LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program, along with North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, in conjunction with CBS Sports, has agreed to play in the inaugural CBS Sports Classic for the next three years, it was announced on Wednesday.
The event, pitting four of the winningest programs in college basketball history, will rotate through the cities of Chicago (2014), Brooklyn (2015) and Las Vegas (2016). All six games will be broadcast by CBS.
“This event will feature programs that represent 25 national championships, which is remarkable,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Not only that, some of the best fan bases in college basketball will have the opportunity to see us play in three major venues against some of the top programs in the country. We’re excited to be part of an event of this caliber for the next three seasons.”
The event debuts at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 20. North Carolina will take on Ohio State at 1 p.m. ET, followed by UCLA vs. Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The “CBS Sports Classic” moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 19, 2015, and then travels to Las Vegas in December 2016. CBS Sports retains the exclusive distribution and marketing rights to the event.
In addition, CBS Sports will stream the games exclusively on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
CBS Sports Classic Matchups/Locations
2014 - Saturday, Dec. 20 (Chicago)
North Carolina vs. Ohio State – 1 p.m. ET
UCLA vs. Kentucky – 3:30 p.m. ET