BALTIMORE – The Coppin State men’s basketball team will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on top-ranked Indiana on Saturday in Assembly Hall in the Eagles first-ever meeting with the number one ranked team in the nation.
Coppin State, which has faced 48 ranked teams in its history, has played five games against teams ranked fourth in the nation, which stood as its highest-ranked opponent to date. The Eagles met Kansas in 1994, Missouri in 2003, Oklahoma in 2009 and Connecticut in 2010 and 2011 who were all ranked fourth at the time of the game.
The Eagles will bring a 1-5 record into the game after having lost to Loyola 67-51 on Wednesday in the Physical Education Complex.
Coppin State has been led offensively by freshman Patrick Cole and senior Troy Franklin and defensively by junior Michael Murray. Cole leads the Eagles averaging 15.3 points per game, while Franklin is averaging 12.8 points per game. The two also rank one-two in assists, steals and three-point baskets. Murray has posted five consecutive double-figure rebounding games and four consecutive double-doubles to lead the CSU defensive effort.
Indiana, which is undefeated at 7-0, is paced by all-America Cody Zeller who is averaging 15.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Hoosiers have five players averaging in double figures and are averaging 87.9 points per game.
The Hoosiers routed No. 13 North Carolina 83-59 in their latest game and have allowed only one opponent to score more than 61 points on them this season.
The game, which can be seen on the Big Ten Network, will tip at 7:30 p.m.