Horizon League preview: Valpo will build on NCAA tournament bid

Valparaiso brings back every player from last season's NCAA tournament team, led by junior forward Alec Peters. Greg Bartram/USA TODAY Sports

Change is in the air in the Horizon League. Northern Kentucky has joined the league as a 10th member, and in March the conference's members will gather in Detroit to hold the Horizon League's first neutral-site tournament since 2002.

This same spirit of change is evident at Green Bay, where the Phoenix have said goodbye to three starters (including two-time Horizon Player of the Year Keifer Sykes) and hello to new head coach Linc Darner. Also joining the Horizon's coaching ranks this season is Illinois-Chicago's Steve McClain. The former Indiana assistant will seek to strenghthen a defense that allowed a remarkable 1.13 points per trip in league play last season.