After spending 28 seasons at Coppin State as the school’s head coach, Ron “Fang” Mitchell’s tenure will be coming to an end as reported by the Baltimore Sun. During his time at the school Mitchell put together a record of 429 wins and 417 losses, leading the Eagles to four NCAA tournament appearances.
The most memorable of those appearances came in 1997, when the 15th-seeded Eagles upset No. 2 South Carolina in the first round. Coppin State would lose to Texas by one point in the second round, the closest a 15-seed had come to reaching the Sweet 16 before FGCU accomplished that feat a season ago.
From 1993 to 1998 Mitchell led the Eagles to five 20-win seasons, with the outlier being a 19-win campaign in 1995-96. Since the end of that six-season stretch Coppin State has won 18 games in a season just once (2003-04), and the program has finished at or above the .500 mark once in the last decade (2010-11).
Coppin State finished the 2013-14 season with a 12-20 record, going 7-9 in MEAC play.
h/t CBS Sports
GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.
The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.
THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.
We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
- Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
- Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
- Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
- Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
- No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
- No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.
And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.
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