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Butler Bulldogs Announce 2018-2019 BIG EAST Conference Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs released their 2018-2019 BIG EAST Conference schedule on Thursday, September 13. The 18-game BIG EAST schedule include tip times and television assignments.

The 2018-2019 Butler Men’s Basketball schedule features at least three match-ups on network television as CBS will air the Crossroads Classic game with Indiana on Dec. 15, while FOX will carry the Jan. 19 home game against St. John’s as well as Butler’s road game at Villanova on March 2.

Including non-conference games (which also had game times and television assignments announced today), Butler will have at least 14 regular season games on FS1 and three others on CBS Sports Network.

Butler opens its BIG EAST schedule with back-to-back home games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs host the Georgetown Hoyas at 7 PM ET on Wednesday, Jan. 2, before staying at Hinkle to host Creighton at noon on Saturday, January 5. This is the second consecutive season that Butler will open the BIG EAST schedule against Georgetown. The Bulldogs and Hoyas opened against each other last year when Butler won 91-89 in double overtime in Washington D.C.

Butler will then play three consecutive conference road games (Jan. 9-16 at Seton Hall, Xavier and DePaul) for just the second time as a member of the BIG EAST. Butler also had three consecutive conference road games during the Bulldogs’ first season as a BIG EAST member (2013-14).

The Bulldogs return to Indianapolis for back-to-back home games as they host St. John’s on Saturday, January 19 at 4:30 PM ET and Villanova on Tuesday, January 22 at 7 PM ET.

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Butler will play Creighton for the second time in its first eight BIG EAST games as the Bulldogs take to the road to face the Blue Jays on Friday, January 25. The Bulldogs will be done playing Creighton before matching up the first time with Marquette or Providence.

The Bulldogs will return home again for back-to-back games as they host Marquette at 6:30 PM ET on Wednesday, January 30 and Seton Hall at noon on Saturday, February 2.

Butler travels for back-to-back road games when the Bulldogs face the Hoyas on Saturday, February 9 and St. John’s on Tuesday, February 12. Butler then returns home to host DePaul at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 16.

Butler travels to Marquette on Wednesday, February 20 before returning home to face the Providence Friars for the first time all season at 7 PM ET.

The Bulldogs take to the road to face Villanova on Saturday, March 2 before a Senior Night match-up with Xavier at 6 PM ET on Tuesday, March 5. The regular season concludes on Saturday, March 9, with a triple-header of Wildcard games on FOX and two games on other FOX platforms. Butler tips at Providence at Noon that day.

The BIG EAST will have more over-the-air national telecasts than any conference. The exposure on the FOX broadcast network includes at least 17 games in the regular season, all on weekends. The league’s continuing double round-robin competition culminates with FOX Sports complete coverage of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

FOX and FS1 again will serve as the television home of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13-16, 2019. The World’s Most Famous Arena will host the tourney for the 37th consecutive year. The event is college basketball’s longest running postseason conference tourney held at the same venue. The FOX broadcast network will carry the championship game at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 16. All other rounds will be telecast on FS1.

Last season, six of the 10 BIG EAST schools – Butler, Creighton, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier – earned NCAA Championship bids and Marquette played in the NIT. Over the first five years of the 10-team BIG EAST, the league has earned 28 NCAA Tournament invitations.

BIG EAST basketball during the 2018-19 season will also be seen on the BIG EAST Digital Network. BEDN has its own branded channel within the FOX Sports App. The FOX Sports App provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go. FOX Sports App users who are also subscribers of participating video providers can live stream men’s basketball telecasts carried on the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2, and the FOX Sports Regional Networks.

CBS Sports‘ coverage will be available to stream live via the CBS All Access subscription service, with additional coverage on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports app.

The Bulldogs recently earned their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Butler is one of only eight programs nationally to win at least one NCAA Tournament game in each of the last four seasons. The Bulldogs concluded the 2017-18 season with a 21-14 record under first-year Butler coach LaVall Jordan. Butler returns a talented group, headlined by junior G Kamar Baldwin and his 15.7 points per game average as a sophomore. Butler will also return redshirt junior F Sean McDermott and sophomore G Aaron Thompson, along with senior C Nate Fowler and redshirt senior G Paul Jorgensen.

Christopher 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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