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NCAA games brings together former rivals Purdue-Notre Dame

By Tom Coyne, Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 1:50 p.m.



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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It took the NCAA Tournament to bring Purdue and Notre Dame, once a heated rivalry, together on the playing court for the first time in four seasons.

The two teams will play on Sunday with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue coach Sharon Versyp blames the changing landscape of college athletics and trouble agreeing on playing dates as the reasons the schools 150 miles apart in northern Indiana haven't played since the 2012-13 season. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw blames Purdue.

Versyp said Notre Dame wanted to play at West Lafayette during the week and wanted to play the games in South Bend on a Sunday.

She said Notre Dame moving from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten expanding to 14 teams also were factors, along with an annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge game.

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