Valparaiso clinches outright Horizon League title

With a 90-74 win Sunday against Detroit, Valparaiso clinched the regular season Horizon League title. In five years under coach Bryce Drew, the Crusaders have now won four outright league titles and have appeared in the postseason all five seasons.

The outright conference title guarantees Valparaiso (24-5, 14-2 Horizon) another postseason appearance in at least the NIT, although the team has its sights set on the NCAA Tournament.

Valparaiso has been among the most dominant mid-majors this season, ranking No. 31 in Division I in KenPom. The Crusaders also have the fifth-most efficient defense in the nation according to KenPom. However, with only one high-quality win (at Oregon State) and four losses to other mid-majors, the Crusaders chances for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament should they lose in the Horizon League Tournament are slim to none.

Valparaiso finishes the regular season on the road against Milwaukee and Green Bay before heading to Detroit for the conference tournament. The Crusaders will be the No. 1 seed, which gives them a bye to the semifinals.

 

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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