The University of North Carolina will play 2021 NCAA semifinalist UCLA in the eighth CBS Sports Classic, which will be played Saturday, December 18, at a site to be announced at a later date.
The Tar Heels and Bruins will play at 3 p.m. Eastern and will be followed by Ohio State facing Kentucky in the second game of the doubleheader. The doubleheader will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+ Premium.
The CBS Sports Classic annually brings together four of the nation’s most successful college basketball programs. The quartet owns a combined 26 national championships, with UCLA (11), Kentucky (8) and North Carolina (6) ranking first, second and third, respectively, in NCAA history. Additionally, all four programs rank in the top six in all time Final Four berths, compiling 65 total appearances between them (North Carolina, 20; UCLA, 18; Kentucky, 17; Ohio State, 10). They are among college basketball’s all-time winningest programs, combining for more than 8,200 victories.
Fans interested in attending the 2021 CBS Sports Classic can register to receive direct email alerts regarding ticket availability by logging on to www.cbssportsclassic.com/tickets. Fans who register for these ticket alerts will be eligible for exclusive presale access. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.
North Carolina is 5-2 in the CBS Sports Classic, Ohio State is 4-3, Kentucky is 3-4 and UCLA is 2-5.
This set of matchups was last featured in the 2019 CBS Sports Classic, with the Tar Heels defeating the Bruins, 74-64, and the Buckeyes knocking off the Wildcats, 71-65. The 2020 edition of the Classic was staged at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, with Ohio State defeating UCLA, 77-70, and North Carolina knocking off Kentucky, 75-63.