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(Editor’s note: re-posting this from last year, in honor of the Purdue Boilermakers 74-67 win at the Indiana Hoosiers today, the only meeting of the year between these two)

While there is no rivalry in B1G basketball as high stakes and as passionate as El Clasico, the Purdue Boilermakers and Indiana Hoosiers bloodfeud can come close at times. The two teams quite often have not just regional relevance, but national. In a given year, we often see one of the two teams influencing the NCAA Championship odds here as February turns to March. The NCAA Tournament is so close now that you can almost taste it.

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 El Clasico is the name given to the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona; the two sides that traditionally rule La Liga, Spain’s top futbol/football/soccer division. In recent years, Atletico Madrid have risen up and inserted themselves into the conversation, essentially breaking up the usual duopoly.

The first meeting, in Barcelona on December 3rd, ended in a 1-1 draw. The next edition, in Madrid, will be on April 23rd. Real are currently top of the table, with Barca just point behind them. Sevilla, another Spanish club consistently relevant near the top, are just three points out of first place.

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Real Madrid leads the head to head results in competitive matches with 93 wins to Barcelona’s 90, while Barcelona leads in total matches with 109 wins to Real Madrid’s 97. It’s a fierce rivalry, about as spirited as it gets.

It’s seen more than its fair share of big moments, and passions run off-the-charts, on both sides.

The Purdue home game day experience is second to none, especially if you’re a neutral or a tourist making their first visit to the West Lafayette venue. No matter who the Boilers are playing that night, you will hear chants of “IU SUCKS!” from the gold and black faithful. It’s very reminiscent of Fenway Park, where Boston fans will chant “YANKEES SUCK!” no matter who the Red Sox are playing that day.

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The two teams will get together at Mackey Arena on February 28th, with Purdue having won the first meeting this season, 69-64 in Bloomington. Purdue leads the all-time series 115-89, and they also have the upper hand in B1G Tourney championships (1-0), All-Americans (46-42), and consensus first team All-Americans 25-15.

On the flip side, Indiana has the advantage in national championships (5-0), NCAA Tournament appearances (37-25) and B1G Player of the Year awards (6-3).


The series has seen a ton of huge moments, including Gene Keady’s 400th win, the 2002 “Duel in the Dome” before a crowd of 32,055, Kelvin Sampson’s finale at the end of the massive 2008 scandal, the 2005 double OT instant el clasico and the Bobby Knight tirade of 1991.

You also have the “sucker punch” and “jackass” incidents (like we said this is a series of severe acrimony), but the real signature moment is depicted in this post’s featured image.

We’re speaking, of course, of the Bobby Knight chair-throwing incident, February 28th, 1985 in Bloomington. Knight, whether you love him or hate him (and pretty much all opinions on him are very strong) gave us the defining image of the B1G hoops el clasico.

Although the two sides do not battle for a trophy in men’s basketball, there are trophies at stake in several of the other sports.

Football battles for the Old Oaken Bucket. In women’s basketball, it’s the Barn Burner Trophy. In volleyball, the Monon Spike, and in women’s soccer, the Golden Boot.

The Crimson & Gold Cup is awarded points to the winning team in each of the schools’ 18 shared sports. At the end of each academic year, the total points are tallied and the winning school is awarded this specific title.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports and TheBank.News, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. and News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times and NBC, contributes to Chicago, Bold, WGN CLTV and KOZN

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