Men's Basketball Gameday: North Carolina A&T
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman settles into Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend, starting with Saturday's 4 p.m. tipoff against North Carolina A&T.
SENSE OF URGENGY: The Wildcats (5-11 overall, 0-1 MEAC) have lost three straight and five of their last six, but the key stat is the 0-1 conference record. Defending champion Norfolk State currently has a 2-0 league mark. After winning their conference opener against Florida A&M the past three years, B-CU is in danger of being 0-2 in league play since 2007 when they dropped their first four conference games en route to a 6-12 MEAC finish.
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA A&T: The Aggies (7-9) have won two straight, including an impressive 71-65 decision at Georgia Southern Saturday. Lamont Middleton is averaging 13 points per game, followed by Adrian Powell (12.7) and Jean Lousime (10.8) For more information, visit http://www.ncataggies.com.
Series: NCAT leads 34-26.
Last Year: B-CU swept: winning 59-56 on 1/7/12 in Greensboro and 92-79 in Daytona Beach.
Last 10: B-CU 7, NCAT 3
Streak(s): B-CU has won last 4 overall; B-CU has won last 15 in Moore Gym dating back to 1/16/95
COLEMAN UPDATE: Adrien Coleman has scored 20 points in his last two games. The junior is leading the MEAC with an 18.6 average and is third in rebounding (7.5).
DUKES AND A&T: Senior Kevin Dukes has enjoyed success in the last three B-CU A&T meetings. In 1991, he hit a key 3-pointer in the final minute that helped B-CU conclude a 14-point comeback for a 72-69 ESPNU victory. Last season, he made two three-pointers in the final minute that helped B-CU take a 59-56 win in Greensboro, then nailed eight three-pointers in a career-high 31 point night as the Wildcats downed the Aggies 92-79 to conclude the season sweep. Dukes needs 48 points to become B-CU's 26th 1,000 point scorer.
NEXT UP: North Carolina Central Monday at 7:30 p.m.