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Charlotte 49ers
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School Name: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Arena: Halton Arena
Capacity: 9,105
Conference: Atlantic 10
Head coach: Alan Major

The Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team represents UNC Charlotte in the Atlantic 10 Conference.


Coach Tenure Wins Losses
Harvey Murphy 1965–70 44 81
Bill Foster 1970–75 88 38
Lee Rose 1975–78 72 18
Mike Pratt 1978–82 56 52
Hal Wissel 1982–85 22 62
Jeff Mullins 1985–96 182 142
Melvin Watkins 1996–98 42 20
Bobby Lutz 1998–2010 218 158
Alan Major 2010– 10 20
Totals 732 577


Professional Players

The following Charlotte basketball players appeared in at least one game in the NBA:

  • Cedric Ball (1990)
  • Eddie Basden (2005–2006)
  • Sean Colson (2000–2001)
  • Byron Dinkins (1990–1991)
  • DeMarco Johnson (1999–2000)
  • Chad Kinch (1980–1981)
  • Cedric Maxwell (1977–1988)
  • Rodney White (2001–2005)


Currently, Charlotte's primary uniforms feature a white jersey with green lettering and trim for home games, and a green jersey with white lettering and trim for away games. The team wore black road jerseys from 2001 to 2003, and wore black jerseys for a game against Tennessee in 2010.

Home Venues

  • Local high school gymnasiums (1965–1970)
  • Belk Gymnasium (1970–1976)
  • Bojangles Coliseum (1976–1988, 1993–1996)
  • Charlotte Coliseum (1988–1993)
  • Dale F. Halton Arena (1996–present)


Charlotte has had its fair share of intense rivalries. One of the most heated and intense rivalries was with the Bob Huggins-coached Cincinnati Bearcats of Conference USA. Throughout a ten-year period from 1995-96 to 2004-05, Charlotte managed to upset Cincinnati teams ranked #3, #8, #18, #20 in the country. In what became known as the Cincinnati Incident, a brawl broke out between Cincinnati and the Charlotte student section, when a Cincinnati player threw the basketball into the stands.Template:Citation needed This led to the creation of a 'buffer zone' being implemented behind the visiting team's bench. ESPN commentator Andy Katz provided this explanation on why Charlotte-Cincinnati was one of the juiciest rivalries in the country: "The games are hotly contested usually and the fans in Charlotte don't like Cincinnati. They get up for this game more than any other."Template:Citation needed

Charlotte's 29-year rivalry with the Davidson Wildcats sees Mecklenburg County's only two Division I schools go head-to-head for the Hornet's Nest Trophy. Charlotte leads the series 26-10. With some exceptions, the two schools play annually.

Since Charlotte's move to the Atlantic 10, a clear-cut main conference rival has yet to emerge. Commentators have pointed to the Xavier Musketeers and George Washington Colonials as potential rivals.Template:Citation needed


  1. [1] Charlotte Men's Basketball Won/Loss History

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