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Big road win for the Niners

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It hasn't been a great year so far, but we just put up 2 back to back impressive road victories against Mississippi State and Southern Illinois. Hopefully things are starting to click and we can build on this to right our season.


The back-to-back wins – Charlotte's first winning streak of the season – haven't come against slouches. Southern Illinois has lost seven home games since 2001 – two to the 49ers – and the Bulldogs (6-3) are the reigning SEC West champion.

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It was definitely a rough start. Nobody stepped up to be a leader with the loss of Goldwire. People were trying to do too much rather than just letting the game come to them.

Our center Phil Jones is playing very well as is our point guard Dijuan Harris and Wing Anjuan Wilderness.

Early in the season Lutz tried to run a motion offense and a lot of junk defenses that the players just didn't really seem to understand. He has simplified the offense and defense before the SIU game and since then we've won two games in hostile environments (MSU was on a 10 game home winning streak and SIU had only lost 7 home games in their last 104 games).

Hopefully we can keep it up, our success really hinges on Senior Lamont Mack getting back to his last season self and our SG's hitting the three consistently. They've had flashes, but not shown consistency.

With two seemingly easy games coming up, we could be on a 4 game winning streak and back to 5-6 by the time we face Maryland. A road win against Maryland would be huge going into A-10 play. Unfortunately, losing so many games early in the season may have made an at large nearly impossible.

The team has talent, just lacks consistency. We lost by 1 to Clemson and the other five losses have been by less than 10 points combined I believe.

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