With no at-large bids expected, it will all come down to the tournament in the Horizon League which gets underway Tuesday, March 5 at various campuses across the conference. The Detroit Titans will try to defend their tournament championship, which is among the first conference tournaments to start.
Detroit and the top-seeded Valparaiso Crusaders won't play until the semifinals on Saturday, March 9, as long as they both get that far. Last season Detroit topped Valparaiso in the championship, 70-50, led by Ray McCallum, Jr. who hopes to return to the big dance this year. The two split their regular season series, with the visiting team winning each game.
Seeds four through nine begin play on Tuesday, with three-seed Wright State getting a bye into the second round. While Tuesday's three games feature the lower seeds in the conference, several teams are capable of knocking off one of the favorites. Four-seed Green Bay defeated Detroit this season, as did eight-seed Cleveland State. Top-seed Valparaiso fell to six-seed Youngstown State and seven-seed Loyola.
First Round - Tuesday, March 5 (all times ET)
Game 1: 8 p.m. - No. 9 Milwaukee Panthers at No. 4 Green Bay Phoenix
Game 2: 8 p.m. - No. 8 Cleveland State Vikings at No. 5 Illinois-Chicago Flames
Game 3: 7:05 p.m. - No. 7 Loyola (IL) Ramblers at No. 6 Youngstown State
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