Indiana to play in 2014 Jimmy V Classic

  • 08/07/2013 9:06 pm in

042913edcEver since Indiana’s talks about continuing a series with Kentucky broke down, athletics director Fred Glass and Tom Crean have been working to find another marquee non-conference opponent.

Glass and Crean may have finally found one, though not for this upcoming season.

As first reported by The Indianapolis Star, Indiana will play in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in December of 2014. Indiana will receive $200,000 for playing in the event from an agreement with ESPN. The Star gained access to the contract via a public records request from the school’s legal department.

The Star’s report said Indiana’s Jimmy V Classic opponent would be Louisville, which Inside the Hall reported as a possibility back in June.

But Louisville has not yet signed an agreement to play in the event, associate athletic director Kenny Klein told WDRB’s Rick Bozich Wednesday night.

“We have had discussions about playing in that event but do not have an agreement,” Klein told Bozich. “That’s premature.”

Louisville has been discussed as a potential home-and-home candidate for Indiana ever since Kentucky was dropped from the schedule, but no such agreement has been reached to this point.

An Indiana-Louisville matchup could still happen in 2014 at Madison Square Garden, but it’s too soon to say it’s a done deal.

“To say that we have a deal to play that game is premature,” Klein told Bozich.

(Update: Rick Pitino to C.L. Brown of The Louisville Courier-Journal on playing IU at MSG: “Excited to be playing back in a special arena where we won back-to-back Big East championships.”)

Louisville, which will begin play in the ACC in 2014-2015, has been open to a series with Indiana ever since the agreement with Kentucky could not be reached.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino told Eric Crawford in May of 2012 that he pursued a game with Indiana, but the Hoosiers didn’t have room on the schedule.

“But we’re definitely interested in doing something for the next season,” Pitino said at the time, “because I think it would be a great series for both programs and for college basketball.”

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  • Snookafly

    Glass and Crean need to man up and start scheduling someone decent in the non conference. Louisville, Kentucky, or Kansas would be good. I feel like we’re starting to take pages out of Calipari’s or Krzyzewski’s playbook with the early season cupcake walk.

  • Miamihoosier

    No matter how clearly it’s explained, no matter how many times you break it down, people come on and complain about strength of schedule. We get 12 games before the league starts. I think we should sign a 20-year contract for those 12 games to be @Duke, @Kansas, @UCLA, @UNC, @Kentucky, @Memphis, @Florida, @Louisville, @Syracuse, @Georgetown, @UCONN, and @Arizona…………sure we’ll start off 2 and 10, but dang, “the committee” will be so impressed we took on the challenge, they’ll lock in a midwest #1 seed for us before the Big Ten even starts.

  • N71

    $200K to play in the Jimmy V Classic, does that even cover our travel expenses? That can’t be right, perhaps we share some of the different types of revenue off the event as well.

  • Andrew

    Krzyzewski? Have you ever seen a Duke schedule? Look no further than last season.

  • Andrew

    13 games. Better add North Carolina.

  • plane1972

    I’m not sure I’d be too enthusiastic about playing Louisville either, considering Pitino’s almost-brazen follow-Crean recruiting strategy. I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but it is awfully coincidental how many IU targets become Louisville targets shortly after Crean shows interest. A home-and-home series with Louisville would be fine. Just stay away from the nearby neutral courts.

  • David Macer

    Are you nuts ??? The non-conference schedule is desgned to help the basketball budget and improve the confidence of incoming players. After a start like that, we would go 8-10 in the B1G. 10-22 doesn’t make any tournament no matter the strength of schedule.

  • David Macer

    Did you ever look at IU’s schedule when RMK was the coach ?? How many losses did IU have in their two annual tournaments – Hoosier Classic and Indiana Classic……ONE in 20+ years.

  • Hardwood83

    I think he was being sarcastic towards those who are discontented with the schedule.
    Personally I’m okay with the ACC challenge and one other marquee game/tourney. Non-con is a chance to tune-up for confernece play, not prove yourself, imo.

  • marcusgresham

    There’s no viable neutral site in Kentucky for U of L to use the way Kentucky wanted to do a Freedom Hall/Conseco (or whatever the hell it’s called this week) series. It wouldn’t make any sense for Louisville to play a “neutral” site game at Freedom Hall and the fanbase isn’t big enough to play in Rupp (as if UK would allow that anyway.) The only other option would be Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

  • plane1972

    That’s exactly what I was getting at. Don’t do for Louisville what you wouldn’t do for Kentucky. Lucas Oil is just as attractive to Pitino as it would be for Calipari – playing in front of Indy prospects.

  • Doug Wilson

    Bobby Knight has been talking to his old buddy Pittino and Vitale.

  • thrawnjan

    We can pay a month of Crean with it. ;(

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  • BC

    Is sarcasm really that hard to differentiate on here? I keep reading these sarcastic comments, then a few posts later someone freaks out saying “What! Blah blah blah.”

  • Snookafly

    Yeah, last year was the exception. Duke never plays real road games and pads with nobodies.

  • OladipoFan4

    Someone explain to me why we wouldnt play UK in a neutral court game in our own state.. but we agree to play U of L in NY? Dont get that one Glass.

  • oladipofan4

    Snookafly, I would take UK’s non conference “cupcake walk”.. they play Mich St, UNC, U of L, Baylor and Boise St (a top 25 team.) Much better than ours.

  • Michael Coriell

    We agreed to play in the event and they placed us against U of L as the match up. IU plays in these things every year, this just happens to be the one time a lot of people are happy with the match up.