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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: Start Time, TV Schedule, Online Stream, Odds and More

Everything you need to know for Kentucky vs. Ohio State.

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The Kentucky Wildcats and Ohio State Buckeyes face off in the second annual CBS Sports Classic this Saturday. This game will be the second part of a double-header as the North Carolina Tar Heels face the UCLA Bruins in the first game.

The annual event that features four of college basketball's most tradition-rich programs will be highlighted by the No. 4 Wildcats facing a rebuilding Buckeyes squad. These programs have combined for 28 Final Fours and eight NCAA Championship banners.

The Wildcats own an 11-8 all-time mark vs. Ohio State and have defeated the Buckeyes each of its last three appearances dating back to 1994. The two schools haven't faced off since their classic Sweet 16 clash in 2011 as the No. 4 seeded Cats knocked off the No. 1 overall seeded Buckeyes in one of the best finishes to an NCAA Tournament game you'll ever see.

It came in the 2011 East Regional semifinals when the No. 4 seed Wildcats defeated top-seeded Ohio State 62-60 thanks to a game-winning jumper from freshman guard Brandon Knight. That helped propel UK into the Final Four after the Cats took down North Carolina in the Elite Eight and gave the Cats their first Final Four berth since 1998.

But this time around, the Buckeyes won't be contending for a championship or likely even an NCAA Tournament berth. Six players, five seniors and a freshman, departed the Ohio State program following the 2014-15 season. The biggest of which was stud point guard D’Angelo Russell, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Lakers.

This year's Buckeye squad has struggled mightily en route to a 5-5 start with losses to UT-Arlington, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, and a 20-point loss to UConn. OSU did show some promise in a narrow defeat at the hands of No. 8 Virginia, a game that saw the Buckeyes within one possession late before losing 64-58 at home.

The star of the Buckeyes this season has been forward Marc Loving. The 6-7 junior is averaging 35 minutes per game while taking 25.9% of the team's shots and leading the team in three-pointers made (18). He is ninth in scoring among Big Ten Conference players with 15.9 points per game, which leads the Buckeyes.

Loving has the most game experience on the roster with 77 appearances and 29 career starts, and is a proven long-range scorer after making 47 of 102 3-pointers as a sophomore (46.1%). He's hit 18-of-53 three-pointers this season (34%).

Sophomore forwards Keita Bates-Diop (11.9 ppg.) and Jae’Sean Tate (12.5 ppg.) also contribute double digits offensively to lead the team. Tate leads OSU squad with 6.7 rebounds a game with Loving providing 6.3 boards per contest.

While the Buckeyes have struggled in many areas, they are a physical team with a lot of size that can rough up the 'Cats. Every Buckeye starter is 6-4 or taller and has one of the bigger point guards you'll find in college hoops in JaQuan Lyle. Known more for his Louisville recruiting endeavors, Lyle leads Ohio State with 48 assists with at least four dishes in six of the last nine games. He also averages 9.0 points a game and four boards per contest while having five double-digit outings offensively with a career-best 18 points vs. Memphis.

In 10 games this season, opponents have blocked just 16 of Ohio State’s 555 field goal attempts, tied for the fifth-fewest in the country. Ohio State has also blocked 59 of its 573 opponent shot attempts, tied for 17th most nationally. Opponents have rejected just 2.9% of the Buckeyes shot attempts while Ohio State swats 10.3% of its foes' attempts. The Buckeyes are third in the Big Ten in average blocks per game with 5.9.

Efficient scoring is another thing this OSU team has done well this season. Ohio State has shot better from the field than its opponent in nine of 10 games this season after outshooting 23 opponents a year ago and was 23-0 in those games.

Here is everything you'll need to watch and follow the 'Cats take on the Buckeyes.

Ohio State Buckeyes (5-5) at Kentucky Wildcats (9-1)

When: Saturday, Dec. 19th

Location: Barclays Center (18,103) in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET


RostersOSU RosterKentucky Roster

Online and CBS Sports Mobile App

RadioUK Radio Network (Tom Leach, Mike Pratt)

Odds: UK is a 10-point favorite, per Odds Shark. That seems like a very odd line, even if this game is on a neutral court. OSU doesn't have a win over a top-150 team, and UK winning by less than 10 points would be an upset.

Projected OSU Starters

G - JaQuan Lyle, 6-5, 230 lbs

G/F- Jae'Sean Tate, 6-4, 230 lbs

F - Marc Loving, 6-8, 218 lbs

F - Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7, 230 lbs

C - Trevor Thompson, 6-11, 250 lbs

Projected Kentucky Starters

G - Isaiah Briscoe, 6-3, 202 lbs

G - Jamal Murray, 6-4, 207 lbs

G - Tyler Ulis, 5-9, 160 lbs

F - Alex Poythress, 6-8, 230 lbs

F - Skal Labissiere, 6-11, 225 lbs