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Butler Bulldogs Announce 2017-2018 Non-Conference Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The 2017-2018 Butler men’s basketball non-conference schedule was announced on Monday, July 24. The announcement completes the entire non-conference schedule as several opponents have previously been released. LaVall Jordan, head coach of the Butler Bulldogs, shared his thoughts on the schedule.

“This non-conference schedule allows us to test ourselves against quality competition as we prepare for the rigors of the BIG EAST,” said Jordan, who was hired as Butler’s new head coach on June 12. “There will be a lot of exciting afternoons and evenings at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.”

Butler’s previously-announced home contests include Kennesaw State (Friday, Nov. 10), Princeton (Sunday, Nov. 12), and Saint Louis (Saturday, Dec. 2). In the back end of the home-and-home series that began last season in Salt Lake City, Butler will host the Utah Runnin’ Utes on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Bulldogs will travel to Maryland to face the Terrapins in the Gavitt Tip-Off Games on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and face a second Big Ten Conference opponent in Purdue on Saturday, Dec. 16 as part of the annual Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Senior Forward Tyler Wideman

The Bulldogs will host six opponents at Hinkle Fieldhouse in addition to match-ups previously announced. Butler welcomes Furman (Saturday, Nov. 18), Youngstown State (Saturday, Dec. 9), Morehead State (Tuesday, Dec. 19), and Western Illinois (Thursday, Dec. 21) in regular season non-conference match-ups. Hanover (Saturday, Oct. 28) and Lincoln Memorial (Saturday, Nov. 4) are the team’s two exhibition contests this season.

The match-up with Furman is part of the PK80 Invitational with the game being played at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tyler Lewis, who graduated from Butler in May after playing two seasons for the Bulldogs, was recently hired as the video coordinator on the Furman staff. Following the game with Furman, the Bulldogs will then depart for Portland and a first-round match-up with Texas. Butler will play three games in Portland in arguably the most acclaimed early-season tournament in college basketball history.

The BIG EAST Conference schedule will be announced in early September. At that time, game times and television assignments for both non-conference and conference games will be released.

After leading Butler to conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances as both a player and assistant coach, LaVall Jordan returns to his alma mater as the program’s 24th head coach. He inherits a talented roster that finished the 2016-17 season with a 25-9 record, advancing to the sixth Sweet 16 in program history. The Bulldogs earned their highest NCAA Tournament seed in program history on the heels of a second-place finish in the BIG EAST standings. Leading scorer and All-BIG EAST selection Kelan Martin (Senior Forward) returns alongside starters Tyler Wideman (Senior Forward) and Kamar Baldwin (Sophomore Guard). That trio will join an experienced group of returners and a highly-touted recruiting class.

Date Opponent Location
Sat., Oct. 28 Hanover Hinkle Fieldhouse Exhibition
Sat., Nov. 4 Lincoln Memorial Hinkle Fieldhouse Exhibition
Fri., Nov. 10 Kennesaw State Hinkle Fieldhouse
Sun., Nov. 12 Princeton Hinkle Fieldhouse
Wed., Nov. 15 at Maryland College Park, Md. Gavitt Tip-Off Games
Sat., Nov. 18 Furman Hinkle Fieldhouse PK80 Invitational
Thurs., Nov. 23 vs. Texas Portland, Ore. PK80 Invitational
Fri., Nov. 24 vs. Duke or Portland State Portland, Ore. PK80 Invitational
Sun., Nov. 26 vs. TBD Portland, Ore. PK80 Invitational
Sat., Dec. 2 Saint Louis Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tues., Dec. 5 Utah Hinkle Fieldhouse
Sat., Dec. 9 Youngstown State Hinkle Fieldhouse
Sat., Dec. 16 vs. Purdue Bankers Life Fieldhouse Crossroads Classic
Tues., Dec. 19 Morehead State Hinkle Fieldhouse
Thurs., Dec. 21 Western Illinois Hinkle Fieldhouse

Chris Fultz is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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