The Cleveland State Vikings of the Horizon League are famous for one of the NCAA Tournament’s biggest upsets when they beat the Indiana Hoosiers in the first round of the 1986 Tournament. But the Vikings were not done there. They became the first #14 seed to advance all the way to the Sweet Sixteen when they followed that win up with a second round win over St. Joseph’s Hawks would narrowly miss on the Elite Eight, losing to Navy 71-70. That Navy team featured David Robinson who went on to MBA stardom with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Vikings other NCAA Tournament trip was in 2009 and again they made an impact with an upset win over #4 seed Wake Forest. They lost in the Round of 32 to Arizona in that tournament.
Cleveland State has also played in five NITs and two CITs the last two seasons. The most recent Viking to play in the NBA is Norris Cole who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2011.
The Wolstein Center is the home of the Vikings, opening in 1991. It has a seating capacity of 8500 fans. Most of the seats are in the lower bowl so you will be able to get a great seat. The kids will enjoy the game as well because they have a Kid Zone on the concourse level.
Home games will include Rider, Ohio, Belmont, Oakland, Wright St and more. Do not miss out on the great Horizon League action this season!
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