Roster building is still happening throughout college basketball as we all await final NBA Draft decisions. However, plans are being made for the 2022-23 season. Schedules are now starting to come together, and we now have a date, opponent, and venue for one of Kentucky’s biggest events of the non-conference slate.
First reported by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, the CBS Sports Classic will be held at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 17, and Kentucky will face UCLA.
The annual event has been taking place since the 2014-15 season and has hosted premium non-conference matchups every year. For the first time in its short history, the event will be held in New York City after making multiple stops in Chicago and Las Vegas. Kentucky currently owns a 4-4 record in the series with three wins over North Carolina. The Wildcats will be meeting the Bruins in the event for the first time since the 2017-18 season when UCLA knocked off Kentucky in New Orleans.
After a COVID-19 cancellation knocked both Ohio State and UCLA out of the event last December, Kentucky was matched up against North Carolina again in Las Vegas and throttled the Tar Heels 98-69. The next matchup in the CBS Sports Classic should be a big one.
In Goodman’s preseason top 25, UCLA currently ranks No. 3 as head coach Mick Cronin returns Jaime Jacquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell with a very good recruiting class coming to Westwood. Kentucky checks in at No. 10 as returning player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe looks to bring John Calipari’s program back to national glory.
The Wildcats now have non-conference games scheduled with Michigan State (Nov. 8) for the Champions Classic in Indianapolis, Michigan (Dec. 4) in London, and UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic. Expect more scheduling news to occur over the summer as Kentucky finalizes their non-conference schedule with expected games against Bellarmine and Louisville at Rupp Arena.