August 26, 2014

Cleveland State Preview: Season Tips Off With Waters Getting A Seven-Year Extension

Since the salad days of Kevin Mackey, the “Run and Stun,” and Ken “The Mouse ” McFadden, there were some seriously lean times for the Cleveland State Men’s College Basketball team. From Mike Boyd to the disastrous Rollie Massimino hire to Mike Garland, the program was headed in the wrong direction.

Enter Gary Waters.

The former head coach at Kent State came back to Ohio after a failed stint at Rutgers, never an easy place to win in the loaded Big East. Waters arrived in Cleveland in 2006 with a plan to get the Vikings back to the top of the Horizon League and he has done just that. He enters his seventh season piloting the Vikes, where he has gone 122-82. Most importantly, Waters has taken CSU to four postseason appearances, including the school’s second NCAA Tournament bid where they upset fourth-seeded Wake Forest in the first round.

All of this has added up to Waters getting extended by the school late yesterday for seven more years. [Read more...]

Valpo Stuns Cleveland State; Vikings Left Searching For Answers

It was only their biggest game of the year to date. With the potential to take sole control of first place in the Horizon League, controlling their own destiny the rest of the way, the Cleveland State Vikings came out of the tunnel for their showdown with Valparaiso seemingly ready. Their largest crowd of the year (4,521) was ready. Everyone was on their feet as the ball went in their air…. and just like that, everything went, splat.

Valpo took control from the opening tip and never looked back. In the blink of an eye, the Vikings were down 17-1. While the Crusaders were hitting everything, the home team couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn (unofficial count had CSU missing NINE first half layups, en route to a 25% shooting evening). Even with star Center Kevin Van Wijk going down with an injury just seven minutes into the game, Valpo just took it to Cleveland State. Outside bomber Ryan Broekoff exploded for 24 points and reserve forward Richie Edwards added 20. For the first time in ages, the Vikings were not the aggressor; their opponent was. [Read more...]

Its Go Time For The Vikings

It’s make or break time for the Cleveland State Men’s Basketball team.

With just two games left in the regular season, the Vikings have put themselves in a position to win the Horizon League outright, something that didn’t seem possible two weeks ago. If you haven’t been following, lets recap.

Cleveland State has been on top of the league most of the year, yet their two, two-game losing streaks came at the most in-opportune times. They started 4-0 in the league and threatened to run away with things early, but then came the losses at Butler and at Valparaiso, which brought them back to the pack. Meanwhile, the more CSU would win, deeper that pack would become. Between Valpo, Butler, Wright State, Milwaukee, and at times Detroit, its been a gauntlet. There have been no easy-outs in this league. Just ask Butler, who currently sits 1/2 game behind CSU. Their loss at Youngstown State may be the killer to their season and what costs them hosting the conference tournament. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Browns Linebackers, Horizon League Payout and LeBron’s MVP Case

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Hey look, depth! “The Browns currently have 12, count ‘em, TWELVE linebackers on the roster. Obviously, it is early in the game to be talking about starting lineups, but one has to wonder who will be getting the bulk of the work and who will be left holding the short stick?

On opening day last season the Browns started Kamerion Wimbley, Eric Barton, D”Qwell Jackson, and David Bowens on their base 3-4 defense. Wimbley has been traded, Barton suffered a neck injury that ended his 2009 season and Jackson’s 2009 season was cut short by a shoulder injury. There was an obvious need for depth at the position. By adding depth, the Browns may be creating a fantastic position battle for training camp.

With injuries to Barton and Jackson last season, the Browns got a good look at guys like Kaluka Maiava, Jason Trusnick, Matt Roth and Marcus Bernard. Each of those guys played well when given the opportunity and are all looking to capitalize on the momentum from 2009. But who will get the chance? [No Logo Needed]

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Dancin…Dancin…DANCIN! Cleveland State is Headed to the NCAA Tournament

Cedric Jackson Cleveland State 57
Butler 54
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Two times this season the Cleveland State Vikings had the lead with less than a minute to go against the conference leader and rival Butler. Two times, they lost. CSU head coach Gary Waters was determined to not let this happen again. As he told his team before the game (caught by the ESPN cameras) “two times we had these guys, and we let them get away.”

This time they didn’t. [Read more...]

Horizon League Finals: Can the Vikings Overcome Their Bugaboo?

CSU ButlerDecember 4th, 2008 – The Wolstein Center in Cleveland. Cleveland State leads by seven points at the half over the undefeated Butler Bulldogs. Despite shooting just 1-11 from three point land and 26% from the field, a J’Nathan Bullock layup gave the Vikings a 48-47 lead with just a five seconds left.

Then, little used Butler guard Zach Hahn received a pass at the three-point lined, turned a jacked up a shot as the clock hit all zeroes. It bottomed. Butler wins 50-48 in a game that changed hands three teams in the last 19 seconds. [Read more...]

Cleveland State Hoops Garnering Individual Awards, Looking for the Automatic Bid

With the Horizon League tournament kicking off tomorrow, the Cleveland State Vikings will have a home game against Detroit as both teams set their sites on the automatic bid that goes to the winner of the whole shebang.

While the Vikings were not fortunate enough to lock up a one of the top two seeds – that gives said seed two byes and an automatic birth in the semi-finals – they will be going to battle with two players that have a little more hardware.

Cleveland State senior men’s basketball forward J’Nathan Bullock was named to the All-Horizon League first team today, the league announced. Also, CSU senior guard Cedric Jackson earned the league’s Defensive Player of the Year Award and made second team.

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