AU Eagles look to soar in home opener

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AU Eagles look to soar in home opener

Two games into the still new car of a smell season finds American men's basketball team with a .500 record while having yet to play a contest on friendly turf. The Eagles and coach Jeff Jones will not have to wait any longer for a return to Bender Arena as they host longtime opponent Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night. AU's home opener will air on Comcast SportsNet starting at 7:30 p.m.

Led by senior center Stephen Lumpkins the Eagles picked up their first win on Monday, 61-55 at Quinnipiac. The 6-foot-8 Lumpkins, who returned to the program after taking off last season to pursue a professional baseball career, scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. One of seven seniors on the roster, Lumpkins leads American in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (7.5). Another senior, point guard Daniel Munoz paces the Eagles in assists (3.0) while averaging 8.5 points. American lost its season opener by 36 points at Minnesota, 72-36.

The 61st meeting between American and Mount St. Mary's marks the series debut for Mountaineers (1-1) first-year coach Jamion Christian and former George Mason transfer Rashad Whack. The 29-year-old Christian served as assistant at VCU under Shaka Smart last season and picked up his first win on Tuesday, 70-63 over Hartford. Whack, a former star at Bishop McNamara, scored a career-high 20 points in the victory.

American leads the All-Time series 32-28 though the Eagles lost year at Mount St. Mary's 49-42.

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.

After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season. 

For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes. 

Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.

Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's. 

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VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.

No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.

On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.

According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent. 

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small. 

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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few. 

In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.