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Will Indiana, Louisville meet during 2014-15 season? (UPDATED)

Aug 7, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

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Indiana may not have plans to play Kentucky any time soon, but if a report from the Indianapolis Star proves to be true the Hoosiers will play the Wildcats’ biggest rival on a neutral court next season.

According to Mark Alesia of the Star, Indiana has a contract to play Louisville on December 9, 2014 as part of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Of course this is all contingent upon both the organizer of the event (that being ESPN) formally announcing the matchup at some point and Louisville agreeing to the game, so even with the presence of this contract nothing’s set in stone.

How did news of the contract become public?

The contract was included in the school legal department’s response to a public records request by The Indianapolis Star. The agreement is with ESPN and pays IU $200,000. Athletic director Fred Glass signed the letter April 10.

[Indiana spokesman J.D.] Campbell said IU won’t announce the basketball schedule for the upcoming season until later this month, after the Big Ten releases the conference schedule. IU generally avoids releasing news about schedules on a game-by-game basis.

Contrary to this report however is news from Rick Bozich of WDRB (Louisville) that Louisville does not have an agreement in regards to this particular game. School spokesman Kenny Klein told Bozich that reports of the game are “premature.”

The two storied programs last met on February 1, 2003, with the Cardinals winning 95-76 at Freedom Hall (Louisville’s home court at the time). The Hoosiers led by as many as 16 points in the first half, only to succumb to Louisville’s second half onslaught (the Cardinals scored 60 points in the second half).

Obviously the possibility of Indiana and Louisville meeting doesn’t have anything to do with the Indiana/Kentucky series, but can it serve as a catalyst to get those two programs back on the same floor?

Indiana’s series with Kentucky came to a (hopefully temporary) end thanks to a dispute between the two schools in regards to where the games would be played. Indiana head coach Tom Crean was in favor of continuing the home-and-home arrangement, and had this been the case the 2012-13 edition of the series would have been played in Lexington.

But Kentucky head coach John Calipari wanted the games to be played at a neutral site, and regardless of whose fault the situation was fans were robbed of one of the game’s best non-conference rivalries.

  1. cranespy - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Uhh…..regardless of whose fault it was???? Are you serious…..IU beats them @ home and Cal gets a case of the shakes and bows out of a Rupp home game….only because playing it meant going back to the IU campus the following year……man up Cal… SHOULD win!

  2. metalhead65 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    IU is more than willing to resume the series as long as it is played like it has been for years. IU does not bow down to lord calipari and he either accepts it the way it was or the hoosiers move on to a team not afraid to play them on campus. funny they had no problem playing and destroying IU after the sampson mess but Crean comes in and rebuilds the program to the point they can beat the wildcats and suddenly everything must change to continue the series.

  3. ukcatsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Tom Crean needs to grow a pair and be willing to play good teams without a home court advantage every other year. No wonder his teams can’t get past the sweet sixteen they never play neutral site games against anyone worth a crap! Between the UK fans and the IU fans they could pack out some of these huge venues, it could make for a final four type atmosphere but Crean wants none of the final four atmosphere so he drops out of the NCAA tourney every year in the sweet sixteen! I wouldn’t say Cal is afraid of Crean….anybody watche the next time UK played IU that very same year?

  4. kingghidora - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Right. Indiana fans practically riot because they happen to win a basketball game and they think Kentucky wants to come back for more? Maybe if the fans would grow up in Bloomington but that ain’t likely. How many women have to get knocked down stairs before it’s too much? How many fans must be spit on and threatened in the stands? Deny it all you like but UK learned better than to play in Bloomington decades ago. That’s why all those games were played in Louisville (essentially a neutral site about the same distance from each school) and Indianapolis (a major IU fan stronghold). UK would rather give IU a neutral game and a semi-home game than to play in Bloomington. I’ve been to Bloomington BTW so don’t tell me the fans there aren’t the worst. They are. I know that. Blame yourself for losing the rivalry game. Never mind IU coaches talking about hating UK and past coaches refusing to even say the word Kentucky. You people learned to behave based on the worst jerk in sports and the way he acts. That should be a big hint why no decent team will play in Bloomington unless they have their own version of the Assendly Hall to retaliate every year. You people act like wild animals and you think that is a good reason for UK to come back. Uh, wrong. You think insults will get UK back. Wrong again. And one win does NOT mean you are “back”. You’re still losing 10 games a year. UK usually loses half of that or less. They lost 2 in 2012 and 3 in 2010. That’s how top teams win. But mostly you just need to learn that acting worse won’t get you what you want. That seems to be beyond your comprehension. So go ahead and insult and slander UK. See if it gets your biggest game back for you. See if your one shot at having a good year comes back. Not going to happen.

    • dexterismyhero - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Can you say Robert Morris?

      Bitter much?

      And I have been to Rupp and been screamed at and insulted so enough with your fake model b*&ch falling down the stairs.

      You are nothing more than a giant homer.

    • sportfan2 - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      Playing KU in regular season was never Indiana’s “biggest game”.

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