NC Central is currently facing Texas Southern in a First Four game, for the right to face Xavier. The Texas Southern Tigers may be in the early lead, but NC Central coach LeVelle Moton is winning the sartorial battle on the sideline.
Moton is a pretty bright young coach for the Eagles. The 43-year old NC Central alumnus has his alma mater in its third NCAA Tournament in five years.
In 2014 and 2017, the Eagles won the MEAC regular season and conference tournament. This year, the team was 6th during the regular season, but stole a bid in the MEAC Tournament and crashed the field at 19-15.
Moton's team may or may not get to play in a game on Friday when the world is truly watching. He is making some noise with his outfit.
LeVelle Moton came out with a pink suit. It's loud, and it is great.
Unfortunately, as his team began to struggle with the Tigers, Moton took the jacket off. That wasn't a popular decision with the fans on Twitter.
He went with just the white shirt to finish out the half. Texas Southern ran out to a double-digit lead, and is up 36-26 at the half.
The Tigers are paced by Demontrae Jefferson. The sophomore guard scored 17 points on just 10 shots to lead all scorers.
Raasean Davis, NC Central's 6-foot-9 junior, is the only one having a big day for the Eagles. He has 16 points and 7 rebounds already.
None of Davis's teammates has more than four points. The Eagles haven't made a three, and are yet to head to the free throw line.
Moton's coaching counterpart is also a recognizable face for college basketball fans. Mike Davis was the coach of Indiana from 2000-06. He has the Tigers in a fourth NCAA Tournament in five years, and poised to make the field of 64 after a half.