The media and coaches have taken notice of the Charlotte 49ers, and while the victory over Michigan was enough to get them votes in both national polls and not an outright ranking, it looks like the program just might be on an upswing.
The 5-1 Niners have a few opponents coming up that they can’t afford a letdown against in order to maintain their momentum. UNC Asheville (Sunday at home) is off to a 1-5 start, but two of those losses came to Kentucky and Duke. A week later, it’s a trip up the mountain to take on App State, minus leading scorer Jay Canty, whose only win has been against D-II team Lees-McRae.
Then there’s Davidson.
Sandwiched between the aforementioned two teams is the Niners’ rival to the north, sitting at 1-5 with three of those losses coming to top-25 teams (Duke, Virginia, and New Mexico). They’ll be in Halton next Wednesday, so throw out all the record books, as if you needed to be told that already.
If Charlotte goes in takes care of business over these next three games, there’s probably no reason to think they won’t be ranked in one or both polls come December 17 against upward-trending Florida State (in what could be a possible Top 25 matchup). Falter in these upcoming games, and the good feelings and talk about polls may dissipate.