Monday, January 29, 2007

Massachusetts - Charlotte Observations

• Despite the team's struggles this season, Charlotte 49ers coach Bobby Lutz was greeted by cheers of "Bob-by, Bob-by" from the student section before the game.

• If there were a statistic for missed chip shots, Charlotte and Massachusetts would be among the Atlantic 10 leaders. At least half a dozen times, UMass or Charlotte players shot from next to or underneath the basket, only to see the ball roll around, bounce on or off the rim -- everything except go in.

• Sunday's announced paid attendance was 7,679, the highest at Halton Arena this season. The only other game remaining likely to come close to it is the March 1 game against George Washington.

• The 49ers were in the game until the end. But in this up-and-down season, there is at least one truism -- Charlotte has yet to win (0-8) when it shoots less than 40 percent from the field. The 49ers shot 36.8 percent Sunday.

Victor Davila, a 6-foot-8, 223-pound junior forward at Starmount High in Booneville, made an unofficial visit to Charlotte and attended Sunday's game. He is also being recruited by Wake Forest, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Appalachian State, among others.

-- Jim Utter


Anonymous said...

Hit the nail on the head with this one. The fans are supporting the team, but the team just doesnt have it. Hopefully that recruid saw it as this game and thought of it as an opportunity to do good in the world and help us out.... But I would urge all fans to keep comming out to support the team, without the fans it could of been a huge blowout!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog Jim. It's nice to see the Observer stepping up to the plate. I just wish we had something good to say about the Niners. Oh well, maybe next season.