Game #9-121: North Carolina Central at North Carolina A&T AggiesDecember 1, 2012 4:00 pm
Corbett Sports Center
I was pretty excited on my drive up to Greensboro Saturday afternoon. I would be pulling another double-header when that night I would go over to see Elon and Charleston play. It was the first game of the day that I was most excited for though. Two MEAC rivals would be squaring off when North Carolina A&T would host North Carolina Central.
I did have my apprehensions at first about standing out
in the crowd, but got over it quickly and just wanted to catch the game. I had not yet been to the Corbett Sports Center and that was the main factor behind wanting to go. I had read about the ardent fan support the Aggie faithful have had for their team over the years no matter what A&T's record has been. Kyle mentioned it
as one of his favorite atmosphere's years ago when he was with ESPN and it was also voted 14th best atmosphere in a fan poll.
I did YouTube searches of North Carolina A&T and found crazy videos of the Dawg Pound at its best
. I figured with the rival Eagles coming to play, it would be an insane environment, nothing like I had seen at a basketball game before.
I guess I should not believe everything I see and read though. The Aggie fans did come out in force and while it was not a sellout, there were about 4,000-5,000 people in attendance. They were the quietest 4,000-5,000 people I have ever heard though.
There were a few highlights, but they were few and far between. When the clock malfunctioned very early on, there was a cool choreographed dance routine performed by the Greeks during the break, but they were never to be seen again. The band was good, but nothing that really blew me away like I was expecting based upon what I had heard.
During the course of the action, the students and fans were nonexistent. There was no noise level on offense or defense for the Aggies and it was pretty quiet when either team was shooting free throws. "THIS is a rivalry?!" I thought to myself as the A&T students seemed bored to be there.
It's not as if it was a bad game either. I had seen the Aggies a few days earlier
when they beat city rival UNCG where they played terrific team ball. I had never seen NCCU before, but knew they were one of the early favorites for the MEAC crown.