Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Observations from Central Michigan

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- So the 49ers are off to a 2-0 start and play at Lamar (which is in Beaumont, Texas) on Saturday. Some observations on Tuesday's 77-75 double-overtime victory against Central Michigan:

-- The offense went in fits and starts, in large part because coach Alan Major is experimenting (and will continue to do so) with various backcourt combinations. He used just about every combo imaginable in the first half -- starting Pierria Henry with Derrio Green, then bringing in Luka Voncina and Deuce Briscoe to play with each other and with Henry and Green also. There some small lineups -- Henry, Voncina, Mayfield, Williams and Sherrill. And some big ones: Sherrill, Barnett, Braswell, Henry, Voncina. Major likes having options, but having so many means finding the right combinations might take time.

-- Not sure that Briscoe is comfortable with his role coming off the bench. Although he was aggressive with the ball, he was one-of-five shooting and had four turnovers and no assists in eight minutes of play in the first half. He didn't even play in the second half.

-- Major's first substitution brought in five players four minutes into the game. The starters came out for E.Victor Nickerson, Terrence Williams, Briscoe, Voncina and K.J. Sherrill. Just like that, a 12-0 lead vanished for the 49ers.

-- Sure Charlotte was five-of-29 from 3-point range (Major said Central Michigan's defense forced drive-and-dish plays). But one of those five was spectacular. Nickerson jumped for a long rebound in the corner and, as the shot clock wound down, turned and shot it before coming down. Swish. EVR bragged about it on Twitter after the game -- as well he should have.

-- Major, incidentally, did concede that the 29 3-pointers were probably too many after he saw the stat sheet.

-- Three players with double-doubles (Braswell, Barnett, Mayfield) is impressive, even if the come with the help of 10 extra minutes.

-- Green's free throw in the second overtime was the difference. He keeps making those kinds of plays despite having really tough shooting nights (he missed all eight of his 3s).

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

too many 3s was #1 complaint of ignorant 40-whiner fans in past.

Anonymous said...

@7:50
Too many 3's not in the flow of the offense and lack of defensive intensity were problems in the past. Lutz is gone.Get over it and move on. The "chuck and duck" offense is gone. Even though you hate it, Major is going to do well.

Anonymous said...

8:20
You are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

8:20
You have no idea what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

Sloppy game all the way around by two mediocre mid-majors.

J said...

Sometimes a tendency will follow a team regardless of who the players and coaches are. The Panthers have had hundreds of defensive players and 4 different head coaches, but at no time in team history have they ever been able to prevent tight ends from having career games. It looks like, regardless of who the players or coaches are, putting on a Charlotte 49ers uniform causes people to jack up ridiculous amounts of 3s. If we're winning, I couldn't care less. When you're coming off a 20-loss season, any wins are beautiful wins.

Anonymous said...

2-0! Go Niners!

Anonymous said...

Damn you Charlotte Observer! How dare you put Duke and Coach K on the front page! Your hometown team played and won at Central Michigan! The University of Charlotte always gets hated on and it's not fair! We're playing against the world and our own hometown! Get a clue! This is Niner Nation! Not Wal-Mart fan nation!

Anonymous said...

Bad basketball.

Alex said...

I like Derrio, but he always seems convinced that even when he can't throw the ball into a lake, the next one is BOUND to go in. Brendan Plavich was the same way sometimes. If we had been able to get more inside, I imagine Derrio might have been on the bench; even so, he has to start getting the ball to Javarris or EVN or someone who either has an open jumper or can drive it to the rack.

All that said, a win is a win (especially after last year) and I'm going to hope the team continues to gel and play better on the road as the season progresses.

Anonymous said...

No our #1 complaint was that we didnt make the tournament for 5 straight years.

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