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Cleveland State head coach Dennis Gates talks with 3News' Jim Donovan after Vikings capture Horizon League title and advance to NCAA Tournament

The Vikings are heading to the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in the history of the program.
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Cleveland State head coach Dennis. Gates celebrates with is team following an NCAA college basketball game in the men's Horizon League conference tournament championship game against Oakland, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Indianapolis. Cleveland State won 80-69 (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland State Vikings are still celebrating one day after punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

CSU beat Oakland 80-69 in the 2021 Horizon League Championship on Tuesday night to seal the deal. The Vikings will be making just their third trip to the Big Dance in program history.

Jim Donovan caught up with Vikings Head Coach Dennis Gates on Wednesday. The team did not return to Cleveland after the big win at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Instead the Vikings will stay in Indianapolis, waiting for the official selection show on Sunday evening.

"The first thing we started doing is calling each other champ. 'What’s up champ? How you doing champ?' No one has gone by their legal name. Right now, we are enjoying the moment," Gates told Jimmy.

The Vikings will find out their first opponent in the upcoming NCAA Tournament this Sunday at 6 p.m. when the entire field is revealed.

Watch Jim and Coach Gates talk about March Madness, what this win means to the program and the Vikings message to all their fans back in northeast Ohio in the player above or below.

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