Last night, after the Charlotte 49ers’ 106-62 loss to the Florida State Seminoles, I asked my followers to describe the game in just one word. A brief sampling:
— Devin Thomas (@AVLNiner) December 18, 2013
— Jake Miller (@TheNinerNation) December 18, 2013
— Tadd Haislop (@TaddHaislop) December 18, 2013
— Drue W Garrison (@DrueWGarrison) December 18, 2013
— Nick McEntire (@Nick_Mc49) December 18, 2013
— Aaron May (@pplcallmeblue) December 18, 2013
If it seems like it’s been a while since the Niners have had such a poor showing, that’s because it has:
–The 44-point loss is the worst in the program’s Division 1 era, dating back to 1970.
–It was the most points given up by Charlotte since a 121-105 defeat at South Alabama on January 5, 1991, when both teams played in the old Sun Belt Conference. (A week later, the Jaguars were held to “just” 95 points in a 95-88 win down at the old Coliseum.)
–For the Seminoles, it’s the first time they broke the 100-point mark since December 22, 2005, a 108-73 victory over Campbell.
Needless to say, it’s gut check time for the Niners.
They can get back on track with a home win against USC Upstate on Saturday, the first of a three-game homestand. The Spartans are a significant step down from Florida State, losing to UNC Asheville last night–the same Asheville team that lost 77-56 at Halton Arena on December 1. Georgia Tech on December 29 and North Carolina A&T on January 4 wrap up the non-conference slate.
A look back on this season thus far would suggest last night was a mere aberration, that this Charlotte team is far more talented than they showed. Now, it’s all up to them to respond, or they’ll be in for a rough ride once the all-important conference schedule begins.