Crossroads Classic Preview: 5 Keys to Purdue vs. Notre Dame

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Crossroads Classic Preview: 5 Keys to Purdue vs. Notre Dame
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One of the most anticipated events in a basketball-mad state takes place this Saturday. The Crossroads Classic will draw attention primarily for its matchup of top-ranked Indiana and Butler, two teams that can already claim crushing wins over North Carolina.

The other game is not so exciting to the masses, as a struggling Purdue team pulls into Indianapolis to face Notre Dame, conquerors of Kentucky's young and hyped squad. The knowledgeable fan, however, will seek signs of March readiness from the Boilermakers and Irish.

The game is major news in large part because what should be a natural in-state rivalry has been contested only once since 1966, and that came in the first round of the 2004 NIT.

Purdue is trying to get its record back to .500 against 22nd-ranked Notre Dame, and pressure will be on the Fighting Irish to avoid the upset.

These five facets of the game will determine whose fanbase will be happily partying on Monument Circle Saturday night.

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