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Indiana turned down another chance to play Kentucky

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Indiana turned down the chance to play Kentucky. Again.

Once one of the best rivalries in the sport, the Kentucky vs. Indiana basketball series has fallen by the wayside. In 2016, the Hoosiers knocked the Cats out of the NCAA Tournament, but the home-and-home series has been dormant since Kentucky lost to Indiana in Assembly Hall in December 2011. Unfortunately, Indiana fans’ behavior during and after the game spelled the end of the home-and-home series in Kentucky’s eyes, but the Cats have offered to play Indiana numerous times in neutral court settings, and each time, the Hoosiers have said no.

Today on KSR, UK Basketball scheduling guru DeWayne Peevy said he and John Calipari reached out to Indiana a few years ago to invite them to participate in the CBS Sports Classic, but the Hoosiers declined.

“We had an opportunity, the CBS Sports Classic we had, we invited Indiana to be a part of that because it was an idea that Cal and I crafted because we were trying to have the four best teams, the [schools with the most] national championships. They decided to pass on that at the time, but there may be another opportunity. We’ll see.”

Since the CBS Sports Classic’s inception in 2014, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, and UCLA have squared off in the United Center, the Barclays Center, and last year, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This year, Kentucky will play UCLA at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on December 23. No offense to Ohio State, who actually beat the Cats in the event in 2015, but Indiana would be a much more intriguing addition to the series.

Now that Tom Crean is gone and Cal’s friend Archie Miller is the head coach in Bloomington, is there new hope for the series? Peevy said he hasn’t spoken to anyone at Indiana about it since the new staff came in, but he’s always willing to listen.

“I’ve seen some public comments about different things, but I haven’t talked to anybody from Indiana’s administration or the basketball staff myself. But we’re always willing to listen to different proposals.”

Your move, Indiana.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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9 responses to “Indiana turned down another chance to play Kentucky”

  1. Rod Crandler

    So would playing IU be considered an exhibition game?

  2. Eazy

    UK is playing UCLA in New Orleans. We play Kansas in the Champions Classic.

  3. eyebleedblue

    Realizing the Millers are like family to Cal, isn’t Crean a good friend of his too? Just saying that didn’t help UK get them to agree to a neutral court.

  4. DrSayre

    I’ve always thought it was strange that Ohio State got in this… Indiana would have fit in better with us, UCLA and UNC

  5. Sentient Third Eye

    It really would be an appropriate venue to play IU…

  6. runningunnin.454

    Let’s just forget about IU….there,
    I forget already.

  7. GoBigBlu


  8. EdC

    I don’t get why so many people get excited about the idea of UK putting an irrelevant team with terrible fans on the schedule. We don’t owe them any chance to be relevant. They aren’t an elite program in any sense and were only relevant during the span of a single coach. Just because their fans like basketball a lot doesn’t make them worth playing when the goal is schedule to get better for a national championship run.