Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament

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Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament
Sport College basketball
Conference Horizon League
Number of teams 9
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current location See article
Played 1980–present
Last contest 2014
Current champion Milwaukee Panthers
Most championships Butler Bulldogs (7)
TV partner(s) ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU
Sponsors
Speedway SuperAmerica

The Horizon League men's basketball tournament is held annually at the end of the men's college basketball regular season. The tournament has been played each year since 1980. The winner of the tournament is designated the Horizon League Tournament Champion and receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The finals of the tournament are typically among the first held before the field for the NCAA tournament is announced.

History and tournament format[edit]

Through 2002, the entire tournament was hosted at a single venue. Beginning in 2003, all first-round matches are played at the home court of the higher-seeded team involved. Hosting rights for the quarterfinals and semifinals are awarded to the winner of the regular season championship. The championship game is played at the home arena of the higher remaining seed. The format now rewards the regular-season champion and runner-up with a double-bye into the semifinals. The regular-season champion gets the added benefit of home-court advantage in the semifinals, plus a home-court final should it win its semifinal.

Beginning in 2009, the Horizon League secured an entitlement sponsorship of its men's and women's basketball tournaments with Speedway SuperAmerica, a major gas and convenience store chain throughout the midwest United States, officially changing the name of the tournaments to "The Speedway Horizon League Men's/Women's Basketball Championship".

Horizon League Tournament Championship Game records[edit]

Team Championships Years Runners up Years Record
Butler 7 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011 6 1992, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 7–6 (.538)
Xavier 6 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 4 1981, 1984, 1990, 1993 6–4 (.600)
Milwaukee 4 2003, 2005, 2006, 2014 2 2004, 2011 4–2 (.667)
Evansville 3 1982, 1992, 1993 2 1989, 1994 3–2 (.600)
Detroit 3 1994, 1999, 2012 5 1988, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005 3–5 (.375)
Oral Roberts 2 1980, 1984 1 1985 2–1 (.667)
UIC 2 2002, 2004 1 1997 2–1 (.667)
Loyola 1 1985 4 1980, 1982, 1983, 2002 1–4 (.200)
Wright State 1 2007 4 1995, 2010, 2013, 2014 1–4 (.200)
Valparaiso 1 2013 1 2012 1–1 (.500)
Cleveland State 1 2009 1 2008 1–1 (.500)
Green Bay 1 1995 1 1998 1–1 (.500)
Dayton 1 1990 0 1–0 (1.000)
Northern Illinois 1 1996 0 1–0 (1.000)
Oklahoma City 1 1981 0 1–0 (1.000)
Saint Louis 0 3 1986, 1987, 1991 0–3 (.000)
Duquesne 0 0 0–0 (–)
La Salle 0 0 0–0 (–)
Marquette 0 0 0–0 (–)
Oakland 0 0 0–0 (–)
Youngstown State 0 0 0–0 (–)

Current conference members in bold

Horizon League Tournament All-time Standings[edit]

Current members[edit]

Through 2014 tournament
School Record Winning pct Championships
Detroit 29–30 .492 3
UIC 17–17 .500 2
Green Bay 16–18 .471 1
Wright State 17–18 .486 1
Milwaukee 16–14 .533 4
Cleveland State 11–17 .393 1
Valparaiso 6–4 .600 1
Youngstown State 3–13 .188 0
Oakland 1–1 .500 0

Former members[edit]

School Record Winning Pct Championships
Butler 30–25 .545 7
Loyola 25–32 .439 1
Xavier 24–10 .706 6
Evansville 15–12 .556 3
Oral Roberts 7–6 .538 2
Saint Louis 7–8 .467 0
Northern Illinois 5–2 .714 1
Dayton 5–4 .556 1
Oklahoma City 5–4 .556 1
Duquesne 1–1 .500 0
Marquette 0–2 .000 0
La Salle 0-3 .000 0

Horizon League Tournament results[edit]

Year Champion Seed Score Runner-up Seed Tournament MVP Site
1980 Oral Roberts 2 103–93 Loyola 1 Garrett, CalvinCalvin Garrett, Oral Roberts Roberts Municipal Stadium - Evansville, IN
1981 Oklahoma City 3 82–76 Xavier 1 Hicks, AnthonyAnthony Hicks, Xavier Opening Round: Campus Locations
Semi-finals: Frederickson Fieldhouse - Oklahoma City, OK
Championship:Riverfront Coliseum - Cincinnati, OH
1982 Evansville 1 81–72 Loyola 3 Leaf, BradBrad Leaf, Evansville Mabee Center - Tulsa, OK
1983 Xavier 2 82–76 Loyola 1 Hughes, AlfredrickAlfredrick Hughes, Loyola Roberts Municipal Stadium - Evansville, IN
1984 Oral Roberts 1 82–76 Xavier 3 Potter, SamSam Potter, Oral Roberts UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
1985 Loyola 1 89–83 Oral Roberts 3 Hughes, AlfredrickAlfredrick Hughes, Loyola Mabee Center - Tulsa, OK
1986 Xavier 1 74–66 Saint Louis 2 Larkin, ByronByron Larkin, Xavier Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, IN
1987 Xavier 3 81–69 Saint Louis 4 Larkin, ByronByron Larkin, Xavier Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, IN
1988 Xavier 1 122–96 Detroit 6 Larkin, ByronByron Larkin, Xavier Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, IN
1989 Xavier 3 85–78 Evansville 1 Hill, TyroneTyrone Hill, Xavier University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH
1990 Dayton 2 98–89 Xavier 1 Knight, NegeleNegele Knight, Dayton University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH
1991 Xavier 1 81–68 Saint Louis 3 Gladden, JamieJamie Gladden, Xavier University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH
1992 Evansville 2 95–76 Butler 3 Casebier, ParrishParrish Casebier, Evansville Riverfront Coliseum - Cincinnati, OH
1993 Evansville 2 80–69 Xavier 1 Casebier, ParrishParrish Casebier, Evansville Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, IN
1994 Detroit 4 72–63 Evansville 2 Elkins, AndyAndy Elkins, Evansville Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
1995 Green Bay 3 73–59 Wright State 8 Nordgaard, JeffJeff Nordgaard, Green Bay Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
1996 Northern Illinois 3 84–63 Detroit 5 Coleman, ChrisChris Coleman, Northern Illinois Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
1997 Butler 1 69–68 UIC 3 Wilson, KelseyKelsey Wilson, Butler Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
1998 Butler 3 70–51 Green Bay 4 Neuhouser, JonJon Neuhouser, Butler Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena - Green Bay, WI
1999 Detroit 1 72–65 Butler 2 Phillips, RashadRashad Phillips, Detroit UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
2000 Butler 1 62–43 Detroit 3 Marshall, MikeMike Marshall, Butler UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
2001 Butler 1 53–38 Detroit 2 Jordan, LaVallLaVall Jordan, Butler Nutter Center, Dayton, OH
2002 UIC 6 76–75 (OT) Loyola 5 Banks, CedrickCedrick Banks, UIC CSU Convocation Center - Cleveland, OH
2003 Milwaukee 2 69–52 Butler 1 Tucker, ClayClay Tucker, Milwaukee Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: U.S. Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI
2004 UIC 2 65–62 Milwaukee 1 Williams, ArmondArmond Williams, UIC Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
Championship: U.S. Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI
2005 Milwaukee 1 59–58 Detroit 3 Tucker, JoahJoah Tucker, Milwaukee Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: U.S. Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI
2006 Milwaukee 1 87–71 Butler 2 Tigert, AdrianAdrian Tigert, Milwaukee Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, WI
2007 Wright State 1 60–55 Butler 2 Wood, DaShaunDaShaun Wood, Wright State Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
2008 Butler 1 70–55 Cleveland State 2 Green, MikeMike Green, Butler Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
2009 Cleveland State 3 57–54 Butler 1 Jackson, CedricCedric Jackson, Cleveland State Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
2010 Butler 1 70–45 Wright State 2 Howard, MattMatt Howard, Butler Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
2011 Butler 2 59–44 Milwaukee 1 Howard, MattMatt Howard, Butler Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: U.S. Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI
2012 Detroit 3 70–50 Valparaiso 1 McCallum, Jr., RayRay McCallum, Jr., Detroit Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Athletics–Recreation Center - Valparaiso, IN
2013 Valparaiso 1 62–54 Wright State 3 Buggs, ErikErik Buggs, Valparaiso Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Athletics–Recreation Center - Valparaiso, IN
2014 Milwaukee 5 69–63 Wright State 3 Jordan Aaron, Milwaukee Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals: Resch Center - Green Bay, WI
Championship: Nutter Center - Dayton, OH

Post-season success[edit]

Horizon League members past and present have made several Sweet 16, Elite Eight, and Final Four appearances. Current (and charter) member Loyola also won the 1963 NCAA Tournament.

The Horizon League currently holds the fourth-best winning percentage among non-BCS conferences in the men's NCAA basketball Tournament (.460, 9th overall amongst the 31 Division I conferences)[1] and is one of only three non-BCS conferences with Sweet 16 teams in four of the last eight years.

Championships and Post-Season Appearances[edit]

Season Season Champion
(League record)
NCAA Bids
(seed), advancement
NIT Bids
(seed), advancement
CBI Bids
(seed), advancement
CIT Bids
(seed), advancement
1980 Loyola (5-0) - Loyola Tournament
Not
Held
Tournament
Not
Held
1981 Xavier (8-3) - -
1982 Evansville (10-2) Evansville (10) Oral Roberts
1983 Loyola (12-2) Xavier (12) -
1984 Oral Roberts (11-3) Oral Roberts (11) Xavier, Quarterfinals
1985 Loyola (13-1) Loyola (4), Sweet 16 Butler
1986 Xavier (10-2) Xavier (12) -
1987 Evansville (8-4)
Loyola (8-4)
Xavier (13), 2nd rnd St. Louis, 2nd rnd
1988 Xavier (9-1) Xavier (11) Evansville
1989 Evansville (10-2) Evansville (11), 2nd rnd
Xavier (14)
St. Louis, Championship game
1990 Xavier (12-2) Xavier (6), Sweet 16
Dayton (12), 2nd rnd
St. Louis, Championship game
Marquette
1991 Xavier (11-3) Xavier (14), 2nd rnd Butler
1992 Evansville (8-2) Evansville (8) Butler
1993 Evansville (12-2)
Xavier (12-2)
Xavier (9), 2nd rnd
Evansville (14)
-
1994 Xavier (8-2) - Xavier, Quarterfinals
Evansville
1995 Xavier (14-0) Green Bay (11)
Xavier (14)
-
1996 Green Bay (16-0) Green Bay (8)
Northern Illinois (14)
-
1997 Butler (12-4) Butler (14) -
1998 Detroit (12-2)
UIC (12-2)
UIC (9)
Detroit (10), 2nd rnd
Butler (13)
-
1999 Detroit (12-2) Detroit (12), 2nd rnd Butler, Quarterfinals
2000 Butler (12-2) Butler (12) -
2001 Butler (11-3) Butler (10), 2nd rnd Detroit, Semifinals
2002 Butler (12-4) UIC (15) Butler, 2nd rnd
Detroit
2003 Butler (14-2) Butler (12), Sweet 16
Milwaukee (12)
UIC
2004 Milwaukee (13-3) UIC (13) Milwaukee
2005 Milwaukee (14-2) Milwaukee (12), Sweet 16 -
2006 Milwaukee (12-4) Milwaukee (11), 2nd rnd Butler (8)
2007 Butler (13-3)
Wright State (13-3)
Butler (5), Sweet 16
Wright State (14)
-
2008 Butler (16-2) Butler (7), 2nd rnd Cleveland State (6) Valparaiso (4), 2nd rnd
2009 Butler (15-3) Butler (9)
Cleveland State (13), 2nd rnd
- Green Bay (2) -
2010 Butler (18-0) Butler (5), Nat'l Runner-Up - Green Bay (3), 2nd rnd -
2011 Butler (13-5)
Cleveland State (13-5)
Milwaukee (13-5)
Butler (8), Nat'l Runner-Up Cleveland State (2), 2nd rnd
Milwaukee (5)
- Valparaiso
2012 Valparaiso (14-4) Detroit (15; 61 overall) Cleveland State (6)
Valparaiso (7)
Butler, 3rd rnd (semi-final)
Milwaukee
-
2013 Valparaiso (13-3) Valparaiso (14; 56 overall) Detroit (6) Wright State, 3rd rnd (semi-final) Youngstown State, 2nd rnd
UIC, 2nd rnd
Green Bay
2014 Green Bay (14-2) Milwaukee (15; 60 overall) Green Bay (4) - Valparaiso
Wright State, 2nd rnd
Cleveland State

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