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SBD/May 4, 2012/Colleges
College Basketball Loses Marquee Matchup As Indiana, Kentucky End Annual Meeting
Published May 4, 2012
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A HIT TO THE ENTIRE SPORT: ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan wrote it “doesn't really matter whom you wish to blame, because the result is twofold.” Brennan: “We lose one of the great nonconference rivalries in the sport. ... We lose what could very well be the biggest nonconference matchup of the 2012-13 season.” The game “hasn't always been a marquee event in the past decade, but both programs are back at the top of the heap, and this is as marquee as they come right now.” Brennan: “College basketball fans are being robbed” (ESPN.com, 5/3). In Indianapolis, Terry Hutchens writes under the header, “IU, Kentucky Commit Turnover By Dropping Basketball Matchup.” Hutchens writes “everyone lost.” College basketball “lost a marquee matchup for December that could have pitted two of the top five teams in the nation.” But there “is still time” for Glass and Barnhart “to take a step back and listen to the message their respective fan bases are likely to convey” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/4). In Louisville, Eric Crawford writes, “Compromise, people. Play a couple of years at neutral sites with a 50-50 split, then a couple on campus” (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 5/4). SI.com’s Andy Glockner writes, “It doesn’t really matter who’s to blame ... because, in a vacuum, each program should operate in what it believes to be its own best interests. At some point, though, people are going to have to start taking a hard and collective look at the good of the game at large, and petty me-first schedule conflicts like this are a big part of the problem” (SI.com, 5/4).
TWITTER REAX: ESPN’s Mike Greenberg wrote on his Twitter account, "Games like Indiana/Kentucky belong to fans,who pre-date and will outlast those making the decisions.This is a disgrace." Former UK G Rex Chapman wrote, "Indiana & Kentucky ended their series because they couldn't agree on game sites? Can't wait to hear who was being really ridiculous." ESPN's Dick Vitale wrote, "Calipari & Crean owe it to their fans to make it happen." Sirius XM's Holden Kushner wrote, "Nice job NCAA basketball. First Kansas/Missouri goes away and now Indiana/Kentucky call the rivalry quits. What's next to go? Duke/UNC?"