They've spent the past two seasons as the most successful Division I basketball programs in the state, but Coppin State and Towson State never got to test their skills against each other. Next season, that will change.
Mark the afternoon of Dec. 12 as the date Coppin will make the brief trip north to play Towson at the Towson Center. The game, which recently was agreed to by Coppin coach Fang Mitchell and Towson coach Terry Truax, will be the first of a home-and-home series. The Tigers will travel to the Coppin Center during the 1993-94 season.
"It's probably the best thing for local college basketball," Mitchell said yesterday. "For the past two years we've been the so-called quality teams in that we've both made tournament appearances. I think a game like this will help build interest locally."
Two seasons ago, both schools appeared in the NCAA Division I tournament. Towson, the regular-season and tournament champion of the East Coast Conference the past two seasons, also earned an NCAA berth last season. Coppin, which has won the regular-season championship in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference the past two seasons, played in last year's National Invitation Tournament.
Discussions about a game began last spring. The game was made final in the past week.
"We wanted to always do this, but we just weren't able to work it out," Truax said. "I think it's great for local interest and for the students. We're excited."
Towson leads the series, 2-1. The most recent game between the two was played in the 1976-77 season.