Horizon League Tournament: Breaking Down the Quarterfinal Round Match-ups

By Ryan Darcy
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After the three games in the first round of the Horizon League tournament went chalk, we move on to the quarterfinals in Valparaiso, Ind.

In the top half of the bracket, No. 4 Green Bay took care of Milwaukee , 62-46 while No. 5 Illinois-Chicago defeated No. 8 Cleveland State.

In the lone game on the lower half of the bracket, the No. 6 Youngstown State squeaked by the Loyola (IL) Ramblers, 62-60.

Green Bay and UIC split their regular season meetings, with each winning on their home court. The Phoenix have a little more firepower on offense thanks to the scoring duo of Keifer Sykes and Alec Brown, who led them with 18 points in their win Tuesday. UIC got a season-high 20 points from center Josh Crittle in their blowout win over Cleveland State and will need similar production tomorrow if they expect to move on to a semifinal match-up with the No. 1 Valparaiso Crusaders.

The Penguins needed a running bank-shot from D.J. Cole with 2.5 seconds left to secure the win and secure a quarterfinals date with No. 3 Wright State, who had a bye. The Penguins were reliant on their starters in the first round game–their bench had exactly zero points. The Raiders, who lost their first meeting with YSU, blew out the Penguins in the regular season finale, 72-45. Wright State is one of the best defensive teams in the country and they need to be–they average only 62 points per game on offense. The second-seeded Detroit Titans await the winner.

Here’s the upcoming schedule for the quarterfinal match-ups in the Horizon League tournament:

Friday, March 8, 6:00pm (EST): Wright State vs. Youngstown State

Friday, March 8, 8:30pm (EST): Green Bay vs. Illinois-Chicago

**Double-byes** Valparaiso and Detroit will play the winners in the semifinals.

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