Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Kansas basketball announces future home-and-home hoops series with Indiana

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against Indiana forward OG Anunoby (3) during the first half of the Armed Forces Classic at Stan Sheriff Center, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against Indiana forward OG Anunoby (3) during the first half of the Armed Forces Classic at Stan Sheriff Center, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Dig out the footage of former Kansas point guard Jacque Vaughn hitting a game winner and cue the chatter about coaching legend Bobby Knight throwing a chair.

The Kansas men’s basketball program on Tuesday announced a home-and-home series with the Indiana Hoosiers, scheduled to begin next season.

The Jayhawks will play host to Indiana on Dec. 17, 2022 and travel to Bloomington, Indiana, on Dec. 16, 2023 for the return game.

That trip, during the 2023-24 season, will mark the Jayhawks’ first game at Indiana since 1994, and the series’ renewal next season will bring the first meeting between the two programs since 2016, when KU lost to Indiana in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu to open the 2016-17 season.

“We haven’t played Indiana in Lawrence since the mid-1990s,” Kansas coach Bill Self said, referencing the 1993 game won by Kansas, which featured Vaughn hitting a game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds. “To be at Kansas and have Indiana on the schedule — two blue-bloods going after it — will certainly be a game that has national interest.”

That 1993 game, which served as Vaughn’s official arrival on the national college hoops scene, was voted as the seventh best game in Kansas basketball history during a Journal-World series of the Top 10 KU games of all-time in 2010.

To date, Kansas has recorded 2,331 all-time victories, which ranks second among NCAA Division I schools, just three wins behind Kentucky. Indiana ranks 10th with 1,877 all-time wins.

The two storied programs have combined for 10 national championships, with Indiana defeating KU for two of its five titles in 1940 and 1953.

The Hoosiers, now coached by first-year coach Mike Woodson, lead the all-time series with KU, 8-6, but Kansas has won six of the past eight meetings, dating back to the 1981-82 season.

"I'm extremely excited for our program to have the opportunity to play a home-and-home series against a team that is rich in tradition like the University of Kansas," Woodson said in an IU news release. "I think it's wonderful for the players and coaches in both programs to play these games in such iconic buildings like Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Allen Fieldhouse."

KU-IU series history

March 30, 1940 — Kansas City, Mo.* L 42-60

March 18, 1953 — Kansas City, Mo.* L 68-69

Dec. 6, 1971 — Bloomington, Ind. L 56-59

Dec. 5, 1972 — Lawrence L 55-72

Dec. 5, 1973 — Bloomington, Ind. L 59-72

Dec. 4, 1974 — Lawrence L 70-74

Dec. 29, 1981 — New York, N.Y.^ W 71-61

March 21, 1991 — Charlotte, N.C.$ W 83-65

Dec. 5, 1992 — Indianapolis, Ind. W 74-69

March 27, 1993 — St. Louis& W 83-77

Dec. 22, 1993 — Lawrence W 86-83 (OT)

Dec. 17, 1994 — Bloomington, Ind. L 61-80

Dec. 16, 1995 — Kansas City, Mo. W 91-83

Nov. 11, 2016 — Honolulu, Hawaii+ L 99-103 (OT)

*NCAA Finals; ^ECAC Holiday Festival; $NCAA Southeast Regional; &NCAA; Midwest Regional; +State Farm Armed Forces Classic


Dirk Medema 8 months ago

Matt - Do you ever communicate with other writers about the info they use in their columns? Borzello has a new article about this new series, but incorrectly confuses ncaa championships with national championships. Says it is 5-3 IU. Mere mortals seem to be limited to twittering with espns writers and I don’t twitter.

The ncaa vs national championships also struck me as interesting. When I was in school so many decades ago it seemed the rest of the country was dismissive of the Helms national championships that preceded the ncaa. With some talking about the power 5 supplanting the ncaa it doesn’t seem to be as much the case but maybe borzellos comment says otherwise.

Matt Tait 8 months ago

I see and talk to those guys all the time, but not always about writing or what they've written/are writing. I'd have to look to be sure, but I'm wondering if Jeff clarified it by putting NCAA championships? Doesn't sound like it, but that would be an easy way to say it and stay accurate.

People around KU are very familiar with those Helms titles and the discussion surrounding whether they should actually count or not. I'm not sure very much of the rest of the country knows about them or cares, so that's a factor, too.

Either way, it'll be a great series and it'll be fun to see what Indiana can do in the next 12 months to add a little juice to the nostalgia that's sure to flow when those two get together.

Joshua Hann 8 months ago

Been waiting decades for this to happen again. Can't wait to make the hour drive to Bloomington for this game!

Tony Bandle 8 months ago

Great....we've kicked their ass in recent history and I see no reason why that trend should not continue ad infinitum!! :)

Bryce Landon 8 months ago

Holy crap! I live in Indiana now, I have to get to Bloomington in 2023!

Joshua Hann 8 months ago

Whereabout Bryce? I'm on the North side of Indy.

Bryce Landon 8 months ago

Northern Miami County, an hour north of Indianapolis.

Joshua Hann 8 months ago

Nice. I'll actually be in Peru tomorrow for work.

Jay Chervil 8 months ago

When someone mentions KU's 3 national championships and i correct them by saying, "five" and they are dismissive of the Helms national championships, I ask them...Is Oklahoma going to forget their national championships in football that predate the current playoff format? Would Nebraska be cool with the idea that they haven't won any national championships because they were all pre playoff?

Michael Leiker 8 months ago

Do they play Gonzaga and Indiana back to back at home next year then? And then back to back on the road the following year?

Rodney Crain 8 months ago

Finally, a home and home that makes sense.

Edward Daub 8 months ago

Today's trivia question, name the two former Jayhawks enshrined in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame? Rock Chalk!

Edward Daub 7 months, 4 weeks ago

And The Answer is Clyde Lovellette (Terre Haute) and David Magley (South Bend).

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