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Posted on Mon. Feb. 17, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Let's play two, IU and Purdue coaches say

Twice a year for rivalry is preferred

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Indiana and Purdue only get one regular-season crack at each other this season.

Should that change?

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean and Boilers coach Matt Painter would like to see a permanent home-and-home series. Big Ten expansion -- the 12-team league will become 14 next season with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers -- combined with an 18-game conference schedule doesn't leave room for all teams to play each other twice.

However, rivalries could be protected. Painter said conference officials are looking at that.

“They're working toward protecting the rivalries with our new schedule,” he said. “It's not definite, but they're trying to get that.”

Purdue beat IU 82-64 Saturday at Mackey Arena for their only regular-season meeting. The teams could meet next month in Indianapolis in the Big Ten tourney.

For Boiler guard Sterling Carter, a fifth-year senior transfer from Seattle, this would his only experience with the rivalry. He made it worthwhile by scoring a season-high 19 points.

"I'm not from Indiana but these guys allowed me to see how passionate this rivalry is. I was glad to help them get the victory."

IU and Purdue also played just once in 2009 (at Mackey Arena) and in 2008 (at Assembly Hall). In December 2002, they scheduled each other as a nonconference game in Indianapolis.

The Boilers lead the overall series 113-89, although IU had won the previous four meetings, all by double digits.

“I think rivalries are great,” Crean said, “but any coach that thinks they have an opinion with what the schedule makers are going to do are not looking at it with a clear point of view. I think the Big Ten will do what the Big Ten wants to do.

“Would I support that (keeping the home-and-home format each season)? Absolutely. This is our sixth trip to West Lafayette in our time here. They've made four here in our time here. Of course you'd like to have that because it's good for everybody and there's a lot of interest in it. To sit and lobby for it and sit and worry about it, I'll leave that to somebody else. That's not anything that I think would really have any merit. It all comes down to how the Big Ten decides to schedule games.”

pdiprimio@news-sentinel.com


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