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NCAA Basketball: Preview of 2024 Horizon League Tournament semifinals

Oakland takes on Cleveland State and Northern Kentucky plays Milwaukee in the Horizon League tournament semifinals.

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Oakland takes on Cleveland State and Northern Kentucky plays Milwaukee in the Horizon League tournament semifinals.

Semifinal game No. 1: No. 1 Oakland vs. No. 7 Cleveland State and Semifinal game No. 2:
No. 5 Northern Kentucky vs. No. 6 Milwaukee.

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Team's Resumes

Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Conference Record: 15-5

Barttorvik Ranking: 130

KenPom Ranking: 137

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 133

NET Ranking: 132

Quadrant 1 Wins: One

Quadrant 2 Victories: One

Quadrant 3 Wins: Six

Cleveland State Vikings

Conference Record: 11-9

Barttorvik Ranking: 207

KenPom Ranking: 192

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 174

NET Ranking: 193

Quadrant 1 Wins: One

Quadrant 2 Victories: One

Quadrant 3 Wins: Five

Each team has one win against the other with the Vikings defeating the Golden Grizzlies in late December by a final score of 75-67 and Oakland beating Cleveland State 83-71 in early February.

Oakland is considered one of the top mid major teams with having won the Horizon League regular season title and winning nine of their last eleven games. Cleveland State played off an upset defeating No. 2 seed Youngstown State on the road in the quarterfinals and looks to possibly pull of the upset by defeating the Golden Grizzlies.

Prediction: Oakland is playing well and even though the Vikings pulled off the upset in the quarterfinals, look for a well-rested Golden Grizzlies team with good depth to win and advance to the finals with Oakland winning by a final score of 73-67.

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Team's Resumes

Northern Kentucky Norse

Conference Record: 12-8

Barttorvik Ranking: 191

KenPom Ranking: 181

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 196

NET Ranking: 175

Quadrant 1 Wins: Zero

Quadrant 2 Victories: Zero

Quadrant 3 Wins: Five

Milwaukee Panthers

Conference Record: 12-8

Barttorvik Ranking: 245

KenPom Ranking: 228

College Basketball Power Index Ranking: 245

NET Ranking: 220

Quadrant 1 Wins: Zero

Quadrant 2 Victories: Zero

Quadrant 3 Wins: Seven

Both teams have one win against each other with the Norse defeating the Panthers in mid-January by a final score of 90-72 and Milwaukee beating Northern Kentucky 73-72 in mid-February.

Northern Kentucky is the second-highest remaining seed and they went on the road and defeated Wright State in a high-scoring game in the quarterfinals. The Norse have also won seven of their last nine games. Milwaukee has played well of late as well as they have been victorious in seven of their last eight games and they upset No. 3 seed Green Bay on the road in the quarterfinals to advance to play in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament.

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Prediction: The Panthers are playing well of late but Northern Kentucky seems to be playing their best basketball of the season in the month of March. Look for the Norse to win a close game and advance to the finals with the scored being 81-78.