Horizon League Tournament 2012 Continues On Sunday

The Horizon League draws closer to a tournament champion.

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Horizon League Tournament: Detroit Topples Valparaiso 68-50 In Championship Game

The third-seeded Detroit Titans held the top seeded Valparaiso Crusaders to just 38 percent shooting on Tuesday night en route to a 68-50 victory in the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament. The win improves Detroit to 22-13 overall and 11-7 in the conference, while the Crusaders fall to 22-11, 14-4. The Titans earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament with the victory.

It was the coach's son, sophomore guard Ray McCallum, who powered the Titans. McCallum scored 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added six rebounds and four steals. Teammate Jason Calliste scored 17 points in the win. Big man LaMarcus Lowe had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit.

Forward Kevin Van Wijk had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Valparaiso. Ryan Broekhoff had 13 points and six rebounds in the loss.

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Valparaiso Vs. Detroit, Horizon League 2012 Championship Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2012 Horizon League Tournament reaches its crescendo on Tuesday night with the Championship Game between the top-seeded Valparaiso Crusaders and the No. 3 Detroit Titans at 8 p.m. central time on ESPN. Valpo is looking for their first NCAA tournament berth since 2004 as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference, while Detroit is hoping to return to March Madness and end their drought since 1999. Junior swingman Ryan Broekhoff put up a 19-point, 16-rebound double-double in the semifinals for the Crusaders, while Detroit guard Ray McCallum contributed 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block in the last round.

In the two regular season matchups, Valpo earned wins in both games. On Jan. 6 they pulled off a narrow road win by a score of 73-71, while their 78-73 home win in the rematch on Feb. 2 came with a bit more comfort. Even so, both contests have been extremely close games, and the championship for the right to the conference's automatic March Madness will raise the stakes and the intensity even higher.

Here is information to find the game on Tuesday night:

No. 1 Valparaiso Crusaders vs. No. 3 Detroit Titans

Game Time: 8:00 PM CT, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Location: Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, IN


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Horizon League Tournament 2012: Detroit, Valparaiso Advance To Championship Game

The Valparaiso Crusaders (22-10, 14-4) gave their hometown crowd a reason to go crazy Saturday evening as they beat the No. 5-seeded Butler Bulldogs (20-14, 11-7), punching their ticket for the 2012 Horizon League Championship Game.

Junior G-F Ryan Broekhoff dominated the paint and the basket in a 33-minute showing. Broekhoff scored 19 points and collected 16 rebounds -- one of three Crusaders to score double digits on night. The Valparaiso defense managed to almost double Butler's rebounds, taking 37 boards to the Bulldogs' 20. That didn't stop G Crishawn Hopkins, however, from scoring 18 points with a rebound and a steal.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Titans (21-13, 11-7) toppled the No. 2 seed, the Cleveland St. Vikings (22-10, 12-6), in a 63-58 contest. G Ray McCallum landed 11 points from the free throw line and finished the game with a total of 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Detroit G D'Aundray Brown put up a solid effort for the Bulldogs, scoring 17 points with 7 rebounds, but his work proved insufficient to overcome the hot-shooting Titans, who landed 40% of their field goals on the night.

Here's a look at the 2012 Horizon League Bracket courtesy of HorizonLeague.com:


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Horizon League Tournament 2012: Schedule And Bracket For Saturday

The Horizon League Tournament is down to four teams, as the semifinal round begins today, with four teams still dreaming of playing in the NCAA Tournament.

Detroit faces Cleveland St. in the opening game of the day. The Titans played arguably their best game of the season in the 93-76 quarterfinal victory over Youngstown St. Detroit is led by Ray McCallum, who averages a team-high 15.2 ppg and is one of the elite scorers in the conference. Cleveland St. struggled down the stretch of the regular-season, losing five of seven. However, one of the victories came against Detroit. The Vikings swept the season-series, winning both games by double-digits.

The other semifinal matchup pits the Butler Bulldogs against Valparaiso. This should be a captivating game, as Butler is playing its best basketball of the season and must be considered the favorite based on the success it has had in recent years. However, the Crusaders won the Horizon League regular-season championship and will have the advantage of playing on their home court. Valparaiso swept the regular-season series, including a home victory in the regular-season finale.

Horizon League Tournament Semifinals- Saturday, March 3 (at Valparaiso)

Matchup: (3) Detroit Titans vs. (2) Cleveland St. Vikings, 5 p.m. (CST)

TV: ESPN3/ Tape Delay on ESPNU

Matchup: (5) Butler Bulldogs vs. (1) Valparaiso Crusaders, 7:30 (CST)


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Horizon League Tournament 2012: Schedule And Bracket For Friday

The 2012 Horizon League tournament shifts to Valparaiso, Indiana for second round matchups on Friday afternoon. first game is expected to be an offensive duel between the Detroit Titans and the Youngstown State Penguins. The third-seeded Titans both the top scoring offense in the conference, while the Penguins remain explosive due to an impressive attack from beyond the three-point line. in the two regular-season matchups, Youngstown State pulled off a 64-61 road win on Dec. 1 in Detroit returned the favor with a 76-74 win on Feb. 25.

In the second match up of the night, the Milwaukee Panthers take on the Butler Bulldogs. No team scored more than 54 points in either of the two head-to-head matchups this season, as Butler down Milwaukee 54-50 on Dec. 31 and the Panthers got revenge with a 53-42 win on Jan. 26.

Horizon League Tournament Second Round - Friday, March 2 (at Valparaiso)

Matchup: (3) Detroit Titans vs. (6) Youngstown State Penguins, 5 p.m. CT

TV: Horizon League Network | ESPN Full Court

Matchup: (4) Milwaukee Panthers vs. (5) Butler Bulldogs, 7:30 p.m. CT

TV: Horizon League Network | ESPN Full Court

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Horizon League Tournament 2012: Detroit Defeats Loyola In First Round

The Loyola (IL) Ramblers (7-23, 1-17) put for a valiant effort in the opening round of the 2012 Horizon League Tournament, but ultimately they fell to the Detroit Titans (19-13, 11-7) 80-71. The Ramblers found themselves down 11 at the half, and though they played markedly better in the second half, that early deficit was one that they would not be able to overcome.

The Ramblers were efficient and explosive on offense on Tuesday night, shooting 50% from the field and 43% from three, but the story of the game was their inability to keep the Titans off of the free throw line. Detroit shot 36 free throws on the night, making 30 of them, and the seven point differential between those makes and the free throws made by Loyola (which sunk 23) almost wholly accounts for the overall point differential between the two teams.

The Ramblers were led by forward Ben Averkamp who scored 20 points and hauled in eight rebounds to lead Loyola in both categories. Averkamp also added four assits on the night, which was second amongst all Ramblers. Forward Jordan Hicks was the team's second leading scorer on the night, adding 14 points, including 3-5 from three point range.

The Ramblers end the year having gone 2-14 since the calendar changed to 2012.


Horizon League Tournament 2012: UIC Falls To Milwaukee

It would've taken more or less one of the biggest miracles in the history of college basketball for the Illinois-Chicago Flames (8-22, 3-15) to win the Horizon League Tournament and make the Big Dance, and they didn't get very far Tuesday, losing 68-55 in the opening round to the Milwaukee Panthers. The Flames were down at the half 35-14, and though they played much better in the second half, it wasn't nearly enough to overcome that initial deficit.

UIC's offense had trouble putting the ball in the basket on Tuesday, as the Flames shot 32% from the field as a team and 27% from three point range. Leading scorer Hayden Hurnes (14 points) was efficient on the night, shooting 5-9 from the field, but guard Gary Talton went 3-10 from the field and fellow guard Daniel Barnes went 1-9 from the field off the bench. The Panthers were solid all night, handling the Flames on the glass and shooting 43% from the field as a team and 44% from three.

The Flames end the season having lost 8 of their last 10 games, with the two wins coming over the Youngstown State Penguins and the Eastern Illinois Panthers.


Horizon League Tournament 2012: Schedule And Bracket For Tuesday

It wasn't a fun regular season for the UIC Flames or Loyola Ramblers, but as the Horizon League postseason Tournament begins today at respective campus sites around the league, UIC and Loyola get a crack at a clean slate. Loyola finished last in the 10-team league, ending the season 7-22 overall with a 1-17 record in the Horizon League. UIC wasn't much better: the Flames finished ninth in the Horizon League, sporting a 8-21, 3-15 record.

Today, both the Ramblers and Flames will be underdogs in their respective first round matchups.

No. 10 Loyola (IL) at No. 3 Detroit, 7 p.m.

Detroit enters at 18-13 overall, 11-7 in conference. They are winners of six of their last seven games. Loyola has been able to hang with the Titans a little bit in two previous regular season meetings. Detroit won the first contest by 11 and second game 67-52.

No. 9 UIC at No. 4 Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

The Panthers and Flames played at UIC Pavilion last Thursday, with Milwaukee escaping with a 72-61 victory. Milwaukee's first victory over UIC this season was even more closely contested. On Dec. 3, the Flames took Milwaukee to overtime before the Panthers prevailed 73-71. Milwaukee enters the game 19-12 overall and 11-7 in conference.

Here are the two other Tuesday games in the Horizon league tournament:

No. 7 Green Bay at No. 6 Youngstown State, 7:05 p.m.

No. 8 Wright State at No. 5 Butler, 7 p.m.


Horizon League Tournament 2012: Bracket And Schedule Released

Both Illinois-Chicago and Loyola (IL) are major longshots to make noise in the Horizon League conference tournament after brutal regular seasons.

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