Originally Posted by SunDeck
I'd start by keeping the games at the home courts and not in places like Indy. A big part of Duke/UNC is Cameron Indoor, which is like watching a game inside a high school arena, but with the noise of an airport runway. Assembly Hall in the first IU/UK game this year finally reached that decibel level again- good to see the students turning out and going crazy. Watching all the red sweaters and white hair with their arms crossed all game was getting pretty depressing.
I do believe when they played those games on "neutral" floors it was all about ticket sales.
IU/UK is a tad bit different than Duke/NC. They are neighboring states that do not play in the same conference, and they are 2 storied programs. The only comparison I can think of on their rivalry plane does not exist anymore. And that would be Texas/Oklahoma in football, but now they are in the same conference. Missouri/Illinois is about the only other one that comes close in CBB, but they aint got banners hanging in their arenas.
I guess what I am saying is that Duke/UNC is like IU/Purdue, Kansas/Kansas St., Texas/Texas A&m......the difference being that Duke/UNC are both perenniel Top Ten teams.
IU/UK is something different out there. I dont care where the game is played at. I just want it to get back to where it was in the 70's, 80's, and early 90's. And that was where the whole nation was watching them on a Saturday afternoon in December. It looks like it is back to that.