Breakdown: North Carolina A&T

University of Dayton Arena will be rocking Wednesday night as the Flyers try to build on a very impressive win from Saturday afternoon. Tip Off is scheduled for 7:00 pm tomorrow night as fans are expected to see a very fast paced game. Read more as Dayton Insider breaks down the North Carolina A&T Aggies for all the FlyerCountry.com fans.

Nickname: Aggies
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Record: 0 – 3
RPI: 91
Strength of Schedule: 57
Conference RPI: 21
Pre-Season Conference Poll: 7th
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Students: 11,140
Returning Starters: 3
Coach: Jerry Eaves (4th Year)

If Dayton fans enjoyed watching the pace of the season opener against Austin Peay then they are definitely in for a treat as the Aggies bring a no-nonsense game to UD Arena. The North Carolina A&T Aggies will try for there first win of the season. Coach Eaves and his staff bring a swarm the ball style to Dayton and this should be very entertaining for all basketball fans.

The Aggies have played three games already this season but have been the losing team in each of those three games. They opened the season last weekend in Columbia Missouri where they took part in the John Thompson Foundation Classic. N.C. A&T first lost to Missouri Friday night by a score of 101-80. Forward Jason Willis led the Aggies in both scoring (17 pts.) and rebounding (10). Unlike Austin Peay who brought a defensive minded team to Dayton, The Aggies could not stop the Tigers from scoring as they shot 57.7% from the Field. "Missouri was not much more talented than we were" said head coach Jerry Eaves. "But we gave them too many open looks and lay-ups in transition."

In game two of the John Thompson Classic the Aggies tried to make a comeback after being down by 10 points against the Stetson Hatters with just over three minutes to play. Stetson made the clutch free throws at the end to secure a 72 – 69 win over Aggies. Junior Steven Rush was the leading scorer of the night with 21 points on 6 of 19 shooting. Steven loves to shoot the three-ball as 17 of those 19 shots came from behind the arc.

"It was what we expected, a close wire to wire basketball game," said coach Eaves. "We had so many opportunities to win this game, but the ball didn't bounce our way a few times. I have to give credit to Stetson, because those guys hit clutch shots when it counted."

Sunday afternoon was maybe the worst loss for the Aggies so far this season as they shot a dismal 24% from the field and an even worse 20% from behind the arc. Maybe the team was just tired or they showed the frustration from loses earlier in the weekend. The Aggies did come as close as 4 points with 3:16 to play in the first half, but Army reserve Jamal Brown scored the final 10 points for the cadets and sent them into the locker room up 32 – 19. The Aggies would never again get close enough to make this a game and the Army Cadets won 63 – 49.

Expect the North Carolina A&T Aggies to come to Dayton with a chip on there shoulder. Coach Eaves started the season very high on this team and they will fight through adversity as he teaches these young men how to win.

Stay tuned to FlyerCountry.com as Dayton Insider will bring another North Carolina A&T Aggies preview to all the Dayton Fans.

Probable Starters
F – Trahern Chaplin (JR)
F – Jason Willis (JR)
G – Steven Rush (JR)
G – Austin Ewing (JR)
G – Walter Booth (SR)

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