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Is Kentucky heading to Lawrence for the Champions Classic?

Photo: Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Photo: Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Is Kentucky heading to Lawrence for the Champions Classic?

  1. Headhurts
    12:21 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    The Cats may not get a return game in 2021, so I say no.

    • UKinIN
      12:26 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      So UK doesn’t sign the contract if Duke doesn’t agree to the game. No biggie.

    • BobbyBlue
      12:48 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      I agree with Headhurts !

    • ClutchCargo
      1:44 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t see any likely scenario where it’s not back at a neutral site next year, fair or not. This year’s hosting teams won’t get much, if any, ticket sales revenue anyway.

    • JTHinton
      2:18 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      We owe Kansas a return game from the Big 12/ SEC Challenge; we have hosted them in 16/17 and 18/19 and only went there in 15/16

  2. U22JBK
    12:30 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    As a season ticket holder, yes. Duke in Rupp Arena. Just agree to do a return game in 2033. Covid-19 should be over after we get results of the election.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:54 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      Covid is already over.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      1:31 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      Once again, you prove you’re just an idiot 4ever.

    • mashman 93
      7:29 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      I read where the Governor of California sent a letter to Trump in March requesting a Navy medical ship telling the President he would need soon and by the end of the year he expected California to have 5 million people infected.

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:37 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      Once again UKBBF you prove you’re an indoctrinated, uneducated lemming.

  3. UKFanSC
    3:00 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    Perhaps a better question would be how in the hell is Kansas even allowed to play in 2020? With no fewer than five level one NCAA violations you would think some sort of punishment would be forthcoming?

  4. bigcat68
    1:30 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Being Duke to Rupp. Please!!

    • CahillsCrossingNT
      6:31 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

      bigcat68 What do you want, another 118-84 humiliation? Kentucky should want no part of Duke, anywhere. It’s a mismatch.

    • mashman 93
      9:57 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

      Mismatch? Dude, drugs are not your friend.

  5. bosch8184
    1:39 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Mitch, Please….stop wrecking my political party. LOL. Matt is such a doofus a$$hat.

    $88M to get rekt’d. Can’t stop laughing. Now you know why Matt was too big of a pansy to run.

    Back to sniffing Cal’s jock.

  6. Gazza
    8:14 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Is Rex Chapman still banned from Apple Stores? Does he blame Mitch for that too? Mitch won!