American Sports Network’s experts pick your conference winners, the dark horse team to watch and let you know who else might make the NCAA Tournament field. Click here for final bracket.
Should win conference: Cleveland State
Dark horse: Valparaiso
Who else might get in: Green Bay and Oakland
Why I choose Cleveland State: Cleveland State with the outside game of Trey Lewis (.483 from the arc) combined with the inside game of Anton Grady and senior point guard Charlie Lee the Vikings have everything it takes to bring home a tournament championship. CSU’s run to the NCAA tournament may depend on the health of defensive ace Kaza Keane, who injured his knee in the loss at Milwaukee. There’s not much separation between the top four in the Horizon and Cleveland State, Valparaiso, Oakland or Green Bay could do some damage in the first round of the NCAA tournament. But the Horizon likely will be a one-bid league this year and the edge goes to the tournament host team (CSU).
Should win conference: Valparaiso
Dark horse: Oakland
Who else might get in: None
Why I choose Valparaiso: Bryce Drew has been diving on the floor after the buzzer beater against Ole Miss for years now. It’s finally time for the young head coach to watch his team create another shining moment with a conference title.