GET YOUR TICKETS | Tickets for the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Basketball Championships – March 3-7 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit – are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting MotorCityMadness.HorizonLeague.com.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE? | During the six years the league has played an 18-game schedule, the first-place team Has averaged 15.33 wins and has never won fewer than 13 games.
ALL-TIME SCORER | Alec Peters is now third all-time on the Horizon League scoring chart, passing Rashad Phillips and Chad Tucker Feb. 19. He became Valparaiso’s all-time leading scorer – passing Bryce Drew Jan. 22. He now holds the school records for points and rebounds and is the second-leading active Division I scorer and rebounder. He is one of 11 Horizon League players to top the 2,000 career points mark.
Horizon League All-Time Scorers Pts
Alfredrick Hughes, Loyola (1981-85) 2,914
Byron Larkin, Xavier (1984-88) 2,696
Alec Peters, Valparaiso (2013-17) 2,325
Chad Tucker, Butler (1983-88) 2,321
Rashad Phillips, Detroit Mercy (1997-01) 2,319
STRETCH RUN | We’re down to the final week of Horizon League play with 14 games remaining on the regular-season schedule.
Seeding is still to be determined for Motor City Madness, with Valparaiso holding a one-game lead over Oakland heading into the final week of play. Oakland, in turn, holds a one-game cushion over Wright State and Green Bay, who both hold a one-game advantage over Northern Kentucky.
The final Motor City Madness bracket will be announced Sunday, February 26, following the conclusion of all league games.
FAMILIAR FACES | Valparaiso, Oakland, Green Bay and Wright State – all currently in the top four of the league standings – are living in familiar territory having finished the 2015-16 season as the league’s top-four teams.
Since the 2012-13 season, at least three of those four teams have finished in the top four of the Horizon League standings.
The last time one of those four teams did not finish in the top four of the regular-season standings was the 2002-03 season. Notably, Green Bay has finished in the top four in 10 of the past 13 seasons.