The Butler Bulldogs are ready to hit the court for another exciting season of NCAA basketball. The Bulldogs
are looking to take the Big East by storm this season, and they have enough talent to make a real run at the conference title
by the looks of things. The Bulldogs face an early test against the Princeton Tigers on November 16th. The Tigers are routinely
one of the best teams in the Ivy League Conference, so this will be a big game for the Bulldogs. If the Bulldogs can manage
to keep up with what is usually a good Princeton offense, they should prevail and earn a large victory for Butler.
December 31st the Bulldogs will host the Villanova Wildcats at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Villanova is one of the best programs in
college basketball and always has some of the top players in the entire country. Stopping a team like this won't be easy,
but home court advantage could be the difference in this contest if the Bulldogs fans show up in a big way. You can join the
biggest Butler basketball fans in the stands for this game and be a part of a hug win against Villanova.
11th the Georgetown Hoyas will roll into Indianapolis to take on the Bulldogs in what should serve as a good barometer for
where this Butler team is at by that juncture of the season. The Hoyas always have some of the top athletes in college basketball
year in and year out, and if Butler can take down a victory in this contest then that will signal to the rest of the nation
that this team is set for another big season.
The Big East is one of the premiere conferences
in college basketball and always has a multitude of teams heading to the NCAA Tournament come the end of the regular season.
The Big East features programs such as Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. Johns,
Villanova and Seton Hall. The Big East has undergone some significant changes this past offseason, losing some quality programs
to other conferences but also gaining some new blood for the league. Last season the Louisville Cardinals were the top team
in the Big East, though they've switched conferences for the 2013-14 season. This conference looks wide open this year, and
the Butler Bulldogs have their eyes on the prize.
One of Butler's bigger rivalries in college
hoops is with the Dayton Flyers. Butler has gotten the best of Dayton more often than not during their history, but it's close.
The Flyers always field a quality team that won't give up a victory easily, and the Bulldogs know that they have to bring
their best to a contest between these two teams. The Bulldogs have enough firepower to take down the Flyers the next time
around, but they could always use the help of their fiery fans in the stands.
Butler also has a history of great games
with the Xavier Musketeers. The Musketeers have beaten the Bulldogs always twice as many times as Butler has emerged victorious,
which serves as extra motivation for the Butler players every time these two teams hit the court. Whenever these two programs
match up, it's a good bet to be one of the best games of the season. Butler fans are always looking to score access to games
against Xavier, and for good reason, as the Bulldogs are ready to leave everything they have out on the floor when they face
There's nothing better than seeing a college basketball rivalry game, as the fans in attendance are
a part of an intense atmosphere that would be a thrilling ezperience for any sports enthusiast. College basketball is one
of the most popular sports in the United States, and for good reason. College hoops fans are some of the most passionate sports
fans you'll find, and there certainly is something special about the sport that brings out that passion. If you've ever been
to a game featuring the Butler Bulldogs then you know how incredible the atmosphere at the game can truly be.
The Butler Bulldogs have appeared in the NCAA Tournament more than 10 times over the course of the program's
history. The Bulldogs have consistently made it to March Madness as of late, and had two of the most famous Cinderella runs
in the tournament in recent memory in consecutive seasons in 2010 and 2011. The Bulldogs made it to the championship game
both of those years, but were unable to emerge victorious each time. Still, Butler has proven that it is becoming a national
power in the college basketball ranks.
When the Bulldogs narrowly lost in the National Championship
game to Duke, which player nearly won the game for Butler will a half-court shot that almost went in at the buzzer?
answer is Gordon Hayward, who went on to play in the NBA. Hayward's shot banked off the backboard and almost went in. Had
it made it through the net, the shot would have likely gone down as the most famous shot in the history of the NCAA tournament.