Despite the college basketball season officially beginning on November 25, it appears the Champions Classic will not take place until the week after.
According to Andy Katz of NCAA.com, the Champions Classic featuring Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Michigan State is tentatively scheduled to take place between Dec. 1-5, with the event likely taking place in Orlando.
The Jimmy V Classic featuring Baylor, Rutgers, Gonzaga and Tennessee will also take place the same week, followed by the ACC-Big Ten Challenge set to play on Dec. 8-9.
Tentative scheduling plans: Champions Classic (Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State) and Jimmy V Classic (Baylor, Rutgers, Gonzaga, Tennessee) sometime between Dec 1-5 (likely Orlando); ACC-Big Ten Challenge looking at moving to Dec. 8-9, sites TBD.
— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) September 18, 2020
Earlier this week, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports broke the news that Orlando will host the following early season events: Champions Classic, Jimmy V Classic, Wooden Legacy, Preseason NIT, Orlando Invitational, Charleston Classic, Myrtle Beach Invitational and Diamond Head Classic. He also added that fans are not currently expected to be in attendance during any of the Orlando events.
Back in August, John Calipari floated the idea of playing the Champions Classic in the bubble, saying he would be interested in taking on all three participants – Duke, Kansas, and Michigan State – round-robin style.
“With basketball, we’re talking 12 players, a party of 20. I think the bubble or a pod, it’s been shown to work now,” said Calipari. “Do you have multiple bubbles or pods? Do we go and play the Champions Classic in a bubble, without fans, and we play each other? We all play each other round-robin? We could walk away with three games [played].”
Usually the opening event to begin the college basketball season, the Champions Classic will now take place after events such as the 2020 Maui Invitational, which will be held in Asheville from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.