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Cinco de Starters-O: Cleveland State Vikings

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In an act of protest against the Ballroom Court and all things Mexico, Beisner has left me in charge of the Cinco de Starters-o. He even said he probably will be skipping his daily Corona today. So you’re left with me. Deal with it. But it’s a tough day for me as I really can’t decide who I’m going to cheer for. Of course I love the Cats, but my aforementioned girlfriend is actually from Cleveland. Not only that, but I graduated from Rowan County and our mascot was the Vikings. Crazy! When you have all these different factors, I just don’t know how I could wholeheartedly cheer for either side. On to your starters…

cole#30 Norris Cole, 6’2″, G, Junior
Cole is the key to the whole Cleveland State offense.  He’s averaging right around 21 a game and scored 38 against Florida A&M and 24 against Sam Houston.  Cleveland.com is hyping this as the “toughest matchup” John Wall has seen to date.  That kind of makes me laugh.  Cole was named Preseason First Team All-Horizon League, which was a lot like me being named to the All-District team in middle school- it doesn’t actually mean you’re any good.

harmon#3 Trevon Harmon, 6’3″, G, Sophomore
Harmon comes into this game second on the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game.  He also averages an unremarkable 1.8 rebounds and shoots a blistering 30% from 3.  It also looks like he may have started losing some time to Jeremy Montgomery, who is actually worse statistically across the board.  I say Eric Bledsoe has this on Lockedown. 

cunningham#23 Jared Cunningham, 6’9″, Junior, Forward
I hope Cleveland State goes to Jared. No word on if there are O’Charley’s in Cancun, but suffice it to say I’m sure Boogie will be eating Big Cun’s loaded potato soup. Watch for this guy though, it looks like he’s got Coury Flurry-ish tendancies. He’s started every game, but only averages about half as many minutes as his starting brethren.

brown#32 D’Aundray Brown, 6’4″, G/F
Cleveland State’s website promotes Mr. Brown as “instant energy” and I have to agree. Just look at his face. If that doesn’t say energy BTI will buy everyone a Red Bull. Brown leads the team in minutes per game (30) and averages a crazy 8 points per game. The website also hails Brown for his monumental achievement of making all four of his shot attempts to score 8 points against Youngstown St. in 2007. Awesome.

pogue#44 Aaron Pogue, 6’9″, Sophomore, Forward
Someone tell me why I have heard this kid’s name before. Was he a Billy Clyde recruit? Dustin? Anyone? Regardless, Pogue is a tree trunk of a man and leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 a game. In his free time, he enjoys baseball, video games and Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream. By the way, if Dippin’ Dots is the Ice Cream of the Future, just when does the future get here? That stuff has been around for ages. When it came out, this was the future. I digress. PPatt has no problem with this guy.

So there you have it.  If you’re reading this in Cancun, you should be jealous you’re missing the 40-degree mist here in Lexington.  I know I would be.  Anyway, this is the very first meeting between Cleveland State and UK.  I’m sure it will be a memorable one.  I’m going to take the Cats in a very comfortable win, 88-65.  Go Cats!

Article written by Patrick Barker