Here we go…
1.) The Vikings (that’s what they’re called) beat Canisius last week.
Cleveland State edged out Canisius, a common opponent with Kentucky, by three in a game in Cleveland last week. In fact, it is Cleveland State’s only win this season.
For a little perspective, Kentucky beat Canisius, 93-69.
2.) This will be the third time the programs have faced in the John Calipari era.
No. 5 Kentucky defeated Cleveland State down in that terrible ballroom in Cancun in 2009. They met again in Rupp Arena in 2013 when Kentucky won a somewhat close game, 68-61, powered by a 15 and 15 performance from Julius Randle.
3.) Sophomore Rob Edwards was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League second team.
A 6-4 guard, Edwards averages 17 points per game on the young season. I suppose he is the one we should keep an eye on, huh?
4.) Jibri Blount was voted the hottest player on the team.
The sophomore forward and the team’s tallest starter at 6-7 won a Twitter poll to beat out Edwards and two other players to win the honor. Blount received 65 percent of the 43 votes. (Not a lot going on at Cleveland State, apparently.)
Blount is also the son of NFL Hall of Famer, Mel Blount, who played cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
5.) The 2015-16 season was a rough one for the Vikings.
Cleveland State unexpectedly lost a ton of players prior to the 2015-16 season, including fifth-year transfer Trey Lewis, who left for Louisville. There were so many departures, the program took on the name “Leave-Land State.”
This season, head coach Gary Waters looks to get things back on the right track after a 9-23 year with a depleted roster. This year’s team starts two sophomores, a true freshman, a first-year transfer and one leftover from the 2014-15 team that fell apart.
To Coach Waters credit, he warned his opponents, “Better get us now. After this year, it’s over.”
I like that attitude, but Kentucky will be fine.