Originally posted on Just Cover Blog  |  Last updated 3/3/12

(3) Detroit 63, (2) Cleveland State 58 — My pick: Detroit -1

Player of the game: Detroit guard Ray McCallum did it all, scoring a game-high 26 points (7-for-10 shooting) to go with six rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

The game was won when… McCallum hit two free throws with 51 seconds left to extend Detroit’s lead to four points.

Team stat of the game: Cleveland State shot just 35.7 percent from the field. Detroit had the worst scoring defense in the Horizon League entering Saturday.

What it means: The Titans came into the season with a lot of hype and expectations. After a slow start to the season, Detroit has now won nine of its last 10 games (with the lone loss coming to Cleveland State on Feb. 23). The Titans are one win away from their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1999.

(1) Valparaiso 65, (5) Butler 46 — My pick: Valpo +1.5

Player of the game: Valpo’s Ryan Broekhoff had himself a ballgame, recording 19 points and 17 rebounds, as the Crusaders gave Butler its first March loss since 2009.

The game was won when… Valpo went on an 11-0 run midway through the second half, turning a 38-30 lead into a 49-30 lead and pulled away.

Team stat of the game: Valpo outrebounded the Bulldogs 37-20, with Broekhoff nearly grabbing as many boards as Butler.

What it means: The Crusaders will host Detroit in the championship game Tuesday night, looking to make their first NCAA tournament berth since 2004. Valpo won both games against Detroit in the regular season, but by a total of seven points.

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