Observations from Charlotte's 67-61 loss against VCU:
-- Senior forward J.T. Thompson's knee injury is a tough blow for Charlotte, but an even tougher one for Thompson, a truly nice young man who is now dealing with his third ACL injury in three seasons (two previously at Virginia Tech).
"He's helped us out a lot," said sophomore point guard Pierria Henry. "It's his voice, the good advice he gives. Letting us know the things he's been through. He risked his body for us, now we've got to do the same for him."
Coach Alan Major said Thompson will continue to pursue his Masters degree in grad school at Charlotte. The amount of work Thompson put in to return to basketball was unbelievable and now, for a third time, it's gone for nothing. Let's wish J.T. the best.
-- Charlotte's rugged A-10 schedule continues next week with games at Butler and Saint Louis. The 49ers (17-6, 5-4) are then off for eight days before a home game against Temple on Feb. 24. The back-end of Charlotte's league schedule is made up of second-division teams Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne and Saint Joseph's.
-- VCU's defense against Charlotte was so tight that the 49ers didn’t attempt a 3-pointer in the first half.
-- Charlotte forward Darion Clark had to leave the game in the first half for the locker room after he apparently took an elbow to his left eyebrow. He came back a few minutes later with it repaired.-- The 49ers have point guard Pierria Henry now, but Virginia Commonwealth thought it had him at one time. Henry committed verbally to VCU coming out of high school in Charleston, W.Va., before he changed his mind. Henry also had an offer to play football at Marshall.
-- Charlotte coach Alan Major and VCU’s Shake Smart are old friends, and went through the Villa 7 assistant-coaching mentoring program together before they got their head-coaching jobs. -- It was the second well-attended game (8,794) in a row for the 49ers (they sold out their homecoming game against Massachusetts on Feb. 2). There was a sizeable group of VCU fans on hand, as well.