John Calipari weighs in on future of Kentucky-Indiana men's hoops rivalry
John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats no longer play Indiana every year. As bordering states and blueblood hoops programs, they go way back.
But, when asked about the now-dormant rivalry after Tuesday night’s win over Mount St. Mary’s, Calipari said in his postgame press conference that there’s “nothing imminent” with regards to the Hoosiers.
Here’s what Calipari said, with the comments coming toward the end of the video:
“Mike and I are good friends,” Calipari said. “We’ve talked about stuff, so, but there’s nothing imminent that I can talk to you about.”
Calipari then listed off Kentucky’s current nonconference schedule, saying there’s no room for another big-time matchup:
“I think we’ve got to go to Notre Dame,” Calipari said. “I think we’ve got to do a Michigan thing. You’ve still got the Big 12(/SEC Challenge). You still got Louisville every year. You got the two tournaments that everyone wants in that we’re in (the Champions Classic and CBS Sports Classic). Everybody wants those tournaments. The greatest thing about those 2 neutral games is the 4 teams that are in it are lucky, because the minute anybody would drop out, there’d be 50 teams calling and begging to be in those tournaments. Got through the Georgia Tech thing.”
Perhaps the Indiana-Kentucky game will become a regular matchup again in the future, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be back anytime soon.