The Butler Bulldogs will be playing in the Big East in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but before they can get to conference play they will have to deal with their non-conference schedule. Luckily, it is not looking too challenging.
Butler will take on Purdue, Washington State and Vanderbilt this year (among others). If any of those three teams are as bad as they were last year, the Bulldogs should have no problem. However, I think the Boilermakers will surprise.
It is important to note that Butler will look completely different in the upcoming season. That tends to happen when a team loses talent, its head coach and arguably its best returning player for the upcoming season due to injury. Things are not looking too great for the Bulldogs right now, but maybe they can get some momentum and surprise us.
There is a chance that Butler will take on Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are a top 10 team and will be one of the most exciting teams to watch all season long thanks to their talented guard play.
Butler lucks out quite a bit with such an easy out-of-conference schedule. This will help the team adjust to its new head coach and to all of the losses. Once Big East play starts the adjustment period will be long gone.
The conference will once again be great and will have plenty of teams that will make the NCAA tournament. That is what the Big East does and that trend will continue despite the conference looking much different in the 2013-14 season.