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A view from the stands

Viking fans are enthusiastic about making it to NCAA finals

By Amanda Hayduk

February 2, 2012

It’s been a team effort that’s made this season’s Cleveland State University’s Men’s Basketball team successful. The Vikings are leading the Horizon League with a record of 8-2, and an overall record of 18-4.

These student athletes are working together harder than ever, so much so, that even the fans see a big difference from last year.
Dan Ogilvy is the definition of a true Cleveland State University sports fan, one who represents thousands. He doesn’t miss a home game and has followed CSU Men’s Basketball since he was 5 years old.

“As a little kid, I remember sitting in the old Woodling Gymnasium with my dad, who worked for CSU at the time, watching practices and big games” Ogilvy recalls, nostalgically.

Ogilvy, an alumni and dedicated CSU basketball fan, believes the secret to their success this year is Coach Waters, who pulls out the best in his guys, ingrains the importance of playing together and being strong defensively.

The combination of four returning starters, who have experience from previous years, has clearly impacted the shape of the team.

“Some of these players won a NCAA Tournament game in 2010, and had J’Nathan Bullock and Cedric Jackson as a role model. Last season’s team had Norris Cole to learn from about hard work,” Ogilvy recalls.

The now healthy D’Aundray Brown, who was a starter on the 2010 team that beat Wake Forest in the NCAA tournament can’t be ignored Ogilvy agrees that “All of these experienced players show the three freshmen on this year’s team what dedication and teamwork is all about.”

This year, Tim Kamczyc, Jeremy Montgomery and Anton Grady are leading the way in points, showing teamwork is possible and necessary.
Looking forward, fans are excited and hopeful for another return to the NCAA Tournament.

Ogilvy also expresses his hopefulness, but also reminds us that “We must win the Horizon League Tournament first before we move forward.”

The next big game for the Cleveland State University’s Men’s Basketball will be Friday, Feb 3rd at Loyola, 9p.m. Like many true fans, Ogilvy will be watching.