Friday’s slate and what to watch

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Butler’s owned the Horizon League the last four seasons. If Cleveland State wins at Hinkle Fieldhouse tonight, that all changes.

OK, that’s hyperbole.

The Vikings (15-1) are 4-0 in conference play, while Butler (10-5) has two fewer league wins and is coming off a thumping by Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Yet the Bulldogs are 6-point favorites and also get the nod on kenpom.com. In fact, the Bulldogs are still projected to win the conference.

All of which makes Friday’s game even more important. A Cleveland State win at Butler? Now that would be something.

Creighton at Southern Illinois, 8:05 p.m.: The Jays already dropped one important Missouri Valley game this week. Losing in Carbondale is hardly the way to keep up with Missouri State and Wichita State.

Wichita State at Illinois State, 8:05 p.m.: The Shockers should take this one, but it’s not a freebie. They haven’t won in Normal since 2006. Winning on the road in the Valley just isn’t easy.

(All times ET)

EAST
Siena at Canisius, 7 p.m.
Loyola, Md. at Manhattan, 7 p.m.
St. Peter’s at Iona, 7:30 p.m.
Fairfield at Marist, 7:30 p.m.
Rider at Niagara, 9 p.m.

SOUTH
Kennesaw St. at Campbell, 7 p.m.

MIDWEST
Cleveland St. at Butler, 7 p.m.
Youngstown St. at Valparaiso, 7 p.m.
N. Iowa at Indiana St., 7:05 p.m.
Bradley at Drake, 8:05 p.m.
Wichita St. at Illinois St., 8:05 p.m.
Evansville at Missouri St., 8:05 p.m.
Creighton at S. Illinois, 8:05 p.m.

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