Because of the old schedule plan in place in 2018, Purdue and Indiana only met one time in Big Ten play this season.

Purdue won that game 74-67.

Beginning in 2019, the two teams will meet twice every season. That’s part of a protected rivalry deal the Big Ten adopted.

All of a sudden, though, there appears to be a good chance IU and Purdue will meet for a second time this season.

When the Big Ten Tournament bracket was released Sunday night, it showed Indiana as the No. 6 seed. The Hoosiers would meet the winner of Minnesota and Rutgers on Thursday night at approximately 9 p.m.

IU was 3-0 against those two opponents this season. In back-to-back games in early February, IU beat Rutgers on the road by 20 and Minnesota at home by 24.

But the bigger point of all of this is the winner of that Thursday night game will face No. 3 Purdue on Friday night in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

And if you’re a fan of Indiana or Purdue, I’m guessing you would think facing off against your rival in the Big Ten Tournament in New York’s Madison Square Garden could be a fun thing.

Someone asked me earlier today if IU and Purdue had ever met in a neutral site game?

The answer is yes. In fact, it has happened several times.

It happened March 21, 1979, when Indiana beat Purdue 53-52 to win the NIT in Madison Square Garden.

It happened the following year in Lexington in the NCAA Tournament, when Purdue got revenge with a 76-69 win.

It happened in March of 1998 when the two met in the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, with Purdue winning 76-71.

And it happened in December 2002, in a year when the teams only met once in conference. That year, IU won 66-63 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

If Indiana can win its first game of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, it will happen again Friday.

Here’s a quick look at what we know for the Big Ten Tournament now that the bracket is out.

Wednesday night’s two games will be Iowa-Illinois and Minnesota-Rutgers. Indiana will play the winner of Minnesota-Rutgers on Thursday, and Michigan will play the winner of Iowa and Illinois that day, too.

On Thursday, Wisconsin will play Maryland in the first game followed by Michigan's game. The third game will pit Penn State and Northwestern. The last game will be IU vs. either Minnesota or Rutgers.

Waiting in the wings with double-byes Friday will be No. 1 Michigan State, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Purdue and No. 4 Nebraska.

There will be four games Friday in the quarterfinals, two Saturday and the championship will be contested Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

My colleague Mike DeFabo and I will be arriving in New York City on Wednesday afternoon to bring you all the coverage of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament from Madison Square Garden. We will cover all 13 games through the finals.

Follow our coverage at all CNHI Sports Indiana newspapers throughout the state.

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