Aggies Hope to Continue Hot Start Against MACU
Mid-Atlantic Christian (3-4) vs. North Carolina A&T (3-1)
Date: November 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: First meeting
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio, 1320AM/1230 AM/93.7 FM/104.9 FM
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Japhet Kadji (6-7, 205, R-So., 5.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg); G Devonte Boykins (6-2, 180, Gr., 11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg); G Kameron Langley (6-2, 205, Fr., 8.0 ppg, 5.4 apg); G Kwei Lartey (6-4, 200, Jr., 8.3 ppg, 4.8 apg); C Femi Olujobi (6-8, 233, Jr., 30.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T is off to a hot start. It’s so hot, it is the best start since the 1987-88 season when the Aggies started 5-0. The Aggies finished that season 26-3 with a school-record 26 wins. The Aggies have scored 349 points over their first four games. It is the most points they have scored in the first four games of a season since scoring 350 points at the start of the 1980-81 season. The Aggies have thoroughly put the memory of the 2016-17 season behind them. A year ago, the Aggies defeated one Division I team. This season they already have two Division I wins with victories over The Citadel and Jacksonville. In the process, the Aggies ended their 26-game losing streak to non-conference opponents with their win at Jacksonville last Saturday. The last time the Aggies won a non-conference road game before Saturday was Dec. 28, 2013 at Georgia Southern. N.C. A&T’s good start has been aided by great shooting and sharing. They are first in the MEAC in field goal percentage (.494) and assists per game (18.0).
MID-ATLANTIC CHRISTIAN OVERVIEW: Mid-Atlantic Christian is a private Christian university located in Elizabeth City, N.C. They have an enrollment of 200 students and their home gymnasium, Chesson Gym, has a capacity of 200. The MACU Mustangs compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, a non-NCAA entity. In the USCAA, they play on the Division II level. The Mustangs have played one other NCAA institution this season in Division II Chowan of the CIAA. Chowan defeated the Mustangs 96-52 on Nov. 17. Alan Harris leads the Mustangs in his third season as their head coach. Harris’ leading scorer is freshman Grayson Tajeda who is averaging 15.8 points and 5.1 assists per game. He had 22 points and 11 assists against Carolina Christian on Nov. 11. Another freshman, Tyler Hendrix, is the only other Mustang averaging in double figures at 11.8 points per game. He is also a dangerous threat from the outside, shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Stepping Up: Junior center Femi Olujobi has made a serious first impression on Aggie nation. Olujobi has scored 120 points and grabbed 41 rebounds in his first four games in an Aggies uniform. Olujobi leads the nation in scoring (30.0) and field goals made (45). He is second in the conference in rebounding (10.3).
News & Notes:
- The Aggies are seeking their fourth win in November when they face the Mid-Atlantic Christian Mustangs. The last time the Aggies had four wins in the month of November was the 2011-12 season when the Aggies defeated Chicago State, Johnson & Wales (non-D-I), Barber-Scotia (non, D-I) and UNC Greensboro.
- The Aggies have played 11 non-NCAA institutions in the past 11 seasons. The Aggies are 11-0 in those games with a 29.2-point average margin of victory. The last two games against non-NCAA schools have been much closer. Carver College took the Aggies to overtime before losing 85-76 on Jan. 3, 2012 at Corbett Sports Center. Last season at Corbett, the Aggies defeated Allen 86-78.
- N.C. A&T should be even stronger going forward. Tonight, will be the season debuts for junior Aaren Edmead, senior Davaris McGowens and sophomore Raymon Pratt. The trio missed the first four games for personal reasons. Edmead will add depth to the point guard position behind freshman Kameron Langley who is off to a fast start this season. McGowens was the Aggies leading rebounder last season, so his presence on the glass will be welcomed. Pratt gets most of his offensive production through defensive hustle.
- Kameron Langley is playing well over the first four games of his career. He is third in the conference in assists per game (5.5), second in total assists (22) and total steals (8). An Aggie has not led the conference in assists since Glenn Taggart did it during the 1989-90 season.