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CBS Sports Classic should be improved in future years

Earlier this week, the non-conference schedule for the 2019-20 regular season was announced. Many of the opponents were already known with some mid-majors and Georgia Tech filling in the gaps.

One game that has been known for some time is the CBS Sports Classic game between the Cats and Ohio State in Las Vegas. Now while Ohio State is a solid top-25 opponent, it is not a team that really excites the fanbase. The other game on that day is North Carolina and UCLA, another “meh” matchup.

When I sit back and remember the games in this classic, three immediately come to mind. The 2014-15 team’s utter domination of UCLA. That game might have been the most dominating win in program history.

The next game was another one in Vegas where Malik Monk had the best single game performance in the Calipari era with his 47-points against North Carolina.

The final was last season where Ashton Hagans had his coming out party in a win again over the Tar Heels.

The common thread between two of these games was the opponent, a true blue blood in North Carolina. The other was just a dominating performance.

The lack of excitement that is surrounding the UCLA and Ohio State programs is why I am recommending that the classic should reform with two new teams.

The two easiest teams to add would be Gonzaga and Villanova. You’d be hard-pressed to find two teams that have been more successful in the past few years. If you wanted to stick with major conference teams, why not add Michigan? Or even a Texas Tech program that has been on the rise in the past few years. Hell, I’d even be happier with an Oregon or Arizona over UCLA. I’d like to add Virginia, but two ACC teams could cause obvious scheduling issues.

Will this change happen? Maybe not, but I think it should be considered by whoever runs the classic. They know that every three years they will get the exciting North Carolina-Kentucky matchup, but why not have it be UNC-Gonzaga and UK-Villanova in off years instead of UNC-UCLA and UK-OSU.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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12 Comments for CBS Sports Classic should be improved in future years

  1. A_Blue_Wildcat
    3:29 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

    Weird time to post this considering Ohio State is supposed to be better than Gonzaga this upcoming year.

    • Mathlete
      3:39 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

      Said folks in central Ohio…

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      5:42 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

      Didn’t know most college analyst and media were located in central Ohio

  2. Mathlete
    3:50 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

    The problem is finding teams that consistently matter besides the 4 in the Champions Classic. It’s tough to top Kentucky, Duke, Michigan StatIt’s e for hype right now. It’s a no-win for CBS

    • Sam Gormley
      3:54 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

      I definitely agree. I think they need to do a better job in attempting to compete. While they’ll never be able to have four of the top programs, they can still do better than Ohio State and UCLA in my opinion.

    4:35 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

    Nah it’s called Classic for a reason. I can only see OSU bring replaced with a team that is more historic of getting to FF’s. Michigan meh, Gonzaga meh, they have only been good last 10-15 years still not winning a title. I say swap Buckeyes for NOVA. HELL even IU they suck now but they use to be a Blueblood and we could crush them once every 3 years and it would still all the IUsetobe fans from crying. Smacking them nationality every 3 years just to remind them how inferior of a program they have. OSU should be dropped for a more historic program and do not even understand how they got that slot to begin with. They gave never been a basketball school. Hell they gave only been to 1 FF in my lifetime, don’t make sense they are in this. It’s champions classic not mediocre classic.

    • hitman72
      6:46 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

      Indiana was originally in the spot for Ohio State but backed out.

  4. mashman 93
    6:01 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

    Ohio State went to the final four in 1999, 2007, and 2012. You must be really young.

  5. JT55
    7:14 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

    It’s fine the way it is. I do however agree that the home schedule is awful.

  6. KYjellyRoll
    10:21 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

    Texas tech is gonna be a force this year. Probably top 7 all year

  7. just a guy
    8:04 am July 29, 2019 Permalink

    Ohio st is the odd bird there. Add nova, or better yet add Arizona. 2 west coast all time great programs, and 2 east coast all time greats.

  8. JTHinton
    11:02 am July 29, 2019 Permalink

    Would love Zaga and Nova in that tournament. Read somewhere that it was supposed to be Indiana instead of OSU — ideally, to have the (then) 4 winningest programs in terms of titles all playing. Indiana said no, and CBS chose OSU. Should have gone with someone else — heck, Wichita State or some other team like that would at least be interesting!