|Levelle Moton and NCCU will host Savannah State on ESPNU March 3. (Baltimore Sun photo)|
North Carolina Central has clearly been the best HBCU hoops program in Division I basketball this year, and they will finally be rewarded with a home television game. ESPN has picked up NCCU’s March 3 matchup against Savannah State. This will be the first time NCCU has hosted a nationally televised game since becoming full members of the MEAC.
The game will be played in McDougald-McLendon Gynasium on the Durham, NC campus. The Eagles have won 21 games in a row on their home court. NCCU is currently 18-5 and has won ten games in a row.
“This is a great opportunity for our university, alums, students, and our basketball program,” said NCCU head men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton. “It’s a great chance for the nation to see what Eagle Pride is all about. We know Savannah State will be an extremely difficult challenge. They have a great coach in Horace Broadnax and a wealth of talent. I hope the country gets to see how truly great MEAC basketball is.”
Finally, ESPNU and the MEAC got one right. NCCU and SSU aren’t traditional rivals, but SSU was the only MEAC team to beat NCCU during the 2013 regular season is one of only three MEAC teams to beat NCCU in the last season and a half. This should be a good one.