Last season's inaugural Crossroads Classic was a whopping success, with a packed house full of fans and some great basketball (particularly that Butler-Purdue game) on offer. The idea is a great one, and the way it was executed — with lower-bowl fans split into sections of four, all cheering at various times during both games — made it feel like a state title game, only with much better basketball.
On Saturday, that four-way lower-bowl split will still be there. Those are the expensive seats, and if you pony up for one of those tickets, you're less likely to sell it later. But the rest of Bankers Life Fieldhouse is going to be dominated by Indiana fans, according to ticket brokers in this story by the Indianapolis Star's Michael Pointer:
Mike Peduto expects to see red and white dominate the crowd Saturday at the Crossroads Classic, even though Indiana is one of four state teams competing, and each was allotted 4,000 tickets.
"IU pretty much drives the demand for college basketball tickets in this market," said Peduto, owner of Circle City Tickets in Indianapolis.
Renny Harrison, owner of FanFare Tickets in Carmel, agreed with Peduto's prediction for the crowd.
"Although there is some representation from the other schools, most of the tickets we have sold
I would definitely say the majority have been to IU fans," Harrison said.
That is no doubt a point of pride for Indiana fans. It is also surely a point of annoyed resentment for Butler, Notre Dame and especially Purdue fans, and understandably so. Last season, most of the arena booed Indiana fans and its team and rooted for Notre Dame the entire game. This was after Indiana's upset over Kentucky, and it was a small indication the Hoosiers were again ascendant, and maybe even reclaiming some ownership. Now No. 1 in the country, expect all that and more Saturday.