Leave-land State: What’s going on at CSU?

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In 2012, Gary Waters saw a bright future for the Cleveland State Vikings. Perennial Horizon League power Butler, which had won at least a share of five of the previous six HL championships, left the conference to join the Atlantic 10 conference before finding their way to the revamped Big East. The Vikings were young but promising, with Anton

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CSU’s Trey Lewis headed to Louisville

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Trey Lewis has officially announced that he will transfer to Louisville and play for the Cardinals next season. Here’s a look at how the story developed on Monday and Tuesday. Early Monday, reports surfaced surrounding Trey Lewis, the coveted Cleveland State graduate transfer who had allegedly narrowed his search down to Louisville and Ohio State. Reports added that

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Ohio State, Xavier in the mix for CSU’s Trey Lewis

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It isn’t the best sign for Cleveland State basketball that the most noteworthy story related to the program is one of a star player transferring away. So it goes. The recruiting battle for redshirt senior-to-be Trey Lewis continues, and Ohio State and Xavier are among the schools said to have shown “heavy interest,” per ESPN’s

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Trey Lewis “loved” Louisville visit

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Soon-to-be former Cleveland State guard Trey Lewis reportedly “loved” his visit to the University of Louisville on Wednesday, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal‘s Jeff Greer. Lewis will transfer from CSU, and Louisville is among several major programs recruiting him. Lewis will be a fifth-year senior next season, and he will be immediately eligible to play as

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Trey Lewis to transfer from Cleveland State

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For the second year in a row, Cleveland State is set to lose its leading scorer to another program. Guard Trey Lewis, who averaged 16.3 points per game for the Vikings this season, has been given his release from the school and is set to transfer. His destination has not yet been determined, but the 6-2

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There can be only one Highlander: Cleveland State to face NJIT in CIT second round

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It may not be the Big Dance, but the Cleveland State Vikings are still boogying into the college basketball postseason. The Vikings continue their run in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Monday night, when they will face the NJIT Highlanders in a second-round game in Newark, NJ. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. Cleveland

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Charlie Lee-led Vikings buck Broncos in CIT first round

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He missed the first six games of the season. He missed playing at Louisville. He missed out on the Horizon League championship, in both the regular season and conference tournament. He missed out on the NCAA Tournament. He missed out on a lot of things this year. But Cleveland State senior Charlie Lee wasn’t ready to call

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CSU to play Western Michigan in CIT

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Their loss to Valparaiso in the Horizon League conference tournament semi-finals took them out of the running for the NCAA Tournament, and their resume wasn’t sparkly enough to warrant an invitation to the NIT, but the Cleveland State Vikings (18-14, 11-5 Horizon League) are not done playing basketball yet this season. For the second year

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Cleveland State’s Quest for Big Dance Ends in Valparaiso

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It wasn’t a surprising result. They were playing on the road. They were playing on the second night of a back-to-back. They were playing the conference champions. They were playing against a bigger team, a stronger team, perhaps a more skilled team. So it is not much of a shocker that the Cleveland State Vikings’

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Charting the Vikings’ Course to the Big Dance

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Their regular season ended with disappointment, and their path to the NCAA Tournament is much tougher than it would have been had they beaten Valparaiso last Friday, but the Cleveland State Vikings ain’t dead yet. They are the number four seed in the eight-team Horizon League tournament, and Friday night they play the Detroit Titans in

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CSU’s Lewis, Grady, Lee earn All-Horizon League honors

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While their recent loss to Valparaiso was quite the storm cloud, there is a silver lining to the end of the Cleveland State Vikings’ regular season: Trey Lewis, Anton Grady, and Charlie Lee all earned All-Horizon League honors. Grady and Lewis (pictured above) were both named to the all-league first team, while Grady and Lee

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Blinded by the Lights: Cleveland State Struggles on Big Stage

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For any team, those words hurt to say after a loss. They especially hurt for this Cleveland State team. For a team whose reputation is built around defense; for a team that led the conference in steals (officially) and floor burns (unofficially); for a team whose attitude embodies the nebulous but fierce Rust Belt identity;

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Cleveland State falls to Valparaiso

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“This game really hurt.” Those were among Trey Lewis’ words after the Cleveland State Vikings lost 56-53 at home to the Valparaiso Crusaders late Friday night. The Vikings made it close in the final minutes, but they struggled to score all game long and were chasing Valpo almost from the opening tip. The win clinches the

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Breaking Down CSU’s Shot at the Conference Title

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Despite a boneheaded headline suggesting the contrary―seriously, who writes this crap?―the Cleveland State Vikings will play Friday night for a share of the Horizon League regular season title and the top seed in the Horizon League tournament. It looked as though CSU’s loss to Milwaukee would take them out of the title picture, as all powerhouse Valparaiso (then

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Watch hoops, drink beer at CSU’s Viketoberfest

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To borrow from the old Buffalo Wild Wings tagline: “Vikes. Beer. Sports.” The Cleveland State Vikings stumbled in their most recent contest against the Milwaukee Panthers, but they have one regular season game left. It is this Friday night against the 25-4, Horizon League-leading Valparaiso Crusaders, at 10 p.m. You read that correctly: the Vikes

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CSU falls to Milwaukee, loses shot at regular season conference title

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Cleveland State controlled their own destiny, and then they fumbled it away. The Vikings beat Green Bay in an overtime thriller Friday night, but fell to the Milwaukee Panthers 66-60 Sunday afternoon in the second leg of their two-game Wisconsin road trip. The loss ends CSU’s hopes for the regular season Horizon League title,1 though they can still get

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CSU hands Green Bay first home loss, controls own destiny in Horizon League

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The Cleveland State Vikings completed a season sweep of Green Bay Friday night, winning 66-61 in overtime and handing the Phoenix their first home loss of the season. They did it all on national television, with the game broadcast on ESPN2. With the win, Cleveland State improves to 18-11, and 11-3 in Horizon League play. They

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Cleveland State Splits Weekend Games; In Second Place in Horizon League

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Cleveland State split two games over the weekend, losing a half-game’s worth of ground in their pursuit of the top spot in the Horizon League. They lost a heartbreaker in the closing seconds at Detroit Friday night, but rebounded to defeat Illinois-Chicago Sunday behind a strong second half. The Vikings’ record now stands at 16-11, 10-3 in

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WATCH: Cleveland State celebrates senior day with big alley-oop

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Sunday was Senior Day at the Wolstein Center, and Cleveland State seniors Charlie Lee and Marlin Mason celebrated with a big alley-oop in the second half. Lee lobbed it up from the top of the key, and Mason cut in from the corner to finish the job with a right-handed slam. The Vikings defeated Illinois-Chicago 67-59

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The Browns’ nightmare, the Cavs’ alleged struggles, and remembering Dean Smith: While We’re Waiting…

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Here’s wishing you a wonderful Wednesday, Blawg Pound. We’ve made it to mid-February, which means we have less than six weeks of winter to go, depending on how much stock you put in the prognostications of a ground-dwelling rodent. Whether Punxsutawney Phil really knows his meteorology or not, we’re getting close to the end of the cold season.

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