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Cleveland State Vikings Set for Action Tonight At Loyola

GAME PREVIEW:
•     Cleveland State returns to action on Wednesday (Dec. 16) when the Vikings travel to Loyola (Ill.) for an 8:00 pm ET contest.
•    The game will be broadcast live on AM 1420 with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play.
•    The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.
•    The Vikings are 2-7 overall this year and are coming off a 76-67 setback to Ohio at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday (Dec. 12).
•    Loyola is 5-4 this year and is coming off an 81-61 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday (Dec. 12) night.

THE LOYOLA (ILL.) SERIES:
•    Loyola (Ill.) leads the all-time series with Cleveland State, 22-19.
•    The teams met two times per year from 1995-96 through 2012-13 as members of the Mid-Continent Conference and Horizon League.
•    Loyola won the last meeting, 87-60, in the regular season finale of the 2012-13 season.
•    The Ramblers have won two straight in the series, while CSU won the previous nine meetings.
•    Loyola holds a 14-6 advantage in games played in Chicago.

GAME 9 RECAP – OHIO 76, @CSU 67 (12/12/2015)
•    The Vikings fell to Ohio, 76-67, on Saturday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.
•    Rob Edwards and Andre Yates both scored 17 points – career-highs for each. Edwards hit 4-of-7 from three-point.
•    Tim Hasbargen posted nine points and four rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench.
•    CSU hit a season-high 10 three-pointers in the loss.

WATERS GOING AFTER WIN NO. 350:
•    Head coach Gary Waters will be going after his 350th career win on Wednesday night.
•    Waters is 349-269 in his 20th season as a head coach.
•    He is 178-134 in his 10th season as the head coach at CSU.
•    Waters is the third longest tenured coach in program history, behind Ray Dieringer (14 years) and Homer E. Woodling (13 years).
•    He ranks second in CSU history in games coached with 312 (Dieringer – 360) and second with a .573 win percentage.

UP NEXT:
•    The Vikings return home to host Belmont at the Wolstein Center on Saturday (Dec. 19) at 1:00 pm.
•    It will be the first of three straight home games for CSU with the Vikings hosting Bowling Green (Dec. 23) and Cedarville (Dec. 29) to close out non-conference play.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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