The new Fieldturf field at UIC is close to completion so the Flames will be able to practice later in the fall season and open up the home schedule earlier in the year. This is an important project for the Chicago based school as they will become one of 19 Division 1 schools to have this surface. The full release is available here.
The Butler Bulldogs have released the 2008 schedule. The Bulldogs will open the season on February 29th at Kentucky which is the start of a four game series against the SEC school. The Bulldogs will head the next weekend to Murray State for a three game set. They will face a full Horizon League schedule where the road schedule is highlighted by a trip to UIC on April 4th and 5th. UIC is expected to win the conference title after making the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The home schedule is highlighted by a three game set against Wright State on April 11th and 12th. The conference tournament will take place from May 21st-25th at Eastwood Field which is the home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The full Butler schedule is available here.
The UIC Flames are predicted to win the Horizon League for the sixth consecutive season. They went 35-20 last season where they were knocked out of the Horizon League tournament by Wright State. The full release from the Horizon League is available here.