2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: MEAC Champion North Carolina Central Eagles

By Trevor Lowry
North Carolina Central basketball
Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 28-5

RPI: 102

BPI: 98

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

How They Qualified: MEAC Conference Tournament Champions

Region: No. 14 seed in East


The North Carolina Central Eagles only lost one game in the MEAC all season long. That loss wasn’t necessarily a good one, but only losing one game in your conference is pretty good to say the least.

The Eagles are riding a 20-game win streak and definitely are taking one of the best streaks into the 2014 NCAA tournament.

They really challenged themselves in non-confernece play by playing Cincinnati, North Carolina State, Wichita State and Maryland. And, they actually beat the Wolfpack on the road.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Jeremy Ingram (20.6 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Jay Copeland (5.9 rpg)

Leading Passer: Emanuel Chapman (6.5 apg)

Bad Losses: IUPUI, Floirda A&M

Good Wins: North Carolina State


North Carolina State is by far the best win and that victory looks even better with the way the Wolfpack have played down the stretch. The North Carolina Central Eagles can thank T.J. Warren for that.

It’s always hard to predict how a team like the Eagles will do in the dance. Yes, they have won a ton of games in a row and have a very solid record, but they really do not have many quality wins. That’s why mid-major teams get seeded lower than power conference teams. Well, unless if your name is Wichita State. At least this year. Playing in a weak conference also has a lot to do with that.

Whether the case, this team has a lethal scorer in Jeremy Ingram and the Eagles have not lost since Jan. 11.

The North Carolina Central Eagles are dancing!


Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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