Appalachian State (Southern) at Charlotte (A-10)
Halton Arena -- Charlotte, NC
7:30 PM EST
Appalachian State's cagers will open their 2007-08 campaign tonight, and they do so on what some might refer to as "a mission." Sweet memories of San Juan wins in December 2006 (Virginia, Vanderbilt) were tempered somewhat by what some referred to as an NCAA snub, and this time around all anyone's talking about is how wonderful Davidson is. On top of that, the general public thinks it's a football school. So motivation won't be an issue.
The 49ers, a team expected by most to help hold the center in the sprawling Atlantic 14 conference (again), have already started the season. On Friday, they nipped High Point at home 61-55
and withstood a 26-and-11 by HPU star (and reigning Big South POY) Arizona Reid. Charlotte 5-11 waterbug Leemire Goldwire, owner of one of the most evocative ballplayer names in recent memory, led the Niners with 16 in that contest, and is the likely go-to this year.CHAR 84, APPST 78