I am almost tired of talking about this, but the most interesting aspect out of the Indiana decision yesterday to end the UK/IU series was the fact that Kentucky now has an opening for a date at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This leads a ton of creedence to the fact that Kentucky and Indiana had a verbal commitment to play the series at a nuetral court and that Indiana went back on their word. Of course, the national press is not talking about that too much, but the decision to end was Indiana’s and they apparently went back on their word.
Why isn’t anyone looking at that and putting the pressure on Tom Crean and Indiana? Hello, Bueller?
So now the question arises of WHO Kentucky should add to the schedule next year? and what is the deal with North Carolina? The discontinuation of the North Carolina series is more than likely a one year interruption. Fact is, Kentucky was in a scheduling bind where they were committed to playing at Louisville, at North Carolina, and possibly at or near a top Big East school every other year. No other school schedules three out of conference road games like that, so a chage was needed. UNC has alread said they hope the series will continue in 2013 and that is what will probably happen. But due to Indiana bowing out, Kentucky needs to fill either a home game or a nuetral game.
The possibilities being tossed about are Murray State at Rupp for a one year deal (presumably to fill the gap in the UNC schedule), or maybe Kansas or Texas. Calipari has been rumored to have been talking to both teams about a nuetral court game for a while. While we are speculating, I was talking on Twitter yesterday with some people and we thought a UCLA series could be cool. The Shabazz/Noel game could be on PayPer View. Expect UK to add at least one more high profile game to go along with Louisville, Maryland, Duke, and the Big East Challenge team that is already on the schedule. Let’s also not forget that Kentucky may have 2 games each next year against Florida, Missouri, and Tennessee (depending on how the SEC schedule shakes out) so there is going to be no shortage of tough teams on the Wildcat’s schedule.