Crossroads Classic extended through 2019

  • 08/14/2014 9:13 pm in

The Crossroads Classic, a four-team event billed as a replacement of the old Hoosier Classic and played for the past three seasons in December at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, has been extended through 2019, it was announced today.

Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue will each continue as participants. The Hoosiers are 1-2 in the first three years of the event.

Here’s the full release:

INDIANAPOLIS – The highly successful Crossroads Classic will continue through 2019, the athletics directors at the four participating schools announced today.

One of college basketball’s premier non-conference events will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The additional dates and matchups are Dec. 16, 2017 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana), Dec. 15, 2018 (Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana) and Dec. 21, 2019 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana).

The three-year cycle is in addition to previously-announced games on Dec. 19, 2015 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana) and Dec. 17, 2016 (Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana).

“We are thrilled to be the home of the Crossroads Classic through 2019,” said Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “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.”

Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame and Morgan Burke of Purdue announced the creation of the Crossroads Classic in August of 2010. The initial two-year contract was followed by a two-year extension in May of 2012 and another extension in July 2013.

More than 19,000 fans have attended each of the first three Crossroads Classics. This year’s event is set for Dec. 20 and will feature Notre Dame vs. Purdue and Indiana vs. Butler. Notre Dame will serve as the host school.

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.

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  • Hardwood83

    I’m not sure this was a great move by IU. ND appears to be fairly stable, but Butler seems likely to descend into a mediocre at best program.

  • FinEndNow

    I like this. Keeps us playing other Indiana schools. Though I wish we’d schedule both every year. Wouldn’t really be a bad Idea. And if we’re going to play some small schools then why not play Evansville, Ball State, IPFW, Indiana State, IUPUI.. Give some money to some Indiana schools. Maybe play a road game or two against one of those teams. We did go to Evansville a couple years ago right?

  • VanPastorMan

    I’d like for us to play Purdue in yrs where we only play them once in conference.

  • FinEndNow

    Is that allowed?

  • Bryce Kepner

    I was going to mention the same thing! I wish they could make it into an all Indiana tournament. Add some of the smaller teams like Evansville, Ball State, IUPUI, etc. and make it a tourney.

  • Snookafly

    Isn’t this commitment what kept us out of the (more prestigious) CBS Sports Classic?

  • Kelin Blab

    I am somewhat OK with this move….but I think IU could have done some other things…..

    1. The Border Battle…. IU, Purdue, UK, L’ville

    The Crossroads classic can help recruiting in state but IU has to start winning and making the NCAA tourney too.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t remember the year(s), but there was a 3-game series that was pretty interesting. Evansville did pretty well back then, not like the last time they played 🙁 I wish Evansville could get in on the Crossroads Classic as well, they are not as “bad” of a team as most believe, and they have a nasty habit of winning some games they shouldn’t against ranked teams. The beat a final-4 Butler team on Butler’s home floor.

  • gohoosiers09

    took the words out of my mouth, it would be awesome to see all the indiana schools get together, but it would be impossible to get around all the schedules

  • CreamandCrimson

    I think they will be better than mediocre moving forward. They have recruited pretty well (Tyler Lewis is a great fit and will be eligible during the 15-16 season after leaving NC State, Tyler Wideman, Kelan Martin and Jackson Davis are all good players), Kellen Dunham is a really good player, Roosevelt Jones is back and has two more years. They won’t be great this year but I think they’ll be a top 25 team during the 15-16 season.

  • plane1972

    How can you turn your back on the opportunity to play the two best, out-of-conference, in-state schools? You can’t, which is why I like this move.

    I very much like Kelin’s idea of the Border Battle. Unfortunately, the Indiana schools are not keeping up their end of the bargain for this to be overly attractive to the Kentucky schools. A home-and-home series with Louisville would be great, and I say swallow your pride and play Kentucky wherever they want to play. When Cal/Barnhart leave, then revisit the issue of returning to on-campus games. Think how huge those games would be after several years in domes. We need one of the Kentucky schools as a consistent rivalry game for the schedule.

  • plane1972

    I agree. If it is at all possible to rotate in-state schools through our schedule, I like it. I know the other schools get more out of it, but is good for the health of Indiana basketball.

  • Alford Bailey

    I’m completely bored with this. Doesnt benefit IU at all. Its a win for the other three schools, though. Tickets are frickin RIDICULOUS. Only thing that would make this tolerable is if the winners played in a true tournament style.

  • Hoosier1158

    Why cave in to what Cal wants? All he wants is to play in Indy which has some of the best basketball talent in the country. Get a series going with Kansas, UCLA or Florida.

  • skotchie

    I agree with plane, yep uk got Lyle, and X got Bluiett, Lyles went to Ore and IU got Blackmon, MSU had Harris and looks like possibly Swanagin, UM Irvin, McGary & Robinson III OSU had Thomas and Oden going back further IU had Zeller & still has Yogi.
    I would’ve loved it if all these guys played at IU but that ain’t climate these days.
    All these schools don’t just have their foot in the door they’ve made themselves at home. Why give UCLA, Florida, and Kansas that same opportunity the rest already have?

  • Hoosier1158

    I say don’t cave into Cal’s demands. When I say play Kansas, UCLA or Florida, I am talking about playing on campus and not in Indy.