2011 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2011 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament was played Tuesday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 8. The Horizon League Network broadcast the opening rounds, which were played at the home courts of the higher seeds. The quarterfinals and semifinals were broadcast by ESPNU and took place at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, the home court of the #1 overall seed, the Milwaukee Panthers. As Milwaukee defeated Valparaiso in its semifinal match, it secured host status for the championship game against Butler as well; the final was broadcast by ESPN/ESPN3.com. Butler defeated Milwaukee 59–44 in the final, winning its second consecutive Horizon League tournament title and receiving an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
|2011 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament|
|First round site||campus sites|
|Semifinals site||U.S. Cellular Arena|
|Finals site||U.S. Cellular Arena|
|Champions||Butler (7th title)|
|Winning coach||Brad Stevens (3rd title)|
|MVP||Matt Howard (Butler)|
|Television||ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN3 |
and Horizon League Network
All Horizon League schools played in the tournament. Teams were seeded by 2010–11 Horizon League season record, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records. The top 2 teams received a bye to the semifinals.
|First Round – Tuesday, March 1|
|7:00 PM||#10 UIC at #3 Cleveland State||HLN|
|7:00 PM||#7 Green Bay at #6 Wright State||HLN|
|8:00 PM||#9 Youngstown State at #4 Valparaiso||HLN|
|7:00 PM||#8 Loyola at #5 Detroit||HLN|
|Quarterfinals – Friday, March 4|
|8:30 PM||#3 Cleveland State vs. #6 Wright State||HLN/ESPN3.com|
|6:00 PM||#4 Valparaiso vs. #5 Detroit||HLN/ESPN3.com|
|Semifinals – Saturday, March 5|
|6:00 PM||#3 Cleveland State vs #2 Butler||ESPNU/ESPN3.com|
|8:30 PM||#4 Valparaiso at #1 Milwaukee||ESPNU/ESPN3.com|
|Championship Game – Tuesday, March 8|
|9pm||#2 Butler at #1 Milwaukee||ESPN/ESPN3.com|
|*Game Times in ET. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.|
Tuesday, March 1
Friday, March 4
Saturday, March 5
Tuesday, March 8
|3||Cleveland State||73||3||Cleveland State||68|
|6||Wright State||60||6||Wright State||59|
First round games at campus sites of lower-numbered seeds
Second round and semifinals hosted by #1 overall seed (Milwaukee)
Championship game hosted by highest remaining seed
Matt Howard of Butler was named the tournament MVP for the second successive year.
- "Matt Howard". butlersports.com. Butler University. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- "Butler Snares NCAA Tournament Bid With 59-44 Win Over Milwaukee". horizonleague.org. Horizon League. 9 March 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.