Charlotte (12-12; 4-7) at Richmond (13-14; 4-8)
Sat.; Feb. 18 at Robins Center (9,071); Richmond, Va.; 6:00 p.m.
49ers Radio Network: Matt Swierad
ESPN 730, Charlotte
Charlotte (12-12; 4-7) at Richmond (13-14; 4-8)
All-Time Series Record: Charlotte trails, 7-9 (H: 4-4 A: 2-5 N: 1-0)
5-8 vs. Richmond in A-10 regular-season play (H: 3-4; A: 2-4)
49ers won in the 2012 A-10 opener, 75-70, Jan. 4 @ Halton
49ers have split their last two trips Richmond
About Richmond (RPI: 136):
Charlotte (4-7) leads Richmond (4-8) by 1/2 game in the A-10
Richmond is 9-4 at home (3-3 in A-10)
Richmond has lost 5 of its last 6
Four Spiders average double figures (Darien Brothers, 13.7)
The Spiders rank 2nd in A-10 in 3FG made (8.0/gm):
Brothers & Kendall Anthony (13.3 p) have 118 combined threes
The Charlotte 49ers (12-12; 4-7, A-10) travel to Richmond, Saturday. Both Charlotte (T10th, 4-7) and Richmond (12th, 4-8) have four A-10 wins, but Charlotte holds a half-game lead in the standings. Javarris Barnett scored 22 points as Charlotte defeated Richmond, 75-70 at home to open the A-10 season. Charlotte has won two of its last three league games and has more wins (12) and more A-10 wins (4) than last year. Chris Braswell is 24 points shy of 1000.
KEY STRETCH: Charlotte's next two games are against teams the 49ers are tied with in the A-10 win column. The 49ers (4-7) face Richmond (4-8) and George Washington (4-7). Charlotte is tied with George Washington for 10th in the A-10 standings, a half-game in front of 12th-place Richmond. There is a four-way tie for 6th at 6-5 in the A-10 (St. Bonaventure, La Salle, Dayton and Duquesne), two games ahead of the 49ers. Charlotte plays two of those teams, St. Bonaventure and Duquesne at home after George Washington.
A-10 Rookie OF THE WEEK: Freshman Pierria Henry was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week, this past week, after scoring a career-high 14 points with five assists and five steals in the 49ers win over Rhode Island, 73-66. It was his second A-10 Rookie of the Week honor. With those five steals, Henry also broke the 49ers freshman record for steals. He now has 61. He ranks 4th in the NCAA with 2.8/game. Henry was tabbed by ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil as the A-10 Rookie of the Year, when A-10 play began.
Niners; Braswell Road Warriors: Charlotte (6-7 on the road) has won 6 road games, doubling last year's road win total (3-13). Those 6 road wins are second-most in the A-10, behind Temple (8-3). In A-10 road games, Chris Braswell is averaging 20.5 points (22.0 ppg over the last 3 A-10 road games: 19 at La Salle; 20 at Fordham; 27 at Dayton) and has two double-doubles. Deuce Briscoe has scored in double figures in 5 of the 49ers 6 A-10 road games, including each of the last four.
JB FOR THREE: Javarris Barnett has been lighting up A-10 foes. In A-10 games, Barnett averages 13.6 points and shoots .496 from the field and .455 from three-point range. He is especially effective at home, where he is averaging 19.0 points over the last five game (w/27 v. Xavier (7-8 3FG); 23 vs. SLU (9-14 FG) and 18 vs. Rhode Island (4-7 3FG).
Charlotte has won two of its last three, holding its two victims under 70 points and under 40% shooting. After a 2-0 league start, Charlotte lost six straight A-10 games, but rebounded to win two its last three. Charlotte is 6-7 on the road, including a 2-4 A-10 road record.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
At 12-12; 4-7 in A-10, the 49ers have passed last year's overall and A-10 win totals (10-20; 2-14).
Pierria Henry (4th in NCAA in steals) has had at least one steal in every game and multiple steals in 19 games. He has broken the 49ers 28-year old freshman record with 61 steals.
Chris Braswell (976); Derrio Green (942); are #24; #27 all-time in scoring. Braswell needs 24 to become the 24th 49ers to reach 1000 points.
Chris Braswell (641) is 14th all-time in career rebounds, 7 shy of #13 (Cedric Ball, 648)
With 20 career double-doubles, Chris Braswell is tied with Cedric Ball for 6th all-time, 5 shy of #5 Norris Dae (25).
Javarris Barnett (122) is #14 all-time in three-pointers, 6 shy of #13 Lamont Mack, 128
Javarris Barnett: Last 4: 17.0 ppg; .652 3FG% (15-23)
DeMario Mayfield: Double-doubles in 3 of his last 4
Deuce Briscoe: Double figs in last 4: 11.5 ppg
Pierria Henry: A steal in every game; Multiple in 19 of 22
Chris Braswell: Last 3 A-10 road games: 22.0 ppg
Chris Braswell is averaging 22.0 points over the last 3 A-10 road games
Chris Braswell ranks 10th in A-10 in scoring (15.1) and 6th in rebounding (7.3)
Javarris Barnett ranks 10th in the A-10 in 3FG% (.409) and 3FGM/gm (2.0)
Javarris Barnett is averaging 19.5 points over the last six home games
E. Victor Nickerson had a career-high 5 rebounds in the 49ers last game (at Dayton)
Deuce Briscoe has scored in double figures in each of the last 4 games
Terrence Williams has 4 or more rebounds in 5 of the last 8 games, off the bench
DeMario Mayfield ransk 4th in the A-10 with 5.1 defensive rebounds
95 49ers earned A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in the fal (3.5 GPA or higher). That's 33%.
Charlotte has twice as many losses with less than 15 turnovers (6-8) than with 15 or more (6-4)
Charlotte has twice as many wins with 7 or less three-pointers (8-6) than 8 or more (4-6)
The 49ers host George Washington Wednesday.
Charlotte and GW are tied for 10th with 4-7 records.
GW hosts Saint Joseph's Saturday (4 pm)
GW defeated Charlotte 60-52 in D.C., Jan. 21
LOOKING BACK: RECAP LAST GAME:
Chris Braswell scored 27 points but Dayton hit 7-of-15 second half three-pointers to rally from a halftime deficit to defeat the 49ers, 75-65, in Dayton. Charlotte led by three at the half and still led by one with 7:21 to play, but a pair of Chris Johnson three-pointers led Dayton to a seven-point lead with 3:36 to play.