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For the first time in more than 40 years, Indiana and Kentucky will not meet on the basketball court next season, and they may not for a while.
IU Athletic Director Fred Glass says the school will not sign a new contract to play the Wildcats because of Kentucky‘s insistence on playing at neutral sites. Kentucky offered to play it‘s next “home” game in the series at Lucas Oil Stadium, but was turned down by IU.
The schools have met every regular season since 1969, but the latest two-year, home-and-home contract expired after Kentucky‘s last second loss to the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall last December. It was the Wildcats‘ only loss of their national championship season, a loss they avenged with a 102-90 win over IU in the regional semifinals in Atlanta.
Kentucky coach John Calipari told ESPN his school still has the date scheduled for Lucas Oil Stadium and will try to find another opponent. Glass says he is open to resuming the series if Kentucky agrees to play its home games at its home venue, Rupp Arena.
The schools met at neutral sites – Freedom Hall in Louisville and the old RCA Dome in Indianapolis – from 1991 until 2005, when the games returned to campus sites.