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Indiana just got One Step Closer to Renewing the Rivalry with Kentucky

Kentucky has not played Indiana since 2012.  After Tom Crean was replaced by Archie Miller, renewing the border-state rivalry at a neutral site became a possibility.  Indiana’s latest hire will bring the schools one step closer.

Miller will hire Bruiser Flint as an assistant coach, Jon Rothstein reported earlier today.  Flint was John Calipari’s right-hand man at UMass for seven seasons.  Flint succeeded Calipari at UMass, where he remained for five years.  Flint’s best years were at Drexel, winning Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year four times in 15 seasons.

Calipari is extremely close to Flint.  A big reason why Ca; started speaking out against the grad transfer rule is because of their relationship.  Last year Flint had a chance to go to the NCAA Tournament with Damion Lee, until Lee opted to transfer to Louisville for his final season.  Instead, of potentially playing in the postseason, Flint won only six games and was fired.

Miller reportedly reached out to John Calipari before taking the Indiana job.  Now that he’s hired Cal’s friend, former assistant and successor, there’s a good chance we could see the Cats on the same court as the candy cane pants in the near future.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Indiana just got One Step Closer to Renewing the Rivalry with Kentucky

  1. KYcats11
    9:54 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    kentucky played Indiana last year according to my souces…

  2. KYcats11
    9:55 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    ca;? very interesting guy I’m sure.

  3. BBN17
    9:59 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    Didn’t we play Indiana like last year😂

  4. GroundControlToNumber9
    9:59 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    Ca; needs to win a Championship… no one cares about Indiana.

    Let’s talk about actual interesting things here Nick. Ca; doesn’t generate enough Kentucky 4 year players in the pipeline.. should have 1 recruited every year (and 2 if they are both caliber).

  5. BBN17
    10:00 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink


  6. bosshogg24
    10:02 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    We don’t want to play Indiana, forget it move on!

  7. chris43
    10:17 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    We played them in the NCAA tourney but not regular season if I’m not mistaken. I could care less about playing them yearly. I’m not sure how it’d benefit us. We’re the big time program not them. If we beat them…so what? If they end up beating us it could potentially hurting recruiting IF you were after a big time recruit from that state.

  8. thelexcat
    10:21 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    Why? This isn’t the 70’s and 80’s—

  9. thelexcat
    10:21 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    I’d rather play Butler than IU.

  10. ClutchCargo
    10:32 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    I would like to see the rivalry make a comeback. I never liked IU, but I miss the days when I respected them. It was more intense than UK/UofL at one point.

  11. Catswin98
    11:38 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    Please proofread your articles.

  12. maximumscott
    11:42 pm April 1, 2017 Permalink

    The difference is that when teams like UNC, Gonzaga, Duke, UL, Oregon, Arizona, Nova, KU, etc lose key pieces it takes a few years for them to get back. All of those teams are gonna be missing key pieces from this year. Likewise UK will reload an entire team, but every year except for 1 maybe 2 years in 8 Cal has had a team that threatens to run extremely deep in March. We are truly a spoiled program. Enjoy it and quit complaining. We likely will be favores going into March next year.

  13. blueblood2335
    4:09 am April 2, 2017 Permalink

    As a Kentucky fan living in Indiana Im so ready for this rivaly to be on again… We consistently win against I.U. and they think 1 win every 6 years is a moral victory.

  14. CATandMONKEY
    9:34 am April 2, 2017 Permalink

    I took a charter bus to The RCA from Lexington with a great group of fans in 2000/2001? We won. One of our players was stomped, Laetener-style during the game. Despite the fantastic time I don’t pine for a revival of the rivalry. If it does ever come back, Louisville and Indy should be the venues. Honestly though, IU has become borderline-irrelevant with the exception of a couple of teams.