N.C. Central releases 2013-14 men's basketball schedule
The N.C. Central University men’s basketball team will host 14 games at McDougald-McLendon Gym in head coach LeVelle Moton’s fifth season.
In his fifth season, Moton looks to carry over the momentum from last year’s 22-win campaign that included a 15-1 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The schedule includes six opponents that the Eagles have yet to face at the NCAA Division I level (Cincinnati, Campbell, Appalachian State, IUPUI, Maryland, and NJIT). Overall, teams from 10 different conferences that are represented.
“My overall thoughts on this year’s schedule is that it is really challenging, which is what I wanted,” said Moton. “Our philosophy is anywhere, any place, anytime.”
The Eagles will tip off the season in the first of four games in the 2013 Global Sports Hoops Classic on the road against Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 8 from Fifth Third Bank Arena. The Bearcats recently joined the American Athletic Conference after a period of time in the Big East Conference. This will mark NCCU’s first meeting with a team in that league.
“Cincinnati is one of those premier programs in the country,” said Moton. “This will be a tough challenge for us in a hostile environment, basically straight out of the frying pan into the fire.”
Three days later, the Eagles will begin their home slate with its fourth meeting against Johnson and Wales University at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11. NCCU is 3-0 all-time against JWU with an average margin of victory of 62.3 points.
On Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. from the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center in Buies Creek, N.C., the maroon and gray will battle the Camels of Campbell University in game number two of the Global Sports Hoops Classic. This will not only mark the first meeting between NCCU and CU at the NCAA Division I level, but it’s the first since Jan. 24, 1979 where the Camels upended the Eagles 89-77.
The third game of the classic will take place from PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., as the Eagles make the 30-mile trip to battle the Wolfpack of NC State for the fourth time in program history. The last meeting took place in historic Reynolds Coliseum on Dec. 11, 2011 when the maroon and gray nearly upset the Pack, dropping a 65-60 decision. NC State owns a 3-0 lead in the series.
Friday, Nov. 22 the Eagles battle their fifth straight in-state foe as the Mountaineers from Appalachian State travel to McDougald-McLendon Gym for a 7 p.m. tipoff in the final contest of the 2013 Global Sports Hoops Classic. This will mark the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the hardwood, while NCCU has battled only two SoCon schools (Davidson, Western Carolina) since making the move, sporting an 0-2 record.
“It’s a great opportunity to play Campbell, NC State, and App State,” said Moton. “It will certainly help us with recruiting and it’s always great to take on teams in our own state to see where we stand.”
Four days later, the Eagles host the Mighty Sabers of Barber-Scotia College on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. These two programs last met on Nov. 26, 2011, as the Eagles cruised to the 104-55 win. NCCU is 3-0 all-time against BSC.
To begin the month of December, the Eagles will battle Old Dominion on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. This is the second meeting between the Monarchs and the Eagles since the 2008-09 campaign when ODU outlasted NCCU 79-54 on Dec. 14, 2008.
Four days later on Dec. 7, the maroon and gray make the trip up to Indianapolis, Ind. to take on IUPUI. This will mark the fourth meeting for the Eagles against a team from The Summit League, as NCCU is 1-2 all-time against the conference. Tipoff time from The Jungle is set for 3:05 p.m.
Following an 11-day layoff, NCCU returns to the friendly-confines to take on the Eagles of Winthrop University on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The maroon and gray took down WU last year in Rock Hill 64-57 on Jan. 2 to even their record at 7-7 heading into the meat of conference play.
The final game before the holiday break will see the maroon and gray head out to battle 2013 NCAA Final Four participant Wichita State on Sunday, Dec. 22 inside Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. Game time has not been set for that contest, but the Eagles hung tough with the Shockers in a 71-57 loss in the season-opener for both squads. This will mark the second time in NCCU’s young NCAA Division I history in which they have faced an opponent who competed in the previous year’s Final Four as the University of Florida was the defending National Champions when the Eagles took on the Gators in the 2007-08 campaign.
“I call the Wichita State game a manhood game for us,” said Moton. “There are not any boys allowed in this one. It’s a very hostile environment and it will test our overall toughness.”
Nine days later on Dec. 31 the Eagles will take on the Maryland Terrapins for the first time in program history. The Terps are in their final season as members of the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and will be heading to the Big Ten Conference in 2014. Tipoff time from the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., has not been set at this time.
“The Maryland game will be a sentimental game for me,” said Moton. “I will be coaching against a young man that is like my nephew in Dez Wells. His mother and father played vital roles in raising me as a young man.”
NCCU will ring in the New Year with its second trip to Staten Island, N.Y., in the last three seasons as the maroon and gray will battle the Seahawks of Wagner College on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. from the Spiro Sports Center. Wagner owns a 2-0 lead in the series, but each contest has come down to the wire, including last season’s 38-36 defensive showdown in the Bull City.
“As far as Wagner goes, we just have to finish better,” said Moton. “Both games we had opportunities to win but didn’t finish the way we would like to.”
Hampton University comes to the Bull City to battle the Eagles in a nonconference affair on Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m. In the lone matchup last season, NCCU beat the Hampton 68-64 to clinch second place in the conference. In fact, the maroon and gray have won the last two meetings in this series and are now 44-31 all-time against the Pirates.
On Jan. 11-13, NCCU takes its annual Florida road swing as the Eagles take on the Rattlers of Florida A&M on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. from the Lawson Center and the Monday, Jan. 13 contest against Bethune-Cookman is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip with both contests being MEAC doubleheaders. The maroon and gray swept both teams last year and lead the series with FAMU (8-1) and are now even with B-CU at 4-4, having won four of the last five meetings.
The Eagles return home for its final nonconference contest in the Bull City as the New Jersey Institute of Technology comes to McDougald-McLendon Gym on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. This will be the first of a home-and-home series between the Highlanders and Eagles.
“The MEAC is challenging ever year,” said Moton. “It’s 13 dogs battling for one bone. Great teams with great coaching and the talent level is second to none.”
NCCU dives head first into the meat of conference play in the second game of its longest homestand on the year as the Eagles will take on Delaware State on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. The maroon and gray took down the Hornets on the road last year 54-43 on Feb. 2. The maroon and gray lead the series 17-13 all-time.
Four days later on Wednesday, Jan. 22, the arch-rival Aggies of North Carolina A&T come to the Bull City for meeting No. 142 on the hardwood. NC A&T leads the all-time series 74-67, but the Eagles are 5-2 under Moton against the Aggies.
Rounding out the last two games in the Eagles’ five game homestand are contests against Coppin State (Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.) and Morgan State (Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.).
After a two-game road stint that includes a Saturday, Feb. 1 meeting with Howard inside Burr Gymnasium at 4 p.m. and a Monday, Feb. 3 contest against Maryland Eastern Shore at 7:30 p.m. inside Hytche Arena, the Eagles will return home to take on Bethune-Cookman (Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.) and Florida A&M (Monday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.)
From Feb 15 through Feb. 25, the maroon and gray will embark on a four-game road trip, their longest of the year, beginning with a Saturday, Feb. 15 contest against South Carolina State at 4 p.m. from the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center in Orangeburg, S.C. The Eagles will head down to Savannah, Ga., for a Monday night showdown with Savannah State on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. from Tiger Arena.
Saturday, Feb. 22, the Eagles head west to the Gate City of Greensboro, N.C., to take on the Aggies in the return match between the two rivals for a 6 p.m. tipoff from the Corbett Sports Center, with the final contest of the road trip taking place on in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from the Fleisher Athletic Center. Tipoff time has not been determined.
The madness picks up for the Eagles with its final two regular-season home games taking place on March 1 against South Carolina State at 4 p.m. as NCCU looks for its third straight season sweep of the Bulldogs, while the home finale for the maroon and gray sees the Tigers of Savannah State come to town for another Monday night affair on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. from McDougald-McLendon Gym.
The final contest of the regular season sees NCCU head to Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, March 6 to take on the Spartans of Norfolk State for the first time since becoming full members of the MEAC. NSU was 2-1 against the Eagles prior to joining the conference and leads the all-time series 27-8. Tipoff from Joseph Echols Halls is set for 8 p.m.
The 2014 MEAC Basketball Championships will take place March 10-15 inside the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.
BY THE NUMBERS:
14 — Home Games: During Moton’s tenure NCCU is 36-13 at home (.734 winning percentage)
17 — Road Games
6 — First-time opponents (Cincinnati, Campbell, Appalachian State, IUPUI, Maryland, NJIT)
10 — Different NCAA Division I Conferences represented:
AAC (American Athletic Conference): Cincinnati
ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference): Maryland, NC State
Big South: Campbell, Winthrop
CAA (Colonial Athletic Association): Old Dominion (leaving for CUSA in 2014)
MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference): Coppin State, Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Morgan State, Md. Eastern Shore, Norfolk State, NC A&T, Savannah State, South Carolina State
Missouri Valley Conference: Wichita State
NEC (Northeast Conference): Wagner
SoCon (Southern Conference): Appalachian State
The Great West: NJIT
The Summit League: IUPUI
1 — Final Four Participant from 2013: Wichita State
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MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 8 at Cincinnati TBA
Nov. 11 Johnson & Wales 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 at Campbell 7 p.m.
Nov. 20 at N.C. State TBA
Nov. 22 Appalachian State 7 p.m.
Nov. 26 Barber-Scotia 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 Old Dominion TBA
Dec. 7 at IUPUI 3:05 p.m.
Dec. 18 Winthrop 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 at Wichita State TBA
Dec. 31 at Maryland TBA
Jan. 4 at Wagner 1 p.m.
Jan. 7 Hampton 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 at Florida A&M 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Bethune-Cookman 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 NJIT 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 Delaware State 4 p.m.
Jan. 22 NC A&T 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 Coppin State 4 p.m.
Jan. 27 Morgan State 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 at Howard 4 p.m.
Feb. 3 at Md. Eastern Shore 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 Bethune-Cookman 4 p.m.
Feb. 10 Florida A&M 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 at South Carolina State 4 p.m.
Feb. 17 at Savannah State 8 p.m.
Feb. 22 at N.C. A&T 6 p.m.
Feb. 25 at NJIT TBA
March 1 South Carolina State 4 p.m.
March 3 Savannah State 7:30 p.m.
March 6 at Norfolk State 8 p.m.
March 10 MEAC Tournament TBA