Mitchell lifts Virginia over Green Bay

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Mitchell lifts Virginia over Green Bay

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Akil Mitchell had a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds as Virginia defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay 67-51 Saturday.

Joe Harris added 20 points for Virginia (6-2).

Green Bay (3-4) was led by Alec Burke's 14 points. Keifer Sykes' had 12.

Virginia, coming off a win in the ACC/Big ten Challenge at Wisconsin on Wednesday, shot 50 percent (26 of 52) from the field and held the Phoenix to 34 percent (18 of 53).

Virginia went on 7-2 run to start second half. Green Bay pulled to within four on a three-point play by Kam Cerroni, but the Cavaliers responded with a 15-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 55-38 lead.

Green Bay was more competitive than in last season's game against Virginia in Charlottesville when the Phoenix lost by 26 points.

In the first half, Green Bay held its own on the inside, racking up 12 points in the paint and converting four offensive rebounds into six second-chance points.

The Phoenix took a 25-24 lead with 2:49 remaining on a Sultan Muhammad jumper before Virginia, on the strength of a Harris 3-pointer, closed with a 5-2 surge and took a 31-27 lead into the break.

The teams will conclude their three-game series in Green Bay next season.

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.