Butler has announced the final pieces of its 2021-22 men’s basketball non-conference schedule, which includes home games against Saginaw Valley State and Eastern Illinois, in addition to a Crossroads Classic match-up with Purdue.
The Bulldogs will host Saginaw Valley State Tuesday, Nov. 30 after returning from the 2021 Maui Invitational. The match-up with Eastern Illinois at Hinkle Fieldhouse is slated for Saturday, Dec. 11. Butler and Purdue will meet Saturday, Dec. 18 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
Season tickets for the upcoming 2021-22 Butler men’s basketball season are on sale now. Butler will also host all 10 BIG EAST opponents as part of its home schedule.
Butler’s non-conference home schedule includes six regular season games and two exhibitions, highlighted by a visit from Michigan State as part of the Gavitt Tip-Off Games Nov. 17. The Bulldogs will also participate in the Maui Invitational, travel to Oklahoma in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, and meet Purdue on a neutral court in the Crossroads Classic.
The 2021 contest will be the 60th in the all-time series between Butler and Purdue. The Bulldogs are 4-1 against the Boilermakers in the Crossroads Classic, including a 70-61 win in the most recent meeting in 2019. Purdue leads the all-time series, 39-20.
Eastern Illinois has won four of the six previous match-ups with Butler. The two programs last met in the 2000-01 season opener. The teams were scheduled to play last season, but the game was postponed and ultimately not rescheduled due to COVID-19 issues within the Butler program at that point in the season. Butler and Saginaw Valley State have never met previously during the regular season.
Butler fans will have a number of opportunities to watch their Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse early in the season as the team’s two exhibitions and first four games of the regular season (leading into the 2021 Maui Invitational) will be at home.
Coach LaVall Jordan enters his fifth season guiding the Butler program. The Bulldogs return 10 of their top 11 scorers from a season ago.
2021-22 @Butler MBB Non-Conference Schedule:
Sat., Oct. 30 – vs. Tiffin (exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 5 – vs. University of Indianapolis (exhibition)
Tues., Nov. 9 – vs. IUPUI
Fri., Nov. 12 – vs. Central Arkansas
Sat., Nov. 13 – vs. Troy
Wed., Nov. 17 – vs. Michigan State (Gavitt Tip-Off Games)
Mon., Nov. 22 – vs. Houston (Maui Invitational)
Tues., Nov. 23 – vs. Wisconsin or Texas A&M (Maui Invitational)
Wed., Nov. 24 – vs. TBD (Maui Invitational)
Tues., Nov. 30 – vs. Saginaw Valley State
Tues. Dec. 7 – at Oklahoma (BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle)
Sat., Dec. 11 – vs. Eastern Illinois
Sat., Dec. 18 – vs. Purdue (Crossroads Classic; Bankers Life Fieldhouse)