Indiana hoops center stage in cross-state rivalries involving IU, Butler, Purdue, Notre Dame

Games will determine Indiana hoops supremacy

INDIANAPOLIS - The college basketball landscape has changed a lot in Indiana in the last couple of years.

Just two years ago, it could reasonably be argued that Indiana University was the fourth-best team in the state. Now an undefeated IU stands atop the national polls.

A couple of years ago, Butler was the strongest team in the state, fresh off a national championship game run.

IU's rise to prominence shows how quickly fortunes can change, and Indiana will get a chance to prove its state team dominance this weekend.

Four Indiana teams are involved in the Crossroads Classic on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The 9-0 Hoosiers will face 7-3 Butler at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs have been a bit inconsistent early in the season, but they are riding a four-game winning streak. Coach Brad Stevens appears to be whipping the team into shape, and you can never count out the Bulldogs when it comes to big game preparedness.

The second game of the classic features a struggling Purdue team taking on a strong squad from Notre Dame.

The Boilermakers are 4-5 on the season, having lost to smaller conference foes Bucknell and Eastern Michigan.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame is 8-1 and has cracked the top 25, most notably scoring a victory over then-No. 8 ranked Kentucky.

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