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Juan Dixon’s belief anchored Coppin State men’s basketball through 0-15 start

Juan Dixon’s belief anchored Coppin State men’s basketball through 0-15 start

Hours before a game at Wofford on Nov. 21, Coppin State men’s basketball coach Juan Dixon took his players out of their hotel and settled in for a matinee showing of Creed II, the fictional story of an American boxer who, under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, avenges the death of his father by defeating the son of the Russian boxer who killed him.

“Creed II was basically about him being the underdog but having the confidence and mindset to be dangerous,” senior forward Chad Andrews-Fulton recalled Thursday. “So after that movie, that really stuck with us. We were dangerous. We just had to go out there and prove it.”

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