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Cleveland State men's basketball coach Dennis Gates goes one-on-one with Nick Camino about the Vikings' hot start to the 2020-2021 season

CSU sits atop the Horizon League in first place after a historic 8-0 start in conference play.
Credit: Frank Jansky, Cleveland State Athletics

CLEVELAND — There's no debate in Cleveland and around Northeast Ohio right now: the Cleveland Browns are the hottest team in town as they prepare for the AFC Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs and a highly anticipated showdown Sunday with the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

However, there is another fun story brewing in Cleveland right now involving a team that likely wasn't on many sports fans' minds heading into the winter months: The Cleveland State Vikings men's basketball team.

CSU is currently enjoying their hottest start in conference play in over two decades jetting out to an 8-0 record in the Horizon League. The red-hot Vikings sit atop the Horizon League all alone in first place heading into a nationally televised match up Friday night with Wright State.

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This week, 3News Sports Anchor Nick Camino sat down via video call to catch up with Cleveland State's second-year head coach Dennis Gates. Gates, who during the 2019-2020 campaign won Co-Horizon League Coach of the Year is proud of his team and their hot start, but admits there are bigger goals for his squad.

"We're doing this for the Cleveland Sports Fan," Gates said with a smile on the call. "Those [fans] that have season tickets to the Browns. Those that have tickets to the Cavs and Indians. We want to be added to that support system."

Check out the full interview with Camino and Gates in the video below:

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