No. 10 seed Morgan State (9-20, 4-12) vs. No. 7 seed Coppin State (7-24, 7-9)
Mid-Eastern Conference Tourney First Round, Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Morgan State is set to match up against Coppin State in the opening round of the MEAC tournament. In the regular season, Coppin State won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last played each other on March 7, when the Eagles outshot Morgan State 47.5 percent to 34.4 percent and hit five more 3-pointers on their way to a 14-point victory.
VARYING EXPERIENCE: Coppin State has been fueled by senior leadership while Morgan State has depended on freshmen this year. Seniors Lamar Morgan, Chad Andrews-Fulton, Cedric Council Jr. and Kent Auslander have combined to account for 48 percent of Coppin State's scoring this season. On the other side, freshmen Stanley Davis, Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr. and Isaiah Burke have collectively scored 39 percent of the team's points this year.
DOMINANT DEJUAN: Dejuan Clayton has connected on 24 percent of the 125 3-pointers he's attempted and has gone 5 for 18 over his last three games. He's also converted 74.7 percent of his free throws this season.
BEHIND THE ARC: Coppin State's Morgan has attempted 233 3-pointers and connected on 31.8 percent of them, and is 10 of 25 over the past three games.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Eagles have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Bears. Coppin State has an assist on 26 of 56 field goals (46.4 percent) across its past three matchups while Morgan State has assists on 27 of 77 field goals (35.1 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Morgan State defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Bears ninth among Division I teams. Coppin State has turned the ball over on 23.2 percent of its possessions (ranking the Eagles 345th, nationally).