9:00 PM ET, March 8, 2011
US Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, WI
MILWAUKEE -- Butler's back.The scrappy school from Indianapolis that came within two points of a national title last season and weathered a rocky ride this season will return to the NCAA tournament owning another big winning streak.Matt Howard scored 18 points and Shelvin Mack added 14 to lead the Bulldogs to a 59-44 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday night for its third Horizon League tournament title in the past four years. Butler has won nine straight games overall."It doesn't get old. It's not easy to win this game, it really isn't," said Howard, the tournament MVP. "We knew it was going to be rocking in here. The key is to jump on them, and we had to jump on them. We talked about that."
• Butler opened the game on a 25-8 run and held on to earn its fifth straight NCAA tournament berth and 11th overall in school history.
• This was Butler's second straight Horizon League tournament title and seventh overall, the most in league history.
• Butler becomes the first team since Milwaukee in 2005-06 to win consecutive Horizon League tournament titles.
• Matt Howard led the Bulldogs with 18 points as they defeated Milwaukee after getting swept by the Panthers during the regular season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids
Teams that have clinched automatic bids to the 2011 men's NCAA tournament:
|Morehead State||Ohio Valley|
|Indiana State||Missouri Valley|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||Sun Belt|
|Northern Colorado||Big Sky|
|Boston University||America East|
|San Diego State||Mountain West|
|UC Santa Barbara||Big West|
|Ohio State||Big Ten|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-50 (.420)||12-40 (.300)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-22 (.364)||4-18 (.222)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-11 (.818)||16-22 (.727)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|