Hawks-49ers Preview

On Saturday evening, St. Joe's and Charlotte will square off in a game that is poised to have all sorts of tournament seeding implications. The 49ers are only 2-6 in their last eight games, but the Hawks have had their share of road troubles this season.

St. Joe's is coming off a blowout win on Wednesday night over Danny Hurley's Rhode Island Rams. Charlotte, on the other hand, is coming off a come-from-behind overtime win at Duquesne.

Charlotte began this season at 15-2, but had an exceptionally weak out of conference schedule. They enter Saturday night's game at 19-10, and 7-8 in A10 play. The Hawks are 17-11, and 8-7 in Atlantic 10 action.

The 49ers are led by senior power forward Chris Braswell, who is averaging 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. In Charlotte's overtime win at Duquesne, Braswell had 28 points on 10-14 shooting. 6'4 sophomore shooting guard Pierria Henry is another weapon on the 49ers, averaging 9.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

The biggest storyline of the year for Charlotte was the suspension of leading scorer DeMario Mayfield. The 6'6 junior was suspended prior to Charlotte's game against UMass. In the nine games that he's been suspended, Charlotte is 3-6. Two of those wins, however, are over UMass and Butler. Both wins came at home.

Tonight's game has serious repercussions for both Charlotte and St. Joe's in terms of seeding for the Atlantic 10 tournament. St. Joe's and UMass are both 8-7 in league play. Charlotte is one of four teams at 7-8. Dayton, Richmond, and St. Bonaventure also have 7 wins.

UMass plays at Rhode Island tonight. Dayton is at George Washington. Richmond is home against Duqeusne.

In addition, Xavier plays at Xavier tonight. The Musketeers are 9-6, but a loss tonight would drop them to 9-7. A win for the Hawks tonight would bring them to 9-7 as well, and the Hawks have a win over Xavier in their back pocket. Best case scenario, for SJU, would be a 6 seed in Brooklyn if everything breaks right. There is a lot to play for tonight for Phil Martelli's squad.

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