State Men This Week

February 12, 2007|By PAUL MCMULLEN

Coppin State (7-16, 5-6)

Coming up --Hampton at Coppin Center, tonight, 7:30; at North Carolina A&T, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Comment -- Hampton has won four straight, but the Eagles have taken four of their past five to near the middle of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Loyola (14-11, 10-5)

Coming up -- Rider at Reitz Arena, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; at Tennessee State, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Comment -- The Greyhounds, second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, close out their home schedule then meet Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference for the first time in a BracketBuster game.

Maryland (18-7, 4-6)

Coming up -- at N.C. State, Wednesday, 7 p.m., ESPN2; at Clemson, Sunday, 4 p.m., Ch. 54.

Comment -- Three years ago, a win in Raleigh began a late-season surge that got the Terps their only ACC tournament title since 1984. Maryland has dropped its past two at both State and Clemson.

Morgan State (9-13, 7-4)

Coming up -- Norfolk State at Hill Field House, tonight, 7:30; at South Carolina State, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Comment -- Ron Timus and the Bears backed down from Hampton in Saturday's upset loss and will need to show more aggression tonight.

Mount St. Mary's (9-18, 8-6)

Coming up -- at Sacred Heart, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Monmouth at Knott Arena, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Comment -- With one fewer conference win than the second-place team in the Northeast Conference, the Mountaineers close out their home schedule against Monmouth, which went to the NCAA tournament last year.

Navy (13-12, 3-7)

Coming up -- Holy Cross at Alumni Hall, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Army at Alumni Hall, Saturday, 1 p.m., CBS.

Comment -- The Mids got two road wins that brightened their season. Holy Cross is coming off of its first Patriot League loss, at Bucknell, while Army is on a five-game skid.

Towson (13-13, 7-8)

Coming up -- James Madison at Towson Center, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; at Bucknell, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment -- Gary Neal and the Tigers should make it two in a row Wednesday, but they have yet to win three straight, something they'll have to do to secure their first winning season since 1995-96.

UMBC (9-16, 5-7)

Coming up -- at Hartford, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Boston University at RAC Arena, Sunday, 4 p.m.

Comment -- Stuck in the middle of the America East, the Retrievers have two winnable games that could get them a favorable seed in the conference tournament.

UMES (3-20, 0-11)

Coming up -- at Delaware State, tonight, 7:30; at Florida A&M, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Comment -- Arizona State, East Carolina and North Florida are the nation's only other teams without a conference win.

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