CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern travels to Spartanburg for a Friday matinee against Coppin State. The matchup is a campus site game as part of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis. Tipoff at Richardson Indoor Stadium on the campus of Wofford is set for 3:30 p.m. There is no video stream, but fans can listen to coverage on csusports.com.
CSU (3-2) comes off a 98-49 rout of Trinity Baptist, and is looking to start 4-2 for the second consecutive year. Coppin State (0-6) is still in search of its first win, and looking to rebound from a 99-65 loss to Wofford on Wednesday. The Eagles have faced a difficult early-season slate featuring trips to Wisconsin, Dayton and No. 4 Virginia.
Friday's contest is the first-ever between the programs, but CSU's second this season against a MEAC member. The Bucs delivered their best offensive performance of the young year against South Carolina State on Nov. 13, placing five players in double figures while shooting an even 50 percent.
Coppin State was picked ninth in the MEAC Preseason Poll, and comes off a 5-27 campaign. The Eagles are led by former Maryland star Juan Dixon, who is in his second season as head coach. As a star guard, Dixon led the Terrapins to the 2002 national championship and was a two-time All-American and three-time First Team All-ACC pick. Dixon remains Maryland's all-time leading scorer and went on to play nine years in the NBA.
Senior guard Lamar Morgan, at 9.3 PPG, is the Eagles' leading scorer. Morgan was a Preseason All-MEAC Second Team pick, while backcourt mate Dejuan Clayton was named to the third team. Coppin State has struggled defensively, allowing opponents to score nearly 87 points per game while shooting 48 percent overall and 40.5 percent from three-point range. All six of the Eagles' losses have come by 19 points or more.
CSU coasts by Trinity Baptist
CSU forced 34 turnovers and placed six players in double figures to cruise past Trinity Baptist, 98-49, on Monday. The Bucs started the game with a 13-0 run and were never challenged, building a 30-point halftime lead that ballooned to as many as 52 in the second half.
CSU currently ranks third nationally in forced turnovers, causing 21.8 per game. Only Portland State and Florida International have forced more. The Bucs have created 84 turnovers in their three wins. Timmy Sellers, Duncan LeXander and Ty Jones tallied two each in the Trinity Baptist win. CSU was very active in that department a year ago, ranking 17th nationally while pacing the Big South Conference in turnover margin. CSU is currently 14th with a +6.6 turnover margin.
Radebaugh closing in on 200 career wins
Barclay Radebaugh's next win will be the 200th of his career. Radebaugh is CSU's all-time winningest coach and the fifth winningest coach in Big South history. He was named Big South Coach of the Year in 2011-12 and 2014-15. The first 21 wins of his head coaching career came at Division II Queens College in 2003-04.
Still a young group
Twelve of CSU's 15 players are underclassmen. The Bucs' roster is comprised of seven freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and one senior in Travis McConico. Christian Keeling is the only player in his third year in the program. Alongside Keeling, freshmen Jones, Phlandrous Fleming Jr., Deontaye Buskey and Sean Price helped lead CSU's turnaround last year.