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How does the Charlotte 49ers’ nonconference basketball schedule stack up?

The Charlotte 49ers and new coach Ron Sanchez open the season Nov. 6 against Chattanooga at Halton Arena.
The Charlotte 49ers and new coach Ron Sanchez open the season Nov. 6 against Chattanooga at Halton Arena. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte 49ers will open their 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule with a new coach and four consecutive home games.

The 49ers, who struggled to a 6-23 record last season and hired former Virginia associate head coach Ron Sanchez to turn things around, open up with games at Halton Arena against Chattanooga (Nov. 6), Oklahoma State (Nov. 10), James Madison (Nov. 16) and Longwood (Nov. 19).

Charlotte’s first road game is at cross-county rival Davidson on Nov. 27. The rest of the nonconference schedule, released Monday, has Charlotte playing at College of Charleston (Dec. 1) and Wake Forest (Dec. 6) and at home against South Florida (Dec. 9) and East Carolina (Dec. 18).

The 49ers wrap up their nonconference slate at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii Dec. 22-25. Pairings for the tournament haven’t been released.

Game times and the Conference USA schedule have also not been released yet.

Here’s a game-by-game look at the 49ers’ nonconference schedule:

Chattanooga (Nov. 6): Southern Conference’s Mocs were 10-23 last season and lost two of their top players, Nat Dixon and Makinde London.

Oklahoma State (Nov. 10): Cowboys trounced Charlotte 83-65 last season in Stillwater, Okla.

James Madison (Nov. 16): Dukes guard Stuckey Mosley averaged 18.4 points last season and had 25 in victory against Charlotte.

Longwood (Nov. 19): Big South’s Lancers limped to a 7-26 record last season but have guard Isaiah Walton (15.6 ppg) back.

At Davidson (Nov. 27): Wildcats will be one of Atlantic 10’s preseason favorites and are coming off a league tournament championship and NCAA appearance.

At College of Charleston (Dec. 1): Cougars made the NCAA tournament last season and are led by by all-Colonial Athletic Association guard Grant Riller.

At Wake Forest (Dec. 6): Look on Deacons bench to find former 49ers guard Andrien White, who will sit out the season after transferring.

South Florida (Dec. 9): Another team on Charlotte’s schedule that struggled last season, going 10-22. But USF beat Charlotte 78-76 in the Sun Dome.

East Carolina (Dec. 18): ECU, like Charlotte, has a new coach in Joe Dooley, who’s making his second tour with the Pirates.

Diamond Head Classic: The 49ers are joined by Bucknell, Hawaii, Colorado, Rhode Island, Indiana State, Texas Christian and Nevada-Las Vegas in Honolulu.

David Scott: @davidscott14

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