University of Louisville announces football/basketball series with IU
08/21/2015 11:18 AM
The Cards and the Hoosiers will be squaring off on an annual basis in BOTH football and basketball starting next year.
Louisville will travel to Indianapolis on New Years Eve next year to kick off the series with Indiana at Bankers Life Arena. The teams will meet the following year at the Yum! Center and then return to Assembly Hall in 2018.
“We have tremendous respect for Indiana and all of their sports programs,” said Louisville Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. “We’re very excited to have Indiana on our schedule. It’s a natural rivalry and it’s great for both universities. Tom (Crean) and I spoke about possible future games while we were together at a function last fall and I’m glad to see that it has become a reality.”
“The Louisville series will be a great challenge for us.” said Indiana Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Crean. “The preparation and execution needed to compete against Rick Pitino and his team is extraordinary. We are excited about the opportunity to face them on a consistent basis and the chance for both schools’ fan bases to watch this series take off again is exciting. That first game on New Year’s Eve next year should be special.”
Football fans will have to wait a little longer before watching the interstate matchup as the Cards and Hoosiers wont square off on the gridiron until 2023. The series will kick off at Lucas Oil Field in Indy then move to Papa John’s in 2024. The three game series will wrap up in Bloomington at Memorial Stadium in 2025
Both Indiana and Louisville are recognized among the top 10 men’s basketball programs of all time, with the schools combining for 18 Final Fours and eight NCAA Championships. Indiana holds a 10-7 series advantage, with Louisville winning the last matchup 94-74 on Dec. 9, 2014 in the Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic at New York’s Madison Square Garden.