INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- The highly successful Crossroads Classic basketball event will continue through 2016, athletic directors from 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. 19, 2015 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana), and Dec. 17, 2016 (Butler vs. Indiana and Purdue vs. Notre Dame). Purdue will serve as the host school in 2015, with Indiana taking over that role in 2016.
"We are so excited that Bankers Life Fieldhouse will continue to be the home of the Crossroads Classic," said Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "We are so fortunate to have these four great educational institutions in our state and so proud of each of them in continuing to uphold the highest standards in both academics and athletics. Basketball is our game in this state, and it is an honor for us to be part of this tradition. We are grateful to be chosen as the host venue for this great day of college basketball."
Athletic Directors Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame and Morgan Burke of Purdue announced the creation of the four-team Crossroads Classic in August of 2010. The initial two-year contract was followed by a two-year extension in May of 2012.
"The Crossroads Classic has brought together four outstanding institutions and continues to be a 'must see' event of the college basketball season," said Collier. "Bankers Life Fieldhouse has been a great host to teams of Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue, and we look forward to more exciting days of competition through the year 2016."
More than 19,000 fans have attended each of the first two Crossroads Classics. This year's event is set for Dec. 14 and will feature Notre Dame vs. Indiana at 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) and Purdue vs. Butler at 6 p.m. (BTN). Butler will serve as the host school.
The Bulldogs have thrived in the first two years of the pre-Christmas event. Butler defeated Purdue, 67-65, in the inaugural Crossroads Classic in 2011 and then stunned the college basketball world when guard Alex Barlow hit a one-handed floater with two seconds remaining to lift the Bulldogs past No. 1-ranked Indiana, 88-86 in overtime, in last year's event.
The Crossroads Classic, matching the four most-storied college basketball programs in the state of Indiana, is a nod to the Hoosier Classic of years past, when Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue gathered for a two-day, holiday showcase at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The last Hoosier Classic, featuring the four Indiana schools, was held in 1959.