Pitino wants IU-Louisville series at Lucas Oil

NEW YORK — Rick Pitino hopes Tuesday isn’t the last time his Louisville program faces Indiana.

He’d like to see the next meeting come a little closer to home.

Pitino said after Tuesday’s 94-74 Louisville win that he believes the two schools could break the NCAA men’s basketball attendance record if they were to work out a deal to play two games over two seasons at Lucas Oil Stadium. Pitino added that he’d like to see each school try to sell 40,000 tickets and break the single-game record of 79,444 set this past April at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.

“I’m pretty sure we can bring 40, and I’m pretty sure they can bring 40,” Pitino said. “We have great respect for IU. We have a lot of close friends in their administration. We’d love to play them. I don’t think (Crean) wants anymore home and homes, and we probably don’t want anymore home and homes. We’d like to get 60-80,000 people and I hope we can do it.”

The Louisville coach, now in his 30th college season, complimented Indiana after Tuesday’s game, saying he was worried about this matchup because of Indiana’s line of scorers. Indiana shot 47 percent for the night, including the first 20 minutes when it hit 16 of its first 29 field goals and 7-of-10 3-pointers.

“He’s doing a fabulous job this year with this team,” Pitino said. “… They’re gonna be an NCAA Tournament team. There’s no doubt in my mind, because the players love his style and they’ve adjusted to it. They put so much pressure on you because you can’t help. If you help, they’re gonna make 3s.”