|North Carolina Central coach Levelle Moton said his team has exceeded his expectations. (NCAA photo)|
North Carolina Central has taken several steps forward as a program this year, including exceeding where head coach Levelle Moton thought they would be.
“I don’t think anyone saw 25-5, especially when you play six or seven guaranteed games to kind of put you in a hole,” Moton said on Tuesday. “Through hard work, faith and sacrifice it happens.”
Those ingredients have NCCU entering the MEAC Tournament as the clear favorite to win it all and represent the conference in the Big Dance. Moton knows that along with those lofty expectations comes a big target on his team’s back. But he says that’s nothing new.
“I just tell my guys embrace it,” he said. “We’ve been getting everyone’s best shot for the last two years. It’s just going to be three more games of getting everyone’s best shot.”
NCCU enters the 2014 tournament with its second-straight 20 win season. Moton said this team is much more mature than the one that fell to arch-rival and eventual champion NC A&T in the quarterfinals last year. He says this team has a hunger that probably wasn’t there last year.