Mar 06, 2012; Valparaiso, IN, USA; Detroit Titans guard Ray McCallum (3) dribbles the ball around Valparaiso Crusaders guard Erik Buggs (15) during the first half for the finals of the Horizon League Championship at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Horizon League Tournament 2012: Detroit Downs Valparaiso For Title

The Detroit Titans are going dancing after taking down Valparaiso in the 2012 Horizon League tournament championship game.

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Horizon League Championship Score: Detroit Headed To Big Dance After 70-50 Victory Over Valparaiso

Led by 19 points from Ray McCallum (the son of the head coach by the same name), Detroit blew out Valparaiso in the 2012 Horizon League tournament championship game. Despite being played on Valparaiso's campus, the Titans won 70-50 to clinch their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1999 and their sixth in program history.

Trailing by three at halftime, Detroit needed a spark to change the tone of the game. That spark came from McCallum, who had a monster second half en route to his 19-point game. He also had six rebounds, three assists and four steals and helped Detroit pull away from Valparaiso in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Jason Calliste and LaMarcus Lowe also played a big part in Detroit's victory. Calliste scored 17 points, while Lowe had 14 points and 10 rebounds, including four on the offensive end of the floor.

The Titans' return to the NCAA tournament means the state of Michigan will have at least three teams in the Big Dance for the second year in a row. In 2011, Michigan State, Michigan and Oakland made the Big Dance, and this year the Titans will join the Wolverines and Spartans in the field of 68.

If you want to celebrate Detroit's Horizon League tournament title and trip to the NCAA tournament, a welcome reception is being planned for when the team returns from Indiana.

Dancing is right. The Titans will keep March Madness going with an appearance in the NCAA tournament, and hey, who knows how far they might go. Fellow Horizon League member Butler made it to the NCAA championship game in 2010 and 2011, so you never know what surprises March Madness might produce.

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Horizon League Tournament 2012 Results: Detroit, 3 Other Teams Advance

Day one of the 2012 Horizon League tournament is in the books. Four games were completed on Tuesday night, and four teams are moving on to the second round of the tournament, which is set to take place on Friday at Valparaiso.

One of the four teams that advanced on Tuesday was Detroit. The Titans took down Loyola 80-71 thanks to five players scoring in double digits. Eli Holman led the way with 20 points, and Chase Simon and Doug Anderson were right behind him with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Ray McCallum and Jason Calliste each scored 10 points for Detroit.

Here are the scores for the other three games that were held on Tuesday: Milwaukee beat UIC 68-55, Butler took down Wright State 70-52 and Youngstown State defeated Green Bay 77-60.

The four teams that won on Tuesday will play on Friday as two spots in the semifinals are determined. Here's the updated schedule for the rest of the tournament:

Friday, March 2 (at Valparaiso)

Game 5: Detroit vs. Youngstown State (6 p.m., Horizon League Network, ESPN3)
Game 6: Milwaukee vs. Butler (8:30 p.m., Horizon League Network, ESPN3)

Saturday, March 3 (at Valparaiso)

Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. No. 2 Cleveland State (6 p.m., ESPN3)
Game 8: Game 6 winner vs. No. 1 Valparaiso (8:30 p.m., ESPNU)

Tuesday, March 6 (at highest remaining seed)

Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner (TBD)

Go here for a look at the updated bracket.

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