03 March 2016

2016 Horizon League Tournament Predictions

Very exciting times for the Horizon League Tournament as for the first time since 2002, the tournament will be held at a neutral venue. It will be the legendary Joe Louis Arena in Motown and thus, they're now calling the tournament Motor City Madness. I love it.

Our old friends at Valparaiso are the favorite coming into this weekend to repeat as conference champions, but I'm sure that Oakland, Wright State, Green Bay and the rest of the conference may have something to say about that. Here are my predictions for Motor City Madness 2016.

First Round - Saturday, March 5th
4 Green Bay vs. 9 Cleveland State - Detroit - ESPN3, 12:00
Pick: Green Bay

5 Milwaukee vs. 8 Northern Kentucky - Detroit - ESPN3, 2:30
Pick: Northern Kentucky

3 Wright State vs. 10 UIC - Detroit - ESPN3, 5:00
Pick: Wright State

6 Detroit vs. 7 Youngstown State - Detroit - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: Detroit

Second Round - Sunday, March 6th
4 Green Bay vs. 8 Northern Kentucky - Detroit - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Green Bay

3 Wright State vs. 6 Detroit - Detroit - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Detroit

Semifinals - Monday, March 7th
1 Valparaiso vs. 4 Green Bay - Detroit - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Valparaiso

2 Oakland vs. 6 Detroit - Detroit - ESPNU, 9:30
Pick: Oakland

Championship - Tuesday, March 8th
1 Valparaiso vs. 2 Oakland - Detroit - ESPN, 7:00
This is how it should be, right? The top seed taking on the second seed in the final. Oakland has a terrific offense but the stout defense of Valpo will be the difference in what should be a good one.
Pick: Valparaiso

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