The annual Crossroads Classic will be held Saturday in Indianapolis when Purdue faces Butler and Indiana takes on Notre Dame. The game will mark Notre Dame’s seventh appearance in the event and the Irish are 3-3 all-time, including a 1-2 record against the Hoosiers. The Irish are currently ranked 18th in the country with an 8-2 record and on paper, the Irish have to feel good about this matchup.
Notre Dame’s two losses this season have come to #2 Michigan State in blowout fashion and Ball State on a late three-pointer. While the loss to Ball State might look bad, the Hoosiers were blown off their own court earlier this season by Indiana State. The Notre Dame offense is one of the best in the nation, currently possessing an offensive efficiency rating of 118.3. That number is good for seventh-best in the country.
MOUSE IN THE HOUSE!! Bonzie Colson gets doubled? Bonzie wins. pic.twitter.com/qpO3L22vJs
— ND Whiteboard (@ND_Whiteboard) December 10, 2017
The Notre Dame player to watch against Indiana should be senior Bonzie Colson. The veteran has made a name for himself in the annual event, scoring 24 points against Indiana in 2015 and 23 against Purdue in 2016. Colson has scored in double figures in 27 consecutive games and leads all current ACC players in career double-doubles (28) and rebounds (784).
— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) October 26, 2017
The two schools will be meeting for the 72nd time on Saturday afternoon. The series dates back to the 1908 season and is the sixth-most prolific in the history of Notre Dame basketball The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 49-22, including 16-7 at neutral sites. Indiana also leads the series 3-5 in the Mike Brey era, but the Irish have been able to claim a victory in three of the last five meetings with IU.