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Crossroads Classic extended through 2014

The Crossroads Classic basketball event featuring Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler was extended for 2013 and 2014, the schools announced in a news release Tuesday.

Athletic directors Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame and Morgan Burke of Purdue each signed an addendum to the original Crossroads Classic contract.

In addition to this year’s originally scheduled date of Dec. 15, the Crossroads Classic will be held Dec. 14, 2013, and Dec. 20, 2014. Game times and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

“I think very early on you could see the excitement building about having these four programs together at one venue,” Glass said in a statement. “I think it has quickly become a showcase event for college basketball fans in the state of Indiana.”

Bankers Life Fieldhouse will remain as host for the full term of the agreement.

“The competition will continue to showcase our four institutions and their teams in an electric atmosphere in a great venue,” Collier said. “Indianapolis is the perfect location for these elite college basketball match-ups.”

The schools initially agreed to a two-year commitment.

Butler defeated Purdue 67-65 and Indiana topped Notre Dame 69-58 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in last season’s inaugural event.

“College fans were treated to a great day of basketball last year, and I am thrilled that all four schools have agreed to extend the contract for two more years,” Swarbrick said. “Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse proved to be ideal hosts, and we are fortunate to be able to partner with them once again. Notre Dame looks forward to building this into not only one of the premier college basketball events in the country but also into a platform for broader collaboration among four great universities.”

This season, Indiana will face Butler, and Purdue will meet Notre Dame.

“The inaugural year highlighted spirited competition, as well as large and lively crowds,” Burke said. “We hope the Crossroads Classic will be a holiday tradition in Indianapolis for many years to come.”

In women’s basketball, Purdue and Indiana will have home games as part of the sixth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Boilermakers face Georgia Tech, and Indiana takes on Clemson. Both games are Nov. 28.

The Yellow Jackets went 26-9 last season and reached the Sweet 16, falling to Baylor. Georgia Tech is coached by former Boilermaker MaChelle Joseph. Joseph played from 1988 to 1992 and remains Purdue’s all-time leader in scoring (2,405) and assists (628). Purdue is looking for its first win in the Challenge. The Boilermakers have played at Duke, North Carolina and Virginia, while playing host to Maryland twice in the past five years.

Indiana plays Clemson for the second time in three seasons in the Challenge. Indiana knocked off the Tigers 65-51 on the road Dec. 2, 2010.

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