01 March 2015

2015 Horizon League Tournament Predictions

The Horizon League kicks off their men's basketball tournament on Tuesday evening. Last year's tournament was defined by upsets with neither the top two seeds making the championship game and a fifth-seeded Milwaukee team winning the conference's auto bid to the NCAA Tournament, becoming the second-lowest seed and only the third team seeded lower than third to take the title. Will we see something similar or will the conference favorites in Valparaiso or Green Bay take the title? Here are my predictions for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.

First Round and Championship at higher seed, Second Round & Semifinals at Valparaiso

First Round - Tuesday, March 3rd
5 Detroit vs. 8 Youngstown State - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Detroit

6 UIC vs. 7 Wright State - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: UIC

Second Round - Friday, March 6th
4 Cleveland State vs. 5 Detroit - ESPN3, 9:30
Pick: Detroit

3 Oakland vs. 6 UIC - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Oakland

Semifinals - Saturday, March 7th
1 Valparaiso vs. 5 Detroit - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Valparaiso

2 Green Bay vs. 3 Oakland - ESPNU, 11:30 (Tape delayed from 9:30)
Pick: Oakland

Championship - Tuesday, March 10th
1 Valparaiso vs. 2 Green Bay - ESPN, 7:00
These two should (keyword: should) be the two playing for the auto-bid and I think they will. Both are defensively-focused but the Phoenix are a little better on that end. Valpo will have the home-court advantage and they won the contest at home between these two, but I like Green Bay.
Pick: Green Bay

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