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Charlotte 49ers’ basketball schedule features tough tournament, challenging league start

Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball coach Mark Price has strong ties to both teams in this year’s NBA Finals, but he’s picking his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to beat the Golden State Warriors in the best-of-7 series.
Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball coach Mark Price has strong ties to both teams in this year’s NBA Finals, but he’s picking his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to beat the Golden State Warriors in the best-of-7 series. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball schedule features a tough tournament in November, then a challenging start to Conference USA play in January.

The 49ers, under new coach Mark Price, will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas, Nov. 25-27. The tournament pairings haven’t been announced, but the event is a strong one, also featuring Syracuse, Connecticut, Michigan, Texas A&M, Gonzaga, Washington and Texas.

The 49ers open their season Nov. 13 at home against Elon at Halton Arena. Other nonconference matchups include a home game against Mecklenburg County rival Davidson (Dec. 2), at Miami (Dec. 5) and Georgetown at Time Warner Cable Arena on Dec. 22.

“It is a tough and challenging schedule,” said Price. “We have tough non-conference games against NCAA tournament-caliber competition with the three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, home games against Davidson and Georgetown and a road game at Miami. We also play several quality in-state foes as well. It is a rigorous and challenging schedule which will prepare us for Conference USA play.”

Charlotte’s Conference USA season begins with three consecutive road games against Old Dominion (Jan. 2), Southern Mississippi (Jan. 7) and Louisiana Tech (Jan. 9). ODU and Louisiana Tech were among the league’s stronger teams in 2014-15.

“Conference USA is an underrated league with several teams that have a chance to earn at-large bids to the NCAA tournament,” said Price. “We will be challenged right away with three road games to start league play against two of the top three teams from last year in Old Dominion and Louisiana Tech.”

The C-USA tournament is in Birmingham, Ala., March 8-12.

2015-16 schedule

Nov. 9, Methodist (exhibition); 13, Elon; 16, at East Carolina; 19, Furman; 25-27, at Battle 4 Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas), opponents TBA.

Dec. 2, Davidson; 5, at Miami; 9, Campbell; 19, at Appalachian State; 22, Georgetown (at Time Warner Cable Arena); 29, The Citadel.

Jan. 2, at Old Dominion; 7, at Southern Mississippi; 9, at Louisiana Tech; 14, Middle Tennessee; 16, Ala.-Birmingham; 21, Marshall; 23, Western Kentucky; 28, at Florida International; 30, at Florida Atlantic.

Feb. 3, at N.C. A&T; 6, Old Dominion; 11, Rice; 13, North Texas; 18, at Marshall; 20, at Western Kentucky; 25, Texas-San Antonio; 27, Texas-El Paso.

March 3, at Rice; 5, at North Texas; 8-12, Conference USA tournament (at Birmingham, Ala.).

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