College basketball -- triple-header style -- comes to Comcast SportsNet on Saturday. Games involving locals American and Virginia sandwich a matchup between No. 2 Duke and CAA contender Delaware. Get your popcorn ready. Details below...
American (2-4) vs. St. Francis, Noon: The Eagles, currently saddled with a three-game losing skid, return home for a clash with the Red Flash. American split its previous two home games including a 14-point loss to San Francisco despite 16 points from marathon man Daniel Munoz. The senior point guard is playing 38 minutes per contest, averaging 9.2 points and a team-best 3.8 assists.
No. 2 Duke (7-0) vs. Delaware (2-5), 2:00 p.m.: No need to sell the Blue Devils, considering the program's National Championship and Final Four pedigree, not to mention wins this season over then No. 2 Louisville, third-ranked Kentucky and No. 4 Ohio State. Center Miles Plumlee paces five double digit scorers with 19.9 points while yanking down 11.0 rebounds and sinking 65.3 percent of his field goal attempts. The Blue Hens murderers row schedule continues, having already lost this season to Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Temple and LaSalle. Expected to challenge George Mason and Drexel for the CAA regular season title, Delaware has its own double-double threat in Jamelle Hagins, who tallies 13.0 points and 13.4 rebounds. Guard and reigning CAA Player of the Week Devon Saddler leads the conference in scoring with 21.4 points.
Virginia (5-2) vs. Green Bay (3-3), 4: p.m.: Since losing to Delaware, the Cavaliers have won four straight including a 60-54 win at Wisconsin on Wednesday. Junior guard and leading scorer Joe Harris dropped a season-high 22 points on the Badgers while sophomore forward Darion Atkins (Landon) had a career-best 14. Virginia continues its battle against the cheeseheads, this time against coach Tony Bennett's Alma mater. During the winning run, the Cavaliers are scoring 71.5 points while allowing 51.2. No matter how long the streak lasts, Bennett's crew will be without sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon as the team announced this week the sophomore guard will redshirt this season while recovering from foot surgery. Guard Keifer Sykes leads the Phoenix with 16.3 points.
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.
MORE MARYLAND: Maryland lands graduate transfer from Duke
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.
RELATED: Early entry NBA Draft list
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.