Ben Cherry transferred to the Charlotte 49ers after his time with the Tulane Green Wave with a year of eligibility remaining, in hopes of helping his hometown team get back to the NCAA tournament.
So far, things haven’t gone according to plan.
The team is in the throes of a six-game losing streak with Old Dominion coming to town this afternoon on Senior Day (4pm, WCCB-TV). But Cherry hopes that at least today, he can go out in front of his friends, family and fans with a win.
The Myers Park High School graduate leads the Niners in three-point shooting with a 46.7% clip. However, the squad as a whole has struggled during this recent stretch. They’re averaging just over 60.3 points a game while allowing 69, including a 49-point performance against Middle Tennessee.
Here’s a couple more things you need to know going into this matchup:
–Charlotte finds themselves out of the top nine entering play today. With the loss to East Carolina the other night, they would be in 11th place due to tiebreak (they hold the tiebreak over the Florida teams, but FIU is disqualified from the postseason due to low APR). The top four get a double-bye; seeds five through nine receive a first-round bye.
–The Monarchs are second to last in scoring average in Conference USA with just 63.5 points per game. But they allow 65.0, fourth best in the league.
–Old Dominion’s leading scorer is Aaron Bacote, averaging 16.4 points a game (tied for 5th). Richard Ross (7.4 boards per game) is ninth in the league in rebounding.