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Cleveland to host CBS Sports Classic featuring Ohio State, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA

John Calipari
Posted at 4:24 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 16:24:59-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse was chosen to host the 2020 CBS Sports Classic.

The classic will be held on Dec. 19 and will air on CBS.

The doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. with North Carolina taking on Ohio State, which will be followed by Kentucky and UCLA.

Officials are evaluating fan attendance and will make a decision at a later date.

Cleveland will be the fifth city to host the CBS Sports Classic in its seven-year history, following Chicago, Brooklyn, Las Vegas and New Orleans.

The Classic brings together four of the most successful college basketball programs in history.

The four programs have a combined 26 national championships with UCLA winning 11, Kentucky eight and North Carolina six.

Additionally, all four schools rank in the top six in all-time Final Four berths, compiling 65 total appearances between them: North Carolina, 20; Kentucky, 17; UCLA, 17; Ohio State, 11.

North Carolina is 4-2 in the CBS Sports Classic. Kentucky and Ohio State share matching 3-3 records and UCLA is 2-4 in the event.

This set of matchups was last featured in the 2017 CBS Sports Classic, with the Tar Heels defeating the Buckeyes, 86-72, and the Bruins taking down the Wildcats, 83-75.