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Who Will Win the Horizon League Tournament?

Skyler Carlin
Skyler Carlin•@skyler_carlin
Who Will Win the Horizon League Tournament?

The college basketball regular season is nearing a close as teams are looking to improve their chances -- or seeding -- for the NCAA Tournament. One way for teams to earn a spot in the big dance is to win their conference tournament. Conference tournaments will be taking place this week and next week.

The Horizon League's conference tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, March 5. With conference tournaments getting underway, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering Horizon League Tournament odds for the teams involved.

Before the Horizon League tournament tips off, let's take a look at the bracket, the betting odds, and the best bets.

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Horizon League Tournament Bracket

Horizon League Tournament Odds

2024 Horizon League Tournament Winner
Odds
Youngstown State+210
Oakland+270
Wright State+300
Green Bay+1100
Purdue Fort Wayne+1200
Northern Kentucky+1800
Cleveland State+2000
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Horizon League Tournament Best Bets

Oakland (+270)

The team that won the regular-season title in the Horizon League and earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament is the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The Golden Grizzlies posted a 20-11 record, winning five of their last six games to finish the regular season on a high note.

While Oakland leans on forward Trey Townsend (16.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG), they also deploy three other players who produce 10-plus points per game. Even though the Youngstown State Penguins have the shortest odds to win the Horizon League Tournament (+210), the Golden Grizzlies swept them in their two meetings during the regular season.

Oakland is an extremely efficient team from the charity stripe, logging the 48th-best free-throw percentage (75.49%) in the country. After earning a first-round bye in the conference tournament, the Golden Grizzlies just need to secure only three wins -- one of them being against the lowest remaining seed in the quarterfinals -- to emerge victorious in the Horizon League.

Wright State (+300)

Scoring is not an issue for the Wright State Raiders, who are registering the fifth-most points per game (86.1) in all of college basketball. Having an elite offense helped the Raiders win four of their final five games in the regular season, including their regular-season finale against the Northern Kentucky Norse -- the team that they'll face in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament.

Besides defeating Northern Kentucky in both of their regular-season meetings, Wright State also secured an impressive blowout win over Oakland near the end of the regular season. The Raiders are well-rounded on the offensive end of the court, tallying the second-best effective field-goal percentage (58.7%) and the 11th-best three-point percentage (38.32%) while dishing out the 24th-most assists per game (16.5).

Wright State has five players averaging 11-plus points per game, with guard Trey Calvin leading the way at 19.6 PPG. With the Raiders not having a player taller than 6-foot-9 on their roster, they may have trouble if they run into a team with a lot of size.

Purdue Fort Wayne (+1200)

Despite having just the fifth-shortest odds to win the Horizon League Tournament (+1200), the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons shouldn't be overlooked. The Mastodons are registering the 27th-most points per game (81.5) and also won four of their final five contests in the regular season.

As the No. 8 seed in the conference tourney, Purdue Fort Wayne is slated to face the Robert Morris Colonials in the first round. While the Mastodons split their regular-season series against the Colonials, the most recent meeting was the regular-season finale in which Purdue Fort Wayne won handily, 83-65.

The Mastodons force teams to make mistakes, posting the 10th-most turnovers forced per game (16.52), and they are efficient on O, boasting the 31st-best effective field-goal percentage (55.0%). Purdue Fort Wayne is another team that is a bit undersized, with all of their key rotation players being 6-foot-8 or shorter.


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