His reasoning is that UK plays a brutal preconference schedule (UNC, Louisville), which I respect and agree with, but it's an insult to fans in Indiana and Kentucky to end the series. These two states are the most passitionate for college basketball in the country and deserve better. UK plays in the worst BCS college basketball conference in the country (which has padded their overall win-loss record considerably for decades) so one would think UK wants as many tough matchups that they can get before their cupcake conference schedule starts.
With respect to UK fans getting harrassed at Assembly Hall, I know that it happened to a certain extent but there was nothing violent about it. As others have mentioned, if I went into Rupp Arena with my IU gear on, I would absolutely expect to get treated very poorly. It's part of college athletics and has been this way for decades. When IU played at Illinois 5 years ago, Eric Gordon had objects thrown at him.