The Charlotte 49ers (21-11), which are seeded fifth in the NIT, will play fourth-seed Providence on the road, Wednesday, March 20 at 7:15 pm. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. The 49ers are one of eight Atlantic 10 teams to earn bids to either the NCAA Tournament or NIT.
The 49ers are making their 18th postseason tournament appearance in school history and the program's seventh appearance in the NIT. The 49ers last postseason tournament appearance was a bid to the 2008 NIT. In 1976, the 49ers reached the Championship game of the NIT.
Chris Braswell, who recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds off the bench against #16 Saint Louis in the A-10 Tournament quarterfinals, averages a team-leading 11.9 points per game. Braswell is tied for second on the team in rebounding at 5.5 boards per game. Braswell grabbed 15 rebounds in the Atlantic 10 Tournament to move past Norris Dae (1968-72) into fifth place on the 49ers all-time rebounds list with 863 career rebounds. Pierria Henry, who has recorded three double-doubles in the last four games, averages 10.4 points per game. Henry is tied with Braswell for second on the team in rebounding. Henry leads the team in assists with 118 and steals with 84. Henry ranks among the nation's leaders in steals. Willie Clayton, who scored a season-high 18 points against Richmond in the A-10 Tournament, averages 8.4 points per game. Clayton leads the team in rebounding at 6.3 boards per game. Terrence Williams averages 7.5 points per game. Williams has started 23 games this season.
Darion Clark averages 6.2 points per game and 4.6 boards per game. Clark has started 18 games this season. Denzel Ingram, who has started 27 of the last 29 games, averages 5.9 points per game. E. Victor Nickerson, who has tallied five double-figure scoring games this season, averages 5.5 points per game. Ivan Benkovic has knocked down 10 three-point field goals in the last five games. Mike Thorne scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench against Temple, February 24. Colby Lewis enjoyed one of the 49ers signature moments of the season with a three-point field goal at the buzzer on Senior Night against Saint Joseph's, March 9. He also knocked down a three against Saint Louis in the A-10 Tournament.
This game will mark the second meeting between Charlotte and Providence. The 49ers lost to Providence, 67-62, in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, California, November 28, 2008.
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