AGGIES EARN FIRST-EVER NCAA TOURNEY VICTORY
In their 73-72 victory over the Liberty University Flames, the North Carolina A&T State University men’s basketball team snapped the longest losing streak in NCAA tournament history.
This victory was especially sweet as it made history for the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference and Coach Cy Alexander. This is the first time in MEAC history that two conference teams have won NCAA tournament games in consecutive years and Alexander’s first NCAA tournament win.
While Alexander has a lot to celebrate, he shares this victory with all of N.C. A&T’s constituents.
"I think the entire A&T community, the Greensboro community, and the alumni of A&T are all very proud of what these young men have done this past year," he said.
"It's been a long time. The e‑mails and texts I've had since we beat Morgan State on Saturday – everybody is just elated over how far the program has come in a one‑year period."
With Tuesday’s win, the Aggies will move ahead to face the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed the University of Louisville Cardinals in Lexington, Ky.
The Aggies gained momentum going into the MEAC tournament. They entered that tournament with a losing record of 15-16 and ranked No. 7 of 13 teams. The Aggies caught fire and are currently enjoying a six-game winning streak.
Facing the No. 1 seed of the NCAA tournament may prove to be a matchup of David versus Goliath proportions but Alexander doesn’t want his team to hyper focus on the giant.
"We told the players not to worry about Louisville tonight," said Alexander. "Just relax and enjoy some basketball on TV. We'll let them worry about Louisville when we get to Lexington tomorrow."
To see the Aggies take on the Cardinals on TBS Thursday. Tip-off is at 6:50 p.m.
For more information about the win over Liberty, visit the athletics website.