Originally Posted by Assembly Hall
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.
I'm glad somebody brought this up because I was wondering where IU stood on this.
UK is looking into changing up their schedule next season and is likely dropping UNC due to a large number of road games/neutral site games. Cal is wanting the matchup to go back to the original neutral site format which would likely be in Louisville/Indianapolis.
I actually wouldn't mind doing the yearly Freedom Hall game every year against Indiana. Politics might be the only thing that would stand in the way (state of Kentucky getting revenue), but with Indiana right across the state border, its a neutral location and UK/IU fans would be split 50/50. Think of it as The Red River Rivalry in basketball. One location every year and a tradition to boot.