INDIANAPOLIS – A growing December basketball tradition in Indianapolis will continue for at least five more years.
Today on Purdue Athletics website it was announced that the Crossroads Classic which features four Indiana Division I schools will continue through 2019 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The afternoon of basketball-typically held in mid-December, features a rotation of match-ups between Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue.
“We are thrilled to be the home of the Crossroads Classic through 2019,” said Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, on a release from Purdue University. “The Classic has become a popular and prestigious annual doubleheader bringing together four great in-state institutions.
“We are grateful for Bankers Life Fieldhouse to remain the host venue for this event, and we take pride in sharing a great tradition with Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue.”
Started in 2011, the Classic has provided some memorable moments in a short time. In it’s first year, Butler upset a ranked Purdue team on a last-second basket by Andrew Smith. Later that afternoon Indiana, coming off their monumental upset of No. 1 Kentucky at home the week before, beat Notre Dame.
The next year the Bulldogs did it again, this time using an Alex Barlow last-second hoop to knock No. 1 Indiana from the ranks of the undefeated. Notre Dame defeated Purdue in the second game of the afternoon.
Butler stayed undefeated in 2013 at they beat the Boilermakers while Notre Dame scored its second Crossroads Classic win over the Hoosiers.