Horizon League changes conference tournament format

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The Horizon League Tournament has changed its format for the 2016-17 season, getting rid of a double bye for the top two seeds. The new format is the same as what other 10-team leagues use: the top six teams receive a single bye while the bottom four teams must play in the first round.

First round games will be played on Friday, March 3. The winners will play the top two seeds on Saturday. The 4 vs. 5 and 3 vs. 6 second round games will be played on Sunday to give the top two seeds (should they win as expected) a day of rest. The semifinals will be played on Monday and the championship game retains its Tuesday slot on ESPN or ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET.

WATCH: Donlon criticizes Horizon League, media following tournament win

Former Wright State coach Billy Donlon criticized the double-bye format at the 2016 Horizon League Tournament after his third-seeded Raiders reached the semifinals. Wright State and No. 2 seed Oakland finished tied for second place during the regular season, but Oakland won the seeding tiebreaker and was playing its first game in the semifinals while Wright State was playing its third game in three days.

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