ideastream: Sports commentator Terry Pluto says one key to the Spartans’ success on the court is the transfer portal, an online database where student athletes can declare their intent to play for a different school. “Because Case Western (Reserve) is so strong academically, think about their graduate programs that they have,” Pluto said. As for the academics, the team has a 3.65 GPA. Coach Todd McGuiness limits practice to accommodate labs and exams. “[McGuiness] said, ‘If you don’t want to do that, you just shouldn’t coach at these types of schools,’” noted Pluto.