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Nasty weather not stopping fans from attending the biggest rival game of the season

It's been a constant snowfall since Saturday morning but that didn't stop Purdue and IU fans from filling the Mackey Arena seats.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2019 11:13 PM
Updated: Jan. 19, 2019 11:13 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's been a constant snowfall since Saturday morning but that didn't stop Purdue and IU fans from filling the Mackey Arena seats.

The basketball game has been sold out for weeks. Despite the rivalry, Boilermakers and Hoosiers can agree that this is the biggest game of the season.

"To see a game like this, it's always worth the travel," said an IU fan.

From a three hour drive to a four hour flight, the frigid temperatures are strong but team spirit is stronger.

"I flew in from Philadelphia, we're going to this game," said a Purdue fan.

"We came yesterday, we beat the snow," said an IU fan.

The rivalry dates back to nearly 120 years. But where does it start for the fans of today?

"You're born into it. Once you go, you pick a side, that's it," said a Purdue fan.

"As an alumni, we got to show our spirit and it's always been this way," said an IU fan.

Purdue has won seven of its last eight games against the Hoosiers. The teams visits Bloomington for its second matchup this season on February 19th.

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