The Bulls announced their preseason schedule for the 2016-17 season Thursday morning. The schedule features seven total games: four home games, two away games and one game at a neutral site.
Preseason begins Monday, Oct. 3 at home in the United Center when the Bulls face the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls will face the Bucks one other time during preseason: Saturday, Oct. 15. The Bulls will also face two other Central Division teams: the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers, meaning they will face off with former Bull Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy was traded the the Cavaliers to make salary cap space for Dwyane Wade‘s contract.
The Bulls will only face two non-Central Division teams throughout their preseason: the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets. But the Hawks game will be a bigger one. The game will take place at the CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, the same place Doug McDermott played his home games at Creighton. Former Bull and current Hawks swingman Kyle Korver also played at Creighton, though never at the CenturyLink Center, which makes the game a homecoming of sorts for the two Creighton alumni.
Per Creighton’s sports information director, Rob Anderson, the last time McDermott played at the arena he dropped a record 45 points on Senior Day.
The Bulls also played last season’s preseason finale in Nebraska, but it was at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln and not at Creighton’s home court.
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