The Cleveland State Vikings, in part due to a great defensive play at the end of the game by Norris Cole, knocked off #17 Butler on their home Hinkle Fieldhouse court 57-54. This was not a surprise to me in my Horizon Tournament preview as I predicted Cleveland State to win. I knew Butler had been playing with fire in those first two games. Very proud of Gary Waters and his very defensive minded Vikings. And we all know Butler is going already based on their wins at Xavier and Davidson. Two from the Horizon!
And congratulations to the North Dakota State Bison who came back from a double digit deficit against the Oakland Grizzlies (a preseason favorite of mine) to win 66-64 on a shot by Ben Woodside with three seconds left. The Grizzlies were up by as many as 14 in the game and were up by 10 with a little more than seven minutes left before the Bison rumbled back. Dr J's herd could be very dangerous in the dance!
Finally, I see Lunardi put San Diego State in over St Mary's. Ok, yes it was a bad loss, but you can't put San Diego State in over St Mary's. It's called HEAD TO HEAD. Or otherwise known as St Mary's beat San Diego State this season on a neutral court. If you want to remove St Mary's because of the bad loss, fine put Butler now in as an at large after their loss. But San Diego State can't be put in over St Mary's. That's a violation of the nth degree in our Selection Committee Primer. For shame, Joe, for shame.