Crossroads Classic

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The Crossroads Classic is a four-team basketball event held in Indianapolis, Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It has featured four Indiana schools each year. They are the Indiana Hoosiers, the Purdue Boilermakers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Butler Bulldogs. In odd numbered years, Notre Dame plays Indiana while Butler plays Purdue. In even numbered years, Notre Dame plays Purdue while Butler plays Indiana. Purdue and Indiana do not play each other in the Classic, as they are Big Ten conference rivals and always play later in the season. Thus, neither do Notre Dame and Butler.

History[edit]

The event was the genesis of former Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke. [1] It was designed to replicate a previous basketball event, the Hoosier Classic, which dated back to the 1940s. The Hoosier Classic was also a two-game nonconference showcase between Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler. The games were held at Hinkle Fieldhouse. [2]

In 2014, the athletic directors at the four participating schools announced that the Crossroads Classic has been renewed through 2019.[3]

In 2016, for the first time in history, all four teams entered the Crossroads Classic ranked in the top 25.[4]

Results by year[edit]

Year Date Winning Team Score Losing Team
2011 December 17 Butler 67–65 Purdue
#18 Indiana 69–58 Notre Dame
2012 December 15 Butler 88–86* #1 Indiana
#22 Notre Dame 81–68 Purdue
2013 December 14 Notre Dame 79–72 Indiana
Butler 76–70 Purdue
2014 December 20 Indiana 82–73 #23 Butler
#21 Notre Dame 94–63 Purdue
2015 December 19 Indiana 80–73 Notre Dame
#17 Butler 74–68 #9 Purdue
2016 December 17 #15 Purdue 86–81 #21 Notre Dame
#18 Butler 83–78 #9 Indiana
2017 December 16 #17 Purdue 82–67 Butler[5]
Indiana 80–77* #18 Notre Dame
* indicates the number of overtime periods.

Future match-ups[edit]

Date Match-ups
December 15, 2018 Indiana vs. Butler
Purdue vs. Notre Dame

All-time records by team[edit]

Team Record Percentage
Butler 5–2 .714
Indiana 4–3 .571
Notre Dame 3–4 .429
Purdue 2–5 .286

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terry Hutchens (December 14, 2010). "Six years in, Crossroads Classic continues to be a hit in the state". Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ Eamonn Brennan (August 3, 2010). "Indiana revives Hoosier Classic". Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Crossroads Classic Extended Through 2019 Season". Indiana Hoosiers. August 14, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Litman, Laken; Osterman, Zach; Woods, David; Baird, Nathan (December 15, 2016). "Crossroads Classic primer: What's at stake for each team". IndyStar. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Game Summary".