Hope everyone had a great Veterans Day! As the son of an Army veteran, a big thank you to all those that are serving and have served our great country. In honor of our vets, the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team will host “Military Appreciation Night” on Tuesday as they welcome the Georgia Southern Eagles to the Halton Arena court. Be hopeful that this one doesn’t hit OT, Niners fans, because it’s a very late start time by college hoops standards–9pm*. That’s to accomodate the NBC Sports Network, which will be televising the game live. Here’s what you need to know as we count down to tipoff against the Eagles.
Charlotte 49ers vs. Georgia Southern Eagles
Tuesday, November 13, 9pm
Radio: ESPN 730, Charlotte49ers.com; TV: NBC Sports Network
All-Time: Niners lead, 7-2
Last meeting: March 14, 2006 at Halton Arena (W 77-61; opening round of NIT)
- The Eagles play in the Southern Conference. Last year, they finished 15-15 overall (12-6 in the SoCon). They were picked to finish 3rd in the conference’s South Division in both the coaches’ and media poll this season.
- GSU is coached by former Eagle Charlton Young in his fourth season (29-66 all time). His assistants are Cliff Reed, Pershin Williams and Chris Capko.
- Junior Eric Ferguson, an All-Conference preseason selection for the second year in a row, leads the squad. The team’s leading scorer last year (15.4 PPG), he ranked fifth in the league in scoring in his sophomore season. Fun fact: Coach Young is Ferguson’s godfather; their fathers were college roommates during their tenure at the school.
- The Eagles are coming off a 85-54 blowout loss at Valparaiso. Freshman Cleon Roberts had a nice debut for GSU with 18 points, while Ferguson scored 16.
- The last time these two teams met was in the opening round of the 2006 NIT, won by Charlotte 77-61.
*–But not the only 9pm start time of the week. West Virginia/Gonzaga started at 9pm PT last night (midnight ET) for the annual ESPN Tip-Off Marathon, which probably made for some tired eyes for our friends at HailWV.com. We’ll take a 9pm start over a 6am Stony Brook/Rider start, though.