Butler Men’s Basketball Slated For Eight ESPN Appearances

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The Butler men’s basketball team has been scheduled to appear on the ESPN networks a record eight times in 2009-10.  And the Bulldogs could have as many as four more appearances on the national sports network!

Butler is slated to appear on ESPN twice, on ESPN2 twice and ESPNU three times.  The Bulldogs also have an eighth game that will be televised either by ESPN2 or ESPNU.  The eight scheduled regular season appearances are the most for the Bulldogs, topping the seven scheduled appearances for Butler’s 2007-08 squad.

The Bulldogs will be on the ESPN networks three times at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., Nov. 26-29.  Butler’s opening-round game against Minnesota on Nov. 26 will be televised on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. (ET), while the Bulldogs’ second-round game on Nov. 27 will be carried on ESPNU.  Butler’s final game on Nov. 29 will be broadcast on either ESPN2 or ESPNU, depending on where it falls in the bracket.

Butler also will appear on ESPN against Georgetown at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8 and against Ohio State at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Dec. 12.  The Bulldogs’ other ESPN2 appearance will be against Xavier at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Dec. 19.  Butler also has a pair of Friday night Horizon League games that will be carried on ESPNU.  The first will be at Green Bay on Jan. 29 and the second will be at Valparaiso on Feb. 26.  Both games will start at 9 p.m. (ET).

In addition to the games already scheduled, Butler’s game against Wright State on Feb. 6 could be selected as the Horizon League “wildcard” game to appear on ESPN2, and the Bulldogs could appear on the ESPN networks during the BracketBusters weekend.  The Horizon League Tournament semifinals will be carried on ESPNU and the league championship game will be on ESPN.  Butler’s 2007-08 squad wound up with a total of 11 ESPN appearances, the most by a Butler team.

The Bulldogs also will have a national television appearance when they face Northwestern on the Big Ten Network on Nov. 18, and Butler will have several additional games televised in a local package which is still being developed.