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Coppin State Eagles

1. Is That Record Inverted? Located in Baltimore's inner city, Coppin State is the first 20-loss team ever to make the NCAA tournament. The Eagles lost their 20th game at Morgan State to end the regular season. After an improbable three-game run through the MEAC tournament, they faced the same team and won this time, on a clutch layup by Senior Guard Tywain McKee.

2. That Said, We Expect Great Things. Coppin State hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1997. They entered that year's Dance as a 15 seed and a 30-point underdog. Their opponents were the South Carolina Gamecocks, who had earned their #2 seed by beating Kentucky twice, and grabbing the regular-season crown in the SEC. The game ended in a 78-65 win for the tiny school from the MEAC. Then-SC coach Eddie Fogler was never the same again.


3. "Ron" Just Doesn't Have the Same Ring To It. Coppin State head coach Ron Mitchell goes by the nickname "Fang," which is surely one of the coolest monikers in college hoops. He claims he got the nickname from a referee who thought his voice resembled that of a television character on the ancient "Soupy Sales Show". If you're a playa on HBO's "The Wire," you want Fang to take an interest in you. The Eagles coach scours Baltimore and surrounding areas for lost causes. "Bad grades," he told a reporter "bad attitude, needs discipline. That's my kind of player." — Storming The Floor

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