Horizon League Championship Game: Detroit-Valparaiso Preview, Prediction, Point Spread, and TV Info

Valparaiso and Detroit will meet tonight in the Horizon League Championship Game, with the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

Horizon League Championship Game Info

  • Location: Athletics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, IN (by virtue of Valpo being highest seed)
  • TV: ESPN
  • Time: 9:00 ET
  • Point Spread: Valpo -2
  • Over/Under: 137

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Detroit-Valpo Preview

The Crusaders swept the season series, but their two wins came by a total of seven points, which suggests a close game is likely.  As the top seed in the tournament, Valparaiso will get to play the title game on their home floor, and this will be only their second tournament game while Detroit will be playing its fourth.

When Detroit Has The Ball

When the Titans have the ball, keep an eye on their offensive rebounding percentage and free throw rate, both of which ranked first in league play.

With Ray McCallum, Jr. at the point, Detroit also takes very good care of the basketball, but shooting, particularly from three-point range, has been an issue at times this season.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders rank second in effective field goal percentage defense in Horizon League action.

When Valpo Has The Ball

On the other end of the floor, watch the action in the paint.

Valpo is first in league play in two-point shooting (54.2%), led by Kevin Van Wijk, who makes better than 60 percent from the field.  However, Eli Holman gives Detroit a huge shot-blocking presence, and the Titans boast a 14.6 block percentage against Horizon League opponents.

The Crusaders also shoot it well from deep, while Detroit has struggled to defend the three-point, which could mean a big night for Horizon League Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff.

Valpo-Detroit Prediction

The Titans certainly aren’t short on talent, but I like the Crusaders and hometown hero Bryce Drew to come away with a close win on their home court.



About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms

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