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Archie Miller believes Kentucky-Indiana will return in the future

Jan 11, 2020; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Archie Miller calling out a play from the sideline in the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a question that, at this point, is seemingly older than time itself: Will Indiana and Kentucky ever resume their basketball series? What was once one of college basketball’s best, most heated rivalries hasn’t been played in the regular season since 2011.

At this point, the topic has been litigated and re-litigated to the point that both fan-bases seem tired of it. We all know why the game isn’t played, and we all know why each side believes they are right. We also know that each team has plenty of marquee games without each other. Between Kentucky with its commitments to the Champion’s Classic, CBS Sports Classic and Big 12-SEC Challenge, and Indiana with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Crossroads Classic and Gavitt Games, neither is lacking for big games in the out of conference.

But still, wouldn’t it be nice to get them back together? Archie Miller thinks so, and hopes it can happen soon.

Miller joined KSR’s “Aaron Torres Podcast” today for a long, wide-ranging interview on the state of college hoops. He discussed what Indiana is doing to keep its players safe, why college basketball in a bubble could work and his thoughts on his 2020-2021 roster (which should actually be really good).

And finally, as the conversation wrapped, Aaron asked about the future of Indiana-Kentucky and whether it could happen in the future (you can download the full episode here).

“I do, I do [think it could happen],” Miller said. “I think, No. 1, it’s a great game. And it’s going to generate great fanfare, it’s going to generate great comradery with the schools, television. In general, if you go back, the split RCA Dome, half blue, half red, and some of the games people grew up watching.”

He continued, admitting that while he and John Calipari have never personally talked about re-igniting the rivalry, others within each program have.

“I think it can happen,” Miller said. I think a lot of people want it to happen. I think conversations fly through both offices at times. Cal and I have never spoken directly about it. I think we’ve had intermediaries [talk about it]. I think we’ve had our administrations bump around and talk about it.”

As Miller mentions, clearly a few things have to happen before we move forward.

One, we need to get through this pandemic. It’s meaningless to plan out of conference matchups for years down the road, when no one knows what college basketball will even look like this year. Right now the focus of everyone – as it should be – is just trying to get games on the court in late 2020 or early 2021. What happens down the line can be saved for another day.

Two, there is obviously the “when and how” factor.

Previously John Calipari has made it pretty clear that he has no interest in going to Assembly Hall, and at least under negotiations with previous Indiana AD Fred Glass, that was a non-starter. When the rivalry was last played, Glass suggested that the two sides sign a four-year deal, with two games in Indianapolis, and one each at Rupp Arena and Assembly Hall. Again, that was something Calipari simply wasn’t interested in.

But since those last negotiations, things have changed. Glass has retired as Indiana’s AD and Tom Crean has left the basketball program and has been replaced by Miller, who appears to be open to playing.

Most recently, Calipari said that because of other scheduling responsibilities, he couldn’t see a scenario where the game was played for at least another few years. But could the two teams get back together in the future? It seems more possible now than ever before.

To listen to the full interview with Archie Miller, click here. Or download below.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

8 Comments for Archie Miller believes Kentucky-Indiana will return in the future

  1. Bluehender
    2:32 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    He hopes…personally we gain nothing from playing them..

  2. BobbyBlue
    2:33 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Why do all the talking heads seem to think UK has anything to gain by giving in to the IU demands, or for that matter playing them at all.

    2:34 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky has absolutely nothing to gain by renewing this series. iu is a has been and they are NEVER going to be relevant again. It is a lose/lose for Kentucky. I used to go to all of the Big 4 games in the old RCA Dome with a huge group of friends and it was a blast, but that
    was when iu still mattered in the college basketball world. iu has simply fallen off the map and UK has nothing to gain by playing iu. I will NEVER forget the way the iu fans treated the UK fans before and after the infamous 2012 game. It was despicable.What a loser fan base. Let them live in their little dream world where they think they are still important. Please Mitch and Cal, do not renew this series ever again.

    • Ben27
      3:25 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      I agree with BLUEKAT totally. Nothing to gain and their fans are total jerks.

    • ukkatzfan
      3:44 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      I agree too. A game for them with U6 would be good for both teams. Would help with NIT seeding also. Bwahahaha

  4. ClutchCargo
    3:31 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    I wouldn’t be mad if the series resumed, but no going back to Bloomington. Other than that, BLUEKAT’s comments could have been written by me. IU fans are the absolute worst, and I thoroughly enjoy how far that program has fallen. I even had a few of them try to talk some not so good natured trash to me when I was there in a UK shirt ready to head down to watch UK-Cincinnati in the 2015 NCAA tournament in Louisville. They never could tell me what time IU was playing (they had already lost in the first round).

  5. 4everUKBlue
    3:45 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    I’ll have whatever he’s smoking….

  6. mashman 93
    4:33 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Always loved to see Kentucky beat the hell out of Indiana having said that they’re not on our level now. GO BIG BLUE!!!!