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5. 1981: Indiana 69, Purdue 61
Gene Keady’s first game against the Hoosiers gave him a harsh introduction to the realities of the series. Not only did IU extend the Boilermakers’ three-game losing skid with a win in Bloomington, but Hoosiers star Isiah Thomas (the leader of that year’s national title run) came to blows with the Boilermakers’ Roosevelt Barnes in an incident that didn’t result in a single foul being called either way.
4. 1987: Purdue 75, Indiana 64
The peak of the rivalry as far as the AP polls were concerned, 1987 saw both teams ranked in the Top 10 for both games. No. 3 Indiana was headed to another national title, but the sixth-ranked Boilermakers still held serve at home by limiting the great Steve Alford to one point in the first half.
3. 1980 Sweet 16: Purdue 76, Indiana 69
The only time these two foes have met in NCAA tournament action came with Purdue holding a sixth seed to IU’s No. 2 seed. Despite 30 points from Isiah Thomas, the favorites couldn’t overcome a massive Purdue edge at the foul line (32 free throws made versus 13), as Drake Morris and Keith Edmondson scored 20 points apiece for the Boilermakers.
2. 2005: Indiana 75, Purdue 73
Neither IU nor Purdue was ranked for Gene Keady’s final home game in the series, but the intensity was as high as ever, with Indiana getting a last-minute three-point play from Marshall Strickland to force overtime. In the OT, questionable officiating on both ends couldn’t eclipse the clutch play of Strickland (whose foul shots gave the Hoosiers a lead with less than a second to go) and Carl Landry (who then fielded a full-court pass and tied it up again).
A David Teague trey for Purdue nearly set up another photo finish in the second OT, but Brandon McKnight’s bid for a miracle game-winner came up empty, and the Hoosiers escaped with a rare win over Keady at Mackey Arena.
1. 1979 NIT Final: Indiana 53, Purdue 52
It may have been “only” the NIT, but a national-level championship was still on the line for the only time in series history. The game measured up to the stakes, with Indiana’s Ray Tolbert (on his way to co-MVP honors for the tourney) refusing, as usual, to back down against Purdue star Joe Barry Carroll.
With both defenses in control, neither team could open up a lead with any breathing room. That proved to be the Boilermakers’ downfall, when, with six seconds left on the game clock, Butch Carter earned his half of the co-MVP recognition by nailing the game-winning jumper from the top of the key.