The rebuilding process at St. Louis University has led to a near turnover of the roster under coach Travis Ford. However, the new look next season also will include a revamped schedule.
SLU announced Thursday that it will play a home-and-home series against Butler starting next season in Indianapolis. Those games will help fill the void created by the conclusion of a four-year series against Wichita State.
Ford said after the season that he was torn between building a schedule with significant challenges or something less daunting. The only games set thus far are Butler and a trip to New York for the 2K Classic, where SLU will play two undetermined games against a field that includes Providence, Virginia Tech and Washington.
The games will renew a series that was played during the brief time that Butler was a member of the Atlantic 10. SLU leads the all-time series 19-11.
The Billikens won both meetings during the 2012-13 season. Butler was ranked No. 9 nationally when the teams played at Chaifetz Arena and No. 15 for their meeting at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
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"We are thrilled to get a regional road game of this caliber on a weekend to make it easier for our fans to travel," Ford said in a statement. "I hope to see plenty of Billiken blue inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on Dec. 2.”
The Billikens currently have four scholarship players returning and six newcomers. Division I transfers Javon Bess (Michigan State), D.J. Foreman (Rutgers), Ty Graves (Boston College; eligible second semester) and Adonys Henriquez (Central Florida) will be eligible next season. Incoming freshmen Jordan Goodwin (Althoff High) and Hasahn French are ESPN Top 100 recruits.