Rivalry Renewed: Cards and Hoosiers all set

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Last season an old rivalry was renewed when the Cards and Hoosiers did battle in the Jimmy V Classic. Louisville beat Indiana 94-74 on that Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden. That game marked the 17th meeting between the two schools in history with IU holding a 10-7 advantage. The teams have met four times on the basketball court since 1990 with IU holding a 3-2 edge in those games. The two border rivals have met twice on the gridiron, with Indiana winning both games played in Bloomington. The Hoosiers won the first encounter 41-28 on Sept. 14, 1985, and came back the following year to shut out the Cardinals 21-0 on Sept. 13, 1986.

The basketball game last season was not part of an ongoing series but was instead a one-game contract between the two schools. Coach Pitino has been working hard to get a home and home series with the Hoosiers and finally his efforts were rewarded.

Cardinal fans and Hoosier fans were hoping that game on December 9th would spark up the old feud enough to make this an annual meeting. All had been quiet on that front until today. Not only will Louisville and Indiana fans get to watch their teams battle head to head on the court but the Football field as well.

A neutral site game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2016, will open the men’s basketball series in an equally divided arena. The Cardinals and Hoosiers will later play at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville as a home game for the Cardinals on Dec. 9, 2017, and the teams will match up again in Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Dec. 8, 2018.

Indiana and Louisville will kick off the football series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 16, 2023, with seating split equally between the two schools. The second football game will be played in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville on Sept. 7, 2024, and the three-game series will be completed at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington on Sept. 6, 2025.

This is some very exciting news for both fan bases. This is a rivalry that needed to happen and commend the leadership at Louisville and Indiana for making it a reality. I’m looking forward to some great games between these two great schools. Go Cards!