The Decline of Civilization

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Took this photo while driving driving to UNC Charlotte's front entrance dedication with Marcus! Mobile credit repair!

From Andy Katz’s blog,

Charlotte is back from the dead. The 49ers opened 1-6 but have won the past two — on the road, at difficult places to play. Charlotte won at Southern Illinois and took out Mississippi State in Starkville on Wednesday. Lamont Mack was the team’s go-to guy and scored 19 points and grabbed eight boards. The 49ers were able to beat SIU with Mack going 1-for-9 for only two points.

This week’s Smart Cities podcast includes a discussion on Wikiplanning (a wiki for community feedback on public projects) with UNC Charlotte Arts + Architecture professor and Director of Charlotte Community Design, Deb Ryan.

Jane had Deb Ryan as a professor back in her Sophomore year so as I sat down to listen to this week’s episode of Smart Cities, I was pleasantly surprised when Ryan appeared on the show.

This interview was particularly spectacular for me because I used the Wikiplanning software when I weighed on the light rail line through NoDa. (The pilot project Dr. Ryan refers to in the interview). Thought Wikiplanning was very adept at receiving feedback and would be an incredible tool for public policy makers as they make community decisions.

Dr. Ryan goes on to say that the people at community meetings often aren’t a true cross-section of the public opinon. She describes that the Wikiplanning software revealed a large silent majority that were very supportive of many city planned ideas.

If you are interested in city development or Charlotte development it is definitely worth a listen, the interview starts around the 30′ mark.

One of my many photos of Uptown Charlotte

One of my many photos of Uptown Charlotte

Current RPI: 189 (+39 from last game’s RPI of 228)

Changes: The Niners defeated the Miss St. Bulldogs of the SEC by 6 after blowing a 20+ point lead in Starkville, MS to improve to 3-6 on the season. The 49ers started a 2 game win streak (Southern Ill., Miss St.) after tying the program’s worst ever losing streak by dropping 6 straight (Old Dominion, App St., Clemson, Arizona St., Providence, Cal State Fullerton)

My Thoughts: Lamont Mack finally woke up and played his first strong game of the season dropping 19 and hitting 8-15 from 2pt. range. This road win builds momentum for two relatively easy home games before heading up to Maryland. After dropping many close games (2 by 1 pt, and 2 in OT) it was great to finally win one definitively (up by 16 at the half). I can definitely see Lutz turning this team around by giving them a more structured offense and Mack getting out of his slump has helped significantly.  This team definitely goes 5-6 over the next two games and I don’t think we lose again until we play at Temple on January 24th giving us a record of 11-7 before hitting the meat of the A10 season vs. Xavier.

I think Lutz has turned this season around over the last two games and we go 20-10. We’ll finish 3rd in the A10 with a 12-4 A10 record behind Xavier and Temple. Our four conference losses will come to Xavier, Temple, Fordham and Richmond.

Disclaimer: Optimism noted above can disappear quickly by losing to Long Island or Youngstown St. in our next two games

Data based on Sagarin Ratings via RPIForecast.com,

Probability of NCAA Tourney at-large bid (40 or lower RPI) = .03%

Most probable end of season record = 14-16

I’ll be posting an RPI update for the Charlotte 49ers after every game (once data is available). You can subscribe to these updates without reading menial stories from my life by subscribing to this RSS feed. I will be launching a 49ers sports only blog in the next few months to cover this kind of information so you won’t have to read all this other stuff for too long.

Up and away!

Up and away!