Dec 15 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) drives to the basket against Butler Bulldogs center Andrew Smith (44) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Crossroads Classic Extended Through 2016


The always entertaining Crossroads Classic has been extended through 2016. The event will continue to take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

This year, Purdue will face Butler and Notre Dame will take on Indiana. Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, was pleased that the event will continue.

“We are so excited that Bankers Life Fieldhouse will continue to be the home of the Crossroads Classic,” Fuson said. “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.”

This is an outstanding event and its a no brainer that it should be extended. The two games rarely disappoint, just look at Butler’s upset of IU last year. It will be disappointing to not see Brad Miller coaching Butler, but the four teams are still extremely competitive.

Basketball is king in Indiana and the fact that the Crossroads Classic doesn’t have a 50-plus year tradition is a tragedy. The four teams should go ahead and extend the double-header for the next 20 years.

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