There is a lot of losing going on around Cleveland lately, and we – as sports fans in this town - could all do ourselves a collective favor by turning some attention towards Gary Waters and his CSU Vikings Hoop Squad.
To say they’re on a tear would be putting it lightly. Through sixteen games, the Vikings’ record reads 15-1 (4-0 within the Horizon League), and they are heading to Hinkle Field House for a game against the team who lost to Duke in the NCAA finals last season.
Whether they win that one at Butler or not, the national attention on the Vikings has been generated across the college basketball landscape. Recent (January 2nd) RPI rankings had the Vikings at No. 27 overall, and they have been ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Major Polls for several weeks. Both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Polls have noticed as well, placing the Vikes at Nos. 37 and 38, respectively.
A win on Friday could vault Cleveland State into the Top 25, but the winning hasn’t been an accident, per head coach Gary Waters, who was kind enough to take some time with WFNY this week. Per Waters, it is a result of a commitment to be better, made by his team this past summer. [Read more...]