Does a day go by without Indiana basketball mentioning Kentucky in some form or fashion? Today, the Hoosiers are complaining that since the Kentucky/IU series ended after 2012, they haven’t been able to find a marquee non-conference matchup, despite offers from Kansas, Louisville, and Gonzaga. Here’s what IU Athletics Director Fred Glass had to say, according to Inside the Hall:
“We’re getting to the point where I think it’s going to be really challenging for us to get that for this year,” Glass said. “That’s been what we’ve been working on with Tom. We always try to have at least one marquee non-conference opponent. In the past, that was Kentucky, and then in off- Kentucky years, it was our ACC Challenge opponent.
“The Kentucky thing, that sort of threw a curve in it. We’re in between some potential new opportunities. We’re out there. I’m optimistic we’ll have some exciting non-conference teams, but it may be that the Kentucky situation forces us to lose a year.”
IU’s biggest non-conference foes for the 2013-2014 season? Mighty Evansville, North Florida, Oakland and Kennessaw State. Kentucky’s non-conference schedule eats that for breakfast.
Word has it the “Blame Kentucky” popcorn boxes are already in production.