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John Calipari Addresses Potential Renewal Of Kentucky-Indiana Rivalry

John Calipari during NCAA Tournament.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 29: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Houston Cougars during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

From 1969 until 2011, the Kentucky-Indiana basketball rivalry was one of the biggest non-conference series in the sport. Though the two sides could not reach an agreement to renew the rivalry in 2012, John Calipari was asked to address the possibility of bringing it back this week.

According to Jeff Drummond of Cats Illustrated, Calipari said that he believes Kentucky's schedule is locked in for the next four to five years. He added that Kentucky has plans in the works such as a game in London that may also preclude the Wildcats from facing Indiana.

Indiana dominated the rivalry in the 1980s, winning five of seven meetings between 1984 and 1990. The early 1990s saw Kentucky rise and dominate. The Wildcats took seven of 10 games in that decade.

In the final regular season meeting between the two sides, Indiana narrowly won 73-72 in an upset of the then No. 1 Wildcats. They would face off again in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, with Kentucky avenging the loss.

The two sides last faced each other in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Tom Crean's No. 5 Hoosiers upset Calipari's No. 4 Wildcats 73-67 in the Round of 32.

But Indiana has struggled lately, missing three straight tournaments and finishing each of those years with under 20 wins. As historic as the rivalry may be, this current version of Indiana might struggle mightily against the elite program that Calipari has maintained.

Even so, it looks like we won't see a renewal of the rivalry in the regular season for many years at least.