Game Day

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: TD Arena.

RADIO: WTMZ 910-AM.

RECORDS: Charlotte 1-0; Charleston 0-1

Tickets: 953-2632/www.cofcsports.com

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: TD Arena.

RADIO: WTMZ 910-AM.

RECORDS: Charlotte 1-0; Charleston 0-1

Tickets:

NOTES: The Cougars are coming off a 70-48 loss to third-ranked Louisville on Saturday night. … Redshirt-freshman Canyon Barry led the Cougars with 10 points. … The 49ers are coming off an 80-75 victory over East Tennessee State University. … Charlotte leads the overall series, 11-8. The Cougars won the last match-up, 71-64, in 1994 … former Citadel guard/forward Ben Cherry, who left the Bulldogs program after his freshman season, plays for the 49ers and scored four points against ETSU in the team’s opener. .. Like Charleston, which is playing in its first season in the Colonial Athletic Association, the 49ers have joined a new league in Conference USA. The 49ers were members of the Conference USA from 199-2005, but moved the Atlantic-10 where they remained from 2005-13.

College of Charleston freshmen Joe Chealey and Canyon Barry seemed remarkably unfazed Saturday afternoon in their collegiate debut against third-ranked Louisville.

But that doesn’t come as a surprise to College of Charleston head coach Doug Wojcik.

The Cougars look to rebound from their 70-48 loss to Louisville, the defending national champions, Tuesday night in their home opener against Charlotte at 7 p.m. at TD Arena.

Chealey and Barry were both in the starting lineup against the Cardinals. Barry, a redshirt freshman, practiced all last season with the Cougars and has had a year to make the adjustment to college life. Growing up in a house with Hall of Fame father Rick Barry didn’t hurt his demeanor either. Chealey, meanwhile, ran the Cougars’ offense like a veteran, despite the constant pressure from the Cardinals full-court defense. The nearly 21,000 fans at the KFC Yum! Center were barely a factor for most of the game as the Cougars matched the Cardinals basket for basket for the first 33 minutes of the game.

“Canyon has been around the game his whole life because of his father, so I figured he wasn’t going to be intimidated by Saturday’s surroundings,” Wojcik said. “Joe is just very mature for a freshman. Nothing ever seems to bother him. I really like the way our entire team came out and played on Saturday. Louisville is not an easy place to play, and for the most part we kept the crowd out of the game.”

While Barry and Chealey enjoyed their first road trip, both will be happy to play in front of their home fans for the first time.

“I think the biggest difference will be having so many fans cheering for you instead of against you,” said Chealey, who finished with eight points against Louisville. “It’ll be a good change, a good environment to be in. We’re looking forward to playing in front of our home fans for the first time.”

Despite the final score, the game against Louisville was a one-or-two possession margin for most of the game. It’s a fact that gives the Cougars confidence moving forward.

“We talked a lot before the game about confidence and being confident in what we did. We knew we deserved to be on the same floor with (Louisville),” said Barry, who led the Cougars with 10 points. “We proved for most of that game that we can play with any team in the country and I think that’s only going to help us as the season goes on.”

The 49ers are coming off an 80-75 win over East Tennessee State in their season opener. Charlotte is led by 6-10 center Mike Thorne, who had 17 points and nine rebounds against ETSU, and guard Pierria Henry, who added 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five steals.

“They are big up front and they rebound the basketball very well,” Wojcik said. “I think Henry is a very, very good player. He’s very active defensively and he has good size and speed. He played 39 minutes the other night against ETSU, so he’s got very good endurance.”