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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 Hinkle Fieldhouse
Current location Indianapolis, Indiana
Played 1980-present
Last contest 2010 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament
Current champion Butler Bulldogs
Most championships Butler Bulldogs (6)
Xavier Musketeers (6)
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[]

Through 2002, the entire tournament was hosted at a single venue. Beginning in 2003, 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. This shift in venue selection was due to the tournament championship earned by UIC as a six seed in 2002 and the subsequent non-selection of Butler for the 2002 NCAA tournament in spite of the Bulldogs' 25-5 record, Top of the World Classic Championship, Hoosier Classic Championship, having the nation's most road victories (15), fourth most total victories (25), second-best points-allowed record (57.4), smallest turnover average (10.2), seventh-highest winning percentage (.862), and a 4-1 record against the RPI Top 100 (including eventual national runner-up Indiana).[1] The format now protects the regular season champion by awarding home-field advantage and a double-bye into the semi-finals.

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[]

Team Championships Years Runners-Up Years Record
Butler
6
1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010
6
1992, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 6-6 (.500)
Xavier
6
1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991
4
1981, 1984, 1990, 1993 6-4 (.600)
Evansville
3
1982, 1992, 1993
2
1989, 1994 3-2 (.600)
Milwaukee
3
2003, 2005, 2006
1
2004 3-1 (.750)
Detroit
2
1994, 1999
5
1988, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2006 2-5 (.286)
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
3
1995, 2010 1-2 (.333)
Cleveland State
1
2009
2
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 ( - )
Valparaiso
0
-
0
-
0-0 ( - )
Youngstown State
0
-
0
-
0-0 ( - )

Horizon League Tournament Results[]

Year Champion Champion's Seed Score Runner-up Runner-up's Seed Most Outstanding Player Site
1980 Oral Roberts 2 103-93 Loyola 1 Calvin Garrett, Oral Roberts Roberts Municipal Stadium - Evansville, IN
1981 Oklahoma City 3 82-76 Xavier 1 Anthony 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 Brad Leaf, Evansville Mabee Center - Tulsa, OK
1983 Xavier 2 82-76 Loyola 1 Alfredrick Hughes, Loyola Roberts Municipal Stadium - Evansville, IN
1984 Oral Roberts 1 82-76 Xavier 3 Sam Potter, Oral Roberts UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
1985 Loyola 1 89-83 Oral Roberts 3 Alfredrick Hughes, Loyola Mabee Center - Tulsa, OK
1986 Xavier 1 74-66 Saint Louis 2 Byron Larkin, Xavier Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, IN
1987 Xavier 3 81-69 Saint Louis 4 Byron Larkin, Xavier Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, IN
1988 Xavier 1 122-96 Detroit 6 Byron Larkin, Xavier Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, IN
1989 Xavier 3 85-78 Evansville 1 Tyrone Hill, Xavier University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH
1990 Dayton 2 98-89 Xavier 1 Negele Knight, Dayton University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH
1991 Xavier 1 81-68 Saint Louis 3 Jamie Gladden, Xavier University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH
1992 Evansville 2 95-76 Butler 3 Parish Casebier, Evansville Riverfront Coliseum - Cincinnati, OH
1993 Evansville 2 80-69 Xavier 1 Parish Casebier, Evansville Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, IN
1994 Detroit 4 72-63 Evansville 2 Andy Elkins, Evansville Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
1995 Green Bay 3 73-59 Wright State 8 Jeff Nordgaard, Green Bay Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
1996 Northern Illinois 3 84-63 Detroit 5 Chris Coleman, Northern Illinois Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
1997 Butler 1 69-68 UIC 3 Kelsey Wilson, Butler Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
1998 Butler 3 70-51 Green Bay 4 Jon Neuhouser, Butler Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena - Green Bay, WI
1999 Detroit 1 72-65 Butler 2 Rashad Phillips, Detroit UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
2000 Butler 1 62-43 Detroit 3 Mike Marshall, Butler UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
2001 Butler 1 53-38 Detroit 2 LaVall Jordan, Butler Nutter Center, Dayton, OH
2002 UIC 6 76-75 (OT) Loyola 5 Cedrick Banks, UIC CSU Convocation Center - Cleveland, OH
2003 Milwaukee 2 69-52 Butler 1 Clay Tucker, Milwaukee Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: U.S. Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI
2004 UIC 2 65-62 Milwaukee 1 Armond 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 Joah Tucker, Milwaukee Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: U.S. Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI
2006 Milwaukee 1 87-71 Butler 2 Adrian Tigert, Milwaukee Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, WI
2007 Wright State 1 60-55 Butler 2 DaShaun Wood, Wright State Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
2008 Butler 1 70-55 Cleveland State 2 Mike Green, Butler Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
2009 Cleveland State 3 57-54 Butler 1 Cedric Jackson, Cleveland State Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
2010 Butler 1 70-45 Wright State 2 Matt Howard, Butler Opening Round: Campus Locations
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN

Post-Season Success[]

Current Horizon League members have made several Sweet 16, Elite Eight, and Final Four appearances. Further, current members claim three championships, including Butler in 1924 and 1929[2] and Loyola in 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)[3] 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[]

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 -

See also[]

Notes[]

External links[]


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