|N.C. Central on a roll into tournament|
|MEAC champs in first NCAA Division I playoffs|
|Published Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:28 am|
DURHAM – North Carolina Central earned its chance to make a splash in its first NCAA Division I basketball tournament.
The Eagles are seeded 14th in the East Region and will take on third-seeded Iowa State Friday at approximately 10 p.m. at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The Eagles enter the tournament field of 68 as winners of 20 straight games and have tied for the most wins in a single season in school history, tying the 1989 NCAA Division II national championship team that went 28-4 and the legendary John McClendon’s 1950-51 team that finished 28-5.?
NCCU clinched its first berth to the NCAA Division I tournament on March 16 with a 71-62 win over Morgan State in Norfolk, Va.? ?The Eagles have only faced two Big 12 Conference opponents (Kansas State and Oklahoma). NCCU lost 95-49 to Kansas State in 2009, and Oklahoma in overtime 71-63 in 2010.? ?
NCCU enters the NCAA tournament with a resume that includes a win against the No. 12-seed in the Midwest region, N.C. State (82-72), and close loses to East fifth seed Cincinnati (74-61) and No. 1 Midwest seed Wichita State (77-66) on Dec. 22.? ?
The Eagles went 15-1 in the MEAC to run away with the regular season crown and recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1996-97.
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