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Houston Cougars Men's Basketball to Face Butler in Big 12-Big East Battle in 2024-25

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POSTED: April 25, 2024 -- 10:10 a.m. CT

The Houston Cougars Men's Basketball will meet Butler inside Fertitta Center as part of the Big 12-Big East Battle during the 2024-25 season, the league announced Thursday.

The Cougars face the Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 7. This will be only the second meeting against the Bulldogs after Houston enjoyed a 70-52 win at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Las Vegas on Nov. 22, 2021.

Houston's game will be part of the 11-game non-conference scheduling alliance, which will be in its sixth year in 2024-25. A year ago, the Cougars took a 66-60 win at Xavier on Dec. 1, 2023.

Each conference has added member schools since the start of the original agreement. The Big East will host six games in 2024-25 while the Big 12 will host five.

The 2024 matchups will feature seven teams ranked in the final AP poll of the 2023-24 season, including the #3/3 Cougars and defending national champion Connecticut. Five of the 11 participant teams, including the Cougars, made it to the Sweet 16 in the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

The Battle matchups are jointly determined by the two conferences, with the home team choosing the venue of its game. Broadcast arrangements for the contests will be determined by the national television rights holder of the home team, which is FOX Sports for the Big East and ESPN for the Big 12.

Game times and television networks will be announced when available.

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Big 12-BIG EAST Battle Schedule

Tuesday December 3 Cincinnati at Villanova
Tuesday December 3 BYU at Providence
Wednesday December 4 Baylor at UConn
Wednesday December 4 Kansas at Creighton
Wednesday December 4 DePaul at Texas Tech
Wednesday December 4 Marquette at Iowa State
Friday December 6 Georgetown at West Virginia
Friday December 6 Xavier at TCU
Saturday December 7 K-State at St. John's
Saturday December 7 Butler at Houston
Sunday December 8 Oklahoma State at Seton Hall

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