The men's basketball team at Butler will be tested early and often at the 2007 Great Alaska Shootout, beginning with an opening round game against Big 10 foe Michigan. The Bulldogs will square off against Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. (AST, 11:30 p.m. ET) in a game that will be nationally-televised on ESPN2.
The eight-team tournament also includes Texas Tech, Gonzaga, Virgina Tech, Western Kentucky, Eastern Washington and host Alaska Anchorage. Virginia Tech will face Eastern Washington in the other first round game on Nov. 21, while Texas Tech will play Alaska Anchorage and Western Kentucky will take on Gonzaga on Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving).
The Butler-Michigan winner will play the winner of the Virginia Tech-Eastern Washington game at 5:30 p.m. (AST) on Friday, Nov. 23 (the losers will meet at 12 noon). The tournament championship game is slated for 8:30 p.m. (AST) on Saturday, Nov. 24, and will be televised on ESPN2.
The Bulldogs, under first-year head coach Brad Stevens, return three starters from last year's 29-7 squad, which won the NIT Season Tip-Off and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
2007 Great Alaska Shootout
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Butler vs. Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Eastern Washington vs. Virginia Tech, 9:45 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 22
Texas Tech vs. Alaska Anchorage, 5 p.m. (ESPN360)
Western Kentucky vs. Gonzaga, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Friday, Nov. 23
EWU/VT loser vs. BU/UM loser, 12 noon
WKU/GU loser vs. TT/UAA loser, 2 p.m.
EWU/VT winner vs. BU/UM winner, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN360)
WKU/GU winner vs. TT/UAA winner, 8 p.m. (ESPN360)
Saturday, Nov. 24
7th/8th place game, 12 noon
4th/6th place game, 2 p.m.
3rd/5th place game, 6 p.m. (ESPN360)
Championship game, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
All times Alaska Standard (Four hours behind ET)