The Hokies took down the Clemson Tigers on the road on Tuesday with a surprising show of defense and rebounding for such a young team, as Coach Young brings 10 new players to the floor this season. A dominating performance from Landers Nolley and great supporting efforts from Alleyne, Horne and Bede helped the Hokies move to 1-0 in conference before moving on to their out of conference slate. They open that slate at home this evening against Coppin State.
Coppin State is coached by former Maryland great Juan Dixon, who also had a seven year NBA career before finishing with three seasons in Europe. As a coach, Dixon was the women's head coach and the University of the District of Columbia for the 2016-17 season before becoming the Coppin State head coach in 2017. He is 13-53 as the Eagles head coach with only five wins in his first season and eight wins in his second. It doesnt help that to make budget they essentially rent out their entire out of conference portion of the season which puts them 12 or 13 losses in the hole. They did manage to finish 7-9 in conference play last season in the MEAC.
Coppin State started the season with a 91-84 loss to Rider. They also had a dominating performance from a single player as #2 Senior Guard Kamar McKnight scored 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Unlike the Hokies, the Eagles have a very short roster in terms of those playing minutes, as five players played 30 minutes or more, one just over 20 and the rest just breather minutes for the starting five. Guards #13 Junior DeJuan Clayton and #0 Senior Aaron Robinson scored 17 and 15 respectively in support of the Eagles overall effort. Guards #14 Senior Andrew Robinson and #10 Junior Koby Thomas scored 9 and 7 to essentially round out a five guard starting rotation. They do have a center that contrbuted 8 points in 21 minutes and that is #35 Sophomore Brendan Medley - Bacon.
If the Hokies come out the way they played against Clemson, this should be a double digit victory but Coppin State does have an experienced roster, which could prove a little challenging for these young Hokies. Hokies win 88-72. Hopefully most of you get to see this one. Not sure I am going to make it out somewhere that has the ACC Network to see this one.