Go Eagles! HBCU North Carolina Central University Compete In March Madness

March 19, 2014  |  

As March Madness fans fill out their brackets, they might notice one school name that they’ve never seen before. That’s because North Carolina Central University (NCCU), one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, has made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever!

The NCCU Eagles nabbed a ticket to March Madness after whooping Morgan State’s butt during the the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship, The Bleacher Report said.

“You represent North Carolina Central University in a way others can only imagine. And all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!” said an emotional Deborah Saunders-White, Chancellor of North Carolina Central University, according to ABC11.

You’ll understand why the chancellor choked by tears when you consider NCCU’s background in basketball — and it isn’t pretty. The Eagles are part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), a division of NCAA teams from HBCUs located in the Southeast. “Teams from the MEAC, even MEAC champions, are often bad,” SBNation writes.

Since 2003, when pundits began ranking the top 150 college basketball teams, an MEAC team was placed on the list only once — that was Hampton in 2009 and they placed 141th. Currently, NCCU stands at No. 78. Not bad considering that it sits 60 spots higher than any other team in MEAC history.

For the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles are up against Iowa State. Ken Pomeroy, a college basketball guru, believes that the NCCU basketball team has a 27 percent chance of beating Iowa. They rank No.5 in the nation when it comes to turnover rate and effective field goal percentage. Their star player, Jeremy Ingram, averages 20.6 points per game.

NCCU college students are showing their Eagle pride and they’re confident that their basketball team will churn out a positive outcome:

“We’re gonna celebrate our team and we’re gonna see ’em through, ’til they reach the championship again!” said NCCU senior Jemila Morrison. “I’m confident. I know we’re gonna get it! I know how hard we’ve worked, and I know how hard we’re gonna work.”

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