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According to Indiana coach Tom Crean, the team’s series with Kentucky is a question mark heading into next season.

Location an issue for IU-Kentucky series

The Indiana-Kentucky men’s basketball series is “still being talked about and worked on” but is “not set in stone,” IU coach Tom Crean said Tuesday.

Crean discussed scheduling, the team’s open assistant coaching position and provided an update on Maurice Creek with reporters at Assembly Hall. He provided the offseason update in advance of an awards celebration that is open to fans Thursday.

Crean said location is one of the sticking points with the Kentucky game.

“Kentucky doesn’t want to play it on campus anymore,” Crean said. “That’s certainly not our first choice. Keeping it on campus is our first choice, always has been since I’ve been here.

“To my knowledge, Kentucky was the one that moved it back to campuses before we came. To my knowledge, that’s what I’ve been told. We’ve got that to play out.”

Crean anticipates facing either North Carolina or North Carolina State as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. IU will also participate in the Legends Classic in November in Brooklyn, which features UCLA, Georgia and Georgetown. The Hoosiers will also face Butler as part of the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana has an open assistant coach position after Bennie Seltzer took the Samford job.

“Calbert (Cheaney, head of basketball operations) and I have been discussing what the next step is for him in the program or to stay in the place he is at is now, which he very well may want to do,” Crean said. “I have some people in mind if he does decide to stay in that position.”

Crean said Creek is “not going live” but is optimistic based on the three weeks of offseason. Creek missed last season with an Achilles injury.

“He can’t play yet,” Crean said. “We put him in a few small contact situations, but nothing in the sense of live and going up and down the court, and he’s not really playing in the pickup games.

“We have high expectations for him in-house to control what he can control.”

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