It was a great idea to resurrect it, and just as great to keep it going.
The powers-that-be controlling the Indiana-based Crossroads Classic announced on Thursday that the four-team event will continue through at least 2019. Notre Dame, Butler, Indiana and Purdue compete in this event, which is actually scores old, but only recently was revived, in 2010.
And college hoops is better for it. The annual event is a doubleheader that pits the four teams against each other, with each matchup getting rotated by year.
"The coming together of the four most-storied college basketball programs in the state of Indiana, the Crossroads Classic is a nod to the Hoosier Classic of years past, when the schools played a doubleheader non-conference showcase at Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse," per the press release.
The 2014 slate will pit Notre Dame against Purdue and Butler against Indiana. As usual, the games will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers.
"We are thrilled to be the home of the Crossroads Classic through 2019,” Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment said in a statement. “The Classic has become a popular and prestigious annual doubleheader bringing together four great in-state institutions."
Dec. 19, 2015: Notre Dame-Indiana; Purdue-Butler
Dec. 17, 2016: Butler-Indiana; Purdue-Notre Dame
Dec. 16, 2017: Purdue-Butler; Notre Dame-Indiana
Dec. 15, 2018 Butler-Indiana; Notre Dame-Purdue
Dec. 21, 2019: Notre Dame-Indiana; Butler-Purdue