Indiana still has a Kentucky-sized hole in its non-conference schedule ever since the series between the two rivals ended last year.
After John Calipari and Tom Crean couldn't agree on whether to play home-and-home, at neutral sites, or a rotating combination of both, talks were called off between the two schools.
Crean has since tried to schedule Louisville, Kansas and, most recently, Gonzaga for home-and-home series. None have worked out, largely due to the challenges of playing marquee games on the road (and thus losing an important home game on the schedule).
“It’s so hard right now with what could happen down the road," Crean said at a Tailgate Tour event, according to Inside the Hall. "There’s no question losing Kentucky screwed us up for the home-and-home situation. But there’s things that could potentially be out there for the future that we can’t talk about publicly but we have to plan for privately. The last thing we wanna do is get caught in a situation where we’re trying to play too many non-conference road games.”