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Kentucky will have a slightly easier test on Saturday.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Kentucky Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

When Kentucky’s game vs. Ohio State was canceled due to COVID issues in the Buckeye’s locker room, it left the Wildcats without an opponent for Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas. As they were set to play the second game of the showdown, North Carolina and UCLA were scheduled to play the first game. However, UCLA is also battling their own COVID issues and had to unfortunately cancel their appearance as well.

This left for an obvious decision — have Kentucky play North Carolina in a stand-alone CBS Sports Classic game. According to Stadium’s college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, that is indeed the plan for Saturday’s action.

According to Matt Norlander, the game is now reportedly set to be played at 2:30 Pacific/5:30 Eastern time. Northwestern and UNLV could have been a last minute decision, but UCLA’s delay through Friday morning apparently “blew up that plan.”

Kentucky has played North Carolina in their last two CBS Sports Classic appearances with the two teams splitting the victories. Kentucky won, 80-72, in Chicago during 2018 and North Carolina handed Kentucky a 75-63 loss last season. While neither of the programs are having an extraordinary year, Kentucky (no. 21) is ranked slightly higher than North Carolina (no. 30) via KenPom.

After arriving in Las Vegas late Thursday night, it wasn’t an issue to notice that “blue got in.” Several Kentucky sweatshirts, jackets and hats stood out along the Las Vegas Strip. Drop us your prediction for Saturday’s new matchup in the comment section below.

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Headlines

UCLA out of CBS Sports Classic; UK vs. UNC reportedly on - Kentucky Sports Radio

A rematch of last year’s loss in the same event.

Kentucky withstood Cincinnati’s late push for Alex Afari - Cats Illustrated

Big time recruiting this week by the Wildcats.

Shaedon Sharpe will arrive on campus after Christmas - Kentucky Sports Radio

Calipari still unsure about the No. 1 prospect playing this season.

VT transfer Tayvion Robinson joining Kentucky football program - Herald-Leader

Huge news for next fall’s offense.

Mark Stoops offers quick-hitters on newest Wildcats - Cats Illustrated

Never seen Stoops so excited about an offseason — as he should be.

Jaguars QB Lawrence says coaching change gives locker room ‘focus’ - ESPN

Sounds like Meyer has little to no fans on the team.

Playoff gets new blood as postseason offers record 43 games - USA Today

Bowl season has arrived.

Former LSU starting QB Max Johnson transferring to Texas A&M - ESPN

The gun slinger stays in the SEC.

Chargers TE Parham stable after being taken off field on stretcher - USA Today

Continued prayers for the young man.

Washington places Taylor Heinicke on reserve/COVID-19 list - ESPN

Continued COVID issues for the NFL.