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 10
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Little Caesars Arena (beginning in 2018)
Current location Detroit, Michigan
Played 1980–present
Last contest 2017
Current champion Northern Kentucky Norse
Most championships Butler Bulldogs (7)
TV partner(s) ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU

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. From 2003 through 2015, all first-round matches were played at the home court of the higher-seeded team involved. Hosting rights for the quarterfinals and semifinals were awarded to the winner of the regular season championship. The championship game was played at the home arena of the higher remaining seed. This format rewarded the regular-season champion and runner-up with a double-bye into the semifinals. The regular-season champion received the added benefit of home-court advantage in the semifinals, plus a home-court final if it won 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".

On May 7, 2015, the conference announced that the entire men's tournament would be held in Detroit beginning in 2016 under a five-year deal with the women joining the fold in 2017. The Little Caesars Horizon League Men's & Women's Basketball Championship uses the name Motor City Madness. It was held at Joe Louis Arena in 2016 and 2017, and will move to Little Caesars Arena beginning in 2018.[1]

In its first year, Motor City Madness drew 20,908 fans over four sessions, which is the seventh-highest per session average among the non-FBS conferences with a neutral site tournament. In the second year, the tournament drew 29,240 fans over five sessions.

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 3 2004, 2011, 2017 4–3 (.571)
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)
Valparaiso 2 2013, 2015 1 2012 2–1 (.667)
Green Bay 2 1995, 2016 2 1998, 2015 2–2 (.500)
Loyola 1 1985 4 1980, 1982, 1983, 2002 1–4 (.200)
Wright State 1 2007 5 1995, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 1–5 (.167)
Cleveland State 1 2009 1 2008 1–1 (.500)
Dayton 1 1990 0 1–0 (1.000)
Northern Illinois 1 1996 0 1–0 (1.000)
Northern Kentucky 1 2017 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 (–)
Notes
  • Current conference members in bold.

Horizon League Tournament all-time standings[edit]

Current members[edit]

Through 2017 tournament championship
School Record Winning pct Championships
Detroit 31–33 .484 3
Green Bay 21–20 .512 2
Milwaukee 20–16 .556 4
UIC 20–20 .500 2
Wright State 20–21 .488 1
Cleveland State 12–20 .375 1
Valparaiso 08–06 .571 2
Youngstown State 05–16 .238 0
Northern Kentucky 03–01 .750 1
Oakland 01–04 .200 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 07–06 .538 2
Saint Louis 07–08 .467 0
Northern Illinois 05–02 .714 1
Dayton 05–04 .556 1
Oklahoma City 05–04 .556 1
Duquesne 01–01 .500 0
Marquette 00–02 .000 0
La Salle 00–03 .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 StadiumEvansville, IN
1981 Oklahoma City 3 82–76 Xavier 1 Hicks, AnthonyAnthony Hicks, Xavier Opening round: campus locations
Semifinals: Frederickson FieldhouseOklahoma City, OK
Championship: Riverfront ColiseumCincinnati, OH
1982 Evansville 1 81–72 Loyola 3 Leaf, BradBrad Leaf, Evansville Mabee CenterTulsa, 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 PavilionChicago, 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 ArenaIndianapolis, 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 ArenaDayton, 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 ArenaGreen 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 CenterCleveland, OH
2003 Milwaukee 2 69–52 Butler 1 Tucker, ClayClay Tucker, Milwaukee Opening round: campus locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: U.S. Cellular ArenaMilwaukee, 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 CenterValparaiso, IN
2013 Valparaiso 1 62–54 Wright State 3 Buggs, ErikErik Buggs, Valparaiso Opening round: campus locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Athletics–Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN
2014 Milwaukee 5 69–63 Wright State 3 Aaron, JordanJordan Aaron, Milwaukee Opening round: campus locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals: Resch CenterGreen Bay, WI
Championship: Nutter Center – Dayton, OH
2015 Valparaiso 1 54–44 Green Bay 2 Peters, AlecAlec Peters, Valparaiso Opening round: campus locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Athletics–Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN
2016 Green Bay 4 78–69 Wright State 3 Fouse, JordanJordan Fouse, Green Bay Joe Louis ArenaDetroit, MI
2017 Northern Kentucky 4 59–53 Milwaukee 10 Holland II, LavoneLavone Holland II, Northern Kentucky Joe Louis ArenaDetroit, MI

Post-season success[edit]

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

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
2015 Valparaiso (13–3) Valparaiso (13; 51 overall) Green Bay (5) - Cleveland State 2nd rnd
Oakland
2016 Valparaiso (16–2) Green Bay (14; 55 overall) Valparaiso (1), Championship game - -
2017 Oakland (14-4)
Valparaiso (14–4)
Northern Kentucky (15; 59 overall) Oakland (7)
Valparaiso (7)
Green Bay
UIC
-

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Moving Horizon League tourney to Detroit is all about branding". Detroit News. Digital First Media. May 7, 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.