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MBB Tries to Extend Its Winning Streak to Five

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 11/30/2017
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Junior Aaren Edmead is 16-for-19 from the free throw line in his first two games as an Aggie. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

Central Connecticut (3-3) vs. North Carolina A&T (5-1)  
Date:
 November 26, 2017       
Time: 7 p.m.
Facility: Detrick Gymnasium     
Series: First meeting  
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio, 1320AM/1230 AM/93.7 FM/104.9 FM

PROBABLE STARTERS: F Japhet Kadji (6-7, 205, Jr., 6.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg); G Aaren Edmead (5-10, 165, Jr., 19.0 ppg, 5.0 apg); G Kameron Langley (6-2, 205, Fr., 7.5 ppg, 4.8 apg); G Kwei Lartey (6-4, 200, Jr., 7.5 ppg, 3.8 apg); C Femi Olujobi (6-8, 233, Jr., 28.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg).

AGGIES OVERVIEW:  North Carolina A&T has put together its best November in school history with five wins including two road wins and three wins over Division I opponents. Division I teams started extending their schedules during the 1998-99 season. The most wins the Aggies have had in November since that point was four wins. If the Aggies defeat the Central Connecticut Blue Devils tonight, it will be their sixth November win. The amazing thing about the Aggies start is their two non-conference road wins. N.C. A&T went four straight seasons without a non-conference road win. They already have two non-conference road wins this season. N.C. A&T is also seeking its fifth straight win tonight. If the Aggies win it will be their longest winning streak since their 2013 run in the MEAC tournament when they won four straight. They added one more win to the steak when they defeated Liberty in the First Four NCAA tournament game in Dayton, Ohio.   

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT OVERVIEW: Central Connecticut is in many ways like the North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team. They are off to a good start after a horrid previous season where they went 6-23. The Blue Devils have won three straight with wins over East Carolina, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member Coppin State and Cleveland State. The Blue Devils are led by former NBA standout Donyell Marshall. Marshall, the No. 4 overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1994 out of UConn, is in his second season. His team is led by the guard combo of Tyler Kohl (6-5, 220, JR) and Austin Nehls (6-3, 185, JR). Kohl leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and assists (4.8 apg). Nehls is the 3-point threat for the Blue Devils. He is shooting 44.4 percent (16-for-36) from beyond the arc. He is the second-leading scorer at 13.0 points per game. The Blue Devils have a plus-3.3 rebounding edge over their opponents.

Stepping Up: Junior guard Aaren Edmead had a huge night in the Aggies upset win over ECU on Sunday. Edmead had 25 points and six assists for the game. Twenty-three of those points and five of those assists came in the second half. In two games, Edmead has scored 38 points and is 16-for-19 (.842) from the line.   

News & Notes:

  • Over the previous four seasons, the Aggies are 5-63 on the road. The Aggies are 2-1 on the road already this season. 
  • Division I transfers Japhet Kadji and Aaren Edmead spent two seasons at Wagner to start their collegiate careers. As members of the Wagner men’s basketball team, they played in the Northeast Conference where Central Connecticut was also a member. In four games against the Blue Devils, Kadji and Edmead helped Wagner win three of those contests. 
  • N.C. A&T scored more than 80 points three times last season. The Aggies have exceeded 80 points in all but one game this season and they came against Clemson of the ACC. The Aggies lead the MEAC in scoring (91.8) and rank 13th nationally.
  • Olujobi continues to lead the nation in scoring (28.3). He is second in total field goals made (60), fourth in total points (170), sixth in free throw attempts (59), seventh in free throws made (45). Olujobi’s rebounding has not been too shabby either. He is 18th in the nation in defensive rebounding (7.83) and 26th in rebounding (10.2).

 

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