by Mike Potter
N.C. Central returns to McDougald-McLendon Gym in men's basketball tonight looking to tap into a little home-court magic.
The unfamiliar opponent is Western Illinois of The Summit League, and the game opens a five-game homestand that will be five-sixths of the Eagles' remaining season.
WIU is 8-13. The contest is the first of a two-season home-and-home agreement.
Eagle coach LeVelle Moton (pictured) continues to look for his first victory over a Division I opponent. The Eagles are 4-2 at home, but all four wins have been against small-college opposition.
N.C. Central vs. Western Illinois
[Tuesday, 7 p.m., McDougald-McLendon Gym]
Records: NCCU 4-19, WIU 8-13.
Audio: WRJD-AM 1410, NCCUEaglePride.com, GoLeathernecks.com.
Coaches' records - WIU: Jim Molinari 240-219, 17-33 at WIU; NCCU: LeVelle Moton 4-19.
Leading scorer - WIU: Ceola Clark 13.8; NCCU: C.J. Wilkerson 15.7.
Leading rebounder - WIU: James Ganstra 5.4; NCCU: Nick Chasten 6.1.
Assist leader - WIU: Ceola Clark 3.7; NCCU: Michael Glasker 4.9.