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GAME NOTES: Charlotte at Xavier, Saturday
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 03/02/2012
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Charlotte (13-15; 5-10) at Xavier (18-11; 9-6)

Sat.; Mar. 3 at Cintas Center (10,250); Cincinnati, Ohio; 2:00 p.m.

TV: CBS College Sports Regional (James Bates, Steve Wolf)

Radio Network: Matt Swierad, Lanny Ford (ESPN 730, Charlotte; WZGM 1350 Black Mountain; WLON 1050, Lincolnton)

Game #29:

 

Charlotte (13-15; 5-10) at Xavier (18-11; 9-6)

All-Time Series Record:  Charlotte trails, 2-10

      2-8 vs. Xavier in A-10 regular-season play (H: 2-3; A: 0-5)

      Charlotte is 0-7 vs. Xavier in Cincinnati; 0-5 in Cintas Center

      The 5 A-10 reg-season losses at X are all by double figs (20.8 avg.)

      Alan Major is 1-2 vs. Xavier

About Xavier (RPI: 53): 

Xavier is 12-3 at home, including a 6-1 home record in A-10 games

Guards Tu Holloway (16.4) and Mark Lyons (15.9) lead X in scoring

Xavier is 3-4 over its last 7 games (H: 3-0; A: 0-4)

Musketeers own a .454 FG% and a .359 3FG% and average 71.3 pts.

Charlotte is 4-2 in games played before 6:00 p.m.

           

OF LATE:

Charlotte has won three of its last seven. In each of the three wins, opponents were held under 70 points and to 40% shooting or less. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

49ers 6-8 on the road, doubling last year's road win total (3).

49ers 6 road wins are tied for 2nd most in A-10 (Temple, 9)

Chris Braswell's last 6 A-10 road games: 21.7 ppg; .560 FG% (47-84) with three double-doubles.

Deuce Briscoe: double figures in 5 of 7 A-10 road games

At 13-15; 5-10 in A-10, the 49ers have passed last year's overall and A-10 win totals (10-20; 2-14).

Pierria Henry (6th 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 67 steals.

Three 49ers freshmen average 15.0+ minutes in A-10 games.

Derrio Green (166) is #10 all-time in three-pointers made, 8 shy of #9 (De'Angelo Alexander, 174). 

Javarris Barnett (133) is #13 all-time in 3FGM, 6 shy of #12.

49ers: 9-2 when opponent shoots under 40%.

49ers: 10-4 when they score 70 or more points.

49ers: 9-4 when they win the board battle.

49ers: 10-4 when they lead at the half.

WHO'S HOT:

Javarris Barnett:  4 straight in double figures (13.8 ppg)

DeMario Mayfield:  3 straight in double figures (15.7 ppg)

Chris Braswell: Doubles-doubles in 2 of last 4

PEEKING AHEAD:

Charlotte will play a first round A-10 tournament game, Tues.

The 49ers are 2-5 all-time in A-10 tourney action

The 49ers last A-10 1st Rd. win: 2007-08 vs. Rhode Island

LOOKING BACK: RECAP LAST GAME:

Duquesne shot 59% and scored 88 points, both highs for a 49ers opponent, this season, in handling Charlotte an 88-77 loss.  It was the 49ers final home game of the regular season.  charoltte's 77 points were themost it has scored in A-10 action this year.  Chris Braswell had his 7th double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and DeMario Mayfield led the 49ers with 19 points -- his highest scoring game against A-10 competition.

THE HEADLINES

The Charlotte 49ers (13-15; 5-10, A-10) travel to Xavier for the final game of the regular season. Charlotte has clinched a spot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and will be playing a road game in the A-10 first round, Mar. 6.  Charlotte is tied for 11th in the A-10 standings. With a win at Xavier, the 49ers will earn the 11th seed.  With a loss, the 49ers will be seeded 12th.  The 49ers have more wins (13), more A-10 wins (5) and more road wins (6) than last year.  Charlotte lost 74-70 to Xavier, earlier this season.

BRACKET ANALYSIS: Charlotte is tied for 11th and has clinched an A-10 Tournament berth. The 49ers will be seeded 11th with a win at Xavier (Charlotte wins a possible tiebreaker with George Washington at 6-10 on the strength of wins over Xavier and Saint Joseph's). The 49ers will be seeded 12th with a loss at Xavier (Charlotte loses a possible tiebreaker with GW at 5-11 because Charlotte would be 0-2 vs. Xavier; GW is 0-1). As 12th seed the 49ers would play at #5 seed Saint Joseph's.  As the 11th seed, the 49ers could play at La Salle, UMass, Dayton, Saint Joseph's or Xavier.

49ers TURN AROUND: The 49ers had a five-game win streak, their longest under 2nd-year head coach Alan Major, have gone 6-8 on the road to double last year's road win total (3), have won six games that it lost last year and, at 13-15; 5-10, have surpassed last year's overall and A-10 win totals.  Defense has been at the heart of the 49ers success.  Charlotte is 9-2 when holding its opponent below 40% shooting.

1000-POINT CLUBBING: Chris Braswell became the 24th player to join the 49ers 1000-Point Club, Feb. 22.  In need of 8 points, he scored the 49ers first 9 points on his way to a 19-point effort in the 72-62 win over George Washington.  The last 49er, and last junior, to reach 1000 was Leemire Goldwire, in 2007.  Deuce Briscoe scored his 1000th collegiate point this year, as well -- 535 of which 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, 7.6).  In A-10 games, he's one of three to rank in the top 10 of both (7th, 16.1 ppg; 10th, 7.4 rpg).  The other two are St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson and Fordham's Chris Gaston.  Braswell also shoots .498 from the field and .771 from the line. 

     He scored his 1000th career-point, notched seven double-doubles to move into 6th-place all-time (22 career) and scored in double-digits in 22 games, this year.

TURNAROUND:

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

JB AT HOME IN A-10: In A-10 games only, Javarris Barnett is 3rd in the A-10 with 2.4 3FG/gm and is 2nd with a .468 3FG%.  In A-10 games, Barnett scores 13.7 points with a  .490 FG% and a .468 3FG%.

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 (67) and ranks 6th in the NCAA (2.6/gm).  He averages 7.2 pts, 3.6 rebs, 3.3 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).

GRAND THEFT:

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 67 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 67 steals are 6th most in a single-season, one 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).

STARTING GUARDS:

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 8 games, sophomore DeMario Mayfield is averaging 13.8 points and 9.1 rebounds with three double-doubles.  He's scored in double figures in 11 of his last 13.  In A-10 games, he leads the 49ers with 8.1 rebounds per game (6th in A-10).   He has 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 20 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 1037 career points and 677 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)

YOUNG ROSTER:

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:

     OFFENSE:

Charlotte is 10-4 when it scores 70 or more points and is 10-4 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)

     DEFENSE:

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 -4.6 (-69) margin in its 15 losses

Terrence Williams pulled 9 rebounds in his first 9 collegiate games (1.0).  In his last 11 collegiate games, he has pulled 42 rebounds (3.8)

Chris Braswell averages a team-high 5.3 FTA/gm.  In wins, that number jumps to 5.8 per game.  In losses: 4.9 FTA/game.


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