Previewing NC Central

Next up for the Tar Heels is neighbor NC Central, a relative newcomer to the Division I ranks. Tip-off Wednesday at the Smith Center is scheduled for 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.

North Carolina (1-0) vs. NC Central (0-0)
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center
9:00, ESPNU


"I'm just trying to calm the guys down so they can play. This is something we've wanted as an institution for a long time as we're making our transition to Division I. It's like we've been waiting to get into the party and now we're in. We're not going to hang on the wall and complain about the music the deejay is playing because we've got the play North Carolina first." -- NCCU coach LeVelle Moton

"Turnovers can come from anywhere. Some guys, once they get out there - 18,000 people, Coach [Williams] yelling, `Go, go, go' - you just start trying to do a little bit too much. But the more you play the slower the game is going to get for you and the easier it's going to get for you." – UNC point guard Larry Drew on UNC's 26 turnovers against Florida International


NCCU at a Glance: Guard Vincent Davis (11.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg) is the lone returning Eagle to start more than 20 games during Central's 4-27 record last season. Forward Joshua Worthy (1.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg) also logged 22 minutes per contest. Worthy is the newphew of UNC and NBA great James Worthy. The Eagles' average scoring margin stood at minus-18.7 last season, thanks in part to a size disadvantage (minus-10.4 rebounding deficit) and a poor shooting percentage (.373 overall, .301 on 3-pointers). NCCU did manage to win two of its last three contests of the '08-'09 season, knocking off Longwood (82-64) and Winston-Salem State (63-56) to finish the year on a positive note.

New Coach on the Bench: Wednesday night opens LeVelle Moton's tenure as NC Central's 17th head coach. The former Eagle (‘96) initially returned to his alma mater in July 2007 as an assistant coach. As a player, Moton earned distinction as the 1996 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Year and eventually was inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. The 35-year-old's name runs rampant through the Central record books, ranking first in 3-point field goals made (213 of 529), third in scoring (1,714 points), fourth in free throws made (363 of 467), fifth in assists (278), eighth in field goals made (569 of 1,159), 10th in scoring average (16.6 points per game), and 11th in steals (110).

Eagles in Transition: NCCU is currently in its third season of NCAA Division I competition. The Eagles will be eligible for the NCAA postseason at the end of the four-year reclassification process in the 2011-12 campaign.

A New Home: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will welcome NCCU into the league as its 13th member, effective July 1, 2010. The Eagles join Winston-Salem State and North Carolina A&T as conference members located within the borders on North Carolina. Ironically, NCCU was a founding member of the MEAC and competed within the league from 1971-79.

Series History: NC Central has played North Carolina in exhibition games in years past, but this will be the first meeting between the two schools since Central joined the Division I ranks.

Projected Starters:
1 Michael Glasker (5-7, 155, Jr.) - 3.4 ppg, 2.7 apg
12 C.J. Wilkerson (6-3, 200, Jr.) – Oxford (N.C.) Clinton CC
24 Vincent Davis (6-2, 170, Jr.) – 11.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg
0 Joshua Worthy (6-5, 205, Sr.) – 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
45 T.J. Granger (6-8, 240, So.) – Richmond (Va.) Allegany CC

Top Reserves:
22 Nick Chasten (6-7, 216, So.) – 6.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Location: Durham, N.C.
Enrollment: 8,575
Conference: Independent
Nickname: Eagles
Colors: Maroon & Gray
Head Coach: LeVelle Moton
Record at NCCU: 0-0

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