by Mike Potter
Both of N.C. Central's basketball teams are getting tough challenges today, as they'll visit two different ACC schools.
LeVelle Moton will try again for his first win as a collegiate head coach as the Eagle men's team (0-1) visits Miami at 4 p.m. in the Hurricanes' season opener.
The task may be even more daunting for the women's club coached by Joli Robinson (pictured), as the Eagles visit Maryland - ranked No. 21 in the coaches' poll - at 7 p.m. in the season opener for both teams. That is part of NCCU's two-day trip to the Old Line State, with the Eagles also visiting Morgan State on Monday night.
NCCU's teams will both return home Wednesday night for a doubleheader at McLendon-McDougald Gym. That night Robinson's team will host Campbell at 5:30 p.m., followed by Moton's team taking on Division III N.C. Wesleyan.
N.C. Central at Miami
[Saturday, 4 p.m., BankUnited Center, Coral Gables]
Miami leads series 1-0
Records: NCCU 0-1, Miami (2008-09)
Coaches' records - NCCU: LeVelle Moton 0-1; Miami: Frank Haith 88-73.
Leading scorers - NCCU: C.J. Wilkerson 16.0; Miami: (returnee from 08-09) Dwayne Collins 10.6.
Leading rebounders - NCCU: C.J. Wilkerson/Vincent Davis 4.0; Miami: (returnee from 08-09) Dwayne Collins 7.3.
Assist leaders - NCCU: Michael Glasker 4.0; Miami: (returnee from 08-09) Dwayne Collins/James Dews 1.3.
N.C. Central at Maryland
[Saturday, 7 p.m., Comcast Center, College Park]
Records (2008-09) NCCU 10-17, Maryland 31-5.
Coaches' records - NCCU: Joli Robinson 197-172; Maryland: Brenda Frese 233-90, 176-60 at Maryland.
Leading scorers - (returnees from 08-09) NCCU: Chasidy Williams 11.8; Maryland: Lynetta Kizer 11.7.
Leading rebounders - (returnees from 08-09) NCCU: Chasidy Williams 5.0; Maryland: Lynetta Kizer 7.4.
Assist leaders - (returnees from 08-09) NCCU: Blaire Houston 2.3; Maryland: Angalé Barrett 2.3.