Aug. 16, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS - The Purdue men's basketball team will play Butler in the inaugural year of the newly formed Crossroads Classic, as pairings and order were announced on Monday at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Indiana and Notre Dame will meet first on Dec. 17, 2011, with the Boilermakers and Bulldogs squaring off in the nightcap. The order and opponents will be reversed for the event's second rendition on Dec. 15, 2012.
"This is a great opportunity for us to play a challenging in-state opponent in our state capital," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. "Butler has earned a high level of respect, and our players and staff will welcome the challenge of facing them at a great basketball venue in 2011."
Purdue is 37-16 against Butler in a series that dates to 1901, including a 12-matchup winning streak that spanned more than three decades and came to an end in 2001. The teams will meet for the first time since 2006, when the Bulldogs claimed a 68-65 victory over Purdue in Indianapolis.
The Crossroads Classic is the result of the coming together of the four most-storied college basketball programs in the state of Indiana. The Memorandum of Understanding signed Monday by each school's director of athletics provides for the event to be held in both 2011 and 2012 in the state capital.
"Growing up in Indianapolis, this event definitely strikes an emotional chord for me," Purdue director of intercollegiate athletics Morgan Burke said. "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."
With three starters and more than 70 percent of its points and rebounds returning from a squad that won a school record-tying 29 games and a share of its league-leading 22nd Big Ten title, the 2010-11 Purdue team will open exhibition play on Nov. 2 against the University of Indianapolis and tip off the regular season against Howard on Nov. 14.
Season tickets are on sale and available online at purduesports.com, by phone at (800) 49-SPORT or in person by visiting the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office located in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility (adjacent to Mackey Arena).