Horizon League basketball tournaments: UDM men, Oakland men and women open at home

Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press
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The Horizon League men’s and women’s basketball regular seasons wrapped up on Saturday, setting the stage for the conference tournaments beginning Thursday.

With an unbalanced number of games played by all teams, the league went with a formula that weighed winning percentage, games played, home and away wins and strength of schedule to seed the teams for the tournaments, which wrap up March 9 in Indianapolis.

The Oakland men were the big winners, moving up to the No. 3 seed despite a 10-10 record that was fifth in league play. The Golden Grizzlies will host a quarterfinal game on March 2 (7 p.m.) against the second-highest seeded winner from the first round.

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Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis dribbles against Michigan State guard Rocket Watts (2) and forward Thomas Kithier during the first half at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.
Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis dribbles against Michigan State guard Rocket Watts (2) and forward Thomas Kithier during the first half at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Conversely, the Detroit Mercy men — who won 10 of 12 games after taking a four-game pause in January for COVID-19 issues and a “mental health” break — took a bit of a hit in the seeding process. The Titans finished with a 10-6 record, good for a tie for third in the conference, but received the No. 5 seed. Still, UDM will host a first-round game as No. 12 Robert Morris will visit Calihan Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Titans are coming off a weekend sweep of the Colonials, who are in their first season in the conference, with UDM junior Antoine Davis breaking the 20-point mark for the 12th straight game.

On the women’s side, Oakland received the No. 4 seed and will be off until its quarterfinal matchup against No. 5 IUPUI on March 2. The women’s tournament has only 11 teams, as Detroit Mercy ended its season last month after allegations of abuse and NCAA violations against first-year coach AnnMarie Gilbert.

Both tournaments will reseed after every round. All quarterfinal winners will advance to the tournament semifinals on March 8 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, with the finals the next day. The women’s final will be at noon, followed by the men’s final at 7 p.m. No fans will be allowed for any tournament games.

The schedules:

Horizon League men’s tournament

Thursday’s first round

No. 12 Robert Morris at No. 5 Detroit Mercy, 7 p.m.

No. 11 UIC at No. 6 Youngstown State, 8 p.m.

No. 10 Purdue Fort Wayne at No. 7 Green Bay, 8 p.m.

No. 9 IUPUI at No. 8 Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Quarterfinals, March 2

Lowest-remaining seed at No. 1 Cleveland State, 7 p.m.

Second lowest-remaining seed at No. 2 Wright State, 7 p.m.

Second highest-remaining seed at No. 3 Oakland, 7:30 p.m.

Highest-remaining seed at No. 4 Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m.

Semifinals, March 8

Semifinal No. 1, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Semifinal No. 2, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Final, March 9

Semifinal 1 winner vs. semifinal 2 winner, 7 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

Horizon League women’s tournament

Thursday’s first round

No. 11 UIC at No. 6 Cleveland State, time TBA

No. 10 Purdue Fort Wayne at No. 7 Youngstown State, time TBA

No. 9 Robert Morris at No. 8 Northern Kentucky, time TBA

Quarterfinals, March 2

Lowest-remaining seed at No. 1 Wright State, time TBA

Second lowest-remaining seed at No. 2 Milwaukee, time TBA

No. 5 IUPUI at No. 4 Oakland, time TBA

Highest-remaining seed at No. 3 Green Bay, time TBA

Semifinals, March 8

Semifinal No. 1, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)

Semifinal No. 2, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

Final, March 9

Semifinal 1 winner vs. semifinal 2 winner, noon (ESPNU)

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