Northwestern has officially confirmed that Northwestern will be traveling to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday, November 16th as part of the Gavitt Games.
The tip-off time remains unannounced, but the game will be televised on Fox Sports 1, along with every other game in the series hosted by a Big East school. Big Ten home games will be televised on ESPN or the Big Ten Network.
The news was initially broken by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports back in early April.
Butler will host Northwestern as part of the 2016 Gavitt Games, sources told @CBSSports. Official date and time is TBD.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 13, 2016
The Gavitt Games, an annual series between the Big East and Big Ten, are in their second year of existence. Northwestern did not play in last year's games, which were split, with each conference winning four games.
Because the Big Ten has 14 teams and the Big East only has 10, Big Ten teams are only guaranteed four games over the eight-year series.
It will be the second matchup between the Wildcats and Bulldogs in three years. Northwestern travelled to Hinkle Fieldhouse in December of 2014, and lost, 65-56.
Butler finished 22-11 in 2015-16, and made the NCAA Tournament as a 9-seed. The Bulldogs beat Texas Tech in the first round, and then fell to top-seeded Virginia in the Round of 32.
Butler's 2016-17 team will lose two key players, seniors Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham. Kelan Martin and Andrew Chrabascz are the Bulldogs' top two returning players.
Here is the full schedule for the Gavitt Games series:
Monday, Nov. 14
Villanova at Purdue
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Maryland at Georgetown
Wisconsin at Creighton
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Northwestern at Butler
Thursday, Nov. 17
Seton Hall at Iowa
Providence at Ohio State
Rutgers at DePaul
Friday, Nov. 18
St. John's at Minnesota
Last year's games were televised on a combination of ESPN, Fox Sports 1 and BTN.