NCCU coach LeVelle Moton loves his job but absolutely adores his family.
NCCU in the NCAA Tournament.
NCCU will debut in the Big Dance against Iowa State in San Antonio’s AT&T Center on Friday (9:50 p.m., TNT). The Eagles learned the news along with NCCU fans who gathered for a viewing party at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on Sunday.
UNC was awarded the No. 6 seed in the East Region and will open tournament play Friday against No. 11 Providence at the AT&T Center (7:20 p.m., TNT). Next up would be No. 3 Iowa State or No. 14 N.C. Central in the round of 32 on Sunday, with the winner of that game advancing to the East Regional semifinals in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
NCAA BRACKET: ACC lands 6 in bracket ... N.C. State to play Xavier in First Four; Duke No. 3 seed (Midwest); UNC No. 6 seed (South); N.C. Central No. 14 seed (South). ACC gets six teams into field including No. 1 seed Virginia (East), No. 3 Syracuse (South), No. 9 Pittsburgh (South).
Jeremy Ingram scored 29 points and N.C.Central used an 8-1 run to get some separation and held on to beat Morgan State 71-62 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship on Saturday night. Karamo Jawara added 10 points for the Eagles (28-5), who won their 20th consecutive game and claimed the league's automatic NCAA tournament berth in only their third season at the Division I level.
It's Morgan State vs. N.C. Central for the MEAC Tournament championship.
Jeremy Ingram and Jordan Parks scored 14 points apiece as top-seeded N.C. Central eliminated No. 4 seed Norfolk State 68-45 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference semifinal on Friday. NCCU will meet either No. 7 seed Coppin State or No. 3 seed Morgan State in Saturday's (March 15) MEAC title game (6 p.m., ESPNU).
Even as N.C. Central was dismantling Howard 92-46 Wednesday in the MEAC Tournament, the Eagles were constantly telling each other that they were hungry for more, a Bison player said later. The Eagles return to the Norfolk Scope Arena for today’s semifinals (6 p.m., 99.9 HD-3 The Ticket) in which top-seeded NCCU will meet No.4 Norfolk State.
This is the time of year when college basketball coaches shorten their rotations, limiting playing time to starters and key reserves.
There simply is no room for experimentation during the postseason when teams emerging on the wrong side of scoreboards have to pack up their jerseys and sneakers until the next season.
On March 12, 1944, the basketball team from North Carolina College for Negroes, now N.C. Central University, broke the color line during a game with white students from Duke University.
NO. 1 NCCU OVERWHELMS HOWARD IN MEAC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann is in Norfolk, Va., for the MEAC Tournament, where NCCU coach LeVelle Moton is extremely focused.