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Oct. 24, 2013

Viking madness at CSU

By John Cuturic

Cleveland State University's 2013-14 men's and women's basketball teams introduced themselves to their fans last Saturday, in a 70s-themed event at the Wolstein Center.

The men, women, and coaches came out onto the floor in their best 70s outfits, and Magnus made an appearance dressed as Elvis. The 2013-14 cheer and dance squads gave a performance, and then the teams gave some demonstrations.

In a three-point contest, the men won overall. The women's team's Khayla Livingston hit eight shots in half a minute. Then they moved on to scrimmages, where first the women's team and then the men's team put on a show, with a kind of a mutual understanding that there wasn't much of a need to play defense.

Jon Harris, a recently-transferred senior from Miami of Ohio, won the slam dunk contest with a behind-the-back dunk and a one-handed jam after bouncing the ball up for himself.

The head coach of the men's team, Gary Waters, said that he expected a good year. He said he thought that the team's overseas tour gave them some good experience that will help them this season.

Waters said that the Vikings are pick three in the Horizon League, and he expects a competitive Horizon League season. Waters said he thinks the league is up for grabs.

"You've gotta win all your games at home, then you've gotta win some on the road," Waters said.

Brooke Smith, a freshman guard from the women's basketball team, said that the women's team is looking for a good year too.

"We're trying to win it all, actually," Smith said. "[Other teams] need to keep a good look out for us, because we're out to win it all."

Coach Waters and women's head coach Kate Peterson-Abiad urged Cleveland State fans to come out and support the basketball teams this season.

"This team is very special," Waters said. "And if we support them, who knows what will happen."