There's more: The Eagles were 12-18 last year but even that is deceiving. Coppin State went 12-6 in MEAC play and 0-12 against non-conference foes. In fact, the Eagles have dropped 28 consecutive regular-season games outside their league.
Did I mention their coach is named "Fang" Mitchell?
Like Tennessee, Coppin State starts two forwards and three guards. The Eagles' tallest starters are Robert Pressey and Ethan Kennedy, both 6-7. Pressey averages 3.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The team leader is 6-2 guard Tywain McKee, who averages 16.0 points and 3.0 assists per game.
Tennessee (3-0) is expected to counter with its usual lineup of 6-8 Duke Crews and 6-4 Dane Bradshaw upfront, with a trio of 6-2 players – JaJuan Smith, Chris Lofton and Ramar Smith in the backcourt. Lofton leads UT's scoring at 17.7 points per game, while JaJuan Smith checks in at 14.3. Crews averages 9.7 points and a team-high 5.0 rebounds per game.
Although Tennessee's inexperience has made the offense a bit disjointed in the early-season games, its defense has been able to pick up the slack. The Vols are forcing an average of 27.7 turnovers per game, well ahead of last year's 18.2 mark.