Thursday, January 10, 2008

Notes, one day after Charlotte's upset ...

OUCH: Charlotte’s first practice following its 82-72 upset of No. 18 Clemson was marred with an injury to shooting guard Ian Andersen, who rolled his right ankle at the start of practice. He spent the rest of the afternoon with his ankle in ice packs and was headed for precautionary X-rays late Thursday. The extent of his injury remains unclear.

BIG JUMP: Charlotte’s win at Clemson had a large and immediate impact on the team’s RPI (Rating Percentage Index), which is used by the NCAA in making at-large selections to the NCAA tournament. By Thursday morning, Charlotte had moved to No. 114 according to – a jump of more than 50 spots from the day before.
In addition, Charlotte’s strength of schedule, which had spent most of the early season ranked 200 or higher among the 341 Division I schools has jumped. As of Thursday, the 49ers were credited with the 122nd-strongest schedule.

ALSO CONTRIBUTING: Overlooked in Charlotte’s win, which came with the assistance of several strong individual contributions, was the play of junior forward Lamont Mack, who finished with 15 points (on 6-of-11 shooting), five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Mack was key in Charlotte’s ability to pass around and over Clemson’s pressure defense throughout the game and was effective attacking the basket.