The Charlotte 49ers (6-2) play Hofstra at 4 p.m. Saturday (MASN) at the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, N.Y. Jim Utter takes a quick look at the Pride (1-5), who are coming off a 77-74 home loss to Stony Brook on Wednesday:
WHAT'S GONE RIGHT
Hofstra features scoring wonder Antoine Agudio, who is tied with Niagara's Charron Fisher as the nation's leading scorer. Both average 27.0 points per game. The Pride obviously relies on Agudio a lot and it shows as he leads the country in minutes played (39.8 per game). Freshman guard Charles Jenkins has provided a spark, scoring in double figures in five straight games.
WHAT'S GONE WRONG
Too many times this season, Hofstra has given up big leads to its opponents early in the game and mounted spirited comebacks, only to fall short each time. Agudio may have the ability to shoot the Pride back in games, but you cannot do that successfully on a regular basis after giving up 20-plus point leads. Hofstra has lost four consecutive games by a combined 12 points.
The Pride can put points on the board, but Charlotte is also very capable of explosive runs on offense, particularly from senior guard Leemire Goldwire, who has scored a career-high 34 and 24 points, respectively, in each of his past two games. If the 49ers' defense can match anything like that in their win over Southern Illinois last Saturday, Hofstra could be looking at five straight losses.