IU to play Notre Dame at Conseco next season

  • 08/16/2010 1:02 pm in

This came across the wire a little while ago, but here’s a copy of the Notre Dame release on the subject. Purdue and Butler will play in the other match-up, and then the opponents will switch in 2012. Early impressions suggest everyone is giddy as a schoolmarm about the event, dubbed the Crossroads Classic.

It’s too early, obviously, for deep reaction to the Irish, but having covered them over the last year, here are four names to watch for: Tim Abromaitis, Scott Martin, (yes, that one) Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant. The former pair are solid, scoring wings with legitimate 6-foot-8 size and plenty of athleticism. Atkins and Grant are both freshmen, but talented and about to get plugged into Mike Brey’s points-happy offense.

Release after the jump. (Courtesy of Bernie Cafarelli at Notre Dame media relations.)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —- Notre Dame and Indiana will renew its storied men’s basketball rivalry during the 2011-12 campaign when the two teams will meet at Conseco Fieldhouse on Dec. 17, 2011 in the Crossroads Classic. The contest will be a part of doubleheader that also will feature Butler and Purdue meeting on the hardwood that same day.

The announcement of the event was made today (Aug. 16) at Conseco Fieldhouse. Irish director of athletics Jack Swarbrick was present for the formal announcement of the doubleheader as were Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana and Morgan Burke of Purdue. The four athletic directors each signed the Memorandum of Understanding that provides for the Crossroads Classic to be held in the state capital in both 2011 and 2012.

The Irish will play Purdue in the second year of the event on Dec. 15, 2012.

“Notre Dame is very excited to be able to join with Butler, Indiana University and Purdue in making the Crossroads Classic possible,” said Swarbrick. “This is a great basketball event in America’s best basketball venue, but it is more than that. It is also a celebration of higher education in Indiana. The partnership reflected in this basketball event mirrors the many ways in which Indiana’s great colleges and universities work together to benefit Hoosiers.”

“We at Conseco Fieldhouse and Pacers Sports & Entertainment are pleased to be the host for this extraordinary event, which brings four of the state’s outstanding universities together for two great games each of the next two years,” Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, said. “This expands our basketball heritage and will be tremendously exciting for alumni and all basketball fans.”

The Irish and Hoosiers last faced each other on Nov. 24, 2008 when Notre Dame defeated Indiana, 88-50, in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The last regular-season meeting between the two schools in the state of Indiana occurred on Dec. 12, 2004 at Assembly Hall in Bloomington as the Irish defeated the Hoosiers, 55-45. Indiana leads the all-time series, 47-21.

There have been 40 matchups between the Irish and the Boilermakers and the series is split with each team winning 20 games. The last meeting occurred on March 17, 2004 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament held at Notre Dame. The Irish earned a 71-59 victory in a contest that marked the first meeting between the two schools since the 1965-66 campaign.

Game times and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Comments from the three other directors of athletics:

“This doubleheader will be a great event for the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and for college basketball in general. The tradition and passion behind college basketball in Indianapolis and at the four institutions make this a must-see event that will generate statewide and national interest.”

Barry Collier, Butler athletic director

“We think it makes tremendous sense to resurrect what had been a pretty historic doubleheader with what I think most people would acknowledge are the four premier programs in the state. I think it will be a really good event and a great showcase for the state of Indiana.”

Fred Glass, Indiana vice president and director of athletics

“Growing up in Indianapolis, this event definitely strikes an emotional chord for me. I vividly remember attending the Hoosier Classic at Hinkle Fieldhouse as a young boy. It was my introduction to the significance of basketball in the state of Indiana. Hopefully by bringing together our four schools at the new Crossroads Classic on the magnificent stage of Conseco Fieldhouse, we will showcase this great sport to a new generation of fans.”

Morgan Burke, Purdue director of intercollegiate athletics

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  • Anonymous

    Both are sickening, but Kentucky is FAR worse. You guys don’t have to endure the both of them on a daily basis, but we do. When they finally played one another (in the tournament, of course, because Kentucky was afraid to schedule U of L,) back in the early ’80s the media down here all began referring to it as “The Dream Game.” The obnoxious thing was that, for about the next 20 years, it was STILL called the dream game, and that’s ALL we get to hear about for the week leading up to it and the week following it. Now, to make it even worse, they play in football and it’s usually the first game of the season so we have to hear about it the entire summer. I’ve always said the days of the UK/U of L football and basketball games are the two single-worst days of the year, because I wake up knowing there’s no possible way they can both lose that day.

  • Anonymous

    I get their point of going a bit overboard with “what other state has” 4 teams of this caliber, but now the Carolina buffoons have begun chiming in. The bottom line is that the state of North Carolina has (if my math is correct,) 18 D-I schools, California and Texas far more than that. Indiana has 9–four of which have played in the national championship game (IU, Purdue, ISU, Butler,) one other has appeared in the Final Four (UND,) and only IPFW (entering only its 10th D-I season,) of the remaining 4 hasn’t appeared in a Sweet Sixteen.

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    Apparently you really hate Kentucky. I cannot wait til they come back to AH, hoping for a Teague v BJ Young match up in 2011. If I had to say….I hate Kentucky and Purdue equally thanks to Cal, I despise sampson, but loved him cause he hated painters guts and painter hated his guts.

  • Anonymous

    I live 10 minutes out of Louisville in IN, and I would say it’s a rivalry, but it’s a friendly rivalry. We both share a mutual dislike for UK, so we have that in common. I think it would be a great game to have on our schedule though. It will definitely be a nationally televised game in a few years when both schools are perennial top 25 teams, which I expect to be the case.

  • IULineman

    My 5 are 1) Kentucky (Obvious) 2) Purdon’t (Obvious) 3) Kentucky (Can’t stand Cali…sorry almost threw up) 4) Duke (Love the Coach Hate Dick Vitale) 5) Illinois (Weber is a cry baby)

    GO IU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Off topic, but did anybody see Crean’s tweets about the Kelley School of Business? I have no doubt he’ll tell all of that to Zeller as soon as he can.

    Here are the two most important tweets:
    It was great to see that the Kelley School of Business has climbed to 10th in the Country according to U.S. News and World Report.

    A person wanting a World class experience in Business and in Basketball cannot go wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Good idea.

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    It is a tie with PU and UK….3rd I hate duke as well, their players, their fans, and then after that…I don’t hate weber I just like to annoy him as the fans did the year they did the Eric Gordon chant for 75% of the game….he could not ignore it. Matta is tolerable he just needs to get beat by 45 one good time to be put into his place. Butler fans keep pushing me to hate Butler even though I like stevens, but their fans are pressing their luck.

  • Uncle Joey

    No doubt in my mind that that string of tweets were directed towards CZ.

  • IU needs to be in the bowl hunt if they are going to sell tickets to games during late in the B10 season. Selling tickets (i.e. making money) and getting butts in seats is — and should be — IU’s chief goal(s) for Glass (and Lynch). Getting to a bowl = better recruits = better W/L record = better recruits = more wins = $$$. Once we start winning games and going to bowls on a semi-regular basis — which, as I’ve stated, will create more fans — then I’m certain Glass and Lynch plan to schedule tougher competition. Until that point, I don’t have a problem with them scheduling cupcakes.

  • Yes, the 2012 match up will kinda be like, “Be quiet Butler; the adults are talking.”

  • I hate that billboard. I’m generally not a fan of spraypaint vandalism, but I’d pay some kid $20 to do something crazy-nasty to that sign.

  • It’s sad, but I would probably hesitate to take a professorship in the state of Kentucky b/c I know I’d have to deal with UK fans on a daily — hourly! — basis. In the end, I’d still take the job if it was a decent college, but still, there would definitely be that moment of hesitation.

  • I hate Purdue, and I’ve never ever rooted for them, but I would if they were playing UK. In a proposed UK/PU match up, who ya got?

  • Ha ha, not all parts of Lafayette smell bad. I’ve got my windows open right now.

  • I root for Duke every game because I know a Duke victory is almost tantamount to a UK loss. That’s the whole “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” philosophy. Kinda like I root for every team in the AFC East to win every game (except against the Colts, obviously) because I know it drives Patriots fans nuts.

  • Anonymous

    Then you’re safe—there are no decent colleges in KY! Their school libraries are stocked with coloring books.

  • Ha ha, I had a few friends graduate from Asbury … and they know how to read! But two of those friends are from Indiana, so maybe they cheated?

  • millzy32

    Would love to see IU vs Louisville and IU vs KY every single year rotating the site between home and away and never on a neutral site. Make them come to the Hall and we’ll go there too. Louisville has a beautiful new arena in downtown Louisville. Hoosier fans from Southern Indiana will have an easier time getting down there and its really not a far drive for anyone in Indiana.

  • millzy32

    This game would eventually be a nationally televised game because IU will eventually be a national power again and Louisville is competitve year in and year out with Pitino but then again they were with Crum too. IU already gets pretty good national exposure on ESPN and CBS throughout the year and another game could only help recruiting. Gotta schedule some real teams. Never get better playing cream puffs, it’s pointless. IU is a nationally recognized program with 5 national titles and only two schools can claim to have more. Schedule the best if you want to eventually become the best.

  • millzy32

    Butler is only good now because IU has been bad. They have taken advantage of the fact that IU was doing a poor job recruiting in state and gotten some kids that they probably wouldn’t have gotten had there been a better recruiter in Bloomington aka the Mike Davis years and through the KS debacle through now.

    I’m in agreement that losing to either ND or Butler can only hurt and not help because they are supposed to be inferior teams.

    Losing to Louisville, a team that has won national titles also really doesn’t do anything to hurt your credibility.

    IU used to schedule Butler as an easy win but right now that is not the case. I think it will be again in the very near future but what’s the point?

  • HoosierNshaker

    I live in South Bend… and can’t stand watching ND basketball !!! (it actually makes me sick to see Mike Brey’s teams play)

    CTC take notice and realize “the fighting Irish” will always be your “Red Headed step-child” haha (along with PU and Butler) Out recruit and outplay them in Indiana for the next few years and secure the HOOSIER TRADITION in this state.

  • millzy32

    Butler is a flash in the pan and ND has never been good in basketball. The fact that it’s not a tournament so we don’t even play Purdue makes it a little silly. Go ahead and make it a tournament for king of Indiana BBall and I would agree that it would at least help to win it for in state recruits.

    I’d rather schedule Kansas or Duke every year to get a great out of conference national TV foe that if we beat could really help recruiting nationally and in state.

  • millzy32

    Since you appear to have gone to school there I would say that you may be a little biased in your hatred towards them. Not that you don’t want Purdue to lose but probably not as much as KY and they have never been cheats either like KY.

    I think of it this way. Who would I rather see win a national title? Sadly, it has to be KY because they are already ahead of us with 7 to our 5. We may catch up but knowing that Purdue has zero ZERO Zilch national titles makes me much happier than whether or not KY has 7 or 8 titles.

    GO IU, get number 6.

    Disclaimer: If IU gets to 7 and ties KY then I would rather Purdue got their first as opposed to KY passing us.

    Does this make sense to anyone other than me?

  • Anonymous

    millzy32, you usually know a thing or two. But to say “ND has never been good in basketball” is just flat out WRONG! Digger Phelps from 1971-1991 was 393-197, .666. Mike Brey from 2000-2009 was 310-164, .651. ND has been invited to the NCAA 29 times, ranking #9, and has 30 NCAA wins, ranking #26. They were 23-12 in 2010 and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tourney to Old Dominion 51-50. They even were named national champions twice, in 1927 and 1936, before there was an NCAA Tourney. Now they will never be as good as IU, but that record is “good”, no question about it!

  • JerryCT

    I tend to agree. It satisfies my “national” exposure ( vs regional or premium channel ) criteria and worth the loss if we lose competitively. I sense we are not yet in a position however to capitalize on this concept and/or to even get the game scheduled. We need wins right now.

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    I would root for PU if Cal was still at Kentucky. Kentucky was not as annoying when tubby was there. If it was a national championship game I would hope KY wins, I want Purdue to always know they have NEVER won a title and IU has 5. No matter what they do, knowing they take pride in winning 2nd round NCAA games makes me feel good.

  • Anonymous

    That’s why I’d say make the Louisville game home-and-home, and the UK game neutral site with the UK game in Louisville the year Louisville visits Assembly Hall—-that puts IU in the Yum! Center each year.

  • Anonymous

    Nope, I’d much rather see Purdue win it all than UK. 1.) In-state school. 2.) Big 10 school. 3.) Not a perpetual cheater. 4.) Fans aren’t nearly as stupid or obnoxious. 5.) At least West Lafayette produced Axl Rose; Lexington’s never given the world anything of note.

  • This is my point though, IU already has, even under current circumstances, an in-state recruiting advantage, it’s IU, that’s the advantage. Winning an Old Hoosier Classic maintain that advantage, but IMO doesn’t advance it a ton since IU would be expected to win. Conversely, losing to Butler, ND or another in-state school would do much more negative than winning would do positive.

    I guess I’d just rather see IU playing more out of conference games on the national stage where the payoff is greater. I did like the old ND home/home series though.

  • Anonymous

    I just disagree. How can you claim to be a national power if you are afraid of losing to Butler or ND? How can you continue to be “The State University” if you run away from doing something very good for the entire state? Top HS recruits are very savvy today, they know if you back-off from tough challenges. Play them and Beat them!

  • It’s not about being afraid of losing to them, it’s a risk/reward thing. You’re backing off from the challenge if instead you schedule Towson or Eastern Illinois, but not if you go out and schedule some tough BCS non-conference games that have you on CBS or ESPN nationally. I’d rather see us play Louisville, Duke, UNC, UConn ect. where the exposure and the reward have the potential to be greater.

  • Anonymous

    My five would be, in no particular order…..

    1 – Kentucky
    2 – Wildcats
    3 – Kentucky Wildcats
    4 – UK
    5 – University of Kentucky

    PS – I hate Kentucky. Even the word is dumb.

  • millzy32

    Born George Timothy Clooney
    May 6, 1961 (1961-05-06) (age 49)
    Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.

    There had to be someone famous so I looked it up. I too prefer Axl.

    OK back to IU BBAll chat, sorry

  • Anonymous

    Never Louisville, they are not a Duke or KY. Why bring NC or Duke into IN so that they can bring IN kids to the game and recruit them. We will play NC and Duke in the ACC/Big 10, that is enough. If you want national, let’s play Texas, and get into that recruiting market, or FL. U Conn is OK but we did that. The Crossroads Classic is big and good for everyone in IN.

  • Anonymous

    I’m having trouble interpreting your post. What are you trying to say? 😉

  • Anonymous

    No hesitation here on this one. I would pull for PUke in a heartbeat over pUKe and it would not have to be for a national title. If it was for a title and they won it would still only give them one lonely banner to our 5. I want us to be ahead of them idiots when it comes to national titles just as soon as possible and would prefer not to wait for the NCAA to vacate them. Hell I would pull for the Russians before I would pull for those worthless cheating inbreds. Go comrades beat pUKe. How’s that for hatred for the big blue plague. When I’m asked what team I root for the answer is always the same GO Big Red and whoever and I mean whoever is playing pUKe. Like Marcus Gresham said above if everyone had to put up with what us people in the southern part of the state do, on nearly a daily basis, when it comes to those cousin humping morons you would probably feel the same way.

    And you guys thought MillaRed had a disliking for pUKe after his reply to YKZ !

  • Anonymous

    Really like what I hear out of you on this whole who do you hate the most thing. We seem to see things pretty much the same way on this topic bball and fball both. Hate the Patriots like you maybe it’s what they have in common with pUKe, they are cheaters and most of their fans are totally obnoxious. Really don’t like PUke but it looks like a love fest when compared to Cheaters Inc. down in Lexington. NC wins also drive them nuts because of the whole most wins overall.

    Had a shirt printed up after Christian Laettner (sp?) hit the shot that gets played over and over at the start of the Big Dance games that said ” My new hero is Christian Laettner ” and of course we must not forget him also for tapping Timberlake on the chest with his shoe. Had more than one of their fans tell me what their age and IQ added together was with their finger. It didn’t piss me off either just made me laugh even more which in turn pissed them off even more. I don’t remember what that shirt cost me but it was worth every cent and more.

  • We are marching to the beat of the same drummer, friend-0.

    I smile every time that Laettner shot gets played during March Madness. Every time. And while I wanted Butler to win the NCAA championship game, I didn’t mind a Duke win because I knew it would be nails on a chalkboard for UK fans.

    I grew up on the IN/KY border, so I think that’s why I have far more hatred for UK than for PU. I never want PU to win any games, but I want the UK program to be so scandal ridden that the NCAA blows it up. And you hit the nail on the head with their similarity to Patriots fans. It basically stems from them being the worst. Ever.

  • Diesel

    Who did Butler get that IU should have gotten? I can only think of 1 player, just curious as to who you are thinking of.

  • Anonymous

    I think they are going to surprise this year. If they have learned how to close out a game, then they could easily be 8-4 and go to a decent bowl game. They were so close so many times last year. Hope they do well this year so that I don’t have to listen to so much crap from SEC and Big 12 fans here in Houston.