Until Thursday, the Charlotte 49ers had not had much of a season. They won a lot of games but played a schedule so soft they probably should be embarrassed. If there's a flow offensively, I haven't found it. Fans haven't. They don't show up.
The 49ers prolonged the season with an amazing comeback victory in their A-10 opener against Richmond Thursday. Maybe they got a break from officials. But the 49ers took advantage of the breaks, hit the free throws, won the game.
Their reward is a game today against top-seeded St. Louis, and the opportunity is tremendous. They didn't expect to beat Richmond, couldn't have, trailing as they did Thursday. Yet they did.
So today is free. The 49ers aren't supposed to be on the court again in Brooklyn. All the pressure is on St. Louis. If you can come back the way Charlotte did Thursday, you ought to believe you can do anything -- including beating the top seed today.