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REPORT: Kentucky/Indiana series may return by next season


Here’s some HUGE breaking news: according to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Anthony Schoettle, the Kentucky/Indiana rivalry may be on its way back–as soon as next season. UK Deputy AD DeWayne Peevy confirmed to the IBJ there have recently been “general” discussions between the two sides about renewing the series:

“The [Kentucky and IU] basketball staffs have had some general discussion about playing. Up to this point, no contests have been scheduled,” UK Deputy Athletic Director DeWayne Peevy told IBJ this week.

IU AD Fred Glass said he hopes the deal can get done in time for the upcoming season–which means it would have to be finalized in the next 90 days.

Of course, the one sticking point is where the games will be played. Glass told the IBJ that IU is now willing to play SOME of the games at Lucas Oil Stadium, but would also like to play some in Assembly Hall in Bloomington. In the past, John Calipari and Mitch Barnhart have refused to return to Bloomington after the Hoosiers upset the Cats in 2011 and the dangerous court storm that took place afterwards. Since then, Calipari has reiterated that he prefers neutral site non-conference games to home-and-home series, but UK did agree to a home-and-home series with UCLA starting this season.

Has the time come to compromise?


(H/t ye olde Les Johns)

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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17 Comments for REPORT: Kentucky/Indiana series may return by next season

  1. RealCatsFan
    12:01 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    Wish we could have played them last year, because we would have beat them down like UCLA and KU. They might actually be decent this year, and since we will not be as strong, it might be a tough game.

  2. Wedding Planner
    12:02 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    Disapointed to hear this.. we don’t need to play them

  3. Mc12
    12:08 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    To anyone 35 and under, this was never a rivalry.

  4. kybigblue
    12:09 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    Comprismise? There were too many stories of UK fans including families being harassed’

  5. theWilkman
    12:51 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    OF COURSE Crean wants to renew this when he has his best team in years and we’ve missed out on a few recruits. He knows that he’ll underperfom, he always does, but if he beats UK he’ll keep his job. IU fans could lose every game but the UK matchup and count that as a successful season.

  6. jman3715
    12:55 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    Please Noooooooo!!!

  7. bosshogg24
    12:58 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    UK fans are against playing IU, drop the talks! Nothing to gain everything to lose, don’t do it!

  8. DavidP19
    1:12 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    Screw IU ! Dont want them. Dont need them. Never did. We should NEVER step foot inside Assembly Hall again. Again, SCREW IU !!!!

  9. ClutchCargo
    1:28 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    Count me as one who misses the annual game with IU. It was a huge rivalry game until Knight finally left. I’m also in favor of a home and home series, as long as IU does their part to beef up security at their place. It’s not an issue at Rupp, so they should be able to figure it out. If they won’t agree to that in writing, then screw them and don’t play them at all.

  10. mapcatfan
    1:43 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t want to play them. They slander Cal, UK, and the entire state of Kentucky probably more than any other fan base. They HATE us. Why give them the privilege?

    • mapcatfan
      1:44 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

      And I used to consider them our biggest rival. Especially when Knight was there. Their fanbase is the worst.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:18 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

      It is true that they do all of those things. IU fans are the absolute worst sports fans in the whole world, which is why it is so much fun to beat them consistently. I say play them if possible and under the right conditions.

    • wallywildcat
      10:40 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

      Every non-UK fan degrades Cal, UK, KY and our fan base…UK has to play somebody.

  11. RexRox
    2:20 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    The last the Cats played in Bloomington, it was a very dangerous situation, and not just because of the court-storming. Some UK fans said it was the only time they ever felt physically in danger at a basketball game. I feel Cal and Mitch should stick to their guns; play them on a neutral court but not at Assembly Hall.

  12. EdC
    3:31 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t understand why UK would even consider this. There is nothing at all to gain by playing IU and it has already proved to be dangerous to play on their home court. UK doesn’t have any problem getting the best Indiana players on a reasonably regular basis.

  13. Wedding Planner
    3:32 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    Nothing to gain by playing this game. C’mon Coach Cal

  14. satcheluk
    3:45 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    If I had a vote, it would be no!