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NCAA Basketball Championship Week—Horizon League

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2009

Championship Week is here! The Horizon League, most likely a one-bid league if Butler wins, tips off in just a matter of moments.

The No. 1 Butler Bulldogs (25-4, 15-3 Horizon) and the No. 2 Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix (22-9, 13-5 Horizon) get a two-game bye as the 3-10 seeds play two rounds before advancing to the semi-finals to meet the top-seeded teams.

Tonight, the No. 3 Cleveland State Vikings (21-10, 12-6 Horizon) host the No. 10 Detroit Titans (7-22, 2-16 Horizon) at 7 p.m. The Vikings won both games with ease and should advance.

The No. 6 Youngstown State Penguins (11-18, 7-11 Horizon) host the No. 7 Illinois-Chicago Flames (15-14, 7-11 Horizon) at 7 p.m. The Pens won both meetings in the regular season, which is why they host the Flames this evening. YSU should advance, but maybe the third time is the charm for UIC.

The No. 4 Wright State Raiders (18-12, 12-6 Horizon) host the No. 9 Valparaiso Crusaders (9-21, 5-13 Horizon) at 7 p.m. Valpo got swept in the regular season and tonight should be no different. The Raiders should go 3-for-3.

Finally, the No. 5 Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (16-13, 11-7 Horizon) host the No. 8 Loyola (IL) Ramblers (14-17, 6-12 Horizon) at 7 p.m. Loyola only lost by four in Milwaukee, but got beat badly at home earlier in the season. The Panthers will win this one.

The second-round games are in Indianapolis at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Mar. 6. The semis will be the following day, with the championship game being on Mar. 10 on ESPN at 9 p.m. from Indy.

If any team but Butler wins, this conference may have two pair of dancing shoes.

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