North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball

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North Carolina Central Eagles
2018–19 North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball team
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UniversityNorth Carolina Central University
Head coachLeVelle Moton (9th season)
LocationDurham, North Carolina
ArenaMcLendon–McDougald Gymnasium
(Capacity: 3,056)
ColorsMaroon and Gray[1]
NCAA Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1989*, 1993*
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1989*, 1993*
NCAA Tournament Second round
1957*, 1988*, 1989*, 1990*, 1993*
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1957*, 1988*, 1989*, 1990*, 1993*, 1996*, 1997*, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
*at Division II level
Conference Tournament Champions
1946, 1950* (CIAA)[2]
2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 (MEAC)
Conference Regular Season Champions
2014, 2015, 2017 (MEAC)

The North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents North Carolina Central University, which is located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. The team currently competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Prior to 2011,[3] the Eagles competed in NCAA Division II and won the 1989 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship. For much of the university's tenure in Division II, the school (formerly "North Carolina College") was a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Eagles in the NBA[edit]

NBA & ABA players who attended North Carolina Central:[4]

Eagles in the Hall of Fame[edit]

Two Eagles have been selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

  • Sam Jones - former NCCU player - inducted as a player in 1984.
  • John McClendon - former NCCU coach - inducted as a "contributor" in 1979, and as a coach in 2016.


NCAA Division I tournament results[edit]

The Eagles have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament four times. Their combined record is 0–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 Second Round Iowa State L 75–93
2017 First Four UC Davis L 63–67
2018 First Four Texas Southern L 46–64
2019 First Four North Dakota State L 74–78

NIT results[edit]

The Eagles have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) one time. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2015 First Round Miami (FL) L 71–75

NCAA Division II tournament results[edit]

The Eagles have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament seven times. Their combined record is 10–6. They were Division II National Champions in 1989.

Year Round Opponent Result
1957 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Florida A&M
Mount St. Mary's
W 78–61
L 88–106
1988 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Virginia State
Troy State
W 56–49
L 65–66 OT
1989 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Norfolk State
Virginia Union
Sacred Heart
Jacksonville State
Southeast Missouri State
W 67–64
W 60–55
W 58–57
W 90–70
W 73–46
1990 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Jacksonville State
W 66–61
L 88–95 OT
1993 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Alabama A&M
Virginia Union
Cal State Bakersfield
W 93–84
W 93–81
L 80–86
1996 First Round Pfeiffer L 62–71
1997 Regional Semifinals Saint Augustine's L 66–78


  1. ^ North Carolina Central University – Our Color Palette (PDF). Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  2. ^ CIAA official site
  3. ^ NCCU Gains Full NCAA Division I Membership. Published: Thursday, August 11, 2011.
  4. ^ 2013-14 NC Central Media Guide

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