The Niners have been here before, actually a few weeks ago. It is time once again to face our in-state brethren. No, not the mother ship, or even N.C. State, just one of the few in-state schools who will actually play us, East Carolina. Since we last saw the Pirates, they have gone 3-0 with wins against USC-Upstate (for 7th place in Charleston), Lenoir-Rhyne (a Division II school), and UNC Greensboro (81-53). So presumably, momentum is in their favor. Also, Minges Coliseum has not been the kindest place to Niner fans in the past (my memory draws a blank when I try to think of January 29th, 2005… Moussa who?). Factor in the thought that Charlotte will once again be playing without Shamari Spears (suspension), Charles Dewhurst (injured), and K.J. Sherrill (injured), and this could be a potential trap for the Niners. With Spears, the Niners dispatched ECU a few weeks ago by a count of 74-63 in a neutral setting, and now must do the same in hostile territory without the power forward, or his biting words from the “Twitterverse”.
There will be a familiarity between these two and one is sure the Pirates’ will be out for revenge, have plenty of game tape to go off of, and home-court advantage (and hot distracting Co-Eds) to pull off the victory. Despite all this, it is not going to happen. At the end of the day, this is basketball, and we’re talking about ECU. We cannot lose to them, largely because of family members who attended the university and the abundant text messages that will be received if they win, but also because Greenville is where basketball goes to die (along with just about every other organic body).
McFly: Niners 76, Pirates 70. That isn’t scurvy, just two losses to the Niners for the Pirates in two weeks
C-Pip: Charlotte 65 East Carolina 60. Their big man is an absolute scrub and slow, Braswell and Phil will do what needs to be done.
The Legendary HP49er: Cannons fired over ECU’s bow as the Niners take #2 from the Pirates,80-69.
NLP: Niners hit the jackpot in G-vegas, leave with a 73-67 win over the Pirates.
J Felt: Charlotte 71, ECU 59. Braswell continues this new “play with intensity” thing and dominates again, Phil Jones records 7 blocks.
2k: Charlotte 71, ECU 66. StillJonesing? Nope, StillLosing to Charlotte.