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.”
Sources: UNC vs. Kentucky will be played at 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) December 17, 2021
This is going to be a standalone game, sources say. Northwestern and UNLV were explored as potential replacements; UCLA’s dleay 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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@NFL Make up your damn mind on protocols. Showing up and making only 3 teams test?!? All so you can keep the game as scheduled to make money.— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) December 16, 2021
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Big time recruiting this week by the Wildcats.
Calipari still unsure about the No. 1 prospect playing this season.
Huge news for next fall’s offense.
Never seen Stoops so excited about an offseason — as he should be.
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Continued prayers for the young man.
Continued COVID issues for the NFL.