The Cleveland State men’s basketball team will take few days off and await their opponent on Saturday in the Horizon League tournament semifinal after securing the second seed with a 77-55 win over Wright State.
With a 12-6 mark, trailing only regular season champ and tournament host Valparaiso, the Vikings were denied a spot on the all-league first team but found senior guard Trevon Harmon on the second team along with a spot on the all-defensive team with senior guard D’Aundray Brown while freshman Anton Grady was chosen to the all-newcomer team.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t have a player on the first team and I would like to see the league change its method of picking the newcomer of the year,” said Vikings coach Gary Waters after seeing Grady was nosed out by Wright State transfer Julius Mays, who made his way to the Fairborn, Ohio school from North Carolina State.
“There is a difference in freshmen and transfers,” added Waters, who met with local media before his team heads to Valparaiso to begin tournament play.
Cleveland State will face the survivor of first round games involving Detroit against Loyola and the other between Youngstown State and Green Bay. The winners of those Tuesday games travel to Valpo to play in a second round game on Friday with the winner matching up in a semifinal game at 6 p.m. Saturday with Cleveland State.
“That’s the tough part because we don’t know who to prepare for and when we do know, it is one day before the game,” added Waters of a game that will be braodcast live on radio at 6 p.m. on WHKW 1220 AM and telecast on tape delay at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU..
While Waters said the Vikings would remain in Valpo for the March 6 title game instead of coming immediately back to Cleveland, those plans would be ditched should Cleveland State win its semifinal and Valpo lose.
That combination of results would shift the title game to the Wolstein Center, as the Horizon League wants the top remaining seed to host the championship game, which will be telecast live at 9 p.m. March 6 on ESPN.
Fans who wish to make the booster club bus for the Saturday semifinal game can check for updated infon through the CSU athletic department at csuvikings.com for plans that are still being finalized. Tentative plans have cost including bus ride and game ticket at $40.