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Charlotte 49ers Braxton Ogbueze drives the ball away from Davidson’s Jack Gibbs during a game played at Davidson’s Belk Arena on Dec. 3, 2014.
Charlotte 49ers Braxton Ogbueze drives the ball away from Davidson’s Jack Gibbs during a game played at Davidson’s Belk Arena on Dec. 3, 2014. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Davidson (4-0) at Charlotte (1-5)

7 p.m., Halton Arena

Radio: WFNZ, 610 AM; WHIP, 1410 AM

THE SERIES

Charlotte leads the all-time series over Davidson 28-13, and the annual battle for the Hornets Nest Trophy 22-9. … However, the Wildcats have won the last two meetings, both close games – 87-78 in overtime in 2013, and 92-86 last year. … Before the 2013 loss, the 49ers had won seven straight in the series at Halton Arena.

SCOUTING DAVIDSON

The Wildcats are off to their best start in Bob McKillop’s 27th season as head coach. … Guard Jack Gibbs leads the team in scoring (21.0 points), with three others in double figures: Peyton Aldridge (18.0), Brian Sullivan (16.5) and Jordan Barham (12.3).

SCOUTING CHARLOTTE

First-year 49ers coach Mark Price is in a rebuilding season, with eight new players on the roster. … One of the newcomers, freshman guard Andrien White, is leading the team in scoring (12.2 points per game). Forward Bernard Sullivan, one of the returnees, is second at 11.0 per game.

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Davidson’s 3-point shooters vs. Charlotte’s 3-point shooters: Both teams have near-identical percentages from 3-point range (the Wildcats 31.7 percent to the 49ers’ 31.5). But Davidson is averaging 9.5 made 3s per game, while Charlotte is only making 5.8 per game.

WORTH MENTIONING

Davidson is third among NCAA Division I teams in turnovers per game (8.3), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.97), tied for fifth in total turnovers (33), and ninth in turnover margin (plus-6.5). … Charlotte center Joseph Uchebo, a Pitt transfer, is tied for 24th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (4.0).

BY THE NUMBERS

1 Career wins Price has as a collegiate head coach.

3 The number of times the Hornets Nest Game has been decided in overtime. Charlotte leads 2-1.

500 Career wins McKillop has in 27 seasons as Davidson’s coach.

Bill Kiser

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