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INDIANAPOLIS – The second annual Indy Classic powered by Sports Tech HQ will feature the men’s basketball programs of Purdue versus Arizona and Indiana State versus Ball State at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on December 16. Game times and TV information will be announced at a later date.

Indiana Sports Corp, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, and Russ Potts Productions, Inc. partner to host this annual basketball showcase that focuses on bringing the top collegiate basketball teams to Indianapolis to compete in a doubleheader. The Indy Classic serves as an annual fundraiser for Indiana Sports Corp’s non-profit mission.

“We are thrilled to welcome four historic basketball programs to Indianapolis as we continue to build Indy Classic into a premiere basketball showcase,” said Indiana Sports Corp President Patrick Talty. “The 2023 Indy Classic allows fans to see some of the best collegiate basketball in the country in the nation’s most storied basketball state.”

“The very best college basketball belongs right here in the basketball capital of the world, and we are excited that this year’s Indy Classic will showcase some of the country’s most successful and iconic programs,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Rick Fuson.

"We are excited for the second annual Indy Classic that features one of the top non-conference matchups in the country this season,” said Zach Franz, President of Russ Potts Productions, Inc. “We look forward to working with our great partners at Indiana Sports Corp and Pacers Sports and Entertainment to deliver a marquee event that will put the basketball spotlight on Indy once again this December. We invite basketball fans across the country to join us in continuing the new tradition of the Indy Classic."

Purdue and Arizona have played twelve times previously, with Purdue leading the all-time series seven games to five. The two programs have previously met in Indianapolis in 2000 at then Conseco Fieldhouse as part of the John Wooden Tradition.

Indiana State and Ball State have an extensive history against each other, with their first game dating back to 1919.

Tickets for the 2023 Indy Classic will go on sale later this summer through For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit


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