Negotiations for Indiana-Kentucky game stall again

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Kentucky still said no thanks because, Glass wrote, the Wildcats did not want to sign a deal that was longer than two years.

“If this compromise wasn’t acceptable, I don’t know what would be,” Glass said.

What happens next?

Kentucky is reviving its series with North Carolina series and Calipari has talked about a series with national powerhouse Duke. The Wildcats also have signed a two-year deal to play Baylor, including a men’s-women’s doubleheader in Dallas.

Speculation around Indiana has focused on finding another big-name opponent to replace Kentucky, perhaps Kansas or Louisville, on the schedule. Glass declined to talk specifically about Kansas, but acknowledged it’s time for the Hoosiers to start looking for a team to replace Kentucky.

Last year, Kentucky and Indiana played two of the college basketball’s most entertaining games.

Indiana handed the Wildcats their only regular-season loss on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Christian Watford that set off a wild celebration and sent students rushing onto the court. Kentucky went on to win the national championship, beating Indiana 102-90 in the regional semifinals.

“We’ve really been focused on trying to keep this series going. That would be our first choice. Now that they’ve rejected our compromise, we have to move on,” Glass said.

He added: “I think the idea that has, frankly, been posited by some people who think cooler heads can prevail has been proved basically inaccurate. I think we provided a compromise that to most people would be pretty acceptable.”

But Kentucky is completely ruling out the possibility of a game this season.

Barnhart noted the Wildcats have kept Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 open on the schedule for a possible game against Indiana, that Lucas Oil Stadium is available and that he’d still like to see the game played on one of those dates.

“In the best interest of our fans, I would hope we can come to a conclusion to continue this storied series this December,” Barnhart said.

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