GW hoops prepped for road fight at Notre Dame

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GW hoops prepped for road fight at Notre Dame

The matchup: George Washington (1-1) takes to the road for a second straight road game. This one involves a rise in competition and the first ever meeting with Notre Dame (3-1). The two sides, led by coaching friends, square off Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in South Bend.

Last time out: Rebounding from a season-opening home loss to Youngstown State, GW downed Boston University 72-59 on Saturday behind freshman guard Joe McDonald and defensive leader Isaiah Armwood. The Colonials led the Terriers by a solid margin throughout as McDonald, the reigning co-Atlantic 10 Rookie of the week,  tallied 21 points and seven rebounds while Armwood controlled the paint. The energy big man and former Villanova transfer finished with 12 rebounds and eight blocks. GW shot 52.2 percent (24 of 36) from the floor while holding Boston to 32.4 percent (22-68).

The coaches: The friendship between George Washington's Mike Lonergan and Notre Dame's Mike Brey, a former George Washington basketball star and D.C. area native, dates back to their high school playing days for Archbishop Carroll and DeMatha respectively. While Lonergan continues sifting through his roster - a deeper one than last year thanks to an impressive freshmen class led by McDonald and swingman Patricio Garino - for a steady rotation, Brey typically plays iron man ball seven players.

The foe: Notre Dame fell out of the Top 25 this week after a 79-70 overtime loss to Saint Joseph's, but came back the next night for a 10-point win over Brigham Young on Saturday. Bruising big man Jack Cooley is a double-double force, averaging 17 points and 11.8 rebounds. Bowie native Jerian Grant (11.3 ppg) and Columbia's Eric Atkins (45 percent on 3-pointers) provide the perimeter help.

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.