Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tulsa | 49ers Next Opponent

The Charlotte 49ers (6-3) play Tulsa at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla. Jim Utter takes a quick look at the Golden Hurricane (4-4), who is coming off a 90-61 victory Saturday over Texas-Pan American:


Tulsa has played well at home, with a perfect record (3-0) at the Reynolds Center. The Golden Hurricane hasn't played exactly tough competition, though, as the wins have come over the likes of Arkansas State, Central Arkansas and Texas-Pan American. The Golden Hurricane utilize a three-guard offense much of the time, led by sophomore Ben Uzoh, who leads the team averaging nearly 16 points per game.


The Golden Hurricane have not played well away from home, losing handily to Hampton, cross-town rival Oral Roberts, Arkansas-Little Rock and Oklahoma. Tulsa has had trouble generating consistent offense in the face of strong defensive pressure. The lack of a strong nonconference schedule at home makes it difficult to judge Tulsa's ability.


Charlotte has had difficulty rebounding, particularly in last Saturday's loss at Hofstra. Tulsa has a 7-footer, so the 49ers will need to continue to focus in that area. Charlotte should be one of the best defensive teams Tulsa has faced so far this season. How well Charlotte responds to its loss, will likely determine the flow of this game.