Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball program, which is playing its third season under head coach Ron Sanchez, announces their 2020-21 schedule which features 14 games in Halton Arena as well as two games in the Volunteer Classic and the annual Battle for the Hornets’ Nest Trophy game against Davidson.
The 49ers return six letterwinners, highlighted by the All-Conference USA backcourt of Jordan Shepherd and Jahmir Young. Senior forward Milos Supica, redshirt junior guard Luka Vasic, sophomore guard Brice Williams and sophomore forward Anzac Rissetto round out the returnees. Joining those letterwinners are redshirt freshman guard Caleb Stone-Carrawell as well as seven newcomers: Caleb Byrd, Marvin Cannon, Jared Garcia, Aly Khalifa, Regin Larson, Jhery Matos, and Jackson Threadgill.
COACH RON SANCHEZ ON THE NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
“We are excited to have put together a competitive schedule this year,” Sanchez said. “Our alumni and fan base will get a chance to see many regional teams as well as match-ups vs SEC and A-10 opponents. There were challenges putting this together, but we would like to thank our administration; Mike Hill and Chris Fuller, for their assistance during this time. We are thrilled to play so many quality opponents that will prepare us for conference play in January.”
The 49ers begin the season at Tennessee’s Volunteer Classic in Knoxville during the Thanksgiving holiday. Charlotte plays 12th-ranked Tennessee in the season-opener, Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. and concludes play in the Volunteer Classic on Thanksgiving Day at 7 p.m. against the Atlantic 10’s VCU.
NON-CONFERENCE GAMES IN HALTON ARENA
After setting a school record with 13 wins in Halton Arena, last year, Charlotte returns from Tennessee to play four straight home games: Belmont Abbey (Nov. 30), Georgia State (Dec. 4), South Carolina State (Dec. 7) and Appalachian State (Dec. 11). The Niners face North Carolina A&T in their final non-conference home game (Dec. 19).
NON-CONFERENCE ROAD GAMES
Charlotte plays two more A-10 teams on the road in non-conference play. The annual Battle for the Hornets’ Nest Trophy game will be played at cross-county rival Davidson (Dec. 15). The 49ers claimed the Hornets’ Nest Trophy, last year, with a 71-58 win in Halton Arena. Charlotte concludes non-conference play in Washington, D.C. against Georgia Washington (Dec. 22).
C-USA SCHEDULE INCLUDES NEW FORMAT
In a previously released league format that focuses on the health and safety of student-athletes, each C-USA school will face the same opponent twice in the same week. Other than the series with a travel partner, both contests will be played at the same location on Friday and Saturday. In the case of the travel partner series, the two games will split between home and away.
Charlotte hosts WKU (Jan. 1-2), UAB (Jan. 15-16), FIU (Jan. 29-30), Old Dominion (Wednesday, Feb. 10) and UTSA (Feb. 19-20) in Halton Arena. Charlotte hits the road to play at Marshall (Jan. 8-9), Florida Atlantic (Jan. 22-23), Middle Tennessee (Feb. 5-6), Old Dominion (Saturday, Feb. 13), and UTEP (Feb. 26-27). All schools will have the final week of the regular season (March 5-6) available to make up any previous postponements.
The top-12 regular-season qualifiers will advance to the Conference USA Tournament, slated for March 10-13, in Frisco, Texas.
TO BE DETERMINED
At this point, attendance protocols, which will be based on state and local guidelines, have not been established. At least in the short term, we don’t anticipate having fans.
Game times and the broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.