For the fourth time in the history of these two storied programs, but for the first time since 1983, Indiana and Kentucky will meet in the NCAA Tournament Friday night. All three of the previous NCAA Tournament meetings occurred in an eleven-season span early in the Bob Knight era: 1973 (IU won), 1975 (Kentucky won), and 1983 (Kentucky won). A few notes:
- All four of the IU-UK NCAA Tournament meetings have been rematches of regular season games, and all of those regular season games were IU wins in Bloomington.
- All of the previous IU teams to have played Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament won the Big Ten outright.
- This is the first time that IU has been the underdog in an IU-UK NCAA Tournament matchup. The 1973 and 1975 tournaments predate the introduction of seeding, but IU was ranked higher than UK in the AP poll in 1973, was undefeated and ranked #1 in 1975, and was a 2 seed to Kentucky's 3 seed in 1983.