Crossroads Classic to continue through 2016

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Obviously, outside of the 1996 Bone Thugs-n-Harmony classic, "Tha Crossroads," the coolest thing with "Crossroads" in the title is the Crossroads Classic.

That's just indisputable basketball and cultural science.

The Crossroads Classic, if you missed it recently, is a four-team college basketball event that has Indiana's four biggest schools -- Indiana, Butler, Purdue and Notre Dame -- play each other in a December doubleheader.

The event happened for years and years, decades and decades ago. A couple of years back, finally, it was revived. And fortunately, it's not ending. The group who runs the event (effectively, athletic directors at all four schools) has announced the Crossroads Classic will continue through 2016. This is now the pattern: an announcement every two years that the event will be extended for two more years. I'll take it if it means we keep getting rivalry-specific college basketball events in November and December.

This year's Classic will be held on Dec. 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis (where the Pacers play). Butler gets Purdue and Indiana gets Notre Dame this go 'round.

For 2015, the matchups will be repeated. And in 2016, Butler-Indiana and Purdue-Notre Dame meet up. Sounds good. I'm still hoping for other states with four big-time programs to step up and create a similar gathering. California, New York, Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, Ohio: what's the wait?

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