Indiana–Purdue rivalry

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Logo of Indiana University Logo of Purdue University
School Indiana University Purdue University
Established 1820 1869
Location Bloomington, IN West Lafayette, IN
Conference Big Ten Big Ten
Students 42,731 39,726
School Colors Cream & Crimson Old Gold & Black
Nickname Hoosiers Boilermakers
Varsity Teams 24 20
Crimson & Gold Cup Wins 7 3
Total Championships 24 3

The Indiana–Purdue rivalry is an athletic rivalry between the Indiana University Hoosiers and Purdue University Boilermakers, the two flagship universities in the state of Indiana. It is regarded as one of the most intense collegiate rivalries in the United States, and one of the strongest and most followed collegiate rivalries in the Big Ten Conference. Among all of college sports rivalries, Newsweek listed it among the top 12 and Huffington Post listed it as the fifth best rivalry overall.[1][2]

The intensity of the rivalry is augmented by the deep passion within Indiana for basketball (see Hoosier Hysteria). Both universities have very large student bodies; Purdue is an engineering research university located in the northern portion of the state while Indiana University is a liberal arts research university located in the southern portion of the state. The academic and geographic divergence of the two institutions polarizes the state of Indiana into two large fan bases.

Both universities have been members of the Big Ten Conference for over 100 years, ensuring yearly competition across all sports and adding conference standing implications to the rivalry.

Men's basketball[edit]

Men's Basketball Rivalry
Indiana Purdue
Series wins 88 113
NCAA Championships 5 0
NCAA Tournament Appearances 37 25
Big Ten Championships 21 22
Big Ten Tourney Championships 0 1
All-Americans 42 46
Consensus 1st Team All-Americans 15 25
Naismith Player of the Year 2 1
Big Ten Player of the Year 6 3

Indiana and Purdue battled it out for the first time on March 2, 1901. The two have battled it out at least once a year since then, and until 2001 they usually met twice a year. Purdue leads the all-time series 113–88. Both schools have won more Big Ten Conference championships than any other members. Purdue has 22 titles and Indiana has 20; since the Big Ten began basketball in the 1904-05 season, the schools have combined to win or share over 39% of the conference championships.

Additionally, Indiana has won 5 NCAA championships in basketball and Purdue was retroactively awarded the 1932 Helms Foundation national title. Since Purdue's 1932 national title pre-dates the Tournament era (1939–present), it is not officially recognized by the NCAA.[3] Indiana finished the 1975 and 1993 regular season ranked #1. Both Indiana and Purdue have captured one post-season NIT championship; Purdue won in 1974 and Indiana won in 1979 by defeating Purdue in the final at Madison Square Garden. The two teams also met in the postseason the following year in the 1980 NCAA Sweet 16, with Purdue winning on their way to the Final Four. That was their first, and only, head-to-head NCAA Tournament meeting.

Purdue's overall lead is due to its dominance in the early years of the series. Purdue won 51 of the first 62 games through 1939, including four winning streaks of more than eight games. In 1940 Indiana won both yearly contests for the first time ever and went on to win their first of five NCAA Championships. The rivalry has since favored Indiana, with the series record standing at 73–59 since 1940. The intensity of the rivalry reached new heights throughout the 1970s, '80s, and '90s when Bob Knight and Gene Keady coached Indiana and Purdue, respectively. The two legends combined for 16 Big Ten titles and 13 Big Ten Coach of the Year awards while leading the Hoosiers and Boilers. Some felt the rivalry lessened in quality and intensity when Knight was fired from Indiana in 2000, while Keady struggled in his final years before retiring from Purdue in 2005.[4] However, the rivalry has become re-energized in recent years under Purdue's Matt Painter and Indiana's Tom Crean have re-energized the success at both schools and helped restore the rivalry. ESPN has labeled the basketball rivalry as "one of the two or three best rivalries in the sport,"[5] while College Magazine ranked it as the 10th best college basketball rivalry and TotalProSports listed it as the seventh best.[6][7]

Notable games and incidents[edit]

Disputed 1901 game[edit]

Indiana and Purdue first met on March 2, 1901 in Bloomington, with a 20-15 Purdue win. Indiana originally planned to play a second game against Purdue in West Lafayette, but according to the Arbutus (the Indiana school yearbook) those games were "declared off, and the season ended at Indiana."[8] The official records of Indiana and Purdue indicate that Indiana lost to Purdue 23–19 in West Lafayette on March 15, 1901. However, the Indiana University Basketball Encyclopedia by Jason Hiner notes that an absence of newspaper reports about the game suggests that it never took place.[9] That source lists Indiana's record for the 1900–01 season as 1-3.

1979: NIT Championship[edit]

After splitting the regular season series at one win apiece, Indiana and No. 15 ranked Purdue met on March 21, 1979 in the final game of the 1979 NIT Championship. Indiana squeaked by with a 53–52 win in the first-ever post-season meeting between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers.

1980: NCAA Sweet 16[edit]

On March 13, 1980, No. 7 ranked Indiana faced No. 20 Purdue in the 1980 NCAA Sweet 16, held in Lexington. This is the only time the two schools have ever met in the NCAA Tournament. Although Indiana freshman Isiah Thomas scored 30 points, Purdue ultimately won the game 76-69 behind 20 points from Keith Edmonson and Drake Morris. Purdue reached the Final Four before losing to UCLA.[10]

1981: "Sucker punch" and jackass feud[edit]

In a game at Bloomington on January 31, 1981 between Indiana and Purdue, Hoosier star Isiah Thomas allegedly hit Purdue guard Roosevelt Barnes in what some critics described as a "sucker punch".[11] Video replay shown by Bob Knight later showed Barnes had thrown the first punch, and that Thomas was merely reacting to this. When the two schools played their second game of the season at Purdue on February 7, 1981, Knight claimed a number of derisive chants were directed at him, his wife, and Indiana University. In response Knight invited Purdue athletic director George King on his weekly television show to discuss the matter, but King declined. Therefore, in place of King, Knight brought onto the show a "jackass" (male donkey) wearing a Purdue hat as a representative of Purdue.[12][13] The 1980–81 Hoosiers would go on to win the 1981 NCAA National Championship, the school's fourth national title.

1985: Knight chair throwing incident[edit]

The February 23, 1985 game at Bloomington between Purdue and Indiana would provide a defining moment in the Indiana-Purdue basketball rivalry. Just five minutes into the game, a scramble for a loose ball resulted in a foul call on Indiana's Daryl Thomas. Knight, irate, insisted the call should have been for a jump ball and ultimately received a technical foul. Purdue's Steve Reid stepped to the free throw line to shoot the resulting free throws, but before he could Knight grabbed a red plastic chair from Indiana's bench and threw it across the floor toward the basket in front of Reid.

Knight was ejected, but he received a standing ovation as he left the floor from the home crowd at Assembly Hall, and the crowd quickly became hostile and dangerous. Fans went so far as to throw coins at the Purdue bench after Knight's ejection. Purdue players at the game recalled being scared to play because of the hostile crowd. Despite the crowd, Purdue went on to defeat Indiana 72–63 on their way to a 20–9 season, while Indiana finished the year 16–13 and missed the NCAA tournament.

Knight apologized for his actions the next day and was given a one-game suspension and two years probation from the Big Ten. Since the incident, Knight has occasionally joked about throwing the chair. A common joke told by Knight is that he saw an old lady standing on the opposite sideline and threw her the chair so she could sit down. The picture of Knight throwing the red plastic chair across the floor in front of Reid has since become the symbol of the Indiana-Purdue rivlary. Replays of the toss have been shown during nearly every match-up at Mackey Arena since 1985.[14][15]

1987: High ranked duels[edit]

On January 31, 1987, Indiana and Purdue met for the first time with both teams ranked in the Top 10; coincidentally, they were tied in the AP poll at #4. Indiana won the first meeting of the year in Bloomington 88–77. In their second match-up, on February 26, 1987 in West Lafayette, both teams came into the game still ranked in the Top 10 (Purdue at #6 and Indiana at #3). Indiana All-American Steve Alford was held to only 1 point in the first half as Purdue led by 9 points at the break. Behind 18 points from Troy Lewis, Purdue won 75-64. Despite the loss, the 1986–87 Hoosiers would go on to win the 1987 NCAA National Championship, the school's fifth national title.

1991: Knight tirade[edit]

At a practice leading up to an Indiana-Purdue game in West Lafayette in 1991, Bob Knight unleashed a torrent of expletives and threats designed to motivate his Indiana team. In one portion he exclaims he is "f**king tired of losing to Purdue." Unknown to most, someone was secretly taping the speech. The speech has since gone viral and has over 1.83 million views on YouTube alone.[16] Although the source of who taped the speech remains unknown, many former players suspect it was former manager and current NBA coach Lawrence Frank.[17] Indiana would go on to beat Purdue 106-65. [18]

1997: Keady milestone[edit]

In a February 18, 1997 game at Bloomington, No. 24 ranked Indiana was led by 31 points from freshman A. J. Guyton, including a three-pointer to tie the game at 87 in overtime. However, Purdue's Chad Austin hit the game winner with 0.6 seconds left in overtime to give Purdue their 4th win in a row against the Hoosiers. It was practically an instant replay from the previous season when Austin sank a three-pointer with 13.7 seconds left to lift Purdue to a 74-72 win in Bloomington. Austin scored 18 and Purdue freshman Brian Cardinal added 25 points in the 1997 game. The victory was the 400th of Gene Keady's career.[19]

2002: Duel in the Dome[edit]

The Big Ten had featured an imbalanced conference schedule since increasing to 11 members in 1993, and it finally reached the Indiana–Purdue rivalry as the two were only scheduled for one meeting in each of the 2001–02 and 2002-03 seasons. However, the two schools planned a non-conference game for December 14, 2002, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The game was nicknamed the "Duel in the Dome" and a total of 32,055 Hoosier and Boiler fans filled into the Dome to see the game.

The #6 ranked Hoosiers held off Purdue 66–63 in the game. Indiana jumped out early and led by as many as six points at 17–11 before Purdue used a 12–1 run to go ahead by six points themselves at 27–21. But Indiana closed the gap and at halftime Purdue led 29–27. After only one lead change in the first half, the second half featured 5 ties and 9 lead changes as the teams battled back and forth. Indiana took the lead for good at 50–49 with 5:36 left, but Purdue never trailed by more than five points and the game wasn't over until Jeff Newton stole Purdue's inbound pass with a second left. Newton scored 16 points to lead the Hoosiers, including 9 crucial points in the final three minutes.[20]

2005: Double overtime[edit]

On January 15, 2005, Indiana and Purdue faced off in Mackey Arena in what would be Keady's final home game of the rivalry. Purdue had led the entire game until Indiana used a 14–0 run to take a four point lead with twelve minutes remaining in the second half. The teams battled back and forth until David Teague gave Purdue a 55–52 lead with only 25 seconds remaining. However, Indiana's Marshall Strickland tied the game on a three-point play to send the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, the Hoosiers and Boilermakers were tied at 61 when a questionable foul was called on Purdue's Andrew Ford with 0.9 seconds remaining. Strickland hit two free throws to give Indiana the lead. But Purdue heaved a pass to the opposite end of the court where Carl Landry made a layup and was fouled as he shot. After reviewing the call on video replay, the referees ruled that although Landry had released the shot after the buzzer, he had been fouled before time expired allowing continuation and counting the basket. Landry ended up missing the ensuing free-throw with no time on the clock, and the teams went to double-overtime tied at 63.

In the second overtime, Indiana had a 74–70 lead before Teague hit a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds remaining to pull Purdue within one. Bracey Wright then made one free throw for Indiana, and Purdue's Brandon McKnight missed a last-second heave to make the final score 75–73 in favor of the Hoosiers. This was the first, and thus far only, double-overtime game in the history of the Indiana-Purdue basketball series.[21]

2008: Sampson's finale[edit]

On February 19, 2008 No. 15 ranked Indiana faced No. 14 ranked Purdue in Bloomington. It would be the Hoosiers' last game before the completion of the school's investigation into accusations that Kelvin Sampson committed major rules violations, and would ultimately be Sampson's final game as Indiana's head coach as he would resign two days later. Hoosier star Eric Gordon scored 22 points to lead Indiana to a 77–68 victory. The win snapped Purdue's 11-game winning streak and brought Indiana within one-half game of the Boilermakers at the top of the Big Ten conference standings.[22]

Results[edit]

Winning team is shown in bold. Indiana wins are shaded in crimson. Purdue wins are shaded in black. Ranking of the team at the time of the game is shown in parenthesis next to the team name. Purdue leads the all-time head-to-head series with Indiana 113–88.[23]

Football[edit]

Main article: Old Oaken Bucket
Football Rivalry
Indiana Purdue
Series wins 38 72
Big Ten Championships 2 8
Bowl Game Appearances 9 15

Indiana and Purdue first met in football in 1891. The rivalry has been renewed annually during every peacetime season since then, except when the 1903 game was called off due to nearly the entire Purdue team dying in a train wreck. In 1908 the two schools began a tradition of concluding their regular seasons by playing each other. This tradition has been interrupted only occasionally (World War I, 9/11 (game with ND moved to 12/1), late season games @ Hawaii), but for the most part, Indiana and Purdue have ended the season by playing each other. Purdue leads the all-time series 72–37–6, however Indiana won most recent meeting 56 - 36 in Bloomington.

In 1925 the teams played for the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time. While the presentation of the trophy dates 86 years, the bucket itself is more than 100 years old. The winner of the bucket gets a "P" or "I" link added to the chain of the bucket with the score, date and the city where the game was played engraved on the link. In case of a tie, an "I–P" link is added. The first Old Oaken Bucket game ended in a 0–0 tie, resulting in the first "I-P" link. Purdue leads the all-time Bucket series 57–27–3.

When the Big Ten expands to 14 teams in 2014 and the conference realigns into geographically based divisions, Indiana and Purdue will be placed in opposite divisions (respectively East and West). However, the Indiana–Purdue game will be the only protected cross-division rivalry in the new setup, ensuring that the Old Oaken Bucket will still be contested every year.

Other sports[edit]

The rivalry between Indiana and Purdue has spilled over into other arenas. Beginning in the fall of 2001, the rivalry was strengthened by the creation of an official rivalry cup. It was introduced in the fall of 2001 as the Titan Series, but renamed the Crimson and Gold Cup in the fall of 2004.[24] The schools accumulate points based on the results of head-to-head competition or standings at the Big Ten championships for shared varsity sports, and the program with the most points at the end of the year wins the trophy. Indiana has claimed the cup 7 times, winning in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Purdue has won the cup 3 times, in 2003, 2004, and 2007.

Other sports also have their own traveling trophy.[25] In addition to the Old Oaken Bucket in football, there is the Monon Spike in volleyball, which was introduced in 1981 as reminder of the competition on the court as well as a reference to the historic Monon Railroad in the state. As with its sister trophy, the Old Oaken Bucket, a "P" or an "I" link is added to the chain signifying the season's winner. In women's basketball there is the Barn Burner Trophy, which was introduced during the 1993–94 season. It is a wood plaque with a drawing of a barn and an attached basketball hoop. Women's soccer also features the Golden Boot, introduced in 2002. After each victory, the winning team takes the trophy home and adds a letter to the chain attached to the gold-dipped soccer shoe. On each letter is engraved the date and score of the match it represents.

References[edit]

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  8. ^ 1901 Arbutus. 
  9. ^ Hiner, Jason (2005). Indiana University Basketball Encyclopedia. United States: Sports Publishing. pp. 120–122. ISBN 1-58261-655-8. 
  10. ^ Purdue Media Guide pgs. 121-123
  11. ^ Challen, Paul (2004). The Isiah Thomas Story. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-662-2. 
  12. ^ Nelson, John (26 March 1981). "Knight Infamous Prankster". The Victoria Advocate. 
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  15. ^ "Bobby Knight Throws a Chair". YouTube. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bobby Knight - angry motivational speech". YouTube. 
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  18. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/indiana/1992-schedule.html
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  24. ^ Crimson and Gold Cup
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