Glass on Louisville-IU series: “I don’t think it will be for this upcoming season”

  • 06/04/2015 10:16 am in

In February, word broke that Louisville and Indiana were in talks for a three-year series. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said at the time the two teams could play during the 2015-2016 season at Lucas Oil Stadium.

On Wednesday at IU’s first “on the road” tour stop at Huber Winery, athletics director Fred Glass said the two sides continue to talk, but do not have plans to play next season.

“No update other than both sides wanna do a deal,” Glass said. “We’ve had very serious conversations about that. Like everything else, the devil’s in the details. There are conference challenges and schedule challenges, but coach Pitino and everybody at Louisville and coach (Tom) Crean and everybody at Indiana wanna get a deal done and I expect that to happen in fairly short order. I don’t think it will be for this upcoming season.”

The proposed three-game series discussed back in February by Pitino said that the teams would meet at Lucas Oil and split a ticket allotment of 35,000 seats per school. If Lucas Oil Stadium was not going to be available, the schools would then potentially play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and split an allotment of 10,500 tickets per school. The neutral court game would then be followed by a game at Assembly Hall and a game at the KFC Yum! Center.

A potential Indiana-Louisville series has been a discussion point since Pitino said during the 2012 NCAA tournament that he is open to restarting a series whenever the Hoosiers are ready.

The two sides played last December for the first time since 2003, a 94-74 Cardinals win in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Indiana’s non-conference schedule for next season includes the 2015 Maui Invitational, the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against Notre Dame, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Duke and a home game against Creighton in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

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  • Robert Golden

    Creighton is a big name, and they’re no stranger to beating other big name schools in non-conference play. They’ve thumped in-state rival Nebraska for six consecutive years. The MVAC-to-Big East transfer missed NCAAs for the first time in four years in 2014-15, and they graduated four of their top six scorers, and four of their top five rebounders. The team is now left in the hands of 6’2″ Juco transfer J Milliken, a senior who is in his third year with the program. Milliken is a star in the making, and while he averaged under 10 points per game on the season, he scored 14.4 per game over the final 15 contests of Creighton’s season. He’s also proven to be a deadly outside scorer, closing out the year by hitting 14/23 three pointers combined (61%) against Villanova, Xavier, DePaul and Georgetown. If you stop Milliken, you can probably stop the Bluejays.

  • CreamandCrimson

    So our best non-conference home game this season (a season with high expectations and a lot of excitement and zero excuses for not having a high-profile home game or three) is going to be Creighton, one of the bottom half teams in the Big East? I have a few problems with the scheduling this administration typically does (the main one being the tendency to put 2-3 300+ RPI torpedoes on the schedule every season). If a marquee home game doesn’t end up getting added, I’ll be rather disappointed. I won’t be irate or call for anyone to be fired or anything like that but it will be an annoyance as we prepare to watch the 2015-2016 season.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Creighton isn’t a bad opponent…I have absolutely no problems with that game. That being said, they shouldn’t be within ten points of us in Assembly Hall if we come ready to play.

    Anyway, that’s currently our only “power conference” pre-B1G home game and in my opinion, that’s just not good enough for an IU team that comes into the season with high expectations. Just my opinion though.

  • Robert Golden

    CTC needs to get away from cupcakes with the icing. Schedule some teams in the 200’s.

  • dwdkc

    Not too many marquee teams are looking to go into Assembly Hall. If the KY series had continued they would have been coming in. I think they’ve done a good job with improving the schedule but the trend seems to be to play good teams in neutral court “events” and preseason tournaments. That seems to be a nationwide trend, making the challenge of finding good home games more difficult. At least the B10-ACC challenge should produce a decent home game every other year, and if the Big East deal continues that should cover the other year.

  • Ole Man

    Good call. The trend towards conference/conference matchups can produce good or bad home games (see Creighton).
    I don’t think that much can be done to improve upon it.
    If you look around, most of the big name schools are having the same problem, as you pointed out.
    IMHO, it’s whining to complain about the scheduling when it’s obvious that Glass is working to improve it; and it has improved drastically.

  • Ole Man

    C&C, my humble opinion is that this season’s schedule is plenty tough.
    Every year it’s the same thing…..whine, whine, whine….I get it.
    But honestly, isn’t it improving vastly?

  • Ole Man

    RG, why don’t we name you AD. I’m sure it’s as simple as snapping your fingers.
    Geez….every year with some of you guys.

  • Robert Golden

    I am declaring for AD, I am not leaving my recliner though.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t mean to be whining and I apologize if I “whine, whine, whine” every year. Improving vastly? The schedule is going to be adequate, no doubt about that. Maui is going to be a lot of fun to watch and a game at Duke is awesome. Playing Notre Dame is very good and I’m in favor of continuing the Crossroads Classic.

    I didn’t mention anything about the overall quality of the schedule. My biggest problem is that we consistently have multiple opponents that finish 300 or above in the RPI. In my opinion, it doesn’t make sense for us to play Kennesaw State. My only other problem with the schedule is that Fred Glass has repeatedly said he wants there to be a marquee non-conference home game every season and I don’t think this season has one and I don’t think last season had one.

    Again, this isn’t a huge deal but it’s an annoyance for me as we prepare for 2015-2016 and I wish it were a little better. Nothing more. It comes off as whining to you and that’s not my intention…I have a lot of other, much more important things in my life to worry and whine about. So, I won’t write anything else about the schedule. No matter who they are playing, I’ll be watching and rooting them on. Have a nice day.

  • Ole Man

    LOL!

  • Ole Man

    I think it’s a bit more than “adequate”.
    I understand the frustration with opponents with RPIs under 300, but even in that is improving.
    I don’t think it’s as easy as you want it to be.
    It takes “two to tango”. A lot of mid-conference schools no longer will sign unless they get a “home and home”, which financially makes no sense for a school such as IU.
    Lots more to it then simply saying “let’s play.”
    But, I agree. I’d love to see no one on our schedule out of the 200s.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m aware that it’s much more difficult than any of us are aware of. I’ve interned in an athletic department and know how complicated scheduling can be (and my experience/knowledge only scratches the surface).

    I should also say that it’s unfair of me or anyone else to speak of the schedule as a finished product. There are a lot of games to be added and matchups to be determined (we could play three top 25 teams there, we could play only one…we have no clue). Anyway, I wish the home games were a bit better but it’s largely irrelevant and it’s foolish of me to express frustration or annoyance with a subject few of us know much about. And so I move on… 🙂

  • Kyl470

    Completely agree. Complaining about the schedule is silly. I’m sure Glass would love to have Kansas, Arizona, or Gonzaga come play at IU, but I don’t think those schools are looking to add a tough non conference road game like that to their schedule. This non conference schedule should be challenging with the quality of teams in the Maui tournament and road game vs. Duke.

  • Kyl470

    I guess some people think the non conference schedule should be let’s play, UK, Duke, UNC, Louisville, Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, UConn, Gonzaga, Virginia. Then when the team goes 5-5, 4-6, or 3-7 in those games we can complain about our overall non conference record.

  • marcusgresham

    Well, you gotta know UIC is coming to the schedule in the next year or two.

  • Robert Golden

    McClain has a nice future in this business.

  • marcusgresham

    Give a rest on Kennesaw State. You know IU has no control over who it plays in the Big Ten-Atlantic Sun Challenge!

  • calbert40

    Cream, I think this year’s non-conference slate is pretty solid. We may not have many (any?) marquee home games, but we play some really solid opponents on the road or at a neutral site.

    Creighton
    @ Duke
    ND – neutral
    Maui Inv w/ potential to play at least one or up to three of Kansas, UCLA, UNLV, Vandy, St. John’s.

    I’d LOVE to see us get a true home and home with UL, but if it doesn’t happen this season, it isn’t going to kill our NCSOS.