Horizon League Tournament Prediction

Bo TalonCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2009

Tuesday, Mar. 3 (at higher seeds)

No. 10 Detroit @ No. 3 Cleveland State

Cleveland State won both regular season game by double digits. I don't see a reason to think they won't do it again. Cleveland State wins.


No. 7 Illinois-Chicago @ No. 6 Youngstown State

Youngstown State won both regular season matchups but have lost three of their last four including a loss to Valpo, while Illinois-Chicago comes into the tourny having won their last four. I think the run continues for both teams and Illinois-Chicago comes out on top.


No. 9 Valparaiso @ No. 4 Wright State

Wright State beat Valpo both games this season by double digit numbers and is coming off a win against Green Bay, showing they are running well. I don't see them having much of a problem here. Wright State wins.


No. 8 Loyola @ No. 5 Milwaukee

Loyola may have beaten Butler on the road, but I see that as a fluke and have them taking an early exit here to Milwaukee, who beat them by double digits in both of their matchups in the regular season. Milwaukee wins.


Friday, Mar. 6, Hinkle Field House (Indianapolis)

No. 4 Wright State vs. No. 5 Milwaukee

In both games this year, Milwaukee came out firing to take the lead with Wright State fighting back in the second half to win once. I feel with it being a tournament game and the win-or-go-home being on the line that Wright State has a lot of momentum in that second half and Milwaukee throws away its first-half lead. Wright State wins with a second-half comeback.


No. 3 Cleveland State vs. No. 7 Illinois-Chicago

Both teams are running well, with Illinois-Chicago winning their last four and Cleveland State having won eight of their past nine conference games (one loss by two at Butler), so I'm going to have to give it to the better team in Cleveland State.


Saturday, Mar. 7

#4 Wright State vs. #1 Butler

Butler seems to have Wright State's number, and even though they had a couple of late losses, they seem to have gotten back into a little groove, which I think is enough to advance them to the championship. Butler wins.


No. 3 Cleveland State vs. No. 2 Green Bay

This matchup could go either way, but I just feel that Green Bay is going to have more time to prepare and is going to be very into this game, while there may be a little bit of slug from Cleveland State. Green Bay wins.


Tuesday, Mar. 10

No. 1 Butler vs. No. 2 Green Bay

This game should be a good one. Green Bay has already shown that they can beat Butler and will be playing for an NCAA berth, while Butler will probably be in either way. I think that senior forward Ryan Tillema steps up his game and Green Bay pulls of the upset, ruining the day for some bubble teams' fans