Texas Southern, North Carolina Central to meet in NCAA Tournament

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2018

No 16th seed has ever toppled a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Texas Southern's non-conference schedule included Kansas, Syracuse, Oregon, Clemson, Baylor and TCU. If you remember, this team started the season with an 0-13 record, playing well above their pay grade in 13 non-conference road games. As soon as he saw who his team would play, Moton and his coaches started game planning on the spot.

No. 16 seed North Carolina Central (19-15) vs.

Demontrae Jefferson averages better than 23 points and four assists per game for the Tigers, UMass transfer Donte Clark averages nearly 19 points and better than five rebounds per game himself. "It's my first tournament so I'm pretty excited", said Raekwon Harney, NCCU point guard.

"Last year, I thought 'Wow, North Carolina?' They lead the country in rebounds, we're in serious trouble".

NC Central beat top-seeded Hampton 71-63 to win the automatic bid from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Eagles rank 309 in his standings with a poor defense (288) and an even worse offense (301), but they found a way to get the job done in the MEAC Tournament.

Texas Southern, North Carolina Central to meet in NCAA Tournament
Texas Southern, North Carolina Central to meet in NCAA Tournament

This is N.C. Central's third trip to the NCAA tournament.

The winners in Dayton move on and play in the First Round on Thursday and Friday. "To be honest, a lot of people gave up on this team".

One advantage the Tigers have over North Carolina Central is size.

The Eagles prefer a plodding style, averaging about 72 points per game.

"We are playing a really, really good basketball team", Moton said. They played one of the toughest slates in the country to gain experience. Demontrae Jefferson, a 5-foot-7 guard listed at just 150 pounds, is an elite scorer, and once was top-100 recruit despite his small stature. "We have our hands full". "Every college basketball player's dream is actually to go to March Madness to the NCAA tournament, so I'm pretty excited about it". "I've been on that side of the coin, so I'd rather feel it on this side".

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