Kentucky coach John Calipari instructed his players during a pregame practice in New Orleans. Calipari and his Wildcats saw their season record to drop to 9-2 after losing to UCLA Saturday. Photo by Quinn Foster, UK Athletics.
For the 2018-19 season, it was also announced the fifth annual CBS Sports Classic will take place in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the United Center. It will be the second time the showcase will be contested at the venue. The matchups in 2018 will include Kentucky vs. North Carolina – a rematch of last season’s memorable Elite Eight matchup – and Ohio State vs. UCLA.
Ticket information for the 2018 CBS Sports Classic will be available at a later date.
The CBS Sports Classic has been held at four different venues across the country in the event’s first four seasons: the United Center in 2014 (with a return in 2018), Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in 2016 and Smoothie King Center in New Orleans in 2017.
The four college basketball programs have collectively won 26 NCAA titles, including North Carolina’s championship last year. The quartet boasts 178 NCAA Tournament appearances and are among college basketball’s all-time winningest programs, combining for more than 7,900 victories.