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Thursday Headlines: Mike Woodson wants to renew UK-IU series

Woodson sounds committed to bringing back the rivalry

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It sounds like Indiana coach Mike Woodson wants to bring back the annual Kentucky-Indiana game.

At a press event yesterday, Woodson said he’s been in talks with John Calipari about bringing back the rivalry.

“I’m gonna stay on his heels about trying to get the Kentucky-Indiana series back on the table. Over the years that was a helluva game. It might not be Bloomington-Lexington. However we’ve got to get it done, I’ll take it.”

This sounds promising because it sounds like Woodson is open to the idea of a neutral site matchup between the Wildcats and the Hoosiers.

But there was also this from Woodson that he wants the series to be home-and-home.

We know Calipari has been adamant that a UK-IU matchup would need to take place on a neutral floor for him to agree to it, so if Woodson is open to a neutral site, it seems like that’s good news for those who have been hoping to see the UK-IU rivalry return.

A home-and-home would help boost the Rupp Arena schedule for UK fans longing for more marquee matchups in Lexington, but Calipari also seems totally against going to Bloomington after all the issues of 2011.

We’ll see if Calipari and Woodson continue to make progress on making the matchup happen.

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