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MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WHO: Notre Dame (9-3) vs. Coppin State (0-14).

WHERE: Purcell Pavilion (9,149).

WHEN: Saturday at noon.

TICKETS: Available.

TV: ACCNetwork Extra. (U.S. cable/internet subscribers only; requires login from cable television provider to access content).

RADIO: WSBT (960 AM/96.1 FM).

ONLINE: Follow every Notre Dame game with live updates from Tribune beat writer Tom Noie at twitter.com@tnoieNDI

NOTING: Coppin State, a school of 3,000 located in Baltimore, is coming off a 75-44 loss Dec. 23 at Houston. Senior forward Cedric Council led the Eagles with nine points and 12 rebounds. … The Eagles opened with eight straight road games, and 13 of 15 away from home. This is the last of four straight away from home. … Coppin State’s average margin of defeat is 24.6 points. It lost to Wisconsin by 22, to Dayton by 30 and to Virginia by 57. … Coppin State returns four starters off last year’s team that finished 5-27, 5-11 and 11th place in the 12-team MEAC. … The Eagles were picked this preseason to finish ninth. Swingman Lamar Mason was a second team all-league selection. Guard Dejuan Clayton was a third team pick. … Coppin State has a combined 30 wins the last four years. It had a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) the last three of 342, 336 and 327. … The Eagles are coached by former Maryland guard Juan Dixon, the school’s all-time leading scorer (2,269). The 40-year-old Dixon was the most outstanding player of the 2002 NCAA tournament. He’s in his second season at Coppin State … The Irish lead the all-time series 1-0 after a 104-67 victory at Purcell Pavilion on Nov. 19, 2014. … Notre Dame is 6-0 against the MEAC during Mike Brey’s tenure. … Irish junior power forward John Mooney leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in double doubles for points and rebounds with six. … Notre Dame is coming off a 100-74 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 20. The Irish set season highs for points (100), assists (24), field goal percentage (61.8), 3-point percentage (68.8) and 3-pointers made (18). … This is Notre Dame’s final non-conference game before opening ACC play Tuesday at Virginia Tech.

QUOTING: “It’s having confidence to step up and shoot your shot. Also when we move the ball, everybody’s getting open looks. Everybody wants to keep moving the ball. It’s really contagious.”

— Freshman power forward Nate Laszewski on the Irish finding an offensive flowTom Noie

tnoie@ndinsider.com (574) 235-6153

Twitter: @tnoieNDI

Notre Dame junior power forward John Mooney leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in double doubles for points and rebounds with six.