2021 Horizon League Conference Tournament Info, Facts, & Preview Links

2021 Horizon League Conference Tournament Info, Facts, & Preview Links

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

First Round

Game 1: (12) Robert Morris 73 (4-14 overall; 3-12 conf) at (5) Detroit Mercy 83 (11-9 overall; 10-6 conf) at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 2: (11) Illinois-Chicago 58 (9-12 overall; 6-10 conf) at (6) Youngstown St. 74 (14-11 overall; 9-11 conf) at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 3: (10) Purdue Fort Wayne 89 (7-14 overall; 6-14 conf) at (7) Green Bay 84 [2OT] (8-16 overall; 8-12 conf) at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 4: (9) IUPUI 72 (8-9 overall; 7-9 conf) at (8) Milwaukee 84 (8-11 overall; 7-10 conf) at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Quarterfinals

Game 5: (10) Purdue Fort Wayne (8-14 overall; 7-14 conf) at (1) Cleveland St. (16-7 overall; 16-4 conf) at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 6: (5) Detroit Mercy (12-9 overall; 11-6 conf) at (4) Northern Kentucky (13-10 overall; 11-7 conf) at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 7: (8) Milwaukee (9-11 overall; 8-10 conf) at (2) Wright St. (18-5 overall; 16-4 conf) at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 8: (6) Youngstown St. (15-11 overall; 10-11 conf) at (3) Oakland (10-17 overall; 10-10 conf) at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Monday, March 8, 2021

Semifinals (Indiana Farmers Coliseum-Indianapolis, IN)

Game 9: Semifinal #1 at 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)


Game 10: Semifinal #2 at 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Championship Game-(Indiana Farmers Coliseum-Indianapolis, IN)

Game 11: Championship Game (Auto Bid) at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN or ESPN2)



Tournament Winners (last 10 years):

2020: (2) Northern Kentucky (23-9 overall; 13-5 conf)

2019: (2) Northern Kentucky (26-9 overall; 13-5 conf)

2018: (2) Wright St. (25-10 overall; 14-4 conf)

2017: (4) Northern Kentucky (24-11 overall; 12-6 conf)

2016: (4) Green Bay (23-13 overall; 11-7 conf)

2015: (1) Valparaiso (28-6 overall; 13-3 conf)

2014: (5) Milwaukee (21-14 overall; 7-9 conf)

2013: (1) Valparaiso (26-8 overall; 13-3 conf)

2012: (3) Detroit (22-14 overall; 11-7 conf)

2011: (2) Butler (28-10 overall; 13-5 conf)



NET ratings through games of 2/24/21 (347 teams)

Wright St.-64

Cleveland St.-163

Detroit Mercy-166

Northern Kentucky-199

Milwaukee-253

Oakland-257

Youngstown St.-262

IUPUI-263

Green Bay-269

Illinois-Chicago (UIC)-279

Purdue Fort Wayne-290

Robert Morris-307


Kenpom ratings as of 2/24/21

Wright St.-60

Detroit Mercy-149

Cleveland St.-156

Northern Kentucky-190

Oakland-211

Milwaukee-227

Green Bay-236

Youngstown St.-242

IUPUI-256

Illinois-Chicago-272

Purdue Fort Wayne-287

Robert Morris-290


Here are some links for previews of the 2021 Horizon League tournament and the official tournament championship page (in no particular order):


FanSided preview link: https://bustingbrackets.com/2021/02/23/horizon-league-basketball-2021-conference-tournament-preview/


Last Word on Sports preview link: https://lastwordonsports.com/basketball/2021/02/25/2021-horizon-league-tournament-preview/


Sports Betting Dime preview link: https://www.sportsbettingdime.com/news/ncaab/2021-horizon-league-tournament-odds-preview-pick/


Mid-Major Madness preview link: https://www.midmajormadness.com/2021/2/21/22293662/horizon-league-basketball-tournament-bracket-preview-schedule-wright-cleveland-state


Horizon League official tournament championship page: https://horizonleague.org/tournaments/?id=37


Three-man-weave preview link: https://www.three-man-weave.com/3mw/horizon-tournament-preview-2021


CBS Sports short VIDEO preview: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/video/previewing-what-to-expect-from-the-horizon-league-tournament/


SB Nation preview link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/horizon-league-tournament-bracket-and-preview/ar-BB1dSJ7O


Briefly, I will offer my take on this tournament. Per the metrics above, Wright State should win this thing. If you believe in luck or streaks, Wright State should win it as the 2 seed has won it the last 3 years and the Raiders have been hot down the stretch. I am rooting for 1 seed Cleveland State, as they are coached by former Florida State (my alma mater) assistant coach Dennis Gates. However, this tournament always seems to have a top 4 seed (or two or three) go out early. Everyone's "surprise" pick seems to be a hot Detroit team (and they are a fun pick), but don't be surprised if Northern Kentucky at least gets to the championship game as they try to win it for the 3rd year in a row. Enjoy! Let March madness begin (in February!).

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