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Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:15 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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Charlotte (10-12) at No. 12 Marquette (18-4)
CHARLOTTE 49ERS
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MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
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MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- No. 12 Marquette tries to start a new winning streak and move atop the American Division of Conference USA on Thursday night when it hosts Charlotte.

Marquette (18-4, 9-2 C-USA American) saw its 28-game home winning streak end with Saturday's 73-70 loss to Louisville, dropping it into second place. However, the Cardinals lost to Memphis on Wednesday, leaving the teams tied for the lead.

Dwyane Wade seeks to rebound after making just 3-of-13 shots and scoring 15 points against Louisville. Robert Jackson added 14 points before fouling out as the Golden Eagles had a 10-game winning streak snapped.

Wade leads Conference USA with a 21.8 scoring average. Jackson is second in the conference in field-goal percentage at 55 percent and is averaging 15.7 points.

Marquette posted a 67-64 victory at Charlotte on January 18 in the first meeting between the teams. Wade scored 20 points and Jackson added 13 in 18 foul-plagued minutes.

Demon Brown fouled out with 23 points to lead all scorers and Eddie Basden added 13 points for Charlotte. The loss started the 49ers on a stretch in which they lost five out of six.

The 49ers (10-12, 5-5) have righted themselves with two straight victories, including a 74-64 triumph over Cincinnati last Saturday. Curtis Nash scored 20 points and Brown nailed six 3-pointers for 18, setting a C-USA record with 112 3-pointers on the season.

The starting lineup for Charlotte features a pair of freshmen and junior Calvin Clemmons, a transfer from South Carolina. The 49ers are 1-8 on the road.

Marquette is 6-2 all time at home against Charlotte.


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