Calipari Says Kentucky Offered to Play Indiana – Twice
John Calipari says he offered to play Indiana twice — and Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said no.
“We offered to play Indiana twice in Indiana, and they said no,” Calipari said, adding that one of the offers was to play twice in Lucas Oil Stadium. “I said we offered to play them two years in Indiana, and they said no. We played Baylor, where did we play them? Neutral court. So, we move on. Our schedule’s one of the best in the country. And we’ve got other stuff coming up.”
Kentucky and Indiana used to play each other annually, but the series was discontinued before the 2012-13 season. The question about the series arose after Kentucky played Baylor in Texas in Friday and then had difficulty getting home because of the weather there.
“(Indiana) won’t do it. What do you want me to do? I can beg them, ‘Please! We’ll play in your state twice!’ They don’t want to do it, it’s OK. They’ve got a great program. Tommy [Crean] has done a great job. We’re hanging on down here. It hasn’t hurt either program,” Calipari said.
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