Crossroads Classic’s 10th annual showdown features IU-Butler

Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman: 

The 10th-annual Crossroads Classic will be played Dec. 19, pitting Butler against IU, and Purdue against Notre Dame.

Confirmation of both the date and the actual event — which had been subject to participants’ conference schedules — came Tuesday, when numerous schools announced it. IU released its full nonconference schedule, including the game against Butler, the Hoosiers’ expected pairing in the two-year rotation.

A behind-the-scenes video released by Purdue earlier in the week suggested the Classic had been holding Dec. 20, a Sunday, as an alternate date in case issues with scheduling and television arose. Dec. 19, a Saturday and the date the event would traditionally be held, is also football conference championship Saturday this year because of schedules reworked due to COVID-19.

With a variety of other postponed or added football games also expected to be played Dec. 19, it appears the four-team Classic left a door open to flex to Sunday if necessary. In the end, the Crossroads Classic landed on its customary date.

Tipoff times and TV assignments will be announced at a later date.

IU and Butler are each 6-3 in the event, and 2-2 against one another. Notre Dame is 4-5, while Purdue is 2-7. The Boilermakers have won just one of their four games against the Fighting Irish in the event.

IU nonconference schedule

Nov. 25 — vs. Tennessee Tech, TBA

Nov. 30 — vs. Providence, 2:30 p.m. (Asheville, N.C.)

Dec. 1 — vs. Texas/Davidson, TBA (Asheville, N.C.)

Dec. 2 — TBD (Asheville, N.C.)

Dec. 9 — at Florida State, TBA

Dec. 13 — vs, North Alabama, TBA

Dec. 19 — vs. Butler, TBA (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

3 comments

  1. Butler probably Makes it 3-2 record vs IU as Butler looks to be best opponent on IU non conference schedule…And once again non conference IU basketball schedule sucks.
    Temporary enthusiasm at best in IU Men’s basketball program current state of affairs.

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