Wednesday, December 1, 2010

East Carolina pre-game observations

A few thoughts before hitting the road for Greenville for tonight's 49ers game against East Carolina...

-- With Shamari Spears out again tonight (nothing official yet, but don't count on it because he didn't practice Monday), we'll see if the 49ers interior offense runs as smoothly as it did against Radford. Chris Braswell and Phil Jones seemed to have more room to operate down low in Spears' absence.  Jones' 7 for 7 game against Radford, included the most field goals without a miss for a 49er since An'Juan Wilderness went 8 for 8 against Richmond in 2008.

-- The 49ers are shooting well from 3-point range lately (45% against Oregon State, 40% against Radford). East Carolina allows opponents make less than 25% of their 3-pointers. Charlotte was 6 of 18 (33%) against the Pirates in Charleston.

-- Shamarr Bowden, who played at Charlotte as a freshman last season, will play at East Carolina next season. He's at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College this season.

-- Dave Odom, dad of 49ers assistant Ryan Odom, was head coach at East Carolina from 1979-82.

-- Pirates point guard Brock Young hurt his knee in the offseason and is just now working his way back into shape. Young, a preseason all-Conference USA pick, wasn't much of a factor in Charlotte's victory against the Pirates in Charleston (six points in 22 minutes). He dished his 500th career assist on Saturday against UNC Greensboro.


Anonymous said...

What is this, the 9th school for Shamarr? I'll never forget him showing up for Lutz's "goodbye ceremony" at Wild Wing cafe. What in the world was he doing there?

Anonymous said...

Watching the channelsurfing telecast and listening to Matt, I wonder what you Lutz detractors would say about all the missed, long 3-point shots. Isn't it amazing that we still rely on bad shooting and still can't guard three-point shooters.
Down 8 after up by 13. Great coaching.