With TV date ahead, NCCU travels to Savannah

Feb. 17, 2014 @ 06:10 PM

Tonight's matchup between N.C. Central and Savannah State is a preview of coming attractions.

Those two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams have a primetime, March 3 date on ESPNU.

It won’t be the first time NCCU has played on ESPNU, and the Eagles also have flown under the bright lights of ESPN3, the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports.

All of those contests were on the road.

The Savannah State-NCCU matchup in March will be the Eagles’ first nationally televised home game since rejoining the MEAC in 2011.

And the Eagles have been mighty good at home. They've won 21 games in a row in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.

NCCU (19-5, 10-1 MEAC) hasn't been bad on the road, either. Overall, the Eagles have won 11 consecutive games, picking up a victory at S.C. State on Saturday and looking for another one tonight at Savannah State (8 p.m.).

Savannah State's Deven Williams scored 24 points during the Tigers’ 73-48 home win against N.C. A&T on Saturday.

Prior to that, Savannah State (9-16, 7-4 MEAC) had lost four of its last five games.

Against A&T, Savannah State's Joshua Montgomery scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Jyles Smith had 11 points, 10 rebounds and blocked five shots for the Tigers.

But the number that means the most to NCCU is that hearty 51.1 field-goal percentage that Savannah State shot against A&T.

The Eagles' standard is holding teams under 40 percent from the field, NCCU coach LeVelle Moton said.

S.C. State shot 41.7 percent against NCCU on Saturday.

The Eagles could get a monkey off their backs when they square up with the Tigers tonight (99.9 HD3 The Ticket, NCCUEaglePride.com). NCCU hasn't won in Tiger Arena since moving to the Division I level in the 2007-08 season. So history at least suggests that NCCU's 12th straight win could be in jeopardy.

NCCU is in first place in the MEAC, holding a two-game lead over Norfolk State.

Hampton beat Norfolk State on Saturday.