Saturday, February 23, 2008

On crazy day in A-10, win gives 49ers hope

Talk about crazy.

George Washington beats Richmond. Fordham beats Temple. And Charlotte beats Saint Louis.

What does that all mean? Well, it means when the 49ers travel to face Temple next Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the winner of that game could be in second place in the Atlantic 10 with six losses.

Amazing.

Just a day ago, when Charlotte was in the midst of a three-game losing streak and had dropped five of its past six, the 49ers' season seemed to be falling apart.

In the span of one victory and a couple upsets, Charlotte is back in position to claim one of the four first-round byes in next month's conference tournament in Atlantic City, N.J.

"We can finish anywhere from second to not making the (conference) tournament. And that's still a mathematical possibility," Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz said after the game. "You don't want to think negatively, but that is true of us and a lot of teams in our league.

"It's just so wide open. Tonight's win helped us secure our position a little bit better."

And by no means have Charlotte's players packed it in this season.

"There is still a lot to play for," said freshman An'Juan Wilderness. "We need to play hard in these last few games and in the conference tournament. It's been so up-and-down this season, I definitely think we can get back up there with everybody else."

5 comments:

Jon said...

I love College Basketball for this very reason... if kids try hard, they can overcome.

Anonymous said...

ITS GOOD THAT LUTZ WON AND PUT HIMSELF IN THE SPOT FOR THE MOST WINNING COACH IN CHARLOTTE 49ER HISTORY, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT CHARLOTTE IS PROBABLY GOING TO MISS ITS THIRD NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE IN A ROW. CHARLOTTE 6-6 IN THE A-10 AND 2-2 AGAINST THE ACC. BOBBY CAN STILL COACH, BUT HE IS FIGHTING UPHILL BATTLE IN THE A-10. CHARLOTTE AND SAINT LOUIS SHOULD GO BACK TO C-USA AND THAT WAY LUTZ CAN GET A CONTRACT EXTENTION TRY HIS LUCK WITH CLEAN SLATE.

Jeff said...

Whatever happens the rest of the way this season will be alot easlier to swallow knowing what next season should hold in store for Niner fans. With the improvement weekly of Phil and Gaby, two quality junior point guards, two senior leaders on the wing and the play-making ability of Wilderness, all we'll need is for Ian, Shamarr and Javarris to hit a few outside shots from time to time and we should be good for a Sweet 16 run at least.

Anonymous said...

I hope your right. At this point, I would be satisfied with NCAA tournament appearence.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope it remains crazy tonight and that we knock off Temple at their house.