Myrtle Beach Invitational Preview

The Charlotte men's basketball team in the huddle during a basketball game against Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.

The Charlotte men's basketball team travels to Conway, S.C., to play in the Myrtle Beach Invitational from Nov. 17-Nov. 20. 

The 49ers (2-0) will face the Boise State Broncos (1-1) in their first matchup of the tournament. 

Tournament layout

The Myrtle Beach Invitational is an eight-team tournament consisting of Colorado University, University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), Murray State University, Texas A&M University, Boise State University, University of Tulsa and Loyola University Chicago. 

The teams will play in a bracket, with games starting on Thursday. 

Colorado and UMass will tip off at 1:30 p.m. to start the tournament. 

The matchups:

– Murray State vs. Texas A&M at 4 p.m.

– Boise State vs. Charlotte at 7 p.m. 

– Loyola vs. Tulsa at 9:30 p.m.

Matchup History

The 49ers will face the Broncos for the first time on Thursday night. 

Scouting the 49ers

The 49ers are 2-0 on the season and are coming off a 33-point victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday, Nov. 14. 

Junior guard Jackson Threadgill leads the way for Charlotte. He averages 15.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while boasting a 62.5% three-point average. Threadgill will need to be productive if the 49ers hope to go far in the tournament. 

So far, redshirt junior guard Brice Williams has been productive for the team. He boasts 13.5 points per game and shoots an efficient 50% from the field. Williams has been a spark for the team off the bench. 

Graduate student guard Montre' Gipson transferred from Tarleton State University in the offseason and has been impactful. He is averaging nine points and four rebounds while shooting 100% from the free-throw line.

Scouting the Broncos

The 49ers look to keep the momentum against a 1-1 Broncos squad led by head coach Leon Rice, the winningest basketball coach in Boise State history.

The Broncos are coming off a 71-61 win over Washington State on Saturday, Nov. 12. 

Senior guard Max Rice has been stellar for the Broncos. Rice recorded 15 points and eight rebounds against the Cougars on Saturday. The 49ers will have to slow him down if they hope to win the contest. 

Fifth-year guard Marcus Shaver Jr. is the leading rebounder for the team. He is averaging an impressive eight rebounds per game in the early going. 

Keys to a Charlotte victory

Rebounding is the first key to a Charlotte victory. The team ranked No. 313 in total rebounds last season and has improved in the category. Currently, the 49ers are outrebounding opponents 75-51, which will need to continue against the Broncos. 

The second key is to shoot efficiently. Charlotte has done this well, boasting a 53.5% field goal accuracy. Finding good shots will determine the outcome of the game. 

Looking to gameday

Charlotte will face Boise State in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C., on Thursday, Nov. 17. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside HTC Recreation & Convocation Center. The contest will be available to stream on ESPNews. 

If the 49ers beat Boise State, they will face Loyola Chicago or Tulsa on Friday.