Alan Major and the Charlotte 49ers are 6-0 after winning the Great Alaska Shootout. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Charlotte 49ers return home 6-0 after Great Alaska Shootout title; ECU, Davidson next


The good times keep rolling for the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team.  After knocking out Texas State, Oral Roberts and Northeastern en route to winning the Great Alaska Shootout and a 6-0 start to the season, the Niners return home to face two of their main rivals: future C-USA foe ECU and Davidson, its neighbor to the north.  It’s the first time since 1987-88 that Charlotte has started a season 6-0; they’ve never been 7-0.  Can that change this year?ECU, like the Niners, are undefeated (4-0), but against arguably weaker opponents.  Two of those wins (Washington & Lee and Methodist) were against Division III opponents, while games against UNC Greensboro (a 13 win team last year that was just over .500 in the Southern Conference) and App State were close-fought.  The Pirates visit Georgia State on Monday before heading to Halton Arena on Saturday for a 7pm contest that should be fairly well attended.

Davidson (December 5, 8pm, on the road), meanwhile, is off to a 3-2 start, but their losses have been against New Mexico (receiving votes in the polls) and a strong mid-major team in Milwakee (a 20-game winner last season).  They’re set to take on #17 Gonzaga in the Old Spice Classic finals tonight at Walt Disney World.  We’ve already told their story here on the Digest, and this latest edition of the Hornet’s Nest game is sure to be another good one.  Charlotte fans would love nothing more than to add another loss to the Wildcats’ total.

It should be a great next couple of weeks of basketball coming up for Niner fans.  Hopefully, this stretch will end with them 8-0.

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