Signature win boosts Charlotte's NCAA aspirations

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Alan Major knew his Charlotte 49ers needed a signature win to put on their NCAA tournament resume.

They got one Wednesday night.

With an impressive 71-67 road victory at No. 11 Butler, the 49ers made a statement they are to be taken seriously and aren't simply the beneficiaries of an easy early season schedule.

The 49ers proved they can compete with — and beat — one of the NCAA's best.

It's the type of head-turning win that could propel Charlotte from a bubble team to an at-large lock in the upcoming NCAA tournament, but Major says he hasn't put any pressure on his young team instead urging them to stay in the moment.

The 49ers (18-6, 6-4 Atlantic 10) complete a tough four-game stretch Saturday against St. Louis.

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