Indiana and Louisville in negotiations for three-year series

  • 02/10/2015 2:40 pm in

Indiana and Louisville are currently in negotiations for a three-year series, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean confirmed on Tuesday.

The series will involve games at either Lucas Oil Stadium or Bankers Life Fieldhouse depending on date availability, Assembly Hall and the KFC Yum! Center, potentially starting as early as next season, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said during his radio show on Monday evening.

“I would say if we get this series completed, a three-year series that it is, a series of that magnitude really deserves the respect of an official announcement and it being a big deal,” Crean said on Tuesday. “Because it would be. But are we in the midst of that, among other things that we’re doing? Absolutely. We are in the midst of that. And we have been.

“With a series of that magnitude and the dates that we would potentially play and where we would play, a lot of things would have to get worked on.”

Pitino said on Monday that ideally the two teams will play in Lucas Oil Stadium next season, splitting a ticket allotment of 35,000 seats per school. If Lucas Oil Stadium is not available on those dates, they would then potentially play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and split an allotment of 10,500 tickets per school.

A potential Indiana-Louisville series has been discussion point since Pitino said during the 2012 NCAA tournament that he is open to restarting a series whenever Crean is ready. The two sides played this season for the first time since 2003, a 94-74 Cardinals win in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Any game between Indiana and Louisvile next season would have to fit into an already congested Hoosiers non-conference schedule.

Indiana has already committed to the 2015 Maui Invitational, the Crossroads Classic and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and there is a chance the Hoosiers could be slotted to play in a Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup the first week of the season, as well.

“It’s premature for us to talk about it,” Crean said on Tuesday, “But I hope when that time comes that it’s a big enough deal that it deserves a proper announcement.”

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  • PDXHoosier

    this would be great. I’m all for an anti-UK alliance

  • Kyl470

    I’d much rather play Louisville every year than the Crossroads Classic.

  • inLinE6

    Same here. I have no idea why that Crossroads Classic got renewed. We’re playing Purdue every year already. There’s no point playing ND or Butler every another year. There’s no national attention, but when you lose that game, it stings.

  • inLinE6

    I was very disappointed when we were invited to Champions Classic but had to decline the invitation due to conflict with Crossroads Classic. What a joke. And OSU replaced us but wait a minute, what champion did they have?

  • Ms hoosier

    Yea games like this should help recruiting I also wish we could get back to playing Kentucky I LOVE IT WHEN WE BEAT THEM!!!!!!! GO HOOSIERS

  • Either Kentucky school is always a Great Game, and a lot more exciting than our normal, “easy to win” invitationals ! Although it is always nice to give up-and-coming Teams a shot at the Best !

  • sd chuck

    Lucas Oil, yes! This would be a great game with a final four atmosphere, big time players show up at big time games and make big time plays!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    This is excellent. When Pitino said he’s all for it, I got excited. I didn’t see Crean thinking this would be bad, it was just a matter of the respective Athletic Directors to agree. And they obviously did, so win-win for both schools.

  • Kyl470

    Yeah playing in events with teams like, UCLA, Kansas, UNC, UK, etc. is a better event to showcase to recruits than playing Bulter or ND.

  • N71

    Instead of the Crossroads as it is it should be renamed into The Indiana Shootout or something and expanded to include Valpo, Ball State, Indiana State, and Evansville. Create a mini tourney that is easily traveled by all the school’s fans. A play off the old high school tournament, if Indiana State made it through Butler, Indiana, or Notre Dame good for them. It would be a 3 day celebration of Indiana basketball in downtown Indy. The attendance would be strong I’d imagine.

  • SilentBob

    An Indiana toruney would be Bad A yo. I’ve wanted that for a while, but I doubt it’ll ever happen.

  • Ms hoosier

    Does anybody know who we will be playing in the 2015 Maui Inv.

  • Hoosier1158

    Cal would not agree to the same arrangement. Cal has ruined the IU UK series. I would rather play U of L.

  • Ms hoosier

    Yea Cal makes me hate Kentucky even more

  • chris

    i really like our chances against U of L next year.

  • Mack

    Yeah, I don’t know why this isn’t done. Who cares if we might end up playing PU again. I think it would be a one of a kind event for the state. Have Women’s as well. Make it Hoosier State Classic. A lot will be written about it. Great for the smaller schools, too. No state could do this like Indiana. Have a three on three championship as well with teens and/or mixed inter-generational teams. Celebration of BB in the state in Indy.

  • Guyton25

    Ya, all that.

  • Ms hoosier

    If we get a ligit big man I like our chances against anybody I really like this team

  • Grant

    I’m probably the only one who feels this isn’t good foe Indiana we benefit far less from this series than Louisville, it allows them to market their program in the high school basketball capital of the world. Louisville is no different than kentucky. We gain nothing from this.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    We gain a chance to set the all-time attendance record which would be awesome if we do. Its not like Louisville has been stealing a ton of Indiana talent besides Kenny Johnson. I could be wrong on that. I like it. Only one game is in Indy. We still get a home and home out of it too. I would love to play Louisville in the Hall. If we win these games then we gain everything from them.

  • CreamandCrimson

    The schedule/bracket for that won’t be announced for quite some time but the field is Chaminade, IU, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

  • millzy32

    This is fine but we need to play the other KY school if for nothing more than to always say we had a chance to stop them from matching the 76 team record. Just get it done. Home and home who cares neutral site ok just get the game on. The fans are missing out on what needs to be the best rivalry in basketball.

  • millzy32

    I suppose you want a rematch with Eastern Washington instead to avenge that loss? I am just kidding but what’s wrong with adding a good team to our usually way too easy preseason schedule? News flash IU isn’t getting the best talent in Indiana lately anyway so how about beat a team like Louisville and impress our Indiana kids to get the border shut back down like it should be.

  • Grant

    I live in the Louisville metro area on the good side of course and am so tired of the Kentucky/Louisville propaganda.
    I appreciate your comments but don’t see the benefit for us. Go Hoosiers

  • calbert40

    That would be a lot of fun. A three day tourney at the Fieldhouse…sign me up for that!

  • millzy32

    Louisville has a good side? Who knew:)

  • Grant

    See we are in agreement. lol

  • calbert40

    If that is the arrangement, I think it is perfect for both sides. Home and Home and then a neutral site. If it works, I’d guess they would sign it again. Who needs UK anyway? I’d rather play a collegiate program over an NBA D-League program!

  • twarrior87

    IU better get a big man