Dick Vitale pleading with Indiana, Kentucky to rekindle rivalry game
One of the loudest voices in college basketball is targeting Indiana and Kentucky to restart the intense rivalry on the hardwood.
ESPN analyst Dick Vitale took to Twitter on Tuesday to begin clamoring for the Hoosiers and Wildcats to rekindle one of the best nonconference rivalry games in the sport. The two traditional basketball powers have not played in the regular season since 2011, when Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting Indiana to an upset win over top-ranked Kentucky.
“Ran into an IU fan who says y can’t we get Hoosiers & Cats to play ? I said u r preaching to the choir as I have said often that game should be a MUST,” Vitale said on Twitter. “It is hard to believe since Watford’s buzzer beater over # 1 Kentucky that they have not re/ scheduled get rivalry back .
The rivalry game had taken turns between being a home-and-home series and a neutral-site contest. It was always one of the most-anticipated matchups in the nonconference schedule, but it has been nearly a decade since the two have played in the regular season.
Since the rivalry’s conclusion in 2011, the two teams have played in the postseason twice — 2012 and 2016. Kentucky won the 2012 matchup while Indiana won in 2016.
“The Kentucky vs. Indiana game which is such a NATURAL happens if Coach John Calipari calls Coach Archie Miller,” Vitale continued. “Both guys can & SHOULD MAKE IT HAPPEN . Must set egos aside / players -fans – Alumni -media want it.”
Kentucky leads the all-time series 32-25.