Mike Woodson says he's pursuing renewal of key non-conference rivalry for Indiana
Indiana hasn’t played Kentucky since the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers have also gone more than a decade since playing the Wildcats in the regular season with that last matchup coming in 2011.
If Mike Woodson gets his way, that will change in the near future. Speaking to the public on Wednesday, Woodson said he has spoken to Kentucky coach John Calipari and is “gonna stay on his heels” about getting the Indiana-Kentucky series back on the schedule.
According to Woodson, that series is important for college basketball. He also said he is not concerned if the series is played in Bloomington or Lexington and said he’ll take the series however he can get it.
Has also spoken to John Calipari: “I’m gonna stay on his heels about trying to get the Kentucky-Indiana series back on the table. Over the years that was a helluva game. It might not be Bloomington-Lexington. However we’ve got to get it done, I’ll take it.” #iubb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) May 25, 2022
Woodson said he’s going to stay on Kentucky coach John Calipari on resuming the Indiana-Kentucky series “I think it’s important.” #iubb
— KevinBrockwayCNHIIndiana (@KevinBrockwayG1) May 25, 2022
Indiana holds the most recent win in the series with a 73-67 win in the 2nd round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Kentucky’s most recent win came with a 102-90 win during the Sweet Sixten in 2012. Kentucky currently leads the series with a 32-25 all-time record vs. Indiana.
Woodson also mentioned getting a game set up against Kenny Payne and Louisville and is expecting a game on the schedule within the next few years:
— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) May 25, 2022