Pull out your UK Basketball pocket schedules because we need to make a slight adjustment to the upcoming season.
In a new plot twist, your University of Kentucky Wildcats will play Ohio State, not North Carolina, in the 2021 CBS Sports Classic.
Kentucky and North Carolina were originally scheduled to play at this year’s event opposite other CBS regulars Ohio State and UCLA, but those were the pairings last season due to a late switch in scheduling for COVID reasons. So to avoid a repeat, new matchups will be played this upcoming season, pairing Kentucky and Ohio State in the second game of the doubleheader, following UNC-UCLA in the opener.
The 2021 CBS Sports Classic will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 18 in a city still to be decided. It’s worth noting Las Vegas was scheduled as the original host, and still in the conversation considering the tip-off time. UNC and UCLA would begin at noon Vegas time.
Also worth noting, Kentucky lost to Ohio State in Las Vegas in 2019, so there’s that. Throw in the 2015 CBS Sports Classic loss to Ohio State in Brooklyn and the Wildcats are 0-2 against the Buckeyes.