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Coppin State Eagles Release 2017-18 Basketball Schedule

| By: Ruffin Bell
BALTIMORE, MD – Coppin State men's basketball program has released its 2017-18 schedule which features non-conference home contests against local rivals the Naval Academy and Mount St. Mary's.  The Eagles will also face three programs that finished in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll last season in Oregon, Cincinnati, and West Virginia.
As of publication, seven games will be featured on the PAC 12 Network, Big 10 Plus Network, ESPN U, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and FS1.  Season tickets are available on coppinstatesports.com for $75 and provide access to both the men's and the women's basketball games.
The Eagles will start the 2017-18 campaign on the road November 10 on the west coast with a matchup against the University of Oregon from the PAC 12. The Oregon Ducks finished at #9 in the AP Poll last season and will broadcast the game on the PAC 12 Network.
Coppin will then travel back to the east coast to participate in the first of four games which are a part of the Showcase on the Banks tournament.  The showcase features matchups between East Carolina (Nov. 12), Cleveland State (Nov. 17), Rutgers (Nov. 19), and Central Connecticut State (Nov. 21). 
In between the East Carolina and Cleveland State matchups, on November 16, Coppin State will travel to #18 University of Cincinnati and face the Bearcats on ESPN 3.
After an eight day break, Coppin will begin the month of December back on the road against Ohio University (Dec. 1) and Georgetown University (Dec. 3).
Coach Juan Dixon's home debut will follow when the Eagles take on the US Naval Academy on December 6.   
After Navy, Coppin will get back on the road for three contests against University of Connecticut (Dec. 9), UMBC (Dec. 12), and #13 West Virginia (Dec. 20).  The Eagles will return back to the PEC Arena to face their last home nonconference opponent in Mount St. Mary's on December 22.
Coppin will conclude their nonconference schedule after Christmas with games against Georgia Tech on (Dec. 27), and Penn State (Dec. 30).
MEAC competition will start at Norfolk State University on January 3.  The Eagles will follow that with a two game home stand against Savannah State (Jan. 6) and Florida A&M (Jan. 8).  The well-traveled Eagles will then head south to face North Carolina Central (Jan. 13) and North Carolina A&T on January 15.
Coppin will then begin a three game home stand which will include local rival Morgan State on Saturday, January 20.  The bulldogs of South Carolina State will play the following weekend on January 27, followed by Maryland Eastern Shore on January 29.
Next, the team will head to Hampton University on January 31 to face the 2017 MEAC Tournament Champions.  Shortly afterwards, the ladies will face Bethune Cookman, the 2017 MEAC regular season champion on February 3, before heading to Orangeburg, SC to challenge South Carolina State on Feb. 5.
Coppin men's basketball will return for homecoming week to battle Hampton (Feb. 12) and Bethune Cookman (Feb. 17).  After a brief trip to Delaware State on February 19, the Eagles will travel to Morgan State on February 26 to continue the rivalry series.  Coppin will wrap up the regular season on March 1 against Howard University.
The MEAC Tournament will be held in the Norfolk Scope Arena March 5- 10 in Norfolk, VA.
Coppin returns four players from last year including MEAC All-Rookie Team Dejuan Clayton, and senior Tre' Thomas.  Coach Dixon bolstered the roster with the addition of freshman Joel Boyce from Jamaica, NY and transfer Lamar Morgan from Mineral Area College who earned 1st Team All-Conference honors.  Providing additional depth to the roster are transfers Karonn Davis, Adam Traore, and Cedric Council, Jr. who are expected to make an immediate impact.
The Coppin State Eagles play in the Physical Education Complex Arena on the campus of Coppin State University and is led by first year head coach Juan Dixon.
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