After Cleveland State's devastating loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday, CSU coach Gary Waters brought his team together in the locker room before practice on Friday to talk to them about the loss.
"I apologized to them because I was apart of the uptightness in the game [against Milwaukee] because all we talked about was winning the championship," said Waters. "Then I told them don't let that loss stop you from winning a championship. Now we are going to play the tournament at a different place, but we are still going to win the championship.
"And how are you going to win it. We are going to come out relaxed and play the game."
On Saturday, CSU came out much more relaxed and defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay, 64-57, at the Wolstein Center, to claim a share of the Horizon League's regular season championship with Milwaukee and Butler.
It's CSU's first Horizon League regular season title in school history.
"I hear people saying we're co-champions, but we're Horizon League Champions," said Waters. "That's who we are."
Unfortunately for CSU, they didn't get any help from Milwaukee or Butler, who owns the tiebreakers over the Vikings.
With a 94-87 overtime victory at Youngstown State, Milwaukee (18-12, 13-5) clinched the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the tournament.
With a 63-56 victory over Loyola-Chicago, Butler (21-9, 13-5) clinched the No. 2 seed and a bye into the semifinals.