INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League and ESPN announced today that the men’s basketball championship game of the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Basketball Championships will air live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 7, from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. A long-standing television partner, ESPN’s family of network will air all 18 games of the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Basketball Championships.
The second annual Motor City Madness brings together the men’s and women’s championship events for the first time since 1992.
Motor City Madness will feature all 20 men’s and women’s teams playing 18 games over five days to crown two conference champions. The championships will take place March 3-7. For tickets and more information about the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Basketball Championships, visit MotorCityMadness.HorizonLeague.com.
Motor City Madness Schedule:
Friday, March 3 – Session One
Game 1 Noon No. 7 vs. No. 10 (women) ESPN3
Game 2 2:30 (approx.) No. 8 vs. No. 9 (women) ESPN3
Game 3 5:30 (approx.) No. 7 vs. No. 10 (men) ESPN3
Game 4 8:00 (approx.) No. 8 vs. No. 9 (men) ESPN3
Saturday, March 4- Session Two
Game 5 11:30 No. 1 vs. winner Game 2 (women) ESPN3
Game 6 2:00 (approx.) No. 2 vs. winner Game 1 (women) ESPN3
Game 7 5:30 (approx.) No. 1 vs. winner Game 4 (men) ESPN3
Game 8 8:00 (approx.) No. 2 vs. winner Game 3 (men) ESPN3
Sunday, March 5- Session Three
Game 9 Noon No. 3 vs. No. 6 (women) ESPN3
Game 10 2:30 (approx.) No. 4 vs. No. 5 (women) ESPN3
Game 11 5:00 (approx.) No. 3 vs. No. 6 (men) ESPN3
Game 12 7:30 (approx.) No. 4 vs. No. 5 (men) ESPN3
Monday, March 6- Session Four
Game 13 1:00 Game 5 winner vs. Game 10 winner (women) ESPN3
Game 14 3:30 (approx.) Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner (women) ESPN3
Game 15 7:00 (approx.) Game 7 winner vs. Game 12 winner (men) ESPNU
Game 16 9:30 (approx.) Game 8 winner vs. Game 11 winner (men) ESPNU
Tuesday, March 7- Session Five
Game 17 12:00 Game 13 winner vs Game 14 winner (women) ESPNU
Game 18 7:00 Game 15 vs. Game 16 winner (men) ESPN
ABOUT THE HORIZON LEAGUE
In its 38th season of operation in the 2016-17 academic year, the Horizon League continues to aspire toward its goal of being one of the nation’s leading athletics conferences while being recognized as a leader in the development of student-athletes as leaders and role models. Each of the League’s 2,600 Division I student-athletes has the opportunity to maximize athletic development and academic achievement, while also serving the broader community and growing in personal responsibility and accountability. Through athletics, the 150,000-plus undergraduates among Horizon League institutions have the opportunity to come together, learn and grow in life skills and opportunities.
The Horizon League membership features ten public and private institutions that have impressive academic reputations and a storied tradition of broad-based athletic programs. Membership includes Cleveland State University, the University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Kentucky University, Oakland University, Valparaiso University, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wright State University and Youngstown State University.
ABOUT JOE LOUIS ARENA
Home of the Horizon League Men's & Women's Basketball Championship and the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena proudly stands along the banks of the Detroit River. The 20,027-seat arena opened its doors in 1979 and replaced the Red Wings' former home of Olympia Stadium. Joe Louis Arena is named after former boxer and heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, who grew up in the Detroit Area.
Since playing at The Joe, the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cup Championships (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008), and have clinched the Playoffs in 25 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in North American professional sports.
Green Bay captured the first edition of Motor City Madness in a thrilling, 78-69 victory over Wright State.
BUILT: 1977-79, completed 19 days ahead of schedule
NUMBER OF SUITES: 67 (62 suites and 5 super suites)
FIRST EVENT: December 12, 1979, basketball game between the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Michigan
FIRST HOCKEY GAME: December 27, 1979, Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues (St. Louis 3, Detroit 2); attendance 19,742
FIRST HORIZON LEAGUE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GAME: March 5, 2016, Green Bay vs. Cleveland State in Game 1 of the Little Caesars Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament. Last basketball game played prior was the Detroit Shock vs. Sacramento Monarchs in Game 6 of the WNBA Finals on September 9, 2006.