The last time that the Cleveland State Vikings were in the NCAA tournament is now a well-known 23 years ago. That year, one of the biggest upsets was when the Kevin Mackey-led Vikings toppled the Bobby Knight-led Hoosiers of Indiana.
The last time that the Vikings current coach, Gary Waters, won a tournament game, he was the head coach of Kent State. In 2001, Waters took a then 13-seed Golden Flash team and once again upset the Indiana Hoosiers.
The next time that Waters was given a 13-seed bid in the tournament was last night, as the stage was set to take on the once top-ranked Demon Decons of Wake Forest. And this time, a combination of the above-mentioned wins gets combined into a second-round birth in the NCAAs, as the Waters-led Vikings not only won last night’s game, but came out firing and never looked back.