Bulldogs To Face Louisville In New Arena Opener

Bulldogs To Face Louisville In New Arena Opener

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler, fresh off an appearance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game, will visit Louisville on Tuesday, Nov. 16, to play the Cardinals in the inaugural game in their new $238 million basketball arena.  The game will be the first of a home-and-home series.

Butler and Louisville will be meeting for the first time since 2003, when the Bulldogs posted a 79-71 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala.  That victory gave the Bulldogs their first of three “Sweet 16” appearances in the past eight seasons.

Louisville returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from last year’s 20-13 team.  The Cardinals earned their 36th NCAA Tournament appearance.  The Bulldogs, who lost to Duke in the national championship game, finished the 2009-10 season with a school-record 33-5 mark.  Butler wound up ranked No. 2 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll.

Gametime for the Butler-Louisville contest at the new, 22,000-seat KFC Yum Center hasn’t been set.

Louisville will play at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse in the 2011-12 season.  That game is tentatively set for Dec. 17.