North Carolina Central Eyeing First NCAA Tournament

5 Feb

In 2007-08 North Carolina Central began a four-year transition period into division one athletics.  Over that time the Eagles basketball team won a grand total of 30 games. In 2011-12 they became fully eligible in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and less than three years later NCCU has won almost twice as many, 55.

In 2012 they won 17 games which made them the 38th team in history to win at least 17 games in their first official division 1 season.  In the postseason NCCU fell in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by a point as the #5 seed.  Last season they took another step forward winning 22 games and finishing second in the MEAC.  The Eagles however met the same fate as the 2012 team, being upset in the quarterfinals by eventual tournament champion North Carolina A&T.

This year head coach LeVelle Moton has his team in first place in the MEAC at 7-1, 16-5 overall.  NCCU has an overtime win at N.C. State in November and has lost just once since the calendar turned to 2014.

The Eagles, like many teams that are successful late in the year, are led by a trio of senior guards Alfonzo Houston is second on the team in scoring at 10.2.  Jeremy Ingram leads the team in scoring at 19.1 points.  He has also won the MEAC’s Player of the Week award four times so far this season.  Emanuel Chapman is the floor general for the Eagles and he is averaging more assists than points but he does a little bit of everything for the team with 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and a team-leading an 5th best nationally 6.9 assists.

 

With four weeks left in the MEAC regular season the North Carolina Central Eagles are looking to take another step forward towards in their athletic foundation at the division 1 level.  Their first regular-season conference title is within their reach and a ticket to the NCAA Tournament in their third year of eligibility would be a giant building block program.

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