Originally scheduled for a week from today – Nov. 10 in Chicago – the status of college basketball’s annual Champions Classic remains in question.
Pushed back to Dec. 1 due to COVID-19, the event is still expected to take place in some form or fashion, but the where is unclear with the college basketball season just *checks calendar* 22 days away.
Once the event was postponed the first time around, the initial plan was to play in a bubble down in Orlando, FL, similar to what we saw with the NBA in recent months. When event planners and participating schools failed to come to an agreement regarding COVID-19 protocols, the Orlando plan was scrapped, with a few other locations quickly emerging as alternative options.
The first? Indianapolis, the event’s scheduled host city for 2021.
Another? The campuses of participating schools, with Adam Zagoria reporting that there is a “good chance” Michigan State will travel to Duke for their matchup. In this case, Kentucky and Kansas would play in either Lexington or Lawrence for their matchup.
Oddly enough, if you take a quick peek over at ESPN’s website, their official college basketball schedule lists Kentucky at Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS on Dec. 1.
Keep in mind, the Champions Classic is an official ESPN event, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the worldwide leader in sports would have the scoop on where the games will take place.
To add to the intrigue, it would only make sense for a campus-only event to span two years, giving each school the opportunity to host a game on their home court. With Kansas and Duke being rumored as the first host locations, that would mean Kentucky and Michigan State would host the event in 2021.
UK’s matchup next season? None other than the Duke Blue Devils.
Would fans be okay with Kentucky traveling to Kansas this year if it meant UK would get to host Duke at Rupp Arena in 2021?