Oregon State opens season with dreadful home loss to Coppin State

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Craig Robinson has suffered a pattern of taking bad losses in non-conference while at OSU. (USATSI)
Craig Robinson has suffered a pattern of taking bad losses in non-conference while at OSU. (USATSI)

Oregon State capped off an unpredictable opening weekend of college basketball by providing what was probably the worst loss any team endured: a 78-73 home defeat at the hands of Coppin State, last seen doing anything of relevance approximately 16 and a half years ago.

Sure, K-State dropped one at home to Northern Colorado. And Miami, which won the ACC last season, was felled in overtime by St. Francis of New York. And let's not forget Virginia Tech dropping a game to USC Upstate on Saturday. All three were rough losses, and all three came on the big boys' home floor.

But Oregon State dropped one to a team that comes from a conference which claims this:

So, counting this year, the MEAC is now 2-92 against power conferences. The wins were Norfolk State, as a No. 15, upsetting Missouri in the 2012 tournament ... and Sunday's outcome in Corvallis. Coppin State, by the way, was picked by league coaches to finish ninth in the MEAC this season. It won eight games a year ago.

Goes without saying that this is a really bad look for Craig Robinson's program here, particularly because these sorts of outcomes have become a motif of his tenure with the Beavers. (It should be noted that OSU played without suspended guys Eric Moreland and Devon Collier Sunday night.) Here's the rundown of bad non-conference Ls since he arrived. All teams listed ended their seasons under .500:

2008: Howard, Yale, Montana State
2009: Sacramento State, Illinois-Chicago
2010: Seattle
2011: None
2012: None
2013: Coppin State

There are others -- Idaho, Utah Valley, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas Southern -- that beat Oregon State in recent years, finished above .500, but weren't exactly sniffing NCAA tournament bids. And despite not falling to a bad team last season, OSU still only managed to finish 14-18, in part because injuries devastated the team.

That won't much matter to Beavers fans who are getting anxious and certainly tired of seeing the program fall to weaker ones on the regular. This is a huge season for Robinson. And while it's never good to take a loss like this, at the very least it comes in November, so there's plenty of time to course-correct. For one reason or another, Oregon State fans are praying it's the last loss of this kind they'll ever see under Robinson.

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