Kentucky basketball’s highly-anticipated trip to London is now expected to be pushed back.
After initial optimism surrounding the event, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe is now reporting that the London Showcase is now expected to be pushed back to Dec. 2022.
“The Naismith Memorial [Hall] of Fame will announce this week the Kentucky-Michigan game, set for Dec. 6 for the O2 Arena in London, will be pushed back to Dec. 2022,” Washburn said.
The Naismith Memorial of Fame will announce this week the Kentucky-Michigan game, set Dec. 6 for The O2 Arena in London, will be pushed back to Dec. 2022.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) May 19, 2020
Back in March, Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva announced that the London Showcase at The O2 was still expected to be played on time, with the Wildcats and Wolverines originally scheduled to participate in a doubleheader also featuring Marist vs. UMBC in December.
“With many athletic events being postponed and canceled due to COVID-19, the Basketball Hall of Fame remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health,” the release stated at the time. “At this time, we are moving forward with plans to host the inaugural London Showcase at The O2 in December 2020.”
Now, it appears we will have to wait till 2022 for UK in the U.K.
As for what this means for the 2020-21 schedule and beyond, Kentucky was originally set to play at Michigan in 2021 before hosting the Wolverines at Rupp Arena in 2022. Will UK now host Michigan in Lexington this year, essentially swapping 2020 for 2022? Will things get rearranged, with UK potentially going to Ann Arbor this season and hosting Michigan next year? Does the series get pushed back entirely?
We will likely find out soon.