Tennessee announced Tuesday that the Volunteers men’s basketball program has signed a two-game, home-and-home contract with Butler University. The series begins next season in Knoxville.

The Vols will host the Bulldogs at Thompson-Boling Arena on Dec. 14, and the teams will play at Butler’s historic Hinkle Fieldhouse on Dec. 12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tennessee trails its all-time series with Butler 2-1, dating to 1958. The Vols won the most recent meeting 76-71, in overtime, in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala.
Led by first-year head coach Brandon Miller, Butler just completed its first season in the Big East Conference.

The Vols own a 27-22 all-time record against current members of the Big East. New UT head coach Donnie Tyndall has yet to face a current Big East program as a head coach.