NCCU to play for title
Top-seeded N.C. Central advanced to today’s MEAC Tournament championship game with a 67-48 rout of No. 4 seed Norfolk State Friday night.
Meanwhile, in Greensboro, No. 7 ranked and third-seeded Duke pulled out a 63-62 win over No. 6 seed Clemson to set up a semifinal showdown today with No. 7 seed N.C. State, which upset No. 11-ranked Syracuse Friday night.
Duke meets the Wolfpack at approximately 3:30 p.m. today (WRAL/ESPN) with a trip to Sunday’s ACC title game on the line.
NCCU (27-5) will meet No. 3 seed Morgan State (15-15) today in the nationally televised MEAC title game (6 p.m., ESPNU). With a victory, NCCU will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
NCCU is guaranteed a slot in the NIT based on its MEAC regular-season title in the event Morgan State pulls the upset.
Also in Greensboro Friday, No. 5 seed Pittsburgh advanced to today’s semifinals against No. 1 seed Virginia by upsetting No. 4 seed and 15th-ranked North Carolina 80-75.
The Tar Heels trailed by 20 points with 7:22 left to play and got within three points with 12 seconds left but couldn’t catch the Panthers.
N.C. State continued to make its case to the NCAA Tournament selection committee with a 66-63 upset of Syracuse.
Top-seeded Virginia meets Pittsburgh in the first ACC semifinal today (1 p.m., WRAL/ESPN).
Duke watched Clemson overcome a big deficit late and take a 62-61 lead with nine seconds to play Friday night, but Rodney Hood was fouled on a drive with 3.8 seconds left and hit two free throws to put Duke over the top. Clemson failed to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded.