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Eagles fans turn out for NCCU sendoff

Posted March 19

— School spirit at North Carolina Central University was enough to outshine the gloomy weather Wednesday in Durham. Dozens of students and alumni turned out in team colors, with posters and big heads in hand, to send off their team as they travel to the NCAA Tournament.

Fans believe NCCU’s spot into the tournament is well-earned.

“Words can’t describe it,” said freshman Mychell Reid. “They’ve been practicing and working hard, so they deserve it.”

The small, historically black university beat Morgan State University 71-62 Saturday, winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and capping a 20-game winning streak.

It’ll be the first time NCCU will play in the tournament as a Division I school. The No. 14 seeded team will face off against No. 3 Iowa State Friday (9:50 p.m. on TNT and 620 AM The Buzz), but supporters said they are hoping for an upset.

“I think they’ll make it all the way,” said student Kebreeya Lewis. “I am ready for them to win.”

Freshman Jalen Dozier even has the Eagles making it all the way to the Final Four in his bracket.

Martha Tilley graduated from NCCU in 1971 and regularly attends games. She said the feeling of seeing her alma mater in the national event is “indescribable.”

“It’s an honor to be part of this celebration and to have them come this far,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming, but we knew that it would come because we know that the Eagles are great.”

Senior point guard Emmanuel Chapman said the unyielding support from fans like these makes the drive to win even stronger.

“To have all our fans out here and the support, it’s amazing. So you want to bring back something they’re proud of,” he said. “Win, lose or draw ... this university and program is a family so they’re going to have our back regardless.”

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  • nagreene Mar 20, 12:40 p.m.

    Steve Miller Band said it best "Fly like an Eagle". Congratulations and go far!!!!!!

  • eastknox4ever Mar 20, 10:50 a.m.

    Iowa State is going to take this team apart. NCCU should consider themselves successful if they... View More

    — Posted by Obamacare rises again

    that's what NC State thought back in November. http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/20/3391523/nc-central-shocks-nc-state-82.html

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 20, 9:59 a.m.

    Iowa State is going to take this team apart. NCCU should consider themselves successful if they manage to keep the final score within 25 points.

  • gmuny33 Mar 20, 9:52 a.m.

    N.C.C. U. , I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!

  • vsusu2002 Mar 20, 9:29 a.m.

    Let's do it Eagles!!!! Congrats and job well done.

  • 2Cold Mar 20, 8:08 a.m.

    EAGLE PRIDE AMPLIFIED!!!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 20, 6:57 a.m.

    Good luck to the Eagles - hope you earn the first upset of the Tourney and bust a lot of brackets!

  • jdpridg Mar 20, 6:55 a.m.

    Congrats to the eagles!!! My bracket has you meeting up with Carolina. Id say go make the triangle proud, but you already did. Keep it going.

  • iron fist Mar 19, 5:45 p.m.

    Hoping NCCU, UNC, NCSU and Duke do well and make a good showing in the tourney good luck to all.

  • AliceBToklas Mar 19, 4:02 p.m.

    Congratulations to the Eagles! Go far.

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