Charlotte at Appalachian State
Holmes Center - Boone, NC
7:00 PM EST
Tonight in the rarified air of Boone, two very good teams that were out in the cold when the Big Ball started this past March. Charlotte won 20 games and mounted a run to the semifinals of the Atlantic 14 conference, where it lost to eventual champions Temple. App State couldn't convert an 18-7 record into a tourney shot at Davidson, losing in the SoCon quarters to UNC Greensboro in a mild 5-over-4 upset. But you know what they say, that was last year, tomorrow never dies, etc., et al.
Both teams have started their 2008-09 campaigns well, but a little unevenly. LaMont Mack
, Charlotte's 6-7 senior, is making a successful return from May knee surgery, and his 49ers (1-1) blew out UNCG on Friday by 18 points
in a win highlighted by a Mack double-double (18 and 10). Then the team lost a tight battle to Old Dominion
two days later, in which they let a late lead slip away. Didn't help that ODU outrebounded Charlotte by 13, a statistic that will bear watching as the season goes on.
Houston Fancher's mighty Mountaineers will be making their home regular-season debut tonight. After leading most of the way on Friday against UNC Wilmington, the host Seahawks mounted a late comeback from 18 points down
and ran away from ASU in OT, 108-101
. App State had six in double figures, including fearless sophomore guard Donald Sims
with 23 and slimmed-down giant Ike Butts
(10 and 12), but yielded three 20-plus performances by UNCW. Can App State finish a game? Can Charlotte hang in on the boards? Tune in if you're able to.Basketball State Preview/Box
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