Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA to Participate in CBS Sports Classic

By Kyle Rowland on May 7, 2014 at 11:20a

An Ohio State-North Carolina game in Chicago has been rumored for months. Now, it’s official.

The Buckeyes and Tar Heels are slated to play at the United Center on Dec. 20 at 1 p.m., CBS Sports announced Wednesday. It’s part of the new CBS Sports Classic that will also feature a Kentucky-UCLA matchup after the first game.

“We're excited to bring these powerhouse programs together for a tremendous early season showcase,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “From its debut next season, the CBS Sports Classic will be a marquee event, adding to our already deep college basketball schedule.

The four teams will play in the round-robin event over the next three seasons. On Dec. 19, 2015, Ohio State will play Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn along with North Carolina vs. UCLA. The following year – Dec. 17, 2016 at a venue to be determined in Las Vegas – Ohio State plays UCLA and Kentucky plays North Carolina.

“We are excited to be part of the CBS Sports Classic the next three seasons,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said in a statement. “The four teams competing have a tremendous history of success in college basketball. We have partnered with terrific cities and venues to make this a great experience for our program, our student-athletes and our fans.”

The recent surge in early-season marquee games could signal a dramatic shift in scheduling philosophy for Ohio State. The Dave Gavitt Tipoff Games were announced Monday, an annual event featuring Big Ten-Big East games the first week of the season. The conference already participates in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge each year. 


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BucksFan2000's picture

Man, the profile of our basketball program continues to skyrocket.  I can remember when we were average at best.  Now we're approaching "blue blood" status.  Thad has certainly put us on the fast track to that level.

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FROMTHE18's picture

this is good news. 

TheShookster's picture

Words cannot describe how awesome this is. Icing on the cake is Michigan wasn't invited to the party. Don't worry I'm sure your invitation just got lost in the mail, how could such a prestigious institution be not included.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Sorry TTUN, gotta be relevant for more than 15 minutes lol

Class of 2010.

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BHT's picture

TTUN did not get an invite, and never will. It's TTUN; what do you expect?

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willshire58's picture

Anybody know anything about when tickets will go on sale?

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Bad ass. Peace out weak ass non conf schedule. Don't let the door hit ya.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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Waltbuck's picture

Love it, it's about time.  Scheduling the big boys every year only makes us better in March, and helps us with recruiting.

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warriard1002's picture

Words can desribe How much I love this and how much attention this will grab. Bout time Matta got on board with this. Losing all these games will not hut this schools chances of making the dance unless they are truly garbage which they have proven not to be under his reighn. Should definitely help with recruiting exposure.

tennbuckeye19's picture

The non-conference is shaping up to be quite good with UNC (neutral site), Louisville (away), and Marquette (home) all on the schedule.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I'm pretty stoked about this.  Having big tests early in the season can only help going into B1G play.  Hopefully Buckeye Nation represents well on these neutral sites.

Class of 2010.

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DoubleB's picture

Love it.


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MacG91's picture

This should help recruiting too, knowing that they'll be able to play on a national stage at the beginning of the year against a top team. 


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Horvath22's picture

Right where we belong.

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GoBucks713's picture


-The Aristocrats!

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vitaminB's picture

This is from the CBS Sports write up of the Buckeyes.  I hope they know something I don't.

Williams will be a bulky senior that could have a breakout yet.

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ITWASME's picture

I'll never bleed blue.

Deadly Nuts's picture

There's some clown in the ESPN comment section saying that IU deserves the spot over tOSU...lol

Their asses got denied by the NIT.


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Shangheyed's picture

XLNT!!!   Bring them on!

Kurt's picture

Very excited to see the Bucks at Barclays!  But 2015 seems so far off right now...

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sbentz4's picture

Too much emphasis on the east coast, should only play in the midwest