March 15, 2009
Contact: Brian McCann
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State, the 2009 Horizon League Champions, will open the NCAA Tournament as the 13th seed in the Midwest Region and will play on Friday, March 20, against fourth-seeded Wake Forest at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. The game is slated to tipoff at approximately 9:40 p.m. EDT.
The Vikings enter the tournament at 25-10 overall and finished tied for third place in the Horizon League regular season at 12-6. CSU then went on to earn the Horizon League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with wins over Detroit, UIC, Green Bay and Butler in the league tournament.
CSU will be making its second appearance in the NCAA tournament in school history with its only other appearance in 1986 when the Vikings went 2-1, defeating Indiana and St. Joseph's before falling to a David Robinson led Navy squad in the Sweet 16.
Wake Forest is 24-6 overall and was the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament after finishing 11-5 in league play.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
The winner of the Wake Forest-CSU game will face the winner of another first round game between fifth-seeded Utah and 12th-seeded Arizona on Sunday.
The regional semifinals and finals will be played on March 27 and 29 in Indianapolis, Ind. at Lucas Oil Stadium with the Final Four slated for Ford Field in Detroit on April 4th and 6th.