Notre Dame has its basketball opponent for the first Crossroads Classic, which will bring the Irish, Purdue, Butler and Indiana together for a doubleheader in the 2011-12 season.
The announcement of the event was made at Conseco Fieldhouse and Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick, Bulldogs athletic director Barry Collier, Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass and Boilermakers athletic director Morgan Burke of Purdue signed the Memorandum of Understanding that provides for the Crossroads Classic to be held in Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012.
Notre Dame will play Indiana on Dec. 17, 2011, at Conseco, while Purdue will play Butler. The draw for the doubleheader did not allow for IU and Purdue to play each other.
Game times and ticket information will be announced at a later date.
The meeting will be the first between the Irish and Hoosiers since Nov. 24, 2008 when Notre Dame defeated Indiana 88-50. The Hoosiers lead the series 47-21.
Notre Dame will play Purdue in 2012 at the Classic.
“Notre Dame is very excited to be able to join with Butler, Indiana University and Purdue in making the Crossroads Classic possible,” Swarbrick said in a news release. “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.”