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Kentucky confirms CBS Sports Classic game vs. UCLA this season

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Kentucky also confirmed dates and matchups for the event in 2021 and ‘22.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have confirmed another game for the 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule.

On Thursday, the school announced it would still play in the 2020 CBS Sports Classic vs. the UCLA Bruins. It will take place Dec. 19 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland and be televised by CBS. The doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. with North Carolina taking on Ohio State. The second game, featuring UK, will take place no earlier than 4:15 p.m.

Kentucky vs. UCLA will be a matchup of the two schools with the most NCAA Division I national titles. UCLA leads the way with 11. The Wildcats own eight.

The Wildcats are 1-1 in the CBS Sports Classic vs. the Bruins. Kentucky is 8-7 all-time vs. UCLA but the Bruins have won three out of four in the series, including the last matchup between the two schools, which took place in December 2017 in the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans.

Kentucky is 3-3 in the event after losing Ohio State in Las Vegas last season.

An added storyline this year is Johnny Juzang, who transferred to UCLA this offseason following his freshman season at Kentucky. He will be immediately eligible and likely to have a big role for a UCLA team that’s projected to be a top-25 team this season.

This will mark the seventh straight season of the CBS Sports Classic but the first one in Cleveland. Previous stops included Chicago (2014, 2018), Brooklyn (2015), Las Vegas (2016, 2019) and New Orleans (2017).

Fan attendance at the 2020 CBS Sports Classic continues to be evaluated, so you can’t buy tickets just yet. Fans can register to receive event alerts by registering online at cbssportsclassic.com/tickets.

In the future matchups of the CBS Sports Classic, Kentucky will face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Dec. 18, 2021 and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Dec. 17, 2022. Both locations are to be determined.

On another schedule note, it was revealed today that the women’s basketball team will not play Louisville this season. Cardinals head coach Jeff Walz says both sides mutually agreed to not play this season due to the coronavirus and will come back for the 2021-22 season, where the Cats will play at Louisville.

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