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2017–18 North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball team

The 2017–18 North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball team represented North Carolina Central University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Eagles, led by ninth-year head coach LeVelle Moton, played their home games at McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium in Durham, North Carolina as members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. They finished the season 19–16, 9–7 in MEAC play to finish sixth place. In the MEAC Tournament, they defeated Coppin State, Savannah State, and Morgan State to advance to the championship game against Hampton.[1] There they defeated the Pirates to receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.[2] As a No. 16 seed, they lost in the First Four to Texas Southern.[3]

2017–18 North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball
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MEAC tournament champions
NCAA Tournament, First Four
ConferenceMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
2017–18 record19–16 (9–7 MEAC)
Head coachLeVelle Moton (9th season)
Assistant coachLuke D'Alessio
Assistant coachReggie Sharp
Assistant coachEric Wilson
Home arenaMcDougald–McLendon Gymnasium
Seasons
2017–18 MEAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Hampton 12 4   .750     19 16   .543
Bethune–Cookman 12 4   .750     18 14   .563
Savannah State 12 4   .750     15 17   .469
North Carolina A&T 11 5   .688     20 15   .571
Norfolk State 11 5   .688     14 19   .424
North Carolina Central † 9 7   .563     19 16   .543
Morgan State 7 9   .438     13 19   .406
Howard 7 9   .438     10 23   .303
Florida A&M 7 9   .438     9 25   .265
South Carolina State 6 10   .375     10 22   .313
Coppin State 5 11   .313     5 27   .156
MD Eastern Shore 3 13   .188     7 25   .219
Delaware State 2 14   .125     4 28   .125
2018 MEAC Tournament winner

Previous seasonEdit

The Eagles finished the 2016–17 season 25–9, 13–2 in MEAC play to win the MEAC regular season championship. In the MEAC Tournament, they defeated Bethune–Cookman, Maryland Eastern Shore, and Norfolk State to win the tournament championship. As a result, they earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. As a No. 16 seed, they lost in the First Four to fellow No. 16 seed UC Davis.

RosterEdit

2017–18 North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G/F 0 Larry McKnight, Jr. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Jr Palm Beach State College North Miami, Florida
PG 1 C.J. Wiggins 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Benedictine College Prep Richmond, Virginia
F 2 Zacarry Douglas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Cal State Northridge Landover, Maryland
G/F 3 Brandon Goldsmith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Walters State CC Raleigh, North Carolina
PG 4 Jordan Perkins 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Greensboro Day School Greensboro, North Carolina
G/F 5 Regigie Gardner, Jr. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Loomis Chaffee School Bowie, Maryland
G 10 Rashann Rashann 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr Drexel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PG 11 Alston Jones 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Daytona State College Kansas City, Missouri
G/F 12 Alex Mills 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Jr McLennan CC Laurens, South Carolina
F 13 Pablo Rivas 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Sheridan College Colón, Panama
PG 14 Raekwon Harney 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Sr Louisburg College Winston-Salem, North Carolina
F 21 Marius McAllister 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Sr Hillside New Tech Durham, North Carolina
F/C 22 Dominique Reid 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Niagara Sicklerville, New Jersey
C 32 Raasean Davis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Jr Kent State Chicago, Illinois
G/F 55 John Guerra 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Navy Cary, North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: January 19, 2018

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPN3
at UIC L 55–65  0–1
UIC Pavilion (2,788)
Chicago, IL
Nov 13, 2017*
12:00 pm, ESPN3
at Evansville L 55–68  0–2
Ford Center (6,048)
Evansville, IN
Nov 15, 2017*
8:00 pm
at UT Martin
Global Sports Invitational
L 57–74  0–3
Skyhawk Arena (1,274)
Martin, TN
Nov 17, 2017*
7:00 pm
Warren Wilson W 101–76  1–3
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (648)
Durham, NC
Nov 19, 2017*
4:00 pm
Southern
Global Sports Invitational
W 80–67  2–3
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (803)
Durham, NC
Nov 22, 2017*
8:00 pm
at Marshall
Global Sports Invitational
L 84–92  2–4
Cam Henderson Center (4,572)
Huntington, WV
Nov 24, 2017*
8:00 pm, BTN+
at Illinois
Global Sports Invitational
L 73–86  2–5
State Farm Center (11,004)
Champaign, IL
Nov 26, 2017*
3:00 pm
at Southeast Missouri State W 77–70  3–5
Show Me Center (645)
Cape Girardeau, MO
Nov 30, 2017*
7:00 pm
Christendom W 116–38  4–5
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (826)
Durham, NC
Dec 2, 2017*
7:00 pm
Southeast Missouri State L 77–86  4–6
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (873)
Durham, NC
Dec 9, 2017*
4:00 pm
at George Mason L 65–77  4–7
EagleBank Arena (3,489)
Fairfax, VA
Dec 11, 2017*
9:00 pm
at Grand Canyon L 59–64  4–8
GCU Arena (6,276)
Phoenix, AZ
Dec 14, 2017*
7:00 pm
McNeese State W 77–71  5–8
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (377)
Durham, NC
Dec 30, 2017*
2:00 pm
St. Andrews W 75–55  6–8
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (431)
Durham, NC
MEAC regular season
Jan 3, 2018
7:30 pm
at Delaware State W 65–62  7–8
(1–0)
Memorial Hall (249)
Dover, DE
Jan 8, 2018
7:30 pm
Norfolk State W 64–63  8–8
(2–0)
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (1,386)
Durham, NC
Jan 13, 2018
4:00 pm
Coppin State W 81–61  9–8
(3–0)
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (1,889)
Durham, NC
Jan 15, 2018
4:00 pm
Morgan State W 77–63  10–8
(4–0)
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (1,377)
Durham, NC
Jan 20, 2018
4:00 pm, UStream
at Howard L 78–84 OT 10–9
(4–1)
Charles E. Smith Center (852)
Washington, D.C.
Jan 22, 2018
7:30 pm
at Maryland Eastern Shore W 63–60  11–9
(5–1)
Hytche Athletic Center (979)
Princess Anne, MD
Jan 27, 2018
4:00 pm
at North Carolina A&T L 64–70  11–10
(5–2)
Corbett Sports Center (5,700)
Greensboro, NC
Feb 3, 2018
4:00 pm
Delaware State W 72–61  12–10
(6–2)
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (1,623)
Durham, NC
Feb 5, 2018
7:00 pm
Hampton L 70–86  12–11
(6–3)
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (1,474)
Durham, NC
Feb 10, 2018
6:00 pm
at Florida A&M L 56–65  12–12
(6–4)
Lawson Center (1,879)
Tallahassee, FL
Feb 12, 2018
7:30 pm
at Bethune–Cookman L 81–99  12–13
(6–5)
Moore Gymnasium (876)
Daytona Beach, FL
Feb 17, 2018
4:00 pm
Maryland Eastern Shore W 77–49  13–13
(7–5)
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (1,322)
Durham, NC
Feb 19, 2018
7:00 pm
Howard W 83–66  14–13
(8–5)
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (1,622)
Durham, NC
Feb 24, 2018
4:00 pm
at South Carolina State L 79–102  14–14
(8–6)
SHM Memorial Center (655)
Orangeburg, SC
Feb 26, 2018
8:00 pm
at Savannah State L 75–85  14–15
(8–7)
Tiger Arena (1,990)
Savannah, GA
Mar 1, 2018
7:30 pm
North Carolina A&T W 70–59  15–15
(9–7)
McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium (3,036)
Durham, NC
MEAC Tournament
Mar 6, 2018
6:30 pm, ESPN3
(6) vs. (11) Coppin State
First round
W 60–48  16–15
Norfolk Scope 
Norfolk, VA
Mar 8, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN3
(6) vs. (3) Savannah State
Quarterfinals
W 58–56  17–15
Norfolk Scope 
Norfolk, VA
Mar 9, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN3
(6) vs. (7) Morgan State
Semifinals
W 79–70  18–15
Norfolk Scope (9,002)
Norfolk, VA
Mar 10, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN2
(6) vs. (1) Hampton
Championship Game
W 71–63  19–15
Norfolk Scope (6,036)
Norfolk, VA
NCAA Tournament
Mar 14, 2018*
6:40 pm, truTV
(16 W) vs. (16 W) Texas Southern
First Four
L 46–64  19–16
UD Arena (12,732)
Dayton, OH
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.
All times are in Eastern Time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Morgan State vs. North Carolina Central - Game Recap - March 9, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  2. ^ "North Carolina Central takes down top-seeded Hampton to win MEAC tournament". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ "Texas Southern vs. North Carolina Central - Game Recap - March 14, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15.