George Mason reveals men's hoops non-CAA schedule

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George Mason reveals men's hoops non-CAA schedule

George Mason's 2012-13 men's basketball non-conference schedule includes hosting Virginia in the season opener, facing Maryland in the BB&T Classic and a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the school announced on Friday.

The Patriots play all 12 non-conference games before New Year's, with four coming on their home court and road tilts against Big East program South Florida plus Atlantic 10 schools Rhode Island and Richmond.

After a home exhibition game against Bowie State on October 25, the Patriots face the Cavaliers on November 9 at the Patriot Center, the first time the schools have met in Fairfax since 1996. Last season Virginia defeated George Mason in Charlottesville 68-48 in coach Paul Hewitt's first campaign with the Patriots.

The BB&T appearance is the Patriots first in five seasons and the program's first matchup against Maryland since 2004.

George Mason will participate in the Paradise Jam on the island of St. Thomas November 16-19. The three-game stint starts against Mercer and the field includes Connecticut, Wake Forest and New Mexico.

Home game in CAPS, start times to be determined.

Thu, Oct 25 vs. BOWIE STATE (Exhibition)

Fri, Nov 09 VIRGINIA

Tue, Nov 13 Bucknell at Lewisburg, Pa.

Fri, Nov 16 Mercer at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (Paradise Jam)

Sat, Nov 17 - Mon, Nov 19 Two Games vs. TBD (Paradise Jam)

Sat, Nov 24 BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Wed, Nov 28 Rhode Island at Kingston, R.I.

Sun, Dec 02 Maryland at Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (BB&T Classic)

Tue, Dec 04 UMBC

Sat, Dec 08 NORTHERN IOWA

Sat, Dec 22 Richmond at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va.
(Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic)

Sat, Dec 29 South Florida at Tampa, Fla.

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.