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Tiny Dancers: North Carolina A&T Aggies

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

You'll be seeing NC A&T play Tuesday or Wednesday at the First Four. (USATSI)

The MEAC is sending a program to the NCAA tournament that hasn't been to the big dance in almost two decades.

North Carolina A&T defeated Morgan State 57-54 in Saturday night's conference title game. They're going crazy in Greensboro, North Carolina!

The Aggies are led by first-year coach Cy Alexander, who was most recently at Tennessee State through the 2008-09 season, never taking TSU to an NCAA tournament in six seasons there.

A&T's 19 wins are the most for the program in over a decade. I know MEAC schools often have a tough time -- but, hello, Norfolk State last year -- yet it's still great to see programs who get back after really, really long droughts.

Player to know: Adrian Powell. The senior forward leads the Aggies in points with 12.5 per game, and also grabs 5.1 rebounds.

The Vitals:

  • Record: 19-16 overall, 8-8 in the MEAC
  • Most recent tournament appearance: 1995
  • Jerry Palm predicts: 16 seed
  • KenPom ranking: 228
  • Sagarin ranking: 249
  • RPI: 225
  • Best win: Eastern Kentucky
  • Worst losses: Utah Valley, South Carolina State
  • Notable stat: A&T will likely play in a First Four game against another 16 seed. If it's to win, it'll need to keep getting to the foul line, something it does on a quarter of its possessions.

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