Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman:
The 10th-annual Crossroads Classic will be played Dec. 19, pitting Butler against IU, and Purdue against Notre Dame.
Confirmation of both the date and the actual event — which had been subject to participants’ conference schedules — came Tuesday, when numerous schools announced it. IU released its full nonconference schedule, including the game against Butler, the Hoosiers’ expected pairing in the two-year rotation.
A behind-the-scenes video released by Purdue earlier in the week suggested the Classic had been holding Dec. 20, a Sunday, as an alternate date in case issues with scheduling and television arose. Dec. 19, a Saturday and the date the event would traditionally be held, is also football conference championship Saturday this year because of schedules reworked due to COVID-19.
With a variety of other postponed or added football games also expected to be played Dec. 19, it appears the four-team Classic left a door open to flex to Sunday if necessary. In the end, the Crossroads Classic landed on its customary date.
Tipoff times and TV assignments will be announced at a later date.
IU and Butler are each 6-3 in the event, and 2-2 against one another. Notre Dame is 4-5, while Purdue is 2-7. The Boilermakers have won just one of their four games against the Fighting Irish in the event.
IU nonconference schedule
Nov. 25 — vs. Tennessee Tech, TBA
Nov. 30 — vs. Providence, 2:30 p.m. (Asheville, N.C.)
Dec. 1 — vs. Texas/Davidson, TBA (Asheville, N.C.)
Dec. 2 — TBD (Asheville, N.C.)
Dec. 9 — at Florida State, TBA
Dec. 13 — vs, North Alabama, TBA
Dec. 19 — vs. Butler, TBA (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)