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Basketball culture changing at NC Central

Posted November 14, 2013
Updated November 15, 2013

Coming off their best year by far in Division I, a lot of things have changed for North Carolina Central's basketball team.

"It's totally different. Just walking around campus and talking to people, the whole morale, the whole support system," said NCCU guard Emanuel Chapman. "You have meetings with people now. It's totally different. But that comes with doing what you're supposed to do." 

And that means winning. Central did that 22 times last season, including a dominant 15-and-1 record in conference play. That breakthrough season is raising the bar in terms of excitement and expectations for this season in Durham.

"It's changing dramatically every year. Winning is bringing the fans, winning is changing the culture and winning is changing people's mindset of the basketball program here," said NCCU guard Ebuka Anyaorah.

"Unfortunately our league is pretty much defined by a title or bust," said NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton. "With their being 13 teams I always use the analogy, thirteen dogs chasing one bone. Unfortunately whoever wins the tournament, you have twelve sad puppies going home. The taste has to remain in your mouth for a complete year."

As for the non-conference schedule, Central's not shying away from challenges. Moton's team will face NC State, Maryland, Cincinnati, and Wichita State. Strong showings last season against the Shockers and Marquette helped the Eagles season take flight.

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  • Toddler10-21 Nov 15, 1:41 p.m.

    Oh yeah thanks WRAL for printing a story about a area basketball program not named Duke, UNC, and NC State!

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 15, 1:38 p.m.

    Dont preach the guy sounds like a hater. Coach Moton has done a excellent job at NCCU. He can recruit, and histeams compete. Coach is respected by his coaching peers. The person that is hating on him probably couldn't get off the bench because of Leville during his playing days. Wish we had him at SAU!

  • dont_preach Nov 15, 12:08 p.m.

    How do you know if Levelle attend class? Great job coach Moton. Congrats also Lil Poob for... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    dont worry about wpalmer comment. He is just a little kid thats bored so he makes childesh comments on mommy and daddy pc. I attended so same university with moton and there was never an issue with him in school. He was very respected then and now.

  • LUKECAGE Nov 15, 10:43 a.m.

    I really hope NCCU can get a new arena; build it, and the players will come and this program will will take-off.

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 15, 9:54 a.m.

    How do you know if Levelle attend class? Great job coach Moton. Congrats also Lil Poob for breaking the assist record. You guys only lost to Cincy by 11, and state lost to them I think by nine. Should be a great game Wednesday.

  • wpalmer1 Nov 15, 5:54 a.m.

    I'm wondering if Moton's players attend classes any better than he did.

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