Coppin State has gone 46 days since its only victory of the season – a 103-50 pasting of Division II Goldey-Beacom on Dec. 1.
But despite an 11-game losing streak and a 0-3 start in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, coach Michael Grant insisted that the Eagles (1-15 overall) have remained positive about turning the season around with upcoming home games against Bethune-Cookman (4-13, 0-3) on Saturday and Florida A&M (0-16, 0-3) on Monday.
"We feel pretty confident about going into these next two games against Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M," Grant said Thursday afternoon. "Both of those games are games that we would really have a great opportunity of winning and could really get ourselves back into contention with everyone else. So that would really, really help us a lot. … But the guys are in great spirits. They have really believed that they could win. … Our guys still feel good that we can compete with anybody that is within our league, and we should be ready to go this weekend."
With Coppin State losing three of its last four games by five points or less, Grant said the team is very close to getting positive outcomes.
"We just need to get over the hump," he said. "We need to have some kind of success. I think once we win one game in the conference, I think that monkey will be off of our back a little bit, and we'll be able to focus on the next one. Right now, we're so close to being able to win. We just need to get a win, find a way to get a win. If we can do that, I think we'll be fine, and I think this is a great weekend for us to do that."
Grant has consistently preached winning every conference game at the Physical Education Complex Arena in Baltimore and going .500 on the road against league opponents. Having lost three MEAC games on the road thus far, Grant said the onus is on the team to defend its home court.
"So it's now time for us to take care of business," he said. "We don't want to get ourselves too far in a hole and have to try to work our way back because I think our conference is really balanced. Everybody's going to take some lumps in the conference. We just have to find a way to get ourselves on track and get some success."