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2023-2024 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship Odds – Wright State and Youngstown State Top Favorites

Defending Horizon League champion Northern Kentucky joins two Ohio universities listed at the top of FanDuel’s 2023-2024 Horizon League championship futures board.

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Ohio-based universities Wright State and Youngstown State are the top favorites, followed by Purdue Fort Wayne, Oakland, and defending champ Northern Kentucky, who round out the top favorites on the FanDuel betting board as of December 26.

Join me as I examine the FanDuel Ohio Horizon League college basketball odds and the Horizon League Standings for the 2023-2024 Horizon League Men’s Basketball champion.  

2023-2024 Horizon League Championship Odds by FanDuel Ohio 

University

City

Horizon League Odds

Wright State

Dayton OH

+210

Youngstown State

Youngstown OH

+340

Purdue Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN

+380

Oakland

Rochester MI

+430

Northern Kentucky

Highland Heights, KY

+1000

Cleveland State

Cleveland OH

+1200

Milwaukee

Milwaukee WI

+3600

Green Bay

Green Bay WI

+8500

Robert Morris

Moon Township, PA

+10000

Detroit Mercy

Detroit MI

+25000

IUPUI

Indianapolis IN

+25000

Wright State (+210)

Wright State is the betting favorite and opened conference play with a victory over Indiana Fort Wayne (IUPUI).  The Raiders bring experience and play at the fastest tempo in the conference with the best offensive metrics in the league. 

Trey Calvin is ranked 16th nationally in scoring, and Tanner Holden provides a solid, one-two punch for Wright State, but their best win was over one month ago against Louisiana on a neutral court. The Raiders return to conference play Friday night at Green Bay, followed by a Sunday matchup at Milwaukee.

Youngstown State (+340)

Youngstown State is off to a flying 2-0 start in conference play after consecutive victories over Cleveland State and Robert Morris. The Penguins have plenty of experience, play an above-average tempo, and enter Friday’s home matchup with Oakland riding the nation’s eighth-longest winning streak. 

Y-Town hasn’t beaten anyone ranked 130 or below on KenPoms’ ranking list, with losses to Michigan, Dayton, and Louisiana. The Penguins return to Horizon League action this Sunday, hosting Oakland, followed by a Thursday matchup with Northern Kentucky.

Purdue Fort Wayne (+380)

Purdue Fort Wayne has the second-most efficient offense in the Horizon League and is off to a 2-0 start in conference play. Purdue Fort Wayne was blown out by both top 52 KenPom teams they’ve played, but the Mastodons play fast, and they shoot the rock well from everywhere. 

The trouble with Purdue Fort Wayne is they don’t play much defense and have been lousy on the offensive glass. Their best win thus far was at home against Oakland, and they return to Horizon League action with a three-game homestand beginning Friday against Northern Kentucky.

Oakland (+430)

Oakland is 1-1 to begin conference play but does have a statement victory at No. 42 Xavier to its credit. The Grizzlies have played a brutal non-conference schedule with six top 73 KenPom teams thus far. Junior forward Trey Townsend played the second-most minutes in the conference and was in the top five in several categories. 

Oakland has a decent shooting side but lacks size, which will be difficult for the Grizzlies to overcome. Oakland resumes Horizon League play with a two-game road trip beginning Thursday night at Cleveland State.

Northern Kentucky (+1000)

Northern Kentucky is the defending league champion and is off to a 2-0 start in Horizon League action. They boast the most efficient defense in the Horizon League and lead the conference in swipes they’ve turned into 14.6 points per game. They also have turnover issues, so their best victory was at No. 263 Eastern Kentucky.

Northern Kentucky guard Marques Warrick is fourth in scoring, but the Norse are average shooters without much size or depth. They resume Horizon League play Friday night at Purdue Fort Wayne.

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