Charlotte (13-14; 5-9) v. Duquesne (15-13; 6-8)
Wed.; Feb. 29 at Halton Arena (9,105); Charlotte, N.C.; 7:30 p.m.
49ers Radio Network: Matt Swierad, Lanny Ford, ESPN 730, Charlotte
Charlotte (13-14; 5-9) vs. Duquesne (15-13; 6-8)
All-Time Series Record: Charlotte leads 5-4
3-3 vs. Duquesne in A-10 regular-season play (H: 2-1; A: 1-2)
Duquesne has won the last three meetings
Charlotte has won 2 of 3 games at Halton Arena
About Duquesne (RPI: 105):
Duquesne has lost three straight and 4 of its last 5
The Dukes are 3-8 on the road. Last road win: at Dayton, 83-73, 2/1
Sophomore TJ McConnell leads the A-10 with 79 steals
BJ Monteiro leads three Dukes in double figures at 14.8 ppg.
Duquesne averages 72.2 points (.447 FG%), allows 71.0 p (.454 FG%)
Charlotte has won three of its last six. In each of the three wins, opponents were held under 70 points and to 40% shooting or less.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
At 13-14; 5-9 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 20 games. He has broken the 49ers 28-year old freshman record with 66 steals.
The 49ers have three freshmen averaging over 15.0 minutes in Atlantic 10 games.
Chris Braswell (1020); Derrio Green (952); are #24; #26 all-time in scoring.
Derrio Green (164) is #10 all-time in three-pointers made, 10 shy of #9 (De'Angelo Alexander, 174).
Javarris Barnett (130) is #13 all-time in three-pointers
49ers: 9-2 when opponent shoots under 40%.
49ers: 10-3 when they score 70 or more points.
49ers: 9-3 when they win the board battle.
49ers: 10-4 when they lead at the half.
Javarris Barnett: at home: 16.8 points; .554 FG%; .577 FT%
DeMario Mayfield: 10.6 rebs over last 5 games
Terrence Williams: last 2: 7.0 ppg; 3.5 rpg off bench
Charlotte concludes its regular season at Xavier, Saturday
Xavier beat the 49ers, 74-70 at Halton Arena, Jan. 28
Charlotte is 0-7 all-time at Xavier, 0-5 mark in A-10 reg. seas.
LOOKING BACK: RECAP LAST GAME:
Charlotte shot 38%, including just 18% from three-point range ind ropping a 72-56 decision to St. Bonaventure. Andrew Nicholson led the Bonnies with 25 points and 11 rebounds. St. Bonaventure built a 10-point half time lead and after Charlotte's run cut the lead to three, the Bonnies went on a 17-5 run to push the second half lead to 15. DeMario Mayfield and Javarris Barnett had 13 points each, with Mayfield adding 9 boards. SBU enjoyed a 37-28 edge on the boards and shot 48% from the field.
The Charlotte 49ers (13-14; 5-9, A-10) host Duquesne. Wednesday, in their final home game of the season. The game also completes a three-game homestand. Charlotte has split the first two games of the homestand, defeating George Washington and falling to St. Bonaventure. Charlotte, tied for 11th in the A-10 standings, has won three of its last six league games and has more wins (13) and more A-10 wins (5) than last year. At 15-13, 6-9, Duquesne is in 9th place, one game ahead of the 49ers in the standings.
FINAL WEEK: Entering the final week of the season, Charlotte appears to have clinched a spot in the upcoming A-10 Championship Tournament. Should it come down to a head-to-head tiebreaker, the 49ers own tie breakers over both Fordham and Rhode Island, who are two games back of the 49ers with two games remaining. In the event of a three-way tie that includes George Washington and either Fordham or Rhode Island, the 49ers also win the tiebreaker. (See Page 2)
1000-POINT CLUBBING: Chris Braswell became the 24th player to join the 49ers 1000-Point Club, last Wednesday night. In need of 8 points, he scored the 49ers first 9 points on his way to a 19-point effort in Charlotte's 72-62 win over George Washington. The last 49er, and the last junior, to join the 49ers' 1000-Point Club was Leemire Goldwire, in 2007. Deuce Briscoe scored his 1000th collegiate point this year, as well -- 535 of which came as a freshman at NC Central.
BRAZ ATTACK: Junior Chris Braswell is one of three A-10 players to rank in the top 15 in scoring (11th, 15.1) and rebounding (6th, 7.4). In A-10 games, he's one of three to rank in the top 10 of both (8th, 16.1 ppg; 10th, 7.1 rpg). The other two are St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson and Fordham's Chris Gaston. Braswell also shoots .496 from the field and .765 from the line.
He scored his 1000th career-point, notched six double-doubles to move into 5th-place all-time (21 career) and scored in double-digits in 21 games, this year.
JB AT HOME IN A-10: In A-10 games only, Javarris Barnett leads the A-10 with 2.4 3FG/gm and is 3rd with a .478 3FG%. He is especially effective at home, where he averages a team-high 16.8 points shooting .554 from the floor; .577 3FG%. In A-10 games, Barnett scores 13.6 points with a .507 FG% and a .478 3FG%.
The 49ers have reversed six results from last year:
Opponent 10-11 11-12
at ECU L, 62-61 W, 76-64
Davidson L, 82-66 W, 84-61
vs. Richmond L, 72-59 W, 75-70
Saint Joseph's L, 71-70 W, 57-52
Rhode Island L, 71-70 ot W, 73-66
George Washington L, 67-73 W, 72-62
TOP A-10 Rookie: Freshman Pierria Henry, a two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, was tabbed by ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil as the A-10 Rookie of the Year, when A-10 play began. He broke the 49ers 28-year old single-season freshman steals record (66) and ranks 4th in the NCAA (2.7/gm). He averages 7.4 pts, 3.6 rebs, 3.2 asts and 2.6 stls -- within reach of the A-10 freshman record of 2.8 (Temple's Pepe Sanchez in 1996-97.) He has scored in double figures, nine times (6 vs. A-10).
Charlotte ranks in 28th in the NCAA in steals per game (8.4) and Pierria Henry (2.6; 6th) ranks in the top 10.
HIGHS: Team: 13 vs. Davidson; at Saint Joseph's
Individual: 6, Derrio Green vs. Davidson
5, Pierria Henry vs. ETSU; SLU; URI
FRESHMAN STEALS RECORD:
With 66 steals, Pierria Henry has broken the 49ers freshman steals record. He is just the third 49ers freshman with 50 thefts. Keith Williams set the freshman record at 54 in 1983-84. Phil Ward also had 51 as a frosh in 1978-79.
His 66 steals are 6th most in a single-season, two shy of the top 5. He has at least one steal in every game played and multiple steals in 20.
The A-10 freshman record is 91 (TJ McConnell, '10-11) and the A-10 freshman record per game is 2.8 (Pepe Sanchez, '96-97).
Pierria Henry is the 49ers starting point guard as a freshman. Here are the 49ers four-year starting guards that Henry could join, with Keith Williams the only true four-year point guard:
Chad Kinch, 1977-80
Phil Ward, 1979-82
Keith Williams, 1984-87
Henry Williams, 1989-92
Jobey Thomas, 1999-02
MAYFIELD EMERGES: Over the last 7 games, sophomore DeMario Mayfield is averaging 13.1 points and 9.7 rebounds with three double-doubles. He's scored in double figures in 10 of his last 12. In A-10 games, he leads the 49ers with 8.4 rebounds per game (6th in A-10). He shares the team lead with six double-doubles and ranks 4th in the A-10 with 5.2 defensive rebounds.
Career-Best 20+: The 49ers have had three different players score a career-high of over points this semester. Javarris Barnett had a career-high 27 vs. Xavier, DeMario Mayfield scored a career-high 25 points vs. Kennesaw State, and Chris Braswell scored his career-high of 31 at UMass. The 49ers have 10 20-point games: Braswell 5; Barnett 4; Mayfield 1
BRASWELL'S CAREER NIGHT:
Chris Braswell scored a career-high 31 points at UMass. Braswell hit 9-of-15 shots, including 3-of-5 threes and made 10-of-11 foul shots. He added 9 boards. It is the most points scored by a 49er this year and the most since Shamari Spears had 31 vs. George Washington, 2/3/10.
BRASWELL MAKING MARK: With 1020 career points and 666 career rebounds in his third year, Chris Braswell is on his way up the career charts. He could become just the 8th player in school history to record 1000 points and 750 rebounds. Only three 49ers in school history have posted 1000 of each:
Cedric Maxwell (1824 p; 1117 r)
Jarvis Lang (1855 p; 1047 r)
Curtis Withers (1750 p; 1042 r)
Charlotte scored 50 points in the paint in the win against Richmond, including 32 of 34 first half points. The 49ers made a season-low one three-pointer on just six attempts. Javarris Barnett, who ranked in the A-10's top 10 last year in three-point shooting, hit 9-of-11 shots for 22 points, and attempted just one three-pointer.
The Charlotte 49ers have one of the nation's top 20 youngest rosters. Charlotte's roster of 13 players has a total of 18 years of collegiate playing experience, counting junior college years (1.38 avg. per player).
Players Total Exp. Avg. 49ers Exp. Avg.
13 18 years 1.38 14 years 1.08
BIG WIN/LITTLE WIN:
Charlotte is 10-3 when it scores 70 or more points and is 10-3 when it shoots over 40%, including a 3-0 mark over 50%:
.558 at Wright State (W, 70-66)
.527 vs. Richmond (W, 75-70)
.518 vs. Davidson (W, 84-61)
Charlotte is 9-2 when opponents have been held under 40% shooting and 9-2 when opponents were held under 65 points, including three held under 60 points
W, 57-52 vs. Saint Joseph's
W, 57-49 at Radford
W, 73-57 vs. NC Central
A LOOK INSIDE THE STATS:
In its last 3 wins, the 49ers have held each opponent to 40% shooting or less and to 66 points or less.
Charlotte has lost the last two games in which it shot 50% from the field (.543 vs. SLU, L, 68-67; .500 at La Salle, L, 85-72)
Charlotte has a +3.6 (+47) rebounding margin in its 12 wins; a -5.3 (-74) margin in its 14 losses
Terrence Williams pulled 9 rebounds in his first 9 collegiate games (1.0). In his last 10 collegiate games, he has pulled 42 rebounds (4.2)
Chris Braswell averages a team-high 5.3 FTA/gm. In wins, that number jumps to 5.8 per game. In losses: 4.7 FTA/game.