North Carolina Central coach LeVelle Moton does not want to play Duke.
The Eagles defeated Norfolk State, 50-47, in the MEAC championship game Saturday to earn their third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
NC Central is likely to receive a No. 16 seed. Moton said after the victory he’s hoping his team is not matched up with the Blue Devils and star Zion Williamson in the first round.
“Some coaches will say ‘we’ll take on anyone. we’ll be ready.’ But I don’t want any part of playing Duke,” Moton said Saturday, via SportsChannel8. “Us playing against Zion would be like my 6-year-old son playing against me.”
Moton on his team likely being a 16-seed: Some coaches will say “we’ll take on anyone! We’ll be ready!” But I don’t want ANY part of playing Duke. Us playing against Zion would be like my 6-year-old son playing against me.
Williamson sprained his knee less than 40 seconds into Duke’s first matchup with North Carolina and missed the next five games. But, he returned for the ACC Tournament this week and has tallied 60 combined points over his last two appearances.
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The freshman, who is projected to be the top pick in the 2019 draft, is averaging 22.2 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 69.5 percent from the field in 2018-19.
NC Central has lost in the First Four in each of the last two seasons.
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