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
ClassificationDivision I
First round sitecampus sites
Semifinals siteU.S. Cellular Arena
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Finals siteU.S. Cellular Arena
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
ChampionsButler (7th title)
Winning coachBrad Stevens (3rd title)
MVPMatt Howard (Butler)
TelevisionESPN, 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.


Game Time* Matchup# Television
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.


First Round
Tuesday, March 1
Second Round
Friday, March 4
Saturday, March 5
Tuesday, March 8
          2 Butler 76  
3 Cleveland State 73       3 Cleveland State 68  
10 UIC 61     3 Cleveland State 73  
6 Wright State 60     6 Wright State 59  
7 Green Bay 50       2 Butler 59
          1 Milwaukee 44
          1 Milwaukee 70  
4 Valparaiso 80       4 Valparaiso 63  
9 Youngstown State 71     4 Valparaiso 88      
5 Detroit 90     5 Detroit 78      
8 Loyola 69  

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.[1]

Horizon League All-Tournament Team[2]

Player School Position Year
Matt Howard Butler Forward Senior
Shelvin Mack Butler Guard Junior
Shawn Vanzant Butler Guard Senior
Anthony Hill Milwaukee Forward Senior
Brandon Wood Valparaiso Guard Junior


  1. "Matt Howard". butlersports.com. Butler University. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. "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.
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