INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Get your tickets now! The 2015 Butler Bulldogs schedule of 18 BIG EAST Conference games, along with tip times and television assignments for all games, was announced by the BIG EAST Conference office on Tuesday, Sept. 8. All games regular season and BIG EAST Tournament games will be televised nationally. The full season schedule can be seen here.
For the third consecutive season, Butler will begin its BIG EAST play on New Year’s Eve. The Bulldogs will host Providence at Hinkle Fieldhouse as they prepare to welcome in the new year, 2016.
“With the strength of the BIG EAST Conference from top to bottom, this will certainly be one of the most challenging regular season schedules we have played,” said Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann, who enters his second season at the helm of the Bulldogs. “We are excited about this challenge, the opportunity to bring outstanding opponents to Hinkle, and the difficult test provided by playing on the road in the BIG EAST.”
The Bulldogs’ home BIG EAST schedule includes four weekend contests at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Those games join six non-conference Saturdays on the Butler schedule. Between Oct. 31 and March 5, Butler fans will never have more than 14 days between games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The round-robin format brings all nine conference opponents to Hinkle, while the Bulldogs will also travel to the other nine BIG EAST campuses.
Three of Butler’s final six regular-season games could potentially air nationally on FOX. Twelve contests, including 10 BIG EAST match-ups, will air nationally on FS1. Additionally, all games of the BIG EAST Tournament (held at Madison Square Garden, March 9-12) will be broadcast nationally on FS1.
“The national television coverage for every game provides great access for all those that care about and follow our program,” said Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann We are hard at work each day to prepare for what lies ahead in the coming months.”
Additional national broadcast partners include FS2 (four games), CBS (one game), CBS Sports Network (three games), in addition to the three Puerto Rico Tip-Off games airing on the ESPN family of networks. At least three Butler games will air on FSN, while the Dec. 19 game against Purdue as part of the Crossroads Classic will air nationally on BTN. Television for the two exhibition games will be announced at a later date.
The Bulldogs will open regular season play on Saturday, November 14th against Citadel. The season opener is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m.start on FS2.
Butler returns three starters and its top three scorers from last season’s 23-11 team that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior guard Kellen Dunham and senior forward Roosevelt Jones earned All-BIG EAST accolades, while junior forward Andrew Chrabascz also averaged double figures for the 2014-15 campaign. Junior point guard Tyler Lewis, a former McDonald’s All-American, is now eligible after transferring from North Carolina State. The Bulldogs’ depth will feature sophomore guard Kelan Martin, sophomore forwards Tyler Wideman and Jackson Davis, graduate transfers Austin Etherington and Jordan Gathers, and freshman center Nate Fowler and freshman guard Sean McDermott.
While the 2015 season will no doubt be exciting, fans are probably most excited about no 9:00 pm games at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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