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Had the pleasure of taking this game in today on the campus of UNC-Charlotte, just a short drive for me. For those who have never been, Charlotte is a heck of a nice city. Tons to do, and you don't have the traffic of your real large markets.

  • Nice arena, but definitely built for more events other than just basketball. Still, was very impressed with the ascetic features, even though it was a pretty light crowd. It's kind of a weird parking setup, and really to get to the arena as a whole too.
  • Great to see some familiar faces, and meet some new ones as well. Always great to be in the company of friends and fellow Chippewas.
  • This was a straight up battle, and very physical game. Obviously the scrum with Kyle Randall was the biggest firework, and it eventually led to a Charlotte players ejection. Led to a near fan ejection as well, and they brought police down to the floor when the play was being reviewed as a precaution. As a whole, can't say I have a ton of great things to say about the Charlotte fans, but it is what it is.
  • Size really hurt us, and Charlotte won this game from the inside out. They were able to scrap for rebounds and get a lot of second chances. And while the stat sheet does not show it, they influenced a ton of shots and were very disruptive at keeping CMU's guards from clean looks driving to the basket.
  • Incredible, incredible fight from this CMU bunch. There were 3-4 points in the game where Charlotte pushed the lead to 11+ points and looked poised to put a dagger in, but CMU kept fighting and stuck around all day against a team that was clearly bigger and more experienced. How successful CMU is in the MAC this year is a question, but I don't think they will be an easy win for anyone on a given night.
  • I was very impressed with both PG's, and I can see where all the praise from Keno came from. Randall has taken that senior leadership role and can really attack the basket, although he forced some things today. Was great to see him play in front of some former UNC-Greensboro friends. Can't have games like tonight in the turnover column thought (8 TO). And then Fowler, what a bright future he has. Once he is able to really elevate his outside shooting, he has all the makings of an excellent PG. Poised, leadership, passing, driving, he did it all for CMU and he was an absolute gem for CMU late in the recruiting process.
  • FT shooting, what a difference a year makes. CMU went 16-18 from the line today.
  • Front court played about as well as you could ask against an athletic counterpart. Simons, Mbaigoto and Hibbits stretched the defense from beyond the arc. They combined for 37 points, 18 rebounds and shot 8-16 from the three point line.

Overall, this team went on the road against an undefeated Charlotte team and gave them everything they could handle. This is one of those classic games that would probably have been a blowout the last few years, but this team keeps fighting, and as long as the 3-point shot is falling, they can hang with anyone. Will be interesting to see how competitive they can be in the MAC West this year, and getting Saylor back along with the hopeful return of DeAndray Buckley should deepen the rotation.

12/8 11:42 PM | IP: Logged
I listened to the entire game via CMUChippewas.com.  The announcers were laughing at the UNCC fans at times.  Apparently they don't have football, so the fans think basketball is the same sport without helmets.  You could hear the fans at times over the broadcast.  If it wasn't laughable, you would have to wonder if it was a university game.  Not very bright people near the broadcasters.

It seems as though UNCC has decided that their best bet is to just abuse people and that they will push that envelope until it tears.  Expect to hear about issues with their team this season.  If they can get emotionally pushed to the breaking point by our young, indersized squad, they will have real issues down the road.  Physical play is one thing.  Intentionally knocking guys around, grabbing them, refusing to stop physical play after the whistle is unacceptable.

Don't think we will see Pepperdine play that style next weekend.
12/9 3:10 PM | IP: Logged
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