(14) North Carolina Central Eagles

Record: 28-5 How they got here: Won Mid-Eastern-Athletic Conference Tournament Strengths: North Carolina Central enters the NCAA Tournament on a 20-game win streak, winning its three league tournament games by an average of 26 points per contest. Senior guard Jeremy Ingram is a prolific scoring threat, averaging 20.3 ppg. The team earned a nonconference win over NC State and pushed Cincinnati, Wichita State and Maryland during losses. The team is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Weaknesses: The team leans heavily on its smothering defense and sound free-throw shooting. When opponents found seams in North Carolina Central's defense and scored at least 70 points, the Eagles have had trouble rallying for wins.
Peter Casey, USA Today Sports
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