TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Basketball head coach Greg Lansing has announced the addition of Purdue back to his squads 2020-21 schedule Thursday. The game is scheduled for December 12 inside Mackey Arena. Game time, television designations and ticket information will be announced at a later date.
The Sycamores have also added a home game with University of Indianapolis on December 6. Indiana State's previous scheduled matchup with Wyoming inside the Hulman Center on December 9 has been canceled.
Indiana State originally had the Boilermakers on the schedule prior to the NCAA changing the start date of the season due to COVID-19.
"We're excited about the opportunity to play Purdue. With the season being pushed back until November 25, we thought we lost the game," Lansing said. "We appreciate coach Painter and coach Bloom for rescheduling in December."
The Sycamores and Boilermakers will be facing each other for the first time in a regular season game since 2010 when the two clubs hit the hardwood at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The series dates back to February 7, 1902 when the Sycamores traveled to West Lafayette for the first meeting with the Boilermakers. One of the more memorable contests between the two clubs happened on November 27, 1978 when Larry Bird and the Sycamores improved to 2-0 on the young season with a win at Mackey Arena. Of course, that team went on to a 33-1 record and a berth into the NCAA Championship game against Michigan State. In that meeting, Larry Bird led the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the 63-53 Indiana State victory.
On December 28, 2006, the Sycamores earned an 89-70 victory over the Boilermakers inside Hulman Center as Marico Stinson went 4-of-7 from 3-point range and finished with 24 points to lead Indiana State. Adam Arnold came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down eight rebounds while Gabe Moore had 18 points including a 10-of-12 showing at the free throw line. The only other win for the Sycamores also came at Hulman Center back in 1977.
Most recently, the two teams participated in an exhibition contest inside Mackey Arena on October 28, 2017. The game was arranged to provide hurricane relief for organizations in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Among current Sycamores, rising senior Tyreke Key scored eight points and led the way with seven rebounds in that contest.
The Sycamores and Greyhounds will meet for the first time since the 2017-18 season inside Hulman Center. ISU defeated UIndy 79-75 behind 23 points from Jordan Barnes.
The Sycamores are scheduled to open the season November 25 at the Gulf Coast Showcase.