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Indiana-Kentucky rivalry game will not take place for first time in 44 years

May 3, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

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It’s been 44 years, but this season, for the first time since 1968, Indiana and Kentucky will not meet during the regular season, Indiana confirmed in a statement.

The reason for the disagreement? Location.

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass would not sign a contract to continue the rivalry between the two schools because of an inability to come to terms as to whether the game should be played as a home-and-home or on a neutral floor.

Kentucky coach John Calipari reportedly wanted the game to be played on a neutral floor, while Indiana’s Tom Crean wanted it as a home-and-home.

“While we understand that such neutral site games could be quite lucrative, we think the series should be continued as it is, home and home,” Glass told the Indianapolis Star.  “Playing on campus enables our students to attend these marquee games which we believe is a great component of the overall college experience.”

The two teams met in the 2011-12 regular season, where the Hoosiers pulled a thrilling upset of the eventual national champions. Christian Watford’s three-pointer at the buzzer sent the Wildcats home with what would prove to be one of only two losses the entire season.

Kentucky exacted revenge in the NCAA tournament, though, beating Indiana, 102-90, in the Sweet 16.

The Wildcats will lose Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, and Marquis Teague to the NBA draft, but will be reloading with talent from the Class of 2012, headed by No. 1 prospect Nerlens Noel.

Indiana has a talented group coming in as well, led by point guard Yogi Ferrell, who will be worked into the mix, in combination with the return of big man Cody Zeller.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. nolanwiffle - May 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Calipari doesn’t want to play at Rupp? What an ass.

  2. puckthefatriots - May 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    It’s not that Calipari doesn’t want to play at Rupp…he’s too scared to go back to Assembly Hall

  3. roland66and7 - May 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure he’s terrified to play a Sweet 16 team that he beat when it counted on the way to a national championship. I’m sure he’s just shaking in his boots.

    The better question is why won’t IU agree to a neutral site if they want to play so bad? Unless, of course, they know they’ll get destroyed if they have to leave Bloomington….

    • arlingtonsynn - May 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      Um…. Indiana is willing to do home/home. That means Hoosiers head to UK’s home court every other year. IU doesn’t fear losing at UK. It will never truly hurt IU’s standings since UK are typically better in the rankings (you know…. buying players and all).

      Home/home is the best way to go for such a long running rivalry. Especially now that the games are becoming competitive again.

      • kingghidora - May 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        I love how one game suddenly means the series is competitive again. It’s been 25 years since IU won a title. How long has it been since UK has won a title? How many titles has UK won since IU won a title? The answer is 3. What’s the record between the teams since that last IU title? The answer is UK 17 – IU 8. Wait a second. That looks pretty competitive to me. What’s this “again” stuff here?

        BTW why is it UK has been willing to play UNC home and home? Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to be scared of UNC than it would be IU? What’s the UK vs. UNC record since IU’s last title? It’s UK 7 – UNC 9. Hmmm… Shouldn’t UK be more scared to play the Tar Heels?

        The plain fact of the matter is that IU fans are lunatics when it comes to UK. They are in fact dangerous. No one is forgetting the injuries in the near riot after the last game at Bloomington. UK will likely never forget that. So go ahead and pick up some other team and abuse their fans when they come to your town. And glory in the fact that Cal is “scared” to play mighty IU. Seriously keep saying that stuff. It’s funnier than tv any day. Have your coach profess undying hate again and bang his head and run out on the floor and cause his team to have no chance to win. Have more former coaches go on national tv and refuse to say the word “Kentucky”. You can’t make this stuff up. No one would believe it. But you have to top the last insane move. I know. Go to Lexington and have a riot when the Hosers aren’t even playing. That will really shake up Cal. Go for it!

      • kingghidora - May 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        Oh I forgot that whole “buying players” thingy. Now which team was it that had their coach accused by the NCAA of breaking all sorts of rules and was fired as a result? What was that guy’s name. Come on now. Kelvin…… Sampson. Yeah that’s the guy. You remember. The guy who will never be allowed to coach in college again. The one who recruited a player who had already committed to Illinois. You remember. I wonder how much more money they offered above what the Illini coughed up? Must have been a lot more since Gordon did change his mind and go to IU. Wasn’t he a one and done guy? It’s terrible to turn the college game into a circus act like that.

  4. hoosiercolts - May 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    roland66and7- I think Fred Glass explained clearly why IU wants the games played on campus…… So it is easier for the students (the people for whom the college game is truly meant for) to go to the games. So once again…. Why is UK not wanting to continue this great rivalry??

    • kingghidora - May 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      The riot.

  5. gdub75 - May 3, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    NCAA tourney, NIT, Champions Classic, Maui invitational- all neutral sites!!!

  6. protectthishouse54 - May 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    I don’t get why they can’t just flip a coin.

  7. roland66and7 - May 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    UK has no motivation. They already have a strong non-conference schedule and Assembly Hall isn’t going to give them any financial incentive in the form of gate revenue. In short, IU needs UK more than UK needs IU. Besides, the two sides had a verbal agreement and IU backed out. So you can’t exactly blame UK for the series ending. IU pulled the plug.

  8. imforbigblue - May 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Lol yeah UK buys its players wow haven’t heard that one before. This coming from such a sorry ass fan base and team that IU built a shrine and even hung a jersey for there win over UK last year now that’s sad. Guess if your IU you know your so sorry that one win means that much but here at UK we hang banners you should try it some time. O and don’t talk about UK because IU has been our whipping boys for years

  9. imforbigblue - May 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Plus I wouldn’t say they have been close games we played our worst game of the year and jones didn’t even show up and you played out of your minds and still took a last second lucky shot to beat us. As you can see when UK played a good game we sent your sorry asses packing with a 12 point loss on our way to #8

  10. prov1x - May 3, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I hope they made banner #8 retractable….

    • kingghidora - May 9, 2012 at 5:59 AM

      That’s not something IU will need to worry about for a “long” time.

  11. xli2006 - May 3, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    The Yum Center is the the home of the Louisville Cardinals. Why does UK want to play their so bad.

    IU wants the games played at BOTH team’s home floors. That is the right position and where the games should be played.

    Once again, Coach Cal is altering College Basketball and NOT for the better.

    • kingghidora - May 9, 2012 at 6:02 AM

      LOL I do believe you don’t have your facts straight (imagine that – an IU fan with no command of the facts – whodathunkit). First off UK plays their Louisville games in a place called “Freedom Hall”. You may have heard of it. It’s bigger than that barn you play in. And even if UK wanted to play in the Yum, UL does NOT control that venue. The Kentucky State Fair Board does. That would be the same people that control Freedom Hall BTW.

      IU fans. Gosh darn it they try so hard to be so wrong, you just have to love them.

    • kingghidora - May 9, 2012 at 6:10 AM

      Forgot that whole “Coach Cal altering the blah blah blah” thing. Gee I could have sworn that IU was using one and done players before UK. Anyone remember Gordon? Anyone? He came before any UK one and done player.

      Once again, and I know I have to repeat this a lot, IU fans just don’t have a clue. I mean they don’t have a clue where to find a clue. How many screwups are they allowed in a single discussion? It was good ole Kelvin Sampson that really got caught breaking the rules in the last decade. Nothing Cal is accused of comes anywhere near what Sampson got fired for doing. He was effectively barred from ever coaching in the NCAA again. But IU fans seem to think Cal is the big bad meanie who steals away their titles.

      Do you people have any idea how pathetic you sound? Why are you so upset? Hatred is an ugly thing children. Even in Indiana.

  12. creek0512 - May 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Its dissapointing that Calipari’s ego is apparently bigger than the IU-UK game, and the UK fans wont care as long as they are winning.

    Oh well, Kansas and Louisville have both been begging IU to schedule them, my money is on Kansas.

    • kingghidora - May 9, 2012 at 6:13 AM

      So you think we care more about winning national titles than playing IU? I don’t believe it. An IU fan that gets it right. It was purely be accident of course. He actually thought he was insulting UK when he said it. Sheesh! What do they teach there in corn country anyway? You should stop turning all that corn into liquid IMO.

  13. imforbigblue - May 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Lol I love how all you sore losers keep saying the same old tired thing that we will give up the banner and games keep dreaming. Aslong as cal is at UK we will always be playing for championship you fools at IU can’t say that. Hell just last year your sorry coach even made your team even worth taking about. How soon you forget you’ve been UKs bitch for years and we showed you that again this year in the turny

  14. imforbigblue - May 4, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Only thing your coach did was prove he’s scared to play UK away from home. If your as good as you say you are you should play anybody anywhere and not just at home. I don’t blame cal look how your moron fans stormed the court and almost hurt our players.

  15. hoosiercolts - May 4, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    imforbigblue- afraid to play away from home?? Every other year would be in Lexington. How is it that he’s afraid to play away from home. IU already has enough neutral court games. This game SHOULD be played on campus, in front of two of the best fan bases in college ball.

    What I find funny is all these KY fan pages where everyone was talking about how “dangerous” and “unsafe” it was for KY fans inside the Hall last year. Dangerous?? Unsafe?? I was at that game, sitting near a group of KY fans. They were never in danger. They were being heckled but they were never threatened. Not once. KY fans constantly prove correct the stereotype of them being the biggest bunch of babies college basketball has ever seen. “Ohhh, it needs to be at a neutral court. I was scared because those mean old Hoosier fans were talking smack. Please save me.””. Grow a sack KY fans. You’re all a bunch of babies.

    • kingghidora - May 9, 2012 at 6:23 AM

      So IU fans are here crying like babies because they lost a single game and they think UK fans are babies? And it wasn’t just talk about how dangerous it was at Bloomington. It was dangerous. There are lots of documented cases of people from UK actually being hurt. Deny Deny Deny but it won’t get you your hate game back. You’ll just have to cook up a good strong hate against someone else. But it’s nice for you to invite the Cats back the way you have with all your mid-western hospitality calling all UK fans babies and all. Wait a minute. No one ever talks about mid-western hospitality. Sorry I was thinking of civilized universites for a second. Not IU. But your winning smile and polite insults are bound to get people to want to come back for some more good old fashioned abuse. Thanks for thinking of us – as the people who refuse to be the object of your hatred and abuse.

      But seriously you’re bound to get UK fans to want to come back by insulting them and calling them names. It works every time. Great job of keeping UK away. I’ve wanted that series to end for over 30 years. You see I lived in Indiana for a while. Wow is that ever the worst place I ever lived by far. Boring corn fields is what I blame it on. Who wouldn’t go crazy staring at miles and miles and miles of cornfields every year. It has to mess with your heads. It ain’t natural. I will admit that once in a while you do see a soybean field. But mostly it’s just miles and miles and miles of cornfields. I don’t see how people stand it for long. I guess they don’t looking around at the wacky types showing up here.

  16. imforbigblue - May 4, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    yeah but you left out when you morons rushed the court because you thought you won the national title and a few uk fans did get hurt and our players almost got hurt. face it IU needs UK more then UK needs you guys. You have been the whipping boy for UK for so long that UK didnt even care if they played you anymore. Hell we still play play teams like UL UNC and dUKe next year so not play you doesnt hurt. Dont worry have your coach add a cup cake and pad some wins youll be ok were still just content with winning the national championship something IU doesnt know anything about

    • arlingtonsynn - May 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Yes you will play UL, UNC, and Duke….

      Not once will you travel to their home court.


  17. hoosiercolts - May 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    You’re such a tool. Don’t get all butt hurt and bent out of shape because your coach wussed out. IU is gonna be just fine without UK. We’re going to schedule a home and home vs Kansas (not a cupcake) and start a new rivalry. When Coach Cal gets the boot and you get this last banner pulled down for violations, you’ll suck again….. Then, perhaps, we might allow your hillbilly, Sister bangin’, single forked family tree havin’ butts back across the Ohio River. Until then….. Don’t the the door hit ya in the butt on the way out.

    • kingghidora - May 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      That’s how you get fans to want the game back! Way to go! Only two more stereotypes and you win the booby prize (booby knight comes to sleep on your porch since he got kicked out of his apartment for throwing chairs). Then you’ll get all sorts of unwanted and illegal phone calls from – wait now this is good – Kelvin Sampson! Yes the master of the illegal phone call will ring you up from his new job as “Rachel with cardholder services”.

      See that’s how you do it Hosers. You don’t use the same tired old comments that were old when Lincoln was in office. You create fresh new ways to insult your fellow Hosers. Yeah I know you wanted to insult Cal but gee that just isn’t going to work for you. You might try shaking your head real hard and hoping two brain cells bump into each other and create an original thought purely be accident. I actually saw a guy do it once in this thread already. He slammed UK for wanting to win national championships more than they wanted to beat IU. The only thing is he thought that was an insult. After all everyone would love to beat IU. It’s way more fun than all those pitiful championships. So there’s still room for you to be the first one to get it right. I know lightning rarely strikes the same place twice but hey, you’re a Hoser. It’s not like you know that. Think hard now. And no thoughts don’t come from that end. Ask your mommy about “potty training”.

  18. seahawksbmx - May 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Why not go with a compromise? Home/Home/Neutral, rotating every 3 years. Too simple?

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