Kentucky will likely never play another game at Assembly Hall as long as John Calipari is the coach of the Wildcats. Calipari has expressed a willingness to play Indiana at a neutral site, but he has no interest in a home-and-home series with the Hoosiers. One of the reasons for that dates back to a major upset during the 2011-2012 season.
Indiana defeated then-No. 1 Kentucky back in December 2011. Hoosiers fans went ballistic and rushed the court after the win. Earlier this week, Calipari seemed to take a shot at Indiana fans during his radio show.
“We don’t have obnoxious — well, we may but I never hear them — we don’t treat the other team with disrespect,” Calipari said, via Kentucky Sports Radio. “If we won a game against the No. 1 team in the country in Rupp Arena, would people charge the court? No. You’re supposed to (win). This is Kentucky. We don’t do that here.”
Calipari is not the only head coach in the country who believes his fans should not rush the court, but it seemed pretty obvious that his comments were aimed at Indiana. Calipari does not like the Hoosiers, and I’m sure the hatred is mutual. Unfortunately for Indiana, that hatred has resulted in a quality opponent freezing them out.