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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Coppin State releases 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule

BALTIMORE – A homecoming date against Morgan State, a visit from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament champion Hampton and contests against eight postseason participants from last season highlight the 2015-16 Coppin State University men’s basketball schedule released Tuesday afternoon. LINK TO COMPLETE SCHEDULE:

Under second-year head coach Michael Grant, the Eagles’ season-opener will be on the road against Eastern Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 13. Coppin State’s home opener will be against Goldey-Beacom in a midweek matinee starting at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Eagles conclude the regular season with a road contest against Delaware State on Thursday, Mar. 3.

Coppin State’s final home game will be a showdown against crosstown rival Morgan State on Saturday, Feb. 27 in which the Eagles will celebrate Homecoming.

“We're excited about our schedule,” Grant said. “It's competitive and I like the fact that we'll see different programs as well as varying styles of play. We are thrilled for the opportunity to play great programs. Our tough schedule will help us prepare to compete at a high level once we begin conference play.”

The MEAC Tournament will be held at the Norfolk Scope Arena from Monday, March 7-12. Overall, Coppin State will play games in 12 different states and the District of Columbia.

Coppin State will play non-conference contests against schools from 10 different leagues. Five of Coppin State’s 12 non-conference games are against schools it competed against last season: Eastern Kentucky, Goldey Beacom, Towson (Saturday, Nov. 28), Akron (Wednesday, Dec. 2) and Eastern Michigan (Monday, Dec. 21).

In addition to hosting Hampton in its MEAC opener on Saturday, Dec. 5, Coppin State will visit NCAA Tournament participants Iowa (Sunday, Nov. 15) and Iowa State (Wednesday, Dec. 30).

Coppin State’s longest road trip is five games from Dec. 28 through Jan. 18. It is part of a stretch in which the Eagles will play nine of 10 games on the road. During that stretch, the Eagles will literally travel coast to coast to Kansas State (Wednesday, Dec. 9), Fordham (Sunday, Dec. 13), San Francisco (Friday, Dec. 18) and California (Saturday, Dec. 19). There are also scheduled trips to Creighton (Monday, Dec. 28) and Iowa State (Wednesday, Dec. 30) after Christmas.

The Eagles’ longest homestand is three games when they host North Carolina A&T (Saturday, Jan. 23), North Carolina Central (Monday, Jan. 25) and Maryland Eastern Shore (Saturday, Jan. 30).

The Eagles will play home-and-home games against MEAC opponents Norfolk State, Morgan State, Delaware State and Howard for the second consecutive season. The Eagles will earn plenty of travel miles by playing road conference games against Bethune-Cookman (Saturday, Jan. 16), Florida A&M (Monday, Jan. 18), South Carolina State (Saturday, Feb. 6) and Savannah State (Monday, Feb. 8).

Coppin State returns four players, including junior guard Christian Kessee, who will be the Eagles’ leading returning scorer (9.8 points per game).

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