North Carolina Central Begins NCAA Tourney Play In Dayton
The 2017 MEAC Tournament Champion North Carolina Central Eagles will begin NCAA Tournament Play Wednesday, March 15 in dayton versus UC Davis in the First Four Round.
Tip-off is set for 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday as the Eagles will battle for the right to face No. 1 Kansas in the Midwest Regional on Friday in Tulsa, Okla.
NCCU made its first March Madness appearance in 2014, when the No. 14 seed Eagles played Iowa State in San Antonio.
In just six seasons as a Division I program - NCCU achieved full NCAA Division I membership in August 2011 - the Eagles have posted four 20-win campaigns, earned three MEAC regular-season championships (2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17) and won two MEAC tournament championships (2014, 2017). Two seasons ago, NCCU participated in the NIT with a road game against the University of Miami.
The 2016-17 NCCU team boasts an overall record of 25-8 with a 13-3 conference mark.
UC Davis won the Big West Conference Tournament and enters Wednesday’s game with a 22-12 overall record.