Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Looking (through the snow) at Temple

PHILADELPHIA -- Temple coach Fran Dunphy is a little worried about his team, which plays the Charlotte 49ers at 7 tonight in snowy Philadelphia (the game is on Time Warner Cable in Charlotte channel 519).

"I'm not sure who we are at this point," Dunphy said of the Owls (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10), the league's preseason favorites who have lost two of their last three (road games at Duquesne and Xavier). "We had good stretches (against Xavier) but couldn't sustain. This isn't the most consistent team I've been associated with."

Dunphy says forward Lavoy Allen, the league's preseason player of the year, has struggled. Guard Juan Fernandez has also been bothered by a knee injury.

Here's Dunphy's take on the 49ers, who have lost four of their first five A-10 games:

"They’re like a lot of teams in our league: Anybody can beat us. If you watched them play against Tennessee, they (did) a spectacular job and they can be ready to throw that at you at any moment. They've got great quickness in their guard play and that's a big concern. (Chris) Braswell is terrific. (An'Juan) Wilderness is playing well and (Javarris) Barnett is getting playing time now. This is a great opportunity for us."

-- Funny tweets this morning from former 49ers guard Trevin Parks, who's now at Johnson C. Smith: (Does) anybody that goes to JCSU have an umbrella? .... I don't want to walk around Golden Bulls territory with a ninernation umbrella. LOL."

Parks, incidentally, is leading the CIAA in scoring at 22.7 ppg.

-- Charlotte's women's team tries to bounce back from Saturday's loss against Xavier in a noon game today at Richmond. It won't be easy for the 49ers (15-5, 3-2) against the Spiders (13-6, 4-1), who have the league's leading scorer in Brittani Shells (20.7).


Anonymous said...

We may have had the smallest guard contingent physiclally, ever, but we could have used Trevin Parks this season.

Anonymous said...

We try hard.
We are not good.
Anybody else out there expect to have no shot at all this season? Not me.

Anonymous said...

uncc should just give up. they are awful. theyd be awful with the knuckleheads they kicked off the team. dont have a big time program. stop pretending.

Dowless said...

I was unable to watch the game tonight, but it appears that KJ had a good showing. I think it will be interesting to see how Charlotte fairs against a La Salle team that is pretty even with where Charlotte is. I see Charlotte finishing the season around 13-17.

Anonymous said...

What's the matter 10:45 did uncc cancel your GED program? I'll be sure to shed a tear for you.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or has the A.D. at Richmond done a better job than Judy?

Dowless said...

Richmond won half as many conference championships as Charlotte did last year. This is what Jim Miller has done facility wise for Richmond since 2000.

•Facility improvements include renovated locker rooms for all sports.
•New permanent wall-to-wall floor installed in main arena.
•New computer lab installed for student-athletes.
•Weight room and pool renovated. Baseball indoor practice facility enhanced.

Can you even compare that to what Charlotte has done with there facilities in the last 10 years?

Anonymous said...

Under Jim Miller's Leadership at Richmond He/the school have

• Won National Championship in football
• Last year had four head coaches earn A-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors.
• Graduation rate of student-athletes one of highest in nation, ninth with 89% rate.
• Department named recipient of the 2002 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Achievement Award,
presented annually to the Virginia university which achieves the highest overall winning
percentage (63%) for their athletic programs.
• Advanced to post-season play in men's basketball, reaching quarterfinals of NIT. Made NCAA
Tournament last year
• Won NCAA Regional in baseball, advancing to Super-Regional and finishing season with highest national ranking ever (11th)
• Corporate partnership dollars increased 62%.
• Spider Club donations reached an all-time high
• Presently in third place in the A-10 basketball
• Hired three successful Head Football Coaches
• Hired the successful Head Baseball Coach
• Hired the successful Head basketball Coach