Game 10 - Georgetown (5-4) vs. Coppin State (1-10)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: December 12, 2023
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena - Washington, DC
How to Watch: FS1
Matchup History: Georgetown leads all-time series 4-0
Last Meeting: Georgetown def. Coppin State 99-89 on 11/8/22
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown -20
Prediction: Georgetown 88, Coppin State 64
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Georgetown welcomes in the 1-10 Coppin State Eagles to Capital One Arena for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff on Tuesday night.
The Hoyas are 5-4 and have lost back-to-back games entering the matchup with Coppin State, losing each of the past two Saturday’s to TCU and Syracuse at home.
Against the Orange, Georgetown hung in tough for the first half and trailed 35-34 after the first 20 minutes which saw 11 lead changes.
In the second half, however, it was all Syracuse.
SU, led by Judah Mintz who finished with 25 points, outscored Georgetown 45-34 in the final 20 minutes, and clamped down ferociously on the defensive end while getting to the rim on offense.
For a few of the closing moments of the game, it felt like Syracuse was blocking a Georgetown shot and dunking it on the other end repeatedly.
A fired up Ed Cooley after the game said, “I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this god damn game next year.”
For now, all Georgetown can do is play the team in front of them. Coppin State is coming off a 31 point loss to George Washington. Let’s see how the Hoyas will fare against the struggling Eagles.
Coppin State enters Tuesday night’s game in DC with a 1-10 record, with the lone win coming over fellow DMV foe UMBC.
On Saturday, the Eagles fell to GW 76-45, scoring less than 50 points for the fifth time this season.
Under first-year Head Coach Larry Stewart, CSU has struggled significantly on offense.
Entering Tuesday, the Eagles rank 351st nationally in points per game out of 352 Division I teams. They rank 347th in field goal percentage and 346th in three point percentage while only having one player, Justin Winston, averaging in double-figures (13.4 PPG).
Where Coppin State can find success is on defense. The Eagles rank 205th in scoring defense in the nation, which is obviously much better than finding themselves in the bottom five, like they do in multiple offensive categories.
The team has put together multiple strong defensive performances this year, most notably holding Louisville to 61 points on the road. However, they lost that game by 20 because they really struggled to score.
The Eagles stay in the DMV following Tuesday’s game to take on James Madison followed by Maryland before opening up play in the MEAC.
For Tuesday night’s matchup against Georgetown, if Coppin State fails to shoot the ball successfully, as has been the case most of the year so far, it’ll be another long night for the Eagles.