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Horns host Coppin State

After beating Fresno State 55-53 in the season opener on Friday, the Texas Longhorns are back on the court tonight facing Coppin State in a final tune up before the Maui Invitational Championship Round begins Nov. 19.

Sheldon McClellan and the Longhorns will host a Coppin State team that had to replace 82 percent of its scoring from a year ago.

Coppin State at Texas
The contest tonight is set to tip off at 7 p.m. central time and will be televised on the Longhorn Network.

Texas holds a 3-0 all-time record against Coppin State, including an 82-81 win in the Round of 32 in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. Texas won home games against Coppin State 86-50 in 2004 and 95-75 in 2010.

A look at Coppin State

Location: Baltimore, Md
Conference Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic (MEAC)
Head Coach: Ron “Fang” Mitchell

- Mitchell has a record of 365-318 entering his 27th season at Coppin State.
- Mitchell has 603 career wins including his time at Gloucester County Community College
- Coppin State won or shared nine of 10 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season titles in the ‘90’s.
- Coppin State has four NCAA Tournament appearances under Mitchell.
- Mitchell is a six-time MEAC Coach of the Year

The Eagles lost their top five starters from a year ago, making up 82 percent of their total points. Freshman guard Patrick Cole stormed out of the gates with 25 in his first appearance and senior transfer Troy Franklin had a big debut with 23.

After finishing sixth in the MEAC a year ago with a 14-16 (9-7) record, Coppin State was selected to finish tenth in the conference by the conference head coaches and Sports Information Directors.

The Opener
Coppin State dropped their season opener 87-73 to USC on Friday night in Los Angeles. The Eagles shot 35.1% (20 of 57) from the floor, 34.6% (9 of 26) from the three-point line and 72.7% (24 of 33) from the free-throw line. The Trojans raced out to a 40-30 lead at half time. Coppin State committed 14 turnovers in the loss, and were outrebounded 43 to 24.

The Starters
PG Taariq Cephas, 5'10", So. (5.7 pts, 2.5 ast, 2.0 reb in 2010-'11)
G Patrick Cole, 6'5", Fr. (25 points in debut)
G Sterling Smith, 6'4", Fr. (4 points, 5 rebounds in debut)
F Brandon St. Louis, 6'8", So. (1.2 pts per game last year)
F Charles Ieans, 6'9", Jr. (Pflugerville native; 1 reb, 1 ast in debut)

The Reserves
G Troy Franklin, 5'11", Sr.
G Andre Armstrong, 6'3", Jr.
F Michael Murray, 6'5", Jr.
G Mike Simpson, 6'0", Jr.

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Texas Starters
PG Javan Felix, 5'10", Fr. (10.0 pts, 9.0 rebs, 1.0 ast, 3.0 TO)
G Sheldon McClellan, 6'5", So. (20.0 pts, 2.0 rebs, 30% FG,)
F Ioannis Papapetrou, 6'8", Fr. (5.0 pts, 7.0 rebs, 40% FG)
F Jonathan Holmes, 6'7", So. (6.0 pts, 14.0 rebs, 28.6% FG)
C Cameron Ridley, 6'10", Fr. (2.0 pts, 1.0 rebs, 3.0 blocks)

Texas Reserves
G Julien Lewis, 6'3", So. (5.0 pts, 5.0 rebs, 40% FG)
G Demarcus Holland, 6'3", Fr. (3.0 pts, 33.3% FG)
F Connor Lammert, 6'9", Fr. (4.0 pts, 4.0 rebs, 1.000% FG)
C Prince Ibeh, 6'11", Fr. (2 minutes played in opener)
F Jaylen Bond, 6'6", So. (DNP, ankle)

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