Today we start a three part series profiling the three new members of the Big East and their histories against the other members of the conference. After all, you always want to know a little something about your new neighbors, right? Of course you do!
We start with the Butler Bulldogs who, over the past couple of years, have renewed animosities with two Big East teams, one of which is a new member as well. For a more detailed look at the history of the Butler Bulldogs, check out their All-Time Results page. Some takeaways:
- Of all the schools in the new Big East, the Bulldogs have the most history against the Musketeers of Xavier. The X-men have played Butler a total of 48 times and lead the series 31-17, with the majority of the match-ups taking place when both schools were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (aka the Horizon League). When Xavier left the conference in 1995 to join the A10, the rivalry cooled off a bit, save for a home-and-home series in 1997 and 1998. Ten years later, the schools began playing each other again out of conference, with a VERY heated and controversial contest taking place at Hinkle in 2009:
The two became conference rivals once again when Butler spent their one and only year in the A10, a regular season split. Mike Miller of MidMajority.com wrote a terrific piece detailing the first game of last season as well as the history of the matchup. It suffices to say there will be more history made between Butler and Xavier as members of the Big East.
- While the Bulldogs have played Marquette numerous times, the rivalry had remained dormant for years… that is, of course, until last season. The schools played two of the most remarkable games of the year, the first producing one of the best buzzer-beaters in recent memory, the second ending Butler’s season. It’s worth watching Rotnei Clarke’s shot one more time because, well, it’s awesome:
In the NCAAs, however, it was Vander Blue and Marquette that made the last second shot to win and move on to the Sweet 16. The all-time record is 15-14 in favor of Marquette, but because of those two contests last year this has a feeling of a rivalry renewed.
- The only other time Butler has played a current Big East team in the postseason was in the 1958 NIT. They lost in the first round to St. John’s 76-69 in their lone meeting.
- Butler will be playing two Big East schools for the very first time: Providence and Seton Hall.
Below is a table that shows Butler’s win-loss record against each Big East team:
|OPPONENT||WINS||LOSSES||LAST SEASON PLAYED|
|Georgetown||0||2||2009-10 (Jimmy V Classic)|
|Marquette||14||15||2012-13 (NCAA Round of 32)|
|St. John’s||0||1||1957-58 (NIT First Round)|
|Xavier||17||37||2012-13 (Atlantic 10 members)|
Tomorrow we’ll review Creighton’s record against the Big East.