ECU takeaways and a look at USF

by Feb 6, 2024Basketball

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Charlotte stays hot, and continues to dominate ECU at Halton

Aaron Fearne and the Charlotte 49ers remained atop the AAC standings after a victory Saturday in front of a sold-out Halton Arena (8,201). Coming off seven straight wins, the Goldmine (Charlotte’s student section) decided to camp outside Halton Arena, capacity crowd and in in-state foe, the pressure was on Charlotte to perform. Things weren’t always pretty, and ECU defense certainly disrupted Charlotte a good portion of the game, but Charlotte dominated final 12 minutes of the game.

Key takeaways

Charlotte answered the bell when as all the pressure was on them. It wasn’t pretty for quite a while, but good teams find ways to win games that are ugly.

ECU is an athletic group that does best attacking the rim. CLT’s gameplan forced ECU into 21 three-point attempts, and the Pirates only sank 4 of those.

Charlotte’s size dominated. Charlotte was +17 on the glass, and +12 in Points in Paint.

Fearne’s group is playing to their strengths, and beyond that, the rotations are fluid, especially in the second halves of games. It’s refreshing to see a staff going with the “hot hand”, instead of being ridged (think Ron Sanchez).

Fans and students, you were fantastic. Fearneville was a sight to see, and this team deserves a full Halton for the rest of the season, so let’s do our part, while they continue to battle for a first-place finish in the AAC.

USF matchup

Catch this one tonight at 9pm ET on ESPN2. Charlotte is currently +2.5 per ESPN Bet, and ESPN Analytics gives CLT a 41.2% chance to bring home a victory from the Yuengling Center.

USF plays with a middle of the road temp (170th), so we’ll see how this one plays out, as Charlotte is 356th and will look to slow the game down if necessary. Below is a look at the numbers BartTorvik has for the matchup:

Kasean Pryor (an athletic 6’10, 220) matchup will be intriguing for Charlotte, who does Fearne guard him with? I’m not certain that Dishon Jackson has the quickness to cover him, but on the other end, I don’t think USF has anyone capable of really defending Jackson in the post. Beyond Pryor, USF is led by Senior guard Chris Youngblood. He’s scoring almost 15ppg and shooting 40% from three.

ESPN shows that 4 Bulls in total are shooting 40% or higher from three, and on the season, they shoot 35.3% as a whole. Charlotte’s defense looks to push teams into longer 2’s and 3’s, so if USF is dialed in from distance tonight, Charlotte needs to bring their A-game. To me, this has a Lu’cye Patterson vibe to it, and I think Charlotte’s going to need Takeover Cye in the second half tonight if they want to leave the Yuengling Center with a good taste in their mouths.

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