Valparaiso and Detroit will meet tonight in the Horizon League Championship Game, with the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
The 2012 Horizon League Tournament tips off on Tuesday with four games taking place at Detroit, Milwaukee, Butler, and Youngstown State.
By virtue of winning the regular season title, Valparaiso will host the remainder of the tournament provided they make it to the Finals. The Crusaders finished two games ahead of second-place Cleveland State, but teams two through seven were separated by just two games in the standings, which should make for a competitive and entertaining tournament.
As I will do for a number of the upcoming conference tournaments in Championship Week, here’s a look at the tournament schedule, links for tickets, and a quick rundown of teams to watch and what to expect.
The Horizon League Tournament tips off on February 28th, and it’s shaping up to be an intriguing one. The regular season race is still close, as Valparaiso holds a slim one game advantage over slumping Cleveland State, who has lost three straight.
After 5 days of serious discussions about what has happened off the field in State College, Pennsylvania, it was nice to have two full days of actual games to take our minds off of more serious matters.
This week, I explain how a 1- or 2-loss team from a non-AQ league could realistically clinch a BCS bowl bid, why Oregon is more deserving than Alabama of a rematch with LSU, and why Major League Soccer needs to shift its schedule or risk losing casual fans.
But first things first.
Last night, Butler University’s Bulldogs— you know, the defending national runners up by about three inches — continued their 2011 renaissance with a 9th consecutive win, taking the Horizon League’s automatic bid, and salvaging what was, until a month ago, a disappointing season.
Had they fallen to Milwaukee for a third time this campaign, Butler would’ve possibly been on the March Madness 2011 bubble; now an 8 or 9 seed is more than likely for what I believe is the most intelligent (and perhaps best prepared) team in college basketball.