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Crean: “There’s no question losing Kentucky screwed us up for the home and home situation.”


Indiana’s non-conference basketball schedule hasn’t recovered since losing the series with Kentucky. Tom Crean confessed that the Hoosiers have trouble filling the open spot left by UK in the schedule during a tailgate tour event last night.

According to, Crean said, “It’s so hard right now with what could happen down the road. There’s no question losing Kentucky screwed us up for the home and home situation. But there’s things that could potentially be out there for the future that we can’t talk about publicly but we have to plan for privately. The last thing we wanna do is get caught in a situation where we’re trying to play too many non-conference road games.”

He admitted there is a good chance Indiana will not get another marquee home game next season.

I hate that for them.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

51 Comments for Crean: “There’s no question losing Kentucky screwed us up for the home and home situation.”

  1. Aaron
    2:46 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Shut up Cream Pie

  2. Ridge Runner
    2:48 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Oh & by the way…

    So how did that not playing UK @ neutral courts work out for ya Creanie?

  3. Merlins
    2:56 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I really wish that we could work this out an reschedule them! A classic rivalry.

  4. Han
    2:58 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville was talking to them but Crean didn’t want any of that, either.

  5. HAPPY
    2:58 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Tom Crean is such a douchebag. I wish we could play them just so we could kick their asses.

  6. Bluecat86
    2:59 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Why can’t we just man up and play a home and home? This is college ball right? Enough with this neutral court business. They have a great, albeit dangerous, arena and we have the best in the nation. Give the people why they want to see!!

  7. Fillyb
    3:05 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Dead give a way!

  8. Big Blue Coming At You
    3:06 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    So he’s saying what we UK fans already knew that IU needs UK and UK doesn’t need IU.

    6. This has nothing to do with us. We gave them every opportunity to play in their own state and they still wouldn’t do it because they know they can’t win outside of Assembly Hall. We played them for many years on a neutral site and they didn’t have an issue with it back then.

  9. redandyz
    3:06 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with #6, as I have with Crean. Do a home and home, forget neutral sites. Crean’s comments weren’t lamenting the decision to not crumble to Cal’s demands. No, he is simply saying scheduling is a tough business at that level, though nice to see Drew try and keep the IU hate fires burning. Nice try.

    And #5, why is Crean a douchebag? For not cowing to Cal and UK to play at neutral sites? You DO know this is college basketball and not the college developmental one year league – right?

  10. J in Orlando
    3:06 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    6. Its BS…IU didnt want the game anymore, the rest is just publicity…the truth is they were offered an off-campus home game every year and turned it down. Calipari wants to play in big venues to give his young teams vital expaerience in a tourney-type atmosphere. Ya think IU couldve used such an experience last year?

  11. Big Blue 66
    3:07 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    6. its not about manning up, its about dollars. And “give the people what they want to see”…why not let more people see what they want to see instead of playing in hickorys gym for season tickets holders from Indiana. Just think for a minute

  12. Kristen Geil's Abs
    3:08 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    The reason we can’t play at their gym is because their fans make it unsafe for women and children. It’s pretty simple really.

  13. Big Blue 66
    3:10 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    9. IU is like the girlfriend that blew it because she thinks she can date others then when she spouts off and gets dumbed, no one picks up her phone call

  14. J in Orlando
    3:13 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    12 that has nothing to do with it…it’s a useless game from Calipari’s perspective. Playing in that backyard gym doesnt prepare his teams for a tourney situation like a nuetral game in a big venue. Cal has to cram multiple seasons worth of experience into a few months (or as close to that as possible). You know where we are playing instead this year? At the site of the Final Four vs a tournament team…seriously, its a no brainer.

  15. Blond Bomber
    3:14 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I hate to say it but I agree with Cream Pie. I’m a season ticket holder at UK and I was pissed that the best game I got to see last year was Baylor? Having to pay extra to see them at the neutral sites is bull.

  16. Cal
    3:18 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    9 scheduling isn’t tough business at my level. I schedule whatever the hell I want to. If someone doesn’t want to play us on our terms, we find someone else who will. Clearly my homeboy Tommy boy can’t hang at my level.

  17. Creanie
    3:20 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    BBN I’ve been thinking about you a lot. A whole lot. I miss you!

  18. BPM
    3:20 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t really care about the IU scheduling nonsense anymore, but to answer 9’s question: I consider anyone who orchestrates net cuttings after losses, instigates fights with other coaches for no real reason and french kisses their grown son, to be a douchebag. Other than that he seems cool I guess.

  19. shields eyes
    3:24 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    For #9

    Why Crean is a douche:

    1. Trying to start a fight with Michigan assistant.
    2. Telling players to flop into opponents elbows. (Minnesota game)
    3. Twitter
    4. Cutting down nets after a loss.
    5. Rings for Sweet Sixteen appearances.

    Anyone have another?

  20. yea
    3:26 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    @19.. Make out session with his son

  21. Dwight Schrute
    3:26 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    19 – how about his butt cutt?

  22. Da Troof
    3:29 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    19. He is often used to clean out the lower region lady parts? That would certainly make him a douche…

  23. Hoosier Daddy
    3:33 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    UK is our baby and we own you!
    2-bite me and your name says it all
    4-we own them and your mama
    12-like you don’t harass us
    22-at least our coach knows where lady parts are

  24. Michael Douglas
    3:40 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    22 actually that is my job. 23 the only lady parts he knows are his own. he thinks about young boys a whole lot though.

  25. bluemanchew
    3:42 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    i dont have a problem rescheduling them other than how unprofessional crean is but i will not go back to bloomington their fans were classless rude obnoxious vulgar and violent i feel sorry for the fans of IU that come to Rupp next time will make it a point to make them feel welcome

  26. Every uk fan
    3:43 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    IU, UK and college basketball all loose on this one. Bad classless move on our part, a terrible break in tradition and we look like pussies because of it.

  27. Mush
    3:44 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Must be pretty accurate to get 23 so upset. Cheer up hdaddy. You can bask in ky basketballs reflected radiance on this site anytime. And you do too! Ha

  28. Al/in/Indy
    3:48 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    12, it wasn’t safe at Ass Hall. Beer was being thrown on grownups and children alike. I agree!
    17, that actually made me laugh out loud!
    19, HIGH 5 to you!
    23 You all “SHOULD” know what lady parts are, you and your coach have been one for many many MOONS!!!!!!

  29. Austin
    3:49 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I know IU fans that gripe about UK dodging them, but their own coach says he doesn’t want to get in a situation where they play too many road games. Right now, UK plays home and home with UNC and UL in alternating years. You can’t find many schools that can claim two better non-conference home and home series like that. On top of that, we will play great competition at neutral sites. This year, we get Michigan State. This is how you make a schedule. You have enough tough competition that you can see where you are, and you host some teams that test you and sell the 23K tickets.

    If we play one great road game, one great neutral site game, and one great home game, we are ahead of where most of the other top programs are. And for the fans that say you don’t care about money… HAHAHAHA. That is part of the deal. It takes money to pay for the coaching staff and facilities required to compete.

  30. tltaworl
    3:49 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    26. You do not speak for every UK fan. And the rest of college baseketball is not even talking about it. Crean is the only one who keeps bringing it up.

  31. Ridge Runner
    3:51 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    30, absolutely!

  32. Austin
    3:54 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    26. UK was willing to play a neutral site game with IU, and they declined. Screw them. We have to look out for us. Over half of “College Basketball” doesn’t give a crap about us. If we take care of ourselves, “college basketball” will be just fine. IU can’t handle it that we would rather play UL and UNC home and home. UK is the biggest game on their non-conference schedule. Indiana is arguably #3 for us, although with Crean being so obnoxious, they might actually be #2 at this point.

  33. Austin
    3:55 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    26 is a troll, but that is exactly the argument IU fans make. That UK is scared. WE are not scared. IU just isn’t as important to us as we are to them.

  34. J in Orlando
    4:04 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    To say UK is scared to play is pure idiocy…they offered to play in Indy every year…besides, now that IU has peaked at back to back Sweet 16s, its kind of a moot now, right?

  35. NineWillBeFine
    4:15 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink


    Hahaha, thanks for the laugh. IU owns Kentucky? Lets compare championships, all time wins, winning percentages all time, and head to head then. Do all you Hoosiers lack basic math skills? Last I checked it was 8 > 5, not the other way around. Congrats on the two straight sweet 16s though, you must be so proud…

  36. bill
    4:25 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    They could have had two losses in a row at Allen fieldhouse and two more moral victories…but oh well.iu where never being as good as Kentucky is a way of life…they still forget we own the series, have the last win, and have accomplished more in a decade then they have in their existence

  37. Johnny
    4:35 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Further proof iu needs us and we don’t need them. We had no problem filling out a schedule with top level teams…and why again do they think they can call shots?

  38. UKDMD
    4:42 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    You don’t say no to Kentucky. Kentucky says no to you.

    Or else.

    4:46 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    12 – I think you’re right.
    18 – Hilarious

    Why can’t you work out a 4 year deal where you play home and home on your home court AND neutral venues (like Louisville and Indy)? That’s a total of 4 games and everyone gets what they want, especially the fans! I guess that’s too complicated.

  40. J in Orlando
    4:54 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    39 Because Cal thinks games at IU are useless for his purposes…he believes he can better prepare his teams by scheduling huge neutral site games…he blames that sort of scheduling for the Brandon Knight team losing in a dome to UConn in the FF, since then we have played at the site of the FF in advance every year…its really not complicated and I think Cal is in the best position to make that call for his teams…IU did not want the game anymore because the big 14(ten) is too hard to schedule more losses, so IU took a stance that they knew would end the series…that is why we dont play IU

  41. adolph oliver bush
    5:04 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only cat fan who realizes that iu is clearly the better program historically? They have more sweet 16 rings by far, and at the rate they’re at they’ll have cut down more nets than UK and UCLA combined by mid-december. Get with it people..,

  42. Bigblue
    5:24 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    6. I went to the game at assembly hall and I can tell you why we shouldn’t do home and home. We got cussed by 80 year old woman and harassed the whole time we were there. They have a horrible fan base and they can kiss my a&$

  43. brain
    6:00 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Reap it Crean.

  44. DrSayre
    6:03 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Did Crean really say “The last thing we wanna do is get caught in a situation where we’re trying to play too many non-conference road games.”? They played 0 non-conference road games last year!

  45. Beavis
    6:16 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    All you need to know about the IU fans is,,,,they love Knight. Can not get much lower.

  46. Conner Alumni
    6:18 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Sucks to you IU

  47. yep
    6:27 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    #45 that bout says it all

  48. Cats, Cats, Cats
    6:39 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Hope we never schedule them again. And it’s for one reason, and one reason ONLY. Their eaten-up-with-UK-jealousy, self-righteous, hypocrisy-blinded, venom-filled, UK- slandering fan base.
    Is that reason enough?

    7:43 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    great!! now he is going to ambush Cal at some neutral court game of ours with a classic “You know what you did! you helped ruin my schedule! you helped ruin my schedule!”

  50. Steve
    7:57 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    As bad a Coach Clappy’s team is going to be the next few years, they ain’t got no business playing Kentucky anywhere. Good Luck with your schedule Coach Clappy and AD Glass Ass.

  51. M
    8:15 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    IU isn’t even close to the best team in their state this past decade. Let’s schedule Butler.