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.