The Coppin State Eagles have yet to win a game this season, falling to 0-11 overall after taking its latest loss to the University of Baltimore County Golden Retrievers on Dec. 12.

Coppin State winless status 11 games into the season, however, didn’t come without just reason. The Eagles took on a rigorous non-conference schedule to start the season, facing several teams from the elite conferences of Division I-A basketball.  

Coppin State’s very first game of the season was against the Oregon Ducks, who currently leads the Pacific-12 Conference with a 9-3 record.  The Eagles  then went on to compete against juggernaut programs like top-25 ranked Cincinnati (9-2), Big East Conference leader Georgetown (8-1) and American Conference leader UCONN (7-3).

And the terror is still not over. The Eagles will have to face West Virginia on Dec. 20, Georgia Tech on Dec. 27 and Penn State on Dec. 30 before their non-conference schedule is officially complete.

By then, Coppin State may still be winless, but they’ll be battle tested and ready for their own conference campaign against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponents. Players  like senior guard Karonn Davis have benefited from playing against elite competition—Davis scored 20 points with eight rebounds against Georgetown on Dec. 3 and had seven assists against UCONN on Dec. 9.

The Eagles first MEAC game will come on Jan. 4 against Norfolk State in the first action of the new year.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor