Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean said Saturday that he’ll be coaching the Wildcats against Kentucky in an important game at the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis on Sunday.
The Wildcats (26-9) beat No. 14 Kansas 73-66 on Thursday, and Crean’s team is one of the nation’s top-rated, if not the top-ranked, in the AP poll.
The Blue Devils were ranked No. 13 by the league’s coaches and will face No. 7-ranked Purdue (26/6).
But the game will be a showdown of the top programs in the country, and the Blue Devils’ win over the Wildcats could make a difference in the title game.
Kentucky beat Crean and the Wildcats beat Creampuffs in overtime last season, and Kentucky and Creampuff played in the Sweet 16 in 2012.
The game is being broadcast live on ESPN3 and ESPNU.
It’s the first game in a four-game Big Ten tournament that begins on Sunday, with the final game set for Saturday.
Crean has the Wildcats tied for the nation lead in wins.
They’ve won 10 of 11.
Crean also announced on Twitter that the Wildcats will be playing at home against Michigan on Feb. 14.
Kentucky is in the midst of its worst season since the 2009-10 season.
The Wildcats lost their final nine games last season.
This season, the Wildcats have lost their last two games against the Wolverines.