BALTIMORE – Fresh off a MEAC Northern Division Title, the Coppin State men’s basketball program announced its non-conference slate for the 2021-22 season on Friday morning.  The Eagles open the season on November 9 at Loyola Chicago, who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last season, and host local rivals Loyola University Maryland (Nov. 17) and Towson (Dec. 11) as part of its early-season schedule.

Coppin will play five games in seven days to open the campaign, starting with the Ramblers on opening night before making the short trek crosstown to DePaul the following day.  Two days, later CSU heads to Rider before another 24-hour turnaround at University of Connecticut.  The Eagles round out their five-game season opening road trip with UNC Greensboro on November 15 before their home opener against the Greyhounds.

The Eagles will also make trips to Virginia (Nov. 19), East Carolina (Nov. 27), St. Bonaventure (Dec. 1), Cornell (Dec. 3), George Washington (Dec. 8), Drexel (Dec. 14), George Mason (Dec. 23) and Indiana State (Dec. 29) while Towson heads to PEC Arena on December 11.  Coppin will take part in the Lake Erie Challenge MTE which features road games at Cleveland State and Canisius on November 22 and November 24, respectively.

All game times and television schedules will be announced at a later date. MEAC play will open on January 8 as Coppin will play a home-and-home series with the other seven conference programs.  The MEAC Tournament is scheduled for March 9-12 at Norfolk Scope Arena.

The Eagles will be led by the reigning MEAC Rookie of the Year Nendah Tarke who was also a Third Team All-Conference selection.  Also, returning are guards Kyle Cardaci and Isaiah Gross while Justin Steers and Reggie James return from injury.

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