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November 18, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Game tonight

It’s about 11:15 a.m. as I type this, already here on campus handling football duties.
Just walked by the main court at Hec Ed and Cleveland State is on the floor for its gameday shoot-around. A quick peek reveals that the Vikings definitely have some players who look the part. I wouldn’t anticipate an easy game tonight at all, as evidenced by a Vegas line that has UW favored by 7 1/2.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
A few more notes on the game:
— Here’s my preview from today’s paper.
— The game is not on TV, but don’t blame UW for that. The game is part of the CBE Classic, the rights held by The Gazelle Group, which handles all the TV and other such arrangements for the games in this tournament. There are other games in this tournament that are on TV tonight, such as Richmond-Syracuse on ESPN. UW’s game against Florida International on Thursday is also not on TV for similar reasons.
— Cleveland State is picked this year to win the Horizon League. That may not sound like much until you remember that is the same league of which Valapraiso is a member. UW lost to Valpo in the CBI Classic at home to end last season. Cleveland State beat that Valpo team three times last season and has all but one significant player back from that team.
— Cleveland State starting PG Cedric Jackson played two years at St. John’s, starting 35 games there, so he’s unlikely to be awed by anything tonight.
— Cleveland State’s one win this season, 58-55 over Oakland, looks a little more meaningful after Oakland won at Oregon last night in overtime.
— UW will obviously have to improve on its 59 percent free throw shooting of the Portland game to have a successful season. Jon Brockman was 2-8 in the second half to finish 8-15. UW coach Lorenzo Romar said Monday he thinks fatigue could be part of the problem, saying Brockman’s second-half FT shooting is usually worse than his first half. He said that could mean trying to get Brockman a little more rest during games. Brockman didn’t seem too fired up about that prospect, however, and reality is it’s hard to see how they could keep him off the court for long.
— After watching the replay of the Portland game the other night, I’d give Isaiah Thomas a little of a pass for his play. The last two fouls on him definitely could have gone either way and he did score 10 points in 15 minutes. However, defense will continue to be a priority for improvement in UW’s backcourt.
— Cleveland State has never beaten a Pac-10 team, losing twice to Cal in 2000 and 2002 and to Oregon in 1996.
All for now.

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