Top Sports Rivalries of All Time
Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers
In the 1980s and 1990s, the state of Indiana had two of the nation s best basketball programs no wonder the movie Hoosiers was released in 1986. In Bloomington, Bobby Knight was the king and would win two national championships and seven Big Ten titles during those two decades. A hundred miles north, in West Lafayette, Gene Keady put together a great program of his own, winning six regular season Big Ten championships during the 80 s and 90 s. In the winter of 1987, the two met twice in the span of a month, with both teams ranked in the top 10. Fittingly, Indiana successfully defended their home court in the first showdown, while Purdue did the same a month later. Although Purdue would finish with a great 25-5 record and took a share of the Big Ten title, they lost in the second round of the NCAA tourney, while Knight s Hoosiers earned their third NCAA championship in 12 years.