Three Things To Watch: Wisconsin vs. Coppin State

Three Things To Watch: Wisconsin vs. Coppin State

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Three Things To Watch: Wisconsin vs. Coppin State

It was a rough first year for Coppin State head coach Juan Dixon, as the Eagles lost their first 17 games to begin the season and limped to a 5-27 record. Through the growing pains, the Eagles return two players in Lamar Morgan (12.3 ppg) and Dejuan Clayton (10.2 ppg) who were named to the 2018-19 men’s basketball preseason All-MEAC team.

Over their 17 game losing streak, the Eagles lost by a combined 70 points to Rutgers and Penn State. Despite the large margin of defeats, Dixon should have his team comfortable entering the Kohl Center for the fourth meeting between the two programs.

In this Badgers Insider feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for Wisconsin as they prepare to play Coppin State in its season opener.

FREE THROW: SLOWING DOWN LAMAR MORGAN AND DEJUAN CLAYTON

Morgan (12.3 points per game) and Clayton (10.2 points per game) are Coppin State’s top leading scorers who return from last year’s team. The two shot 38.3 percent and 33.3 percent from the field, respectively, last season. It was a tough year for Clayton, who only appeared in six games before missing the rest of the season with an injury after he averaged 12.4 points as a true freshman.

The combination of Brad Davison and Khalil Iverson will likely be responsible defensively on the pair. If Wisconsin’s top two defenders can take them out of their games, it will force somebody else for the Eagles to make an offensive play (Chad Andrews-Fulton is an option after averaging 6.5 points per game). Being able to take the ball out of Morgan’s hands or forcing him to settle for jump shots will be important for Wisconsin’s defensive success, limiting the Eagles to one shot per possession.

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