There was a chance that the Rockets may overlook Coppin State in anticipation of their match-up with Kansas on Monday, but it was clear that was not the case after the first fifteen minutes of this one.
Toledo led the Eagles 28-22 with seven and a half minutes left in the first half before going on a 16-2 run to end the half. That put the game away at halftime and pretty much sealed the Rockets' twelfth straight victory.
Rian Pearson and Justin Drummond had 25 points combined in the first half by themselves, and the Eagles could just manage 24. Pearson ended up with 24 points on 8-16 shooting and collected five rebounds. Julius Brown got back to his old ways by scoring eighteen points and dishing out seven assists. A small cause for concern for Toledo was the free throw shooting, where the Rockets were just 19-31 (61%).
The best non-conference match-up of the season so far comes on Monday night when Toledo travels down to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the Jayhawks. Kansas is ranked sixteenth in the country currently and boasts some of the best talent in college basketball. The Andrew Wiggins-Rian Pearson match-up will be fun to watch, and Nathan Boothe will have his hands full with Joel Embiid. Toledo will have a chance to surprise some people against a ranked opponent, and definitely has enough playmakers to pull off a huge upset.