Butler is slated open the 2017-18 regular season with a pair of non-conference match-ups, hosting Kennesaw State (Friday, Nov. 10) and Princeton (Sunday, Nov. 12) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The games will be played over Butler’s Family Weekend, which will include a home football game on Saturday, Nov. 11, in addition to other university events.
Kennesaw State set a program-record for wins in its Division I era with 14 last season. It was head coach Al Skinner’s second season and he led a team with six freshmen to the Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinals. The Owls shot 41.6 percent from three-point range, the third-best mark in the country.
Princeton won 19 straight games to finish 14-0 in the Ivy League, win the inaugural Ivy League Tournament and earn the Ivy’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Princeton returns 60 percent of its scoring from last season, including sophomore first-team All-Ivy League selection Myles Stephens. Under coach Mitch Henderson, Princeton finished the campaign with a record of 23-7.
The remainder of Butler’s non-conference schedule will be released over the coming months. That schedule will include a Dec. 16 Crossroads Classic game against Purdue at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, while the Bulldogs will host Utah in the back end of a home-and-home agreement that began last season in Salt Lake City.
Butler is one of 16 teams selected to be part of PK80 – Phil Knight Invitational, an early-season men’s college basketball tournament honoring Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight in advance of his 80th birthday. The event is scheduled for Nov. 23-26 in Portland, Ore.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 campaign are on sale now. The Bulldogs’ 2017-18 home schedule features 19 contests, including all nine BIG EAST opponents. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can contact the Butler Athletics Ticket Office at (317) 940-DOGS or email@example.com.
Butler finished the 2016-17 season with a 25-9 record under head coach Chris Holtmann, 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 returns alongside starters Tyler Wideman and Kamar Baldwin. That talented trio will join an experienced group of returners and the program’s highest-ranked recruiting class.