Classic, November 20-23. Charlotte enters the Charleston Classic with a six-game regular-season tournament winning streak after capturing the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off titles. The 49ers face Big Ten foe Penn State, who played in the 2014 College Basketball Invitational, Thursday, November 20 in the first round of the Charleston Classic. Charlotte will play either South Carolina or Cornell in the second round of the Charleston Classic, Friday, November 20. The 49ers conclude play in the Charleston Classic on Sunday, November 23.
The 49ers return to Halton Arena to face ACC foe Miami in their home opener, Tuesday, November 25. This game is a non-bracketed game in the Charleston Classic. This game may be the second meeting between Charlotte and Miami since both teams are playing in the Charleston Classic and could play each other in Charleston on Sunday, November 23. Charlotte concludes the month of November with a road contest at UNC Asheville, Sunday, November 30.
The 49ers begin the month of December with two consecutive road games versus Atlantic 10 opponents. First, the 49ers face Davidson, who played in the 2014 NIT, on the road, Wednesday, December 3. Then, the 49ers play 2014 NCAA Tournament participant George Washington in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, December 7. After a break for final exams the 49ers return to action with two games in Halton Arena. First the 49ers play the College of Charleston, Tuesday, December 16 and then two days later Charlotte faces Appalachian State in Halton Arena, Thursday, December 18. The 49ers travel back to Washington, D.C. and the Verizon Center to play Georgetown, a 2014 NIT participant, Saturday, December 20. The 49ers conclude the month of December on the road at ACC foe Georgia Tech, Tuesday, December 30.
Charlotte plays their final non-conference game in the midst of Conference USA play when they face North Carolina A&T in Halton Arena, Wednesday, February 4.
Charlotte begins their 18-game Conference USA schedule in Halton Arena against Old Dominion, who played in 2014 College Basketball Invitational, Sunday, January 4. Then, Charlotte plays Conference USA newcomer WKU on the road, Thursday, January 10. The 49ers conclude their first Conference USA road trip at Marshall, Saturday, January 10. The 49ers return home to Halton Arena to play North Texas, Thursday, January 15 and Rice, Saturday, January 17. Charlotte returns to the road with games at UAB, Thursday, January 22 and at 2014 Conference USA co-champion Middle Tennessee, Saturday, January 24. Charlotte wraps up the month of January with two games in in Halton Arena. First, the 49ers play Florida Atlantic, Thursday, January 29. Then, the 49ers conclude January with a home contest against FIU, Saturday, January 31.
After leaving Conference USA play with their final non-conference game of the season against North Carolina A&T, Wednesday, February 4. The 49ers play three straight Conference USA road games. First the 49ers play at Old Dominion, Saturday, February 7. Then, the 49ers make their first of two trips to the state of Texas in February. Charlotte plays at UTEP, who played in the 2014 College Basketball Invitational, Thursday, February 12. Then, the 49ers play UTSA on the road, Saturday, February 14. Charlotte returns to Halton Arena to play 2014 Conference USA co-champions Louisiana Tech, who made the quarterfinals of the 2014 NIT, Thursday, February 19 and Southern Miss, who also made the quarterfinals of the 2014 NIT, Saturday, February 21. Charlotte concludes the month of February with their final two regular-season road games and a return to the state of Texas. First, the 49ers play North Texas on the road, Thursday, February 26 and then Rice on the road, Saturday, February 28.
Charlotte begins the month of March with their final two home games. First the 49ers play WKU in Halton Arena, Thursday, March 5. Charlotte concludes the regular-season in Halton Arena against Marshall, Saturday, March 7.
The regular-season culminates with the Conference USA Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, March 11-14.
The 49ers men’s basketball program, which has averaged 19 wins over the last two seasons, returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from a squad that defeated top 15 Michigan to capture the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off title.