Wednesday, February 4, 2009

On Tap: Charlotte vs. Rhode Island

The Charlotte 49ers aren't the only Atlantic 10 team that has taken a hit with injuries this season. Although Rhode Island (15-7, 4-3) sports a good record, the Rams have struggled recently with the loss of junior guard Keith Cothran to a ligament injury.

Cothran has missed four games and remains doubtful for Rhode Island's matchup with Charlotte at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Halton Arena. "It's a ligament in his knee and all we can do is take it one step at a time," said Rams coach Jim Baron. "We want him back as quickly as we can, but at the same time we want him healthy."

Before his injury, Cothran was averaging 14.3 points a game and still leads the team with 33 steals. Junior forward Lamonte Ulmer has started the four games Cothran has missed and has played well in his place. "Against La Salle (a win), he had five steals, five assists, four rebounds. He's been playing very well. He's just so aggressive."

-- Charlotte hopes to have one of its injured players, sophomore forward An'Juan Wilderness, back in the lineup against Rhode Island. Wilderness has missed the last three games after re-aggravating a stress fracture in his left foot during the 49ers' win last month over Massachusetts.