While social media was marveling at LeVelle Moton’s majestic sport coat Wednesday night, the North Carolina Central coach was marveling at the atmosphere of the First Four at the University of Dayton Arena.
“It was tremendous,” Moton said of the atmosphere after his team lost to fellow No. 16 seed UC Davis. “The fans and the energy, and you could feel the tension in the air.
“And I think it’s some neutral fans here, probably just Dayton fans who just love basketball, and I think after a while they just chose a side.
“That’s what March Madness is about.”
In their second NCAA tournament appearance, the Eagles came up short of their first victory, but the coach held his head up.
“We wanted to represent our university well. We wanted to represent our league, the MEAC, because we’ve got some really good basketball teams and really good basketball coaches. And oftentimes we go — we’re overlooked. But we wanted to represent them and unfortunately we came out short.”
“But the environment was incredible.”