NCCU looking for another ACC win
Comcast Center will be a different venue this evening for N.C. Central, although the Eagles could show up with a been there-done that swagger against Maryland (2:30 p.m., ESPN3).
NCCU already this season has beaten one Atlantic Coast Conference squad, knocking off N.C. State 82-72 in overtime at PNC Arena Nov. 20. It was NCCU’s first time emerging victorious over an ACC school in 14 tries.
The Eagles will deal with an 8-5 Maryland team that is coming off an 85-74 win over Tulsa on Sunday that earned coach Mark Turgeon his 300th career victory.
Maryland and NCCU never have played each other in basketball. This is the Terrapins’ last season in the ACC before heading to the Big Ten.
The Terps are led by Dez Wells (15.7 ppg), a sophomore from Raleigh who played some of his high school ball at Word of God Academy, where he teamed with John Wall, now the point guard for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, and C.J. Leslie, who was a forward at N.C. State.
NCCU coach LeVelle Moton, who played at Raleigh’s Enloe High School before suiting up for NCCU, knows all about Wells and basically regards him as a family member.
Jeremy Ingram is the main man for NCCU. The senior guard dropped 27 points on Wichita State, now the No. 10 team in college basketball. He is the nation’s third leading scorer at 24.6 points a game.
The Eagles play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Maryland beat MEAC member Morgan State 89-62 on Nov. 29.
NCCU’s 7-3 start has the Eagles positioned at No. 82 in the Ratings Percentage Index. It’s the first time NCCU has been among the top-100 teams in the RPI. NCCU’s first season in Division I was 2007-08.
NOTE — The NCCU Sports Network will broadcast 19 of this season’s remaining 22 NCCU men’s basketball games on 99.9 HD-3 The Ticket as part of a partnership with Capitol Broadcasting Co