Knight vs. Keady at the Palladium

2/23/2017 8:50:58 AM

Longtime rivals during their years at IU and Purdue, Bob Knight and Gene Keady – two of the most respected coaches in the history of NCAA Division I basketball – will surely have stories to tell when they appear together March 31 at the Palladium. 

Legendary coaches set for meeting
of the minds

Hall of Fame sportswriter Bob Hammel to moderate discussion

Tickets start at $35; on sale 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2

Available online at or by phone at (317) 843-3800

CARMEL, IN – On the eve of this year’s NCAA Final Four, two of Indiana’s all-time greatest college basketball coaches and personalities will face off for a night of reminiscing – and who knows what else – at the Center for the Performing Arts.

An Evening with Coaches Bob Knight and Gene Keady Moderated by Bob Hammel begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Palladium. Tickets start at $35 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2.

Seated together onstage, Knight and Keady are expected to speak off the cuff and respond to questions from author-sportswriter Hammel, based on his insider knowledge of the men and the game.

Revered by many, reviled by others, the two coaches unquestionably have sealed their legacies on the hardwood.

Knight, of course, is best known for leading the Indiana University Hoosiers to three NCAA Championships and a 32-0 perfect season while serving as IU’s head coach from 1971 to 2000. Across four decades in Division I, he posted a 902-371 career record, second only to that of his protégé Mike Krzyzewski, while seeing 98 percent of his players graduate. “The General,” as he is known, also coached at Army and Texas Tech and led the U.S. national team to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games.

Keady, likewise, is one of the most respected men’s coaches in college basketball history, earning six National Coach of the Year awards. As head coach at Purdue University from 1980 to 2005, he led the Boilermakers to six Big Ten Championships and 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, and he remains Purdue’s all-time most successful coach. He boasts a career record of 550-289 at Purdue and Western Kentucky, and like Knight is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hammel is a legend in his own right, having served 30 years as sports editor for the Bloomington Herald-Times. A longtime friend of Knight, he co-authored the bestselling autobiography Knight: My Story as well as Knight’s book The Power of Negative Thinking. Among many honors, he was named Indiana Sportswriter of the Year a whopping 16 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He also is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Medal Award and the national Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award.

The event is part of the Center's 2016-2017 season presented by Allied Solutions.