October 21, 2013

Bulldogs Host FOX Sports 1 BIG EAST Tip-Off Party

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler fans can get a preview look at the 2013-14 Bulldogs when the team hosts the FOX Sports 1 BIG EAST Tip-Off Party at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday, Oct. 25.  Admission is free and doors will open at 7:15 p.m. (ET) for the event, which will be part of a two-hour BIG EAST show that will air on FOX Sports 1 later that evening.

Highlighting the evening celebration will be the men's basketball Blue-White Scrimmage, slated to start at 8 p.m.  The Bulldogs, under first-year head coach Brandon Miller, return nine letterwinners from last year's 27-9 club, which advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.  This year's squad also features six newcomers, who will be making their public debut on Friday.

Butler's cheerleaders, dance team and band will perform during the event, and there will be special prize give-aways.  Two fans, selected as Butler's "Most Rabid Fans," will be awarded a $100.00 gift card to the Butler Spirit Shop/Bookstore.

Following the team's scrimmage, players will autograph 2013-14 Butler Schedule Posters for fans in attendance.

FOX Sports I will be attending similar tip-off events at each of the 10 members of the BIG EAST and will show footage from each of the schools on its national FOX Sports 1 BIG EAST Tip-Off Party, which will air live from 9-11 p.m.

The Bulldogs are heading into their first season in the BIG EAST, after competing last year in the Atlantic 10 Conference.  Butler will host exhibition games against Nova Southeastern on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and DePauw on Saturday, Nov. 2, before opening the regular season at home against Lamar on Saturday, Nov. 9.