Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: Horizon League

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Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the Horizon League:

 

Butler bolted the Horizon League for a spot in the Atlantic 10 Conference this past off-season, which leaves the conference down one of its premier members.

Albeit, Detroit and Valparaiso spearhead a conference race that should certainly be interesting down the stretch. UW-Green Bay, who boasts Alec Brown, one of the more unheralded big men in the country, should also be in the mix, while Youngstown State looks for continued production on the perimeter in their efforts to improve.

Detroit guard Ray McCallum led the Titans to the NCAA Tournament a season ago and now as a junior, expectations continue to rise. Can this talented play-maker do it again in 2012-13?

 

Horizon League Predictions:

1. Detroit

2. Valparaiso

3. UW- Green Bay

4. Youngstown State

5. Cleveland State

6. UW-Milwaukee

7. Loyola-Chicago

8. Wright State

9. Illinois-Chicago

 

First Team All-Horizon League Predictions:

G Ray McCallum, Jr., Detroit

G Kendrick Perry, Jr., Youngstown State

F Ryan Broekhoff, Sr., Valparaiso

F Nick Minnerath, Sr., Detroit

C Alec Brown, Jr., UW-Green Bay

 

Horizon League Player of the Year Prediction:

Ray McCallum, Jr., Detroit

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Cully Payne, Jr., Loyola-Chicago

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2011- Butler (no longer league member) advanced to NCAA Championship game.

 

Be sure to follow Paul Seaver on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse

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