SportsTime Ohio will televise both Horizon League quarterfinals games from Milwaukee's U.S. Cellular Arena on Friday via the Horizon League Network. The games are also available on ESPN3.com.
The first game features No. 3 seed Cleveland State (25-7) taking on No. 6 Wright State (19-13) at 6 p.m. The second game features No. 4 Valparaiso (22-10) taking on No. 5 Detroit (17-15) at 8:30 p.m.
Will Haskett will handle the play-by-play and former Butler player Joel Cornette is the analysis.
The winner of the CSU-WSU game will take on No. 2 Butler on Saturday, and the winner of the Valpo-Detroit game will take on No. 1 Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
CSU-WSU: The Vikings swept the regular season series against the Raiders. They have won three straight in the series and four of the last five meetings.
This will be the first meeting these schools have met in the Horizon League tournament since 1995, the first year both schools joined the then Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
"It should be a good game," said Norris Cole on Tuesday. "We had some battles with them. I know they are going to be ready, but we are going to be ready also."
The Vikings are 10-14 all-time in Horizon League tourney games, but are 6-1 over the past three seasons.
Key match-ups: The key matchups to watch for are CSU's two All-Defensive team members, Cole and Trevon Harmon against WSU's All-League guards, Vaughn Duggins (18.2 points, first team) and N'Gai Evans (14.1, second team).
In the last meeting at WSU, Duggins and Evans, scored 21 points each. Cole, the Horizon League's Defensive Player of the Year, will check Duggins and Harmon will check Evans.
Another good matchup to watch is CSU's Aaron Pogue against WSU's Cooper Land. The 6-foot-9, 265-pound Pogue had a career day in the last meeting, scoring a career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 from the field.
Woods update: Sophomore forward Charlie Woods, who has missed the last six games with a dislocated thumb suffered during practice on Feb. 10, practiced for the first time on Tuesday.
CSU coach Gary Waters is hoping to have Woods back this week: "He was a little timid in some things [in practice], but he has a whole week to get better," he said after Tuesday's first round victory against Illinois-Chicago. "The positive is he didn't feel any pain. If we can get Charlie back for about five minutes that will help us down the stretch."
The 6-foot-7 Woods is a key member of CSU's bench. He's averaging 2.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game.