Indiana and Purdue will play only one time in 2016, at Assembly Hall. An IU spokesman confirmed the news on Wednesday, just a day before the home-and-away draws and scheduled to be released for next season.
The news shouldn't be surprising because teams can only meet once in the year following a season in which they play twice. IU hosts Purdue on Thursday night and played in West Lafayette in late January.
It'd be nice if the Big Ten could eventually protect its rivalries and make sure teams like IU and Purdue play twice every year. Maybe eventually we'll head in that direction, but there is no rivalry protection at this point.
"Absolutely, I think it makes a lot of sense," Indiana coach Tom Crean said when asked about protecting the rivalry. "They've got great fans, we've got great fans. It's a big deal. I would hope it would. But I also understand they've got a lot of checks and balances that they've got to work through as the league continues to expand. But this is one of the greatest rivalries in college sports. If we play twice, everybody's gonna know when those dates are."