George Mason opened the season with a thrilling home court over a power conference program.
The Patriots next opponent, Bucknell, can make the same claim though with an on the road distinction.
On the same night Bryon Allen scored five points in the final minute to spur George Mason to a 63-59 over Virginia, the Bison pulled a 70-65 stunner at Purdue on Friday. Now the two mid-major schools square off Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) on the Bucknell campus in Lewisburg, Pa.
George Mason leads the all-time series 7-3, including a 61-57 win at the Patriot Center last season on the strength of a dominant edge at the free throw line. The Patriots powered their way to 25 attempts, making 19. The Bison finished 8 of 12.
Allen, named the co-CAA Player of the Week for his late-game heroics and scoring 13 points against the Cavaliers, stuffed the stat sheet against the Bison with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists - all without a turnover. Sherrod Wright scored 14 points.
Bucknell returns the core from last season's 25-win team that won the Patriot League regular season crown and reached the second round of the NIT. Senior center Mike Muscala, the 2010-11 Patriot League Player of the Year, pounded Purdue for 14 points and 10 rebounds while junior guard Cameron Ayers hung 18 points on the Boilermakers. Ayers torched the Patriots last season for 23 points, 18 coming after halftime with a stretch of seven consecutive made baskets.
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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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.