Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Blake Hibbitts and the Chippewas travel to undefeated Charlotte for a Saturday showdown at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: CMU Begins Cross-Country Trip at Charlotte

MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan men's basketball team will face arguably its toughest test of the young season when it travels to undefeated Charlotte Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Chippewas (4-3) will square off against the 49ers (8-0) and try to become the first team this season to leave Charlotte's Halton Arena with a win.

Resiliency has been a primary character trait for the young Chippewas in 2012, as three of their four wins have come by four points or fewer. If the 2012 matchup between these two squads is anything like the 2011 edition, that trait might come in handy, as the Chippewas and 49ers battled into two overtimes, with Charlotte emerging victorious, 77-75.

Senior guard Kyle Randall will look to keep up his strong play, having scored 45 points in his past two games.

 • THE MATCHUP                                                                     

At Charlotte
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 • 2 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C. • Halton Arena

 • THE BROADCAST                                                                 

Radio: Central Michigan IMG Sports Network - Flagship 95.3 WCFX-FM, Mt. Pleasant
Don Chiodo (play-by-play); Robbie Harman (color analyst)

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 • THE OPENING TIP                                                              

• After back-to-back games at home the Chippewas will visit both sides of the country in the next eight days, hitting Charlotte Saturday and Malibu, Calif., next Sunday.

• Kyle Randall is coming off back-to-back career highs of 21 points vs. Bradley and then 24 vs. Niagara.

• Chris Fowler ranks among the MAC leaders in assist/turnover ratio, coming in slightly under two assists for every turnover.

 • THE SERIES                                                                        

• The 49ers won the only meeting in the series, 77-75 in double-overtime last year in Mount Pleasant.

 • QUOTABLE                                                                          

• "We've found ways to win games. So often when you talk about young teams it’s about learning how to win. We might have played better in some of our losses than we did in some of our wins."

(Keno Davis following the win over Niagara, the team's third by four points or fewer)