Horizon League First Round: Predictions & Poll

February 28th, 2012
The higher seed hosts Horizon League first round games. The top 2 seeds (Cleveland St & Valpo) have a bye.

 

#8 Wright State (13-18, 7-11) at #5 Butler (18-13, 11-7)

 

7 p.m. Regular-season meetings: Jan. 6 – Butler 63-62*; Feb. 2 – Butler 64-53. RPI: Butler 117; Wright State 212. Analysis: The Horizon doesn’t want to see Butler start rolling. Line: Butler -11. Pick: Butler 68, Wright State 49.

 

#10 Loyola (7-22, 1-17) at #3 Detroit (18-13, 11-7)

 

7 p.m. Regular-season meetings: Dec. 31 – Detroit 65-54*; Jan. 25 – Detroit 67-52. RPI: Detroit 148; Loyola 306. Analysis: The Titans have as much talent as anyone in the Horizon. They’ll play like it, at least for one round. Line: Detroit -14. Pick: Detroit 78, Loyola 53.

 

#7 Green Bay (15-14, 10-8) at #6 Youngstown State (15-10, 10-8)

 

7:05 p.m. Regular-season meetings: Jan. 22 – Youngstown 77-47; Feb. 14 – Green Bay 71-65. RPI: Youngstown 173, Green Bay 143. Analysis: The two teams have identical records, but the Penguins have the better team. Line: Youngstown State -2. Pick: Youngstown State 72, Green Bay 57.

 

#9 Illinois-Chicago (7-22, 1-17) at #4 Milwaukee (19-12, 11-7)

 

8 p.m. Regular-season meetings: Dec. 3 – Milwaukee 73-71 (OT); Feb. 23 – Milwaukee 72-61*. RPI: Milwaukee 119, Illinois-Chicago 296. Analysis: After losing 4 of 5 from Jan. 28-Feb. 12, the Panthers are rolling again with four straight wins. Line: Milwaukee -14. Pick: Milwaukee 75, Illinois-Chicago 54.

 

*Road win