Vikings Open Horizon League Play at Valparaiso
Jan. 3, 2013
Contact: Greg Murphy
Cleveland State (8-6, 0-0 HL) at Valparaiso (10-5, 0-1 HL)
Friday, January 4, 2013
7:00 p.m. EST
Athletics Recreation Center - Valparaiso, Ind.
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Al Pawlowski)
TV: ESPNU (Jim Barber & Malcolm Huckaby)
Series: CSU leads, 28-11
Last Mt'g: Valpo 59, @CSU 41 (2/9/12)
Tickets: CSU season, mini-plan, groups and single game tickets are available by calling the Wolstein Center Ticket Office at (216) 687-4848.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Cleveland State begins Horizon League play when the Vikings travel to Valparaiso for a 7:00 p.m. EST contest on Friday (Jan. 4).
The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Jim Barber (play-by-play) and Malcolm Huckaby (color commentator) providing the call.
Friday's game continues a busy stretch for CSU, which will play five games over an 11-day span (Jan. 2-12).
CSU is 8-6 overall this year and is coming off a 72-55 loss to Kent State on Wednesday (Jan. 2) in the Wolstein Center.
Valparaiso is 10-5 overall and 0-1 in league play after a 63-54 loss at home to Loyola on Wednesday (Jan. 2) in the Crusaders league opener.
It was Valpo's first home loss this season (7-1). CSU is 1-5 on the road.
The Vikings are 28-11 (.718) all-time versus Valparaiso with the .718 winning percentage the best against any opponent of 25 games or more.
Friday's game will be the 40th all-time meeting between the two schools.
Valpo becomes the 11th opponent that CSU will have played 40 times.
Freshman Bryn Forbes has come off the bench and scored in double figures in seven of last eight games.
Friday's game will be the third of at least eight games that CSU will play on either regional or national television.
The Vikings will be making their second appearance on ESPNU, also playing on the network at Michigan (Nov. 14).
CSU played on Fox Sports South at N.C. State (Dec. 8).
The Vikings will be featured on the Horizon League Game of the Week at Green Bay (Jan. 19) and Youngstown State (Jan. 26).
CSU will host Valparaiso (Feb. 9) as either the Horizon League Game of the Week or on ESPNU. The Vikings also host Green Bay (Feb. 15) on ESPNU.
The Vikings play at Detroit (Feb. 12) on ESPN3.
CSU IN HORIZON LEAGUE OPENERS:
Friday's game will be the 19th Horizon League opener and 29th overall league opener for CSU.
CSU is 8-10 in Horizon League openers and 15-13 in overall league openers.
This is the fourth straight year that CSU will open league play on the road, the longest streak in program history.
This will be the second time CSU will play Valparaiso in its league opener. The Vikings defeated the Crusaders, 66-42, in the 2008-09 league opener at home.
SUCCESSFUL MID-MAJOR PROGRAM:
The Vikings have been one of the top mid-major programs in the nation since the beginning of the 2007-08 season.
Entering this season, the Vikings had won 112 games since 2007-08, tied with Vermont for the 14th most among all mid-major programs in the country.
CSU won 21 games in 2007-08, 26 the following season, 16 in 2009-10, 27 in 2010-11 and 22 last year.
Only 30 Division I mid-major programs entered this season with at least 100 wins over the last five seasons; Butler (139), Saint Mary's (133), VCU (132), Gonzaga (131), Murray State (122), Belmont (121), Old Dominion and Creighton (119), Robert Morris and Kent State (117), Akron (116), Davidson (115) and George Mason (113) ranked ahead of CSU.
Head coach Gary Waters earned his 300th career win in the Dec. 19 victory over Notre Dame College.
Waters, who is third all-time at CSU with 130 wins, won 92 games at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers.
Is in his seventh season at CSU, making him the third longest tenured coach in program history behind Ray Dierenger (1969-83) and Homer E. Woodling (1929-41, 1952-53).
His 218 games coached at CSU are second most in program history by a head coach (Ray Dieringer; 360 games).
LONG DOESN'T MISS MUCH:
Devon Long is shooting .727 (24-33) from the field.
Has made his last seven field goals from the field, including all four in Wednesday's game vs. Kent State.
Has started four games this year.
Just missed first career double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds at #25 N.C. State (Dec. 8).
Averaging 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds.
CSU struggled at the free throw line in Wednesday's loss to Kent State, going 12-of-25 for a season-low percentage (.480).
The Vikings are shooting .679 (182-268) at the line this year.
CSU has shot better than 70-percent at the free throw line in each of head coach Gary Waters' first six seasons.
Prior to Waters arriving at CSU (2006-07), the Vikings shot better than 70-percent from the free throw line just two times since the 1965-66 season (1979-80 & 1986-87).
The Vikings have committed less than 10 turnovers in just one game this year, making a season-low nine against Old Dominion (Nov. 17).
CSU has tallied 15 turnovers or more in seven of the last eight games.
The Vikings are 2-5 when making more turnovers than their opponent.
Last season, CSU had 21 games with less than 15 turnovers, including three games of single-digit miscues.
FROM THE FIELD:
CSU shot .518 (29-56) from the field in the Dec. 28 win over Rio Grande.
It was the fifth time that CSU shot better than 50-percent from the floor in a game this year with the Vikings going 5-0 in those games.
CSU has used five different starting lineups this year.
Nine different players have started at least one game.
Charlie Lee, Tim Kamczyc and Marlin Mason have started every game.
Two seasons ago (2010-11), CSU was one of just three Division I teams to use the same starting five in every game (36 games).
AT THE HALF:
The Vikings have trailed at halftime in 10 of their 14 games this year and have been tied in one other contest.
The only games CSU had led after 20 minutes were the season opener against Grambling, Notre Dame College and Rio Grande.
The Vikings are 3-0 when leading at halftime.
CSU is 5-6 when it has trailed or been tied at the half.
ANOTHER NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER:
The Ball State game (Nov. 28) was CSU's final game in November, giving the Vikings their sixth winning November under head coach Gary Waters.
CSU is 35-15 (.700) under Waters in November.
The lone losing November under Waters was 2008-09 when CSU went 3-4.
The Vikings went 6-1 in November last season and were a perfect 8-0 in the first month of the season in 2010-11, making the Vikings 19-3 in November over the last three seasons.
ALL ABOUT TIM:
Tim Kamczyc is the lone senior on this year's 13 man roster. He is in his fifth year after redshirting in 2008-09.
Has scored 774 career points, needing 226 to become 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Played in 116 consecutive games, 10th longest in CSU history. Has also made 88 straight starts, the sixth longest in program history.
If Kamczyc plays in every game this season, he would become the 12th player in program history to play every game during a four-year career.
Dished out career-high seven assists vs. Old Dominion (Nov. 17).
Scored career-high 21 points in overtime win against Bowling Green (Nov. 12), making career-best five three's.
Has already earned his undergraduate degree and is scheduled to receive his MBA in the spring.
LEE GETS THE POINT:
After serving as the backup point guard last year, Charlie Lee has taken over the starting job this year.
Leads the team and is ninth in the league in scoring (12.9).
Shooting .469 (60-128) from field, including .456 (26-57) from three-point. Also 34-of-43 (.791) at free throw line.
Scored career-high 22 points, adding seven assists, vs. Toledo (Dec. 1).
First career double-double with 14 points and career-high 10 assists vs. Bowling Green.
The 79-73 overtime win over Bowling Green on Nov. 12 snapped CSU's streak of not playing an OT game at 170.
Prior to that game, CSU had not played an OT contest since a 69-66 win over Florida State on Nov. 17, 2007.
CSU has hit at least one three-pointer in 448 straight games.
The last game CSU failed to hit a three-pointer was vs. Detroit on Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings went 0-for-for-8.
CSU hit 12 three-pointers vs. Toledo (Dec. 1), tied for the second most in a game in CSU history (14 vs. Milwaukee on 12/4/10 and 14 at Michigan St. on 12/16/05).
Bryn Forbes was the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 3.
Averaged 17.0 points in CSU two wins.
Scored career-high 18 points in win at Ball State and followed that with 16 points against Toledo.
Scored 15 of CSU's 18 points in an 18-2 run that gave the Vikings the lead midway through second half at Ball State.
All 18 points at BSU came in the second half when he hit six of his seven shots, including all four three-pointers.
Has reached double-figures in six of last seven games.
Anton Grady, who has missed the last eight games with a knee injury, is slated to be out six to eight weeks after injuring his knee at Robert Morris (Nov. 20).
Prior to the season, Grady was tabbed as a player with "Breakout Potential" by several national publications this preseason.
Among those who mentioned Grady were Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com (ranked 11th of 30 players poised to breakout this year), Rob Dauster of College Basketball Talk and Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated who had Grady as one of six sophomores ready to breakout.
Grady did not disappoint early in the season, averaging 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds He also had 13 steals and eight blocked shots.
His 53 career blocked shots are the 12th most in CSU history, five shy of moving into the top-10 on the list.
The seventh edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is using Dave Dinunzio's book Think Like a Champion as the course text for the second straight year.
Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life.
Other books used in past classes include John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success, Talent Is Never Enough by John Maxwell, Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength, and Maxwell's 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player and Winning With People.
LONG TIME ASSISTANTS:
Gary Waters has had the same staff in place for seven years with associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jermaine Kimbrough.
The group is the longest tenured staff in the country.
The Vikings host UIC on Monday (Jan. 7) at 6:00 p.m.
CSU then heads to Wright State on Wednesday (Jan. 9) for a 7:00 p.m. contest.