After years of debate, we may finally have a resolution in the works when it comes to the Kentucky vs. Indiana series.
According to IU athletic director Fred Glass, Indiana and Kentucky have had “very preliminary conversations” about getting the much-anticipated series back up and running.
“We’ve had some very preliminary conversations with Kentucky,” Glass told the media prior to IU’s annual fan event at Huber’s Orchard and Winery. “Of course, (IU coach) Archie (Miller) has a great relationship with (UK) Coach (John) Calipari. I’m optimistic that we’ll get something worked out. I’m hopeful to get something worked out, but there’s nothing to report on that.”
Glass also told reporters that head coach Archie Miller “shares (his) desire to get Kentucky back on the schedule.”
Back in 2016, John Calipari was adamant that a home and home would not be happening with IU again, as Kentucky fans and players were trampled by Indiana fans rushing the court the last time the Cats played in Assembly Hall.
“No, we’re not coming to Indiana,” Calipari told Rich Eisen. “Home and home is not happening. … We talked about playing two years in Indianapolis and they said no. So, those, right now, these schedules are out ahead a couple years. It may be in the future. There may be something in the future.”
Former Indiana coach Tom Crean pushed for the home and home series to continue, while Calipari pushed for neutral court matchups for fans of both sides to participate. Neither side was ever able to come to an agreement.
With Crean gone and Archie Miller in the fold, maybe Indiana is interested in participating in a neutral court matchup? Or has Calipari lightened up on his hatred of Assembly Hall?
Either way, it looks like Indiana will be back on the Kentucky schedule sooner rather than later.
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass says IU and UK have had 'preliminary' talks on resuming basketball series https://t.co/WnNvHrZd7D
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