After being declared all but dead by John Calipari earlier this year, a renewed Kentucky-Indiana rivalry series may have a pulse after all. A new update on talks between the two schools could bode well for getting a deal done.
Speaking to the media this week, Indiana head coach Archie Miller said that discussions of a home-and-home series are still "on the table." He explained that communication between the two schools remains "ongoing" and expressed his hope that a deal can be made.
“It’s always been a topic and it continues to be on the table... The communications with both administrations has been pretty ongoing. I hope, we hope and Kentucky hopes the game will re-emerge and be part of both team’s schedule...
However, he did also acknowledge that renewing the rivalry has to be something that both sides want. But he believes that the game ultimately is something that the two schools desire.
"...When it happens really has to deal with two people will be doing what is best. I think there has been an ongoing dialogue daily and it’s something that both Indiana and Kentucky wants."
The Kentucky-Indiana rivalry dates back to their first meeting in 1924, but really came to a head in the 1970s. They split a pair of NCAA Tournament game in 1972 and 1975, and went to overtime four times in the regular season in that decade.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Kentucky took command of the series, winning 17 of 21 meetings. They are now 32-25 all-time against Indiana.
But Kentucky head coach John Calipari has somewhat less fond memories of the rivalry. The Hoosiers upset his No. 1 Wildcats in 2011, and knocked him out of the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
Calipari has proposed that the rivalry be played at neutral sites rather than in a home-and-home series.
When will we see the rivalry renewed?