GAME DETAILS
Saturday, February 26 – Rochester, Michigan – 3 p.m. ET (Athletics Center O’rena)
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STAGING

Cleveland State’s men’s basketball program has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Horizon League in the upcoming conference tournament and is still playing for a shot in sole possession of the 2021-22 Horizon Regular Season Championship. The Vikes made sure to secure at least a share of the conference title with their successful 2-0 road trip to Wisconsin over the past weekend. In order to win the championship for itself, CSU must win today OR a loss to Purdue Fort Wayne. The five-game road trip to end the year is finally coming to an end for the Vikings, with Saturday afternoon’s clash with Oakland also serving as the regular season finale. Cleveland State enters Saturday at 19-8 overall and 15-5 in conference. CSU and Oakland have faced each other once this year, as the Golden Grizzlies eliminated the Vikes, 70-65 in Cleveland on Jan. 13, 2022.

A SATURDAY VICTORY WOULD BE…

Land sole possession of the 2021-22 Horizon League Regular Season Championship for the Vikes…Start a new winning streak for CSU ahead of the conference quarterfinals on Thursday…Improve the Vikings to 3-2 in their treacherous road trip to end the season…Give head coach Dennis Gates his 50and career win with the program (see below).

THE CLEVELAND STATE/OAKLAND SERIES

The rivalry between Cleveland State and Oakland is fierce despite only having been around for a few years since Oakland joined the Horizon in 2013. Today will only be the 24and meeting between the two programs, if you can believe it, with the Golden Grizzlies holding a slight 12-11 advantage. The Vikings are 5-6 on the road against the Golden Grizzlies and gave up the two teams’ game earlier this year by a 70-65 margin on Jan. 13, 2022. Oakland enters the game on a three-way streak consecutive losses while the The Vikes shared their current five-game road trip to end the season (2-2). CSU has won three of the last four meetings before this one.

LAST TIME OUT…

Cleveland State’s men’s basketball program had a surge in the second half, but in the end the home team was too strong as Detroit Mercy managed to defeat the Vikings by a 74- 67 at Calihan Hall on Friday.

– The Vikings saw three student-athletes hit double-digits as Tre Gomillion led the column with 12 runs scored. Deante Johnson and D’Moi Hodge each added 10 apiece, respectively.

– Broc Finstuen and Torrey Patton both finished with eight points.

– CSU had 10 different student-athletes on the score sheet.

– Johnson had a team-high seven rebounds and also tied for a game-high with three blocks.

– Deshon Parker, Patton and Hodge tied for the best game with three interceptions.

– The Vikes, a team that has already clinched the No. 1 seed for the Horizon League Championship, will need to win or lose Purdue Fort Wayne to secure sole possession of the regular-season title on Saturday.

– Detroit Mercy has still not fallen in the game inside Calihan Hall this season (8-0).

50 FOR PORTALS

Head coach Dennis Gates is looking for his 50th win of his coaching career today against Oakland, in his first three seasons with the program. With a win, Gates will be just the seventh Vikes coach in school history to reach the 50-win plateau.

SATURDAY NET CUP CELEBRATION

The Cleveland State Men’s Basketball Program and the CSU Athletic Department would like to invite you to the Wolstein Center this Saturday, February 26 to watch and celebrate the net-cutting ceremony for your Horizon League Regular Season Champions. 2022. The festivities will begin as soon as the team returns from Michigan after its game against Oakland on Saturday night. Doors to the Wolstein Center will open at 9 p.m. ET. Admission to the event is free and there is free parking in the south garage. For more information, visit CSUvikings.com.

VIKINGS IN ALL NATIONAL RANKS

CSU enters Thursday’s conference clash with its name all over the national standings:

– 11th in the country in assists per game with 16.8 per game (tops at Horizon)

– 18th in field goal percentage, shooting at a clip of 48.3% (tops at Horizon)

– 22nd with 454 assists (tops at Horizon)

– 29th in steals per game with 8.6 per contest (fourth in Horizon)

– 34th with 15.44 forced turnovers per game (second on Horizon)

– 35th in the country for free throw attempts with 571 shots (tops at Horizon)

– 35th with 231 total flights (fourth at Horizon)

– 53rd in attack with 76.3 points per game (tops at Horizon)

– 55th with a bearing assist ratio of 1.25 (tops to Horizon)

– 62nd in the country with a 70.4 win-loss percentage (tops at Horizon)

– 69th in revenue margin at 2.0 (third at Horizon)

COOKIES

D’Moi Hodge is one of the top student-athletes to generate steals in the entire NCAA DI as the senior guard ranks 18th in the nation in steals per game with 2.22 per contest. Hodge also ranks 14th in the nation and leads the Horizon, with a total of 60 interceptions. The eldest has 105 career interceptions at CSU over two seasons.

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MEDIUM-MAJOR SURVEY

For the seventh straight week, Cleveland State has been ranked in the Top 25 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll. The Vikings now sit 18th nationally in the standings and are the only conference team to earn a spot in the poll this week.

PARKER PASS

Veteran guard Deshon Parker ranks 48th in the nation with his ratio of 2.31 assists to rotation.

HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TICKETS

While the opponent is still undecided, the Vikings have secured the No. 1 seed and home court advantage for the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship quarterfinals, scheduled for March 3 at Wolstein. Center. Pre-purchased tickets are $6 and $10 at the door on game day. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.csuvikings.com/buytickets or call 216.687.4848.

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