Kentucky has reportedly found a home for the Champions Classic.
With less than a month to go until the college basketball season tips off, Indianapolis has finally emerged as the likely location for Kentucky’s matchup against Kansas on December 1.
“The game between Kentucky and Kansas as part of the Champions Classic is expected to be held in Indianapolis on December 1st,” college basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported this afternoon. “The location of the game between Duke and Michigan State is currently TBD.”
Sources: The game between Kentucky and Kansas as part of the Champions Classic is expected to be held in Indianapolis on December 1st. The location of the game between Duke and Michigan State is currently TBD.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 5, 2020
Originally scheduled for Nov. 10 in Chicago, the Champions Classic was pushed back to Dec. 1, with the event expected to take place in a bubble down in Orlando, FL. 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.
Indianapolis emerged as the first potential location, though Adam Zagoria also reported that the campuses of participating schools was also on the table, noting that there is a “good chance” Michigan State will travel to Duke for their matchup.
Had the campus idea come to fruition, Kentucky – the “away” school this year’s matchup – would have likely traveled to Lawrence for their matchup.
In fact, ESPN listed Kentucky at Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS on its official Dec. 1 college basketball schedule:
Instead, it appears the neutral site option has won out, with Kentucky taking on Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks in Indianapolis less than four weeks from today.