Originally Posted by Revering4Blue
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a requirement that any NCAA Tournament Venue must host a regular season NCAA game during said season?
That may explain certain neutral floor regular season matchups.
As for IU/UK, forget the home-and-home series if that's what it takes. Louisville is the perfect venue for IU/UK, at least IMO.
I dont know about that Revering. But I dont really think it has anything to do with neutral site match-ups period. It comes down to money and coaches afraid of losing. I remember the year after IU got beat by Maryland for the championship, they matched up in the challenge. Maryland refused to play at Assembly. The game was moved to Indy. Duke refused to play at Illinois one time in the challenge and the game was moved to Chicago. And there are other instances where it is just about revenue. In the IU/UK match-up they knew they could fill the dome. 60,000 seats split down the middle. A lot of cash flowing there.
I am with ya on your last part. Louisville is perfect. We need some cooler heads to just Git-R-Done. I really think this rivalry was the best in college basketball from the mid 70's until the early 90's. I know I am biased, but I will be pissed if it comes to an end.
On another note. Here in Indiana they started a crossroads tournament. This past year IU played Notre Dame and Purdue played Butler(Moving to the A-10 BTW). I think that would be great for an alternative solution for IU/UK's impasse. The border challenge. Louisville and UK matched up against IU and Purdue/Notre Dame. I am placing my ticket order right now!!!!!!!!!