The Charlotte 49ers’ annual Basketball Madness, featuring a 3-point shootout and introductions of the men’s and women’s teams, is Thursday at Halton Arena at 9 p.m.
There is no charge for admission, and doors will open to the public at 8:45 p.m. Students with Housing and Residence Life T-shirts will be admitted 15 minutes earlier.
The 49ers’ men’s team is under the direction of first-year coach Mark Price, a former NBA All-Star with the Cleveland Cavaliers and an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets the past two seasons.
The women’s team again is coached by Cara Consuegra and led by junior guard Lefty Webster, a preseason All-Conference USA selection.
Thursday’s event will feature a 3-point shooting contest pitting Braxton Ogbueze and Ridell Camidge against Webster and Ciara Gregory.
The men’s team has a home exhibition Nov. 9 against Methodist and opens the regular season at home Nov. 13 against Elon. The women entertain Saint Leo in a Nov. 6 exhibition and begin regular-season play at home Nov. 13 against Ball State.
Tickets on sale: Season and mini-packet ticket packages are on sale for men’s and women’s basketball. For information, check www.charlotte49ers.com or call 704-687-4949.
Soccer showdown: Charlotte will host a big match Friday night against Conference USA foe South Carolina at 7 p.m. The 49ers are 3-0-1 and have 10 points in the conference standings. Kentucky (4-0-0) and South Carolina (4-1-0) are tied for first place with 12 points. Teams earn three points for a victory and one for a tie.
Kentucky and South Carolina are members of Conference USA because the SEC does not offer the sport for men’s teams.
Baseball turf construction: A renovation project is underway at the 49ers’ baseball field that will add a turf infield. School officials said they hope the artificial surface will cut the number of early-season, weather-related postponements. The 49ers lost eight games last season and 14 the past two years to bad weather.