The Charlotte 49ers have had modest success against so-called “power-conference” teams in Alan Major’s three-plus seasons as coach.
Charlotte is 4-6 under Major versus teams from the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 since 2010. The 49ers (8-3) get another chance against an ACC team at 7 p.m. Sunday when they play Georgia Tech (8-4) in Halton Arena (Fox Sports 1).
Unfortunately for the 49ers, their most recent game against ACC opposition resulted in a 106-62 loss at Florida State on Dec. 17.
“To have another challenge like (Georgia Tech) is good, but we need it to be productive for us,” said Major, whose team beat the Big 12’s Kansas State and the Big Ten’s Michigan earlier this season. “We want to go out and play well and win the game. It’s good because it forces our guys’ hands to be really hooked up.”
Major doesn’t want his players to treat games like Sunday’s any different than one last week against USC Upstate or Jan. 4 against N.C. A&T, which will conclude the non-conference portion of the 49ers’ season.
“I don’t think our guys ‘measure’ opponents,” said Major. “But we’ll have to bring it against a team like (Georgia Tech). They’re going to be physical and come in and be all over the glass.”
Like Charlotte, Georgia Tech has a balanced attack, with four players averaging in double figures: guards Trae Golden (12.3 ppg), Marcus Georges-Hunt (11.9), center Daniel Miller (10.6) and forward Robert Carter (10.5). Carter’s 9.4 rebounds per game ranks second in the ACC.
• The 49ers women (5-6) face Southern Conference foe Furman (6-6) at 4 p.m. Sunday at Halton Arena. It’s the first of a four-game homestand for Charlotte, continuing Friday against UNC Wilmington and with the opening of the Conference USA season against Old Dominion (Jan. 8) and North Texas (Jan. 11). The 49ers, who beat Davidson 76-60 in their most recent game, are led by sophomore guard Kira Gordon, who averages 11.6 points.
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