North Carolina Central will be dancing again

Coach LeVelle Moton and the North Carolina Central Eagles are headed for the Big Dance once again.

For the third time in five years, Moton’s team claimed the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference postseason championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Pablo Rivas came off the bench to score 22 as North Carolina Central downed Hampton, 71-63, in the MEAC title game on Saturday at Norfolk, Virginia.

In the America East championship game, Maryland-Baltimore County edged Vermont, 65-62.

The list of auto qualifiers into the NCAA field now stands at 15. Here they are:

Conference / automatic qualifier

Ohio Valley — Murray State (26-5)

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago (28-5)

Big Ten — Michigan (28-7)

Big South — Radford (22-12)

Atlantic Sun — Lipscomb (23-9)

Southern — UNC Greensboro (27-7)

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference — Iona (20-13)

West Coast Conference — Gonzaga (30-4)

Horizon — Wright State (25-9)

Northeast — LIU Brooklyn (18-16)

Colonial Athletic Association — Charleston (26-7)

Summit — South Dakota State (28-6)

Patriot League — Bucknell (25-9)

America East — Maryland-Baltimore County (24-10)

MEAC — North Carolina Central (19-15)