Quick Previews: Horizon League

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

Last season, it looked like everything was building towards Valparaiso being a darling come March. They had an NBa prospect in Alec Peters, a rising young coach in Bryce Drew and the supporting cast around Peters. They lost just two conference regular season games. But then Green Bay stunned Valpo in the Horizon League championship and the Crusaders had to settle for NIT Runner-Up. Now, three of last year’s starters are gone, as is Drew. But after testing the NBA waters, Alec Peters decided to come back and give new coach Matt Lottich a superstar to build around. Even with all the losses, Valpo is the Horizon League favorite entering the season, but not by much. The team who stunned Valpo in March, Green Bay returns 3 starters and should challenge for a title. Oakland will also be a contender, despite losing Kay Felder, who averaged 24.4 PPG. The Grizzlies have 3 starters back like Green Bay and will push Valpo for the league title.

Horizon League Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Valparaiso: 30-7 (16-2)

2. Green Bay: 23-13 (11-7)

3. Oakland: 23-12 (13-5)

4. Detroit: 16-15 (9-9)

5. Wright State: 22-13 (13-5)

6. UIC: 5-25 (3-15)

7. Youngstown State: 11-21 (6-12)

8. Cleveland State: 9-23 (4-14)

9. Northern Kentucky: 9-21 (5-13)

10. Milwaukee: 20-13 (10-8$

First Team All-Horizon

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Alec Peters, Valparaiso (18.4 PPG, 8.5 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Charles Cooper, Green Bay (13.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG)

Dikembe Dixson, UIC (19.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG)

Jalen Hayes, Oakland (13.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG)

Cameron Morse, Youngstown State (20.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Valparaiso


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