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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Baltimore is a College Hoops Hotbed

Coppin State, Mount St. Mary's and University of Maryland, Baltimore County all won their conference tournaments and are all headed to the Big Dance. Congratulations to all of those schools and particularly Coppin State head coach Fang Mitchell, who steadily guided his team after a 2-19 start to win 12 of its last 13 games and earn the tournament bid. Mitchell has been at Coppin St. for a while, and about 10 years ago his team lost a second-round game by a bucket, thereby denying them the distinction of being the first 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16.

Going into the season, fans would have thought that the three other area schools a bit more prominent on the radar screen -- Morgan State (the #1 seed for the MEAC tournament), Loyola (picked to contend for its conference title) and Maryland -- all would have had a better chance to make the Big Dance.

Goes to show you why college hoops is such a great game and why they play the games -- teams and teamwork by young players can surprise us all the time.

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