The Gazelle Group, which organizes the College Basketball Invitational tournament, announced late Wednesday night that Penn will host Butler in a second round game this coming Monday.
Penn beat Quinnipiac, 74-63, on Wednesday night at the Palestra, and Butler routed Delaware, 75-58, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The game will tip off at 8 p.m., and will be televised nationally on HDNet. Tickets are $10 for chairbacks, and $5 for all other general admission sections. Students, faculty and staff can get in free. There's more information here.
(It appears to have been noted by some of the right people that the attendance for the first round game against Quinnipiac was an announced 1,268.)
Those of us who've been following Penn basketball for a while have long hoped for a matchup between the owners of two college hoops' most venerable arenas. Now it will happen.
It's also neat that Brad Stevens will get a chance to coach on the Palestra floor for the first time in his career.
Here's hoping that the two programs will meet again in the years to come, giving both sets of fan bases the opportunity to see each other's gyms. I've been to Hinkle once before and it's a pretty neat place, though I think the Palestra's better.
Another CBI matchup with some local connections will see Princeton travel to Pittsburgh on Monday. The Tigers won at Evansville on Tuesday, 95-86*, and the Panthers beat Wofford, 83-61, at home on Wednesday.
* - Yes, Princeton scored 95 points in a game.