March Madness forecast: Where could Wright State, Dayton end up in postseason?

Wright State center Loudon Love scored 17 points and had eight rebounds in Saturday night’s 83-60 win over Detroit Mercy. Joseph Craven/CONTRIBUTED

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Wright State center Loudon Love scored 17 points and had eight rebounds in Saturday night’s 83-60 win over Detroit Mercy. Joseph Craven/CONTRIBUTED

Raiders, Flyers have to win their conference tournaments to reach big dance

The Wright State Raiders and Dayton Flyers men’s basketball teams hope to play in the NCAA tournament and know what they have to do to get there: win their conference tournaments.

As the regular-season champion, Wright State (20-12) is the top seed in the Horizon League tournament and the favorite to win the championship. The Raiders beat No. 8 seed IUPUI 71-56 on Tuesday at the Nutter Center to advance to the semifinals at 7 p.m. Monday against No. 4 seed Green Bay at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit. The championship game takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Most NCAA tournament experts think Wright State will get a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament if it wins the Horizon League tournament. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi predicts it will get a No. 15 seed and play Tennessee in the first round in Jacksonville. Wright State played Tennessee last season as a No. 14 seed and lost 73-47.

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As the Horizon League regular-season champion, Wright State is guaranteed a NIT bid if it doesn't win the Horizon League tournament. The website, DRatings.com, lists Wright State as a No. 8 seed in the NIT. The Raiders have never played in the NIT.

Dayton (19-10) also has a chance to play in the NIT if it doesn’t win the Atlantic 10 tournament, which starts next week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It’s listed as a No. 4 seed in the NIT prediction.

Dayton can improve its postseason resume with a home game Wednesday against La Salle and a road game at Duquesne on Saturday. It's hoping to lock up a top-four seed in the A-10 tournament. That would give it a double bye into the quarterfinals on March 15, and it would have to win three games in three days to get to the NCAA tournament.

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