Crossroads Classic extended through 2014

  • 05/22/2012 2:24 pm in

The Crossroads Classic, a four-team event billed as a replacement of the old Hoosier Classic and played for the first time last December at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, has been extended through 2014. Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue will each continue as participants.

Here’s the release that was issued this afternoon:

INDIANAPOLIS – After a highly successful debut in 2011, the directors of athletics at Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue have agreed to a two-year extension of the Crossroads Classic that will keep one of college basketball’s premier non-conference events in Indianapolis in 2013 and 2014.

Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame and Morgan Burke of Purdue each signed an addendum to the original Crossroads Classic contract. Bankers Life Fieldhouse will remain as host for the full term of the agreement.

“We are so proud to partner with four outstanding Indiana institutions and build on the success of the inaugural Crossroads Classic,” Rick Fuson, Chief Operating Officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, said. “We are excited that the extension will continue this great tradition in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.”

In addition to the originally-scheduled date of Dec. 15, 2012, the Crossroads Classic will now also be held on Dec. 14, 2013, and Dec. 20, 2014. Game times and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

A sellout crowd of more than 19,000 fans witnessed the inaugural Crossroads Classic last December, as Butler and Indiana were victorious at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Both games were also televised nationally, with CBS broadcasting the Butler-Purdue matchup and ESPN2 airing the Indiana-Notre Dame contest.

Opponents will rotate in 2012, with Butler taking on Indiana and Notre Dame squaring off with Purdue. Indiana will serve as the host school for the second-annual Crossroads Classic.

The coming together of the four most-storied college basketball programs in the state of Indiana, the Crossroads Classic is a nod to the Hoosier Classic of years past, when the schools played a doubleheader non-conference showcase at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse.


Comments from the four schools’ directors of athletics

“Butler University is proud to be a part of this premier and unique event. The competition will continue to showcase our four institutions and their teams in an electric atmosphere in a great venue. Indianapolis is the perfect location for these elite college basketball match-ups!”

Barry Collier, Butler Athletic Director

“I think very early on you could see the excitement building about having these four programs together at one venue. I think it has quickly become a showcase event for college basketball fans in the state of Indiana.”

Fred Glass, Indiana Vice President and Director of Athletics

“College fans were treated to a great day of basketball last year, and I am thrilled that all four schools have agreed to extend the contract for two more years. Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse proved to be ideal hosts and we are fortunate to be able to partner with them once again. Notre Dame looks forward to building this into not only one of the premier college basketball events in the country, but also into a platform for broader collaboration among four great universities.”

Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Vice President/Director of Athletics

“Purdue is pleased to extend this event two additional years in partnership with Butler, Indiana and Notre Dame. The inaugural year highlighted spirited competition, as well as large and lively crowds. We hope the Crossroads Classic will be a holiday tradition in Indianapolis for many years to come.”

Morgan Burke, Purdue Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I think at the very least Valpo, Ball State, Indiana State, and Evansville should be invited to play in this as well.  Even if they have their own “undercard” rotation.  Even better though would be an 8 team single elimination tournament for bragging rights within our state.  It would have a high school Sectional type of feel I bet. Obviously seeding would come into play and the big 4 would be put in each corner of the bracket.  It would be such a blast to watch and experience.  IUPUI could be thrown in the mix as well and there could possibly be a “play in” game based on the previous seasons record for the two teams with the least amount of wins.  I know there are some rules and expectations regarding exempt tournaments, but they could make it work.  Indiana is probably one of the few select states that could pull this off and create an intense type of passion and draw great national interest.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I think at the very least Valpo, Ball State, Indiana State, and Evansville should be invited to play in this as well.  Even if they have their own “undercard” rotation.  Even better though would be an 8 team single elimination tournament for bragging rights within our state.  It would have a high school Sectional type of feel I bet. Obviously seeding would come into play and the big 4 would be put in each corner of the bracket.  It would be such a blast to watch and experience.  IUPUI could be thrown in the mix as well and there could possibly be a “play in” game based on the previous seasons record for the two teams with the least amount of wins.  I know there are some rules and expectations regarding exempt tournaments, but they could make it work.  Indiana is probably one of the few select states that could pull this off and create an intense type of passion and draw great national interest.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Also, the Ivy Tech Rec League champs. 

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    It is a great way to prove to the top in-state recruits who is the best choice. 
     

  • iufan4life10

     I really like the idea of expanding the event to 8 teams but you get into the possibility of IU and PU playing an OOC game.  I would like to see 4 teams added and making it a two day event with two “mini tournaments.”  IU would be on one side and PU would be on the other and Butler and ND would switch every year.  This has the potential to become an even bigger event.

  • WisconHoosier

    A line that was edited out of the original press release:

    “We lobbied hard to not play IU,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter.  “We didn’t want to be known as Roadkill at the Crossroads.”

  • WisconHoosier

    A line that was edited out of the original press release:

    “We lobbied hard to not play IU,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter.  “We didn’t want to be known as Roadkill at the Crossroads.”

  • DarkSouth

    If expansion were possible, why not include all D-1 schools and add IUPUI and IPFW.

  • DarkSouth

    “It is a great way to reaffirm to the top in-state recruits who is the best choice.”
     
    ftfy

  • HoosierDadE

    I was there last year and loved

    a) By the time the IU game started the crowd was almost 3/4 Hoosier fans

    b) During the game it was everyone else vs IU

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    The only thing is several of these teams are in the same conference. (IU, PU/Butler,Valpo/ISU,UE). I think IUPUI & IPFW are in the same conference as well.

    It would be hard to separate all of them in a Tournament format to where they don’t play each other OOC.

  • I wish they would extend this tournament to all the Indiana big colleges and make it an Indiana Classic, Battle of the State.

  • I wish they would extend this tournament to all the Indiana big colleges and make it an Indiana Classic, Battle of the State.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    nice.

  • IURob1997

    I love the concept but would hate to see this turned into a “tournament” like many are suggesting.  We all know IU is king in the state but the Hoosiers are ready to step up and play better competition now.  1 game is great against a state school but I’d rather see IU in a real preseason tournament with legit competition.

  • HoosierDadE

    They are playing in the Legends Classic at the new Barclays Center this year…

    UCLA, Georgetown, and Georgia

  • LeeTimmer

    It’s not a real tournament unless IU Southeast is involved!

  • LeeTimmer

    It’s not a real tournament unless IU Southeast is involved!

  • LeeTimmer

    It’s so nice to see Little Brother back in his room where he belongs.

  • LeeTimmer

    It’s so nice to see Little Brother back in his room where he belongs.

  • This format provides basketball fans a great chance to see four popular, and generally successful, in-state programs. I’m glad they’ve extended it. 

  • This format provides basketball fans a great chance to see four popular, and generally successful, in-state programs. I’m glad they’ve extended it. 

  • Foy

    I can only imagine the excitement that an 8 team single elimination tournament would generate. The only issue being the potential non-conference match-ups of same conference teams (IU/PU)…

  • Foy

    I can only imagine the excitement that an 8 team single elimination tournament would generate. The only issue being the potential non-conference match-ups of same conference teams (IU/PU)…

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    I’ve got a few credits from there. 

  • marcusgresham

    There are an even number of D-I teams in the state (10.)  You could move this to Lucas Oil and have the other 6 rotate against one another (Evansville and Indiana State are in the same conference, so you wouldn’t have them play each other, as are a couple of other teams mentioned,) to have one big day of 5 games.  No need for an actual tournament format.

    Also, I like the fact that I can imagine this being a way of saying, “no thanks, UK, we already get to play in Indy every year.”

  • stroot

    I’d have no complaints meeting them in an OOC game. Beating them three times in a season is cool with me.

  • stroot

    I’d have no complaints meeting them in an OOC game. Beating them three times in a season is cool with me.

  • stroot

    Ah, yes, whenever I think of Legends of NCAA basketball, Georgia is usually one of the first schools which come to mind.

  • FYI – Butler is only in the Horizon League for one more year. They will be an A10 member in the 2013-2014 season.

  • Casey B.

    Great idea, except we can’t play Purdue out of conference, and a tournament format would make that a possibility.

  • Casey B.

    Great idea, except we can’t play Purdue out of conference, and a tournament format would make that a possibility.

  • Casey B.

    Not allowed.

  • HoosierDadE

    Right up there w/ UNC….
     
    at Asheville

  • HoosierDadE

    Right up there w/ UNC….
     
    at Asheville

  • IUMIKE1

     After this next season little brother may not be back in his room…. he may have retreated to the basement where all things strange & weird reside.

  • IUMIKE1

    Marcus, just in case you have been on the moon for the last day or two & haven’t seen the teasers, for the sports guy’s interview on WHAS (ABC affiliate in Louisville for you nonsouthern IN fans), he is going to interview the great slimy one down south about them opting out of the annual IU pUKe game. Sounds like from the teasers that a barf bag may be required equipment to be able to watch the whole thing even if it is only a few minutes long.

  • LeeTimmer

    So do I. Very few.

  • marcusgresham

    Is that a new rule, because I can remember conference teams meeting in an early season tournament (Great Alaska Shootout, maybe,) about 20 years ago.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t care what he’s talking about (unless it’s a confession of wrongdoings,) I don’t want to have to listen to him.

  • Geoff_85

    Just line the good ol’ days. 🙂

  • Geoff_85

    *like* Sorry, I couldn’t save ‘Edit’ (new Disqus sucks for mobile).

  • Geoff_85

    *like* Sorry, I couldn’t save ‘Edit’ (new Disqus sucks for mobile).

  • I would argue that Indiana State is just as “storied” as Notre Dame. Larry Bird and Indiana State vs Magic Johnson is more talked about than Notre Dame basketball has ever been