Gary Williams' Top 5

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Gary Williams' Top 5

By Gary Williams
CSNbaltimore.com analyst

Here are Gary Williams' top five teams in the Washington, D.C. area:

1. Georgetown (4-1) - They have the best defense in the area and just pocketed a big win against #11 UCLA. Taking #1 Indiana to overtime was also huge, shows they are legitimate.
2. Maryland (5-1) - The Terps play at Northwestern on Tuesday, their toughest game since Kentucky. They're still coming together as a team, but are super talented and have four straight home victories.
3. Virginia Tech (5-0) - The combination of Erick Green and Jarell Eddie have the Hokies offense clicking, leading Virginia Tech to their first 5-0 start since the 1984-85 season. We'll see what they're made of with Iowa, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia coming up this week.
4. VCU (3-3)- The Rams have endured some hard fought losses early in the season to some very good opponents. VCU began the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament with a victory over Memphis on Thursday, but then fell to #5 Duke and #13 Missouri. This was the first time in school history that VCU played three top-20 teams in consecutive games. They are once again a good team and will probably be even better come March.
5. Loyola (5-1) - The Greyhounds earned a good road win at Rhode Island on Friday and as a result a spot on this list. Looking forward to their battle with fellow in-state program Towson on Monday.

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.