Rivalry Breakdown: Indiana-Purdue

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Rivalry Breakdown: Indiana-Purdue
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No state is more synonymous with basketball than Indiana, so it’s only fitting that one of the college game’s best rivalries features Indiana University and its neighbors at Purdue. Separated by just over 100 miles, the two Big Ten stalwarts have mined the state’s prodigious high school talent for many of their most revered stars.

Among those icons is Hoosier guard Steve Alford, who led the 1986-87 IU squad to a national title. That Indiana team only suffered four losses for the entire season, but one of them came in West Lafayette in one of the best-played games in the century-long history of the series.

Read on to find out how Alford figured in that defeat, along with all the rest of the stars, games and moments that have defined the Big Ten’s greatest rivalry.

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