Indiana-Kentucky series coming to an end
Indiana has decided it won't sign a new contract to play Kentucky in men's basketball, ending a rivalry that has been played every year since 1969.
Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass says the two schools could not agree on where games should be played.
The national champion Wildcats wanted the games played at off-campus sites in Louisville and Indianapolis, as they were from 1991 through 2005. Kentucky lost its only regular-season game last season at Indiana's Assembly Hall after Christian Watford hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win it.
The Hoosiers prefer to keep the games on campus, where they've been played since 2006.
December's game was the last one on the current contract. Glass says Indiana would reconsider if the games stay on campus.
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that Indiana University will not sign a new contract to play the University of Kentucky in men's basketball next season in light of their insistence that the matchup be moved to off-campus sites.
"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," said Glass. "Playing on campus enables our students to attend these marquee games which we believe is a great component of the overall college experience. Playing in the historic venues that are Assembly Hall and Rupp Arena is also a tremendous experience for our student-athletes."
The latest two-game, home and home contract between the schools expired following the Wildcats visit in December to Bloomington. Subsequently, Kentucky has conditioned the continuation of the series on moving the games to Louisville and/or Indianapolis.
"In the final analysis, we want our student-athletes, our overall student body and our season ticket holders to enjoy this series at Assembly Hall," said Glass. "We would be open to reviving the series in the future on a home and home basis."
"We have a strong belief that this series should be played on campus and is something that should be beneficial for both teams," said IU Coach Tom Crean.
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