Observer beat reporters Jim Utter (Charlotte) and Kevin Cary (Davidson) analyze tonight's position-by-position matchups.
Jim Utter's Take
Charlotte will remain jumbled here until Pepperdine transfer Michael Gerrity becomes eligible. EDGE: Davidson.
Few teams have stopped Davidson's Stephen Curry, and Charlotte's Leemire Goldwire has struggled, having to spend time at the point. EDGE: Davidson.
Charlotte rotates athletic junior-college transfer Charlie Coley and 6-foot-10 sophomore Phil Jones. EDGE: Charlotte.
Freshman An'Juan Wilderness (6-6) has made an immediate impact and is one of the 49ers' best defenders. EDGE: Charlotte.
Athletic Lamont Mack (6-7) is just as comfortable around the basket as behind the 3-point line. EDGE: Charlotte.
Halton Arena should be a sellout. Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz is 7-2 against Davidson during his nine-plus seasons. EDGE: Charlotte.
Kevin Cary's Take
Dijuan Harris is quick, but Davidson's Jason Richards might be the state's most underrated player. EDGE: Davidson
Curry will hear it from the Halton crowd, but he likes it like that. EDGE: Davidson
Boris Meno has improved into a consistent scoring threat, something Charlotte doesn't have here. EDGE: Davidson
Wilderness will focus on Curry, but Wilderness' athletic skills also will challenge Davidson's defenders. EDGE: Charlotte
Davidson's Thomas Sander won't outjump anyone on Charlotte's roster, but he will outwork them for points. EDGE: Davidson
Davidson needs this game for its NCAA tournament resume, but the Wildcats have never won at Halton. EDGE: Charlotte