This season, the Eagles (25-7) will notch another program first with a bid to the NIT as the No. 7 seed in the Richmond Quadrant taking on No. 2 seed Miami at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
“The guys have worked extremely hard so any time you get an opportunity to have a post season out of 350 teams, we’ll take it,” coach LeVelle Moton said. “Obviously we have our work cut out for us with a Miami team that defeated Duke this year.
“They’re extremely hard to guard off the bounce. I have to watch more tape of them and we’re going to their place. It’s going to be tough. It’s an ACC opponent. We know the deck is stacked against us, but we’re going to go in there and give it our best shot.”
The first three rounds of the tournament are held at school sites, and as the lower seed, NCCU will travel to Miami (21-12) for the first-round game.
No team truly wants to fall from the NCAA Tournament to the NIT, but Moton isn’t letting that disappointment hold him and his team back.