Could IU and Kansas explore a future home-and-home series?

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR – HICKAM, Hawaii — It’s been 21 years since Indiana and Kansas, a pair of college basketball blue bloods, last played one another.

That’ll change Friday in a season-opening matchup in the annual Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii — and from there, the series may not be shelved for long.

Asked this week whether the potential exists for the Hoosiers and Jayhawks to meet again sometime soon, both IU coach Tom Crean and KU coach Bill Self spoke openly about the possibility of locking into a home-and-home series.

“I think it is (possible),” Crean said. “… Contract-wise, we have a thing called the Crossroads Classic that really takes the ability to do a home and road away. That’s locked in every year. We have the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. We have the Gavitt Cup, which is five our of seven years. We took a series with Louisville.

“This would definitely be something. We’d love to get something going, potentially down the road with Kentucky. I think Kansas would fit right into that. If we could make it work out, especially in a home-and-home situation, I think that could be really good and hopefully that’s something we can visit sometime later this year.”

Indiana leads the all-time series with Kansas, 7-6, though the Jayhawks have won six of the last seven meetings. The two schools last met in 1995, when Kansas prevailed 91-83 in Kansas City.

“There are only so many blue bloods,” Self said. “Of course, Indiana and us are two of them. You got Kentucky and Duke and (North) Carolina and UCLA and Syracuse and Arizona. There are more than that — Michigan State. Certainly, I think it would be a good game for both of us, at least I would think so. Who knows if that would happen.

“… There’s not a lot of extra (flexibility) out there. I would rather try to play like five great non-league games and I would love if we could consider having Indiana. That’d be cool.”