2021 CBS Sports Classic heads to Las Vegas

Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public on July 28

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LAS VEGAS (July 20, 2021) – The 2021 CBS Sports Classic will be contested at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the third time the venue has hosted the annual event, on December 18. This year’s Classic features North Carolina facing UCLA at 3 PM, ET, followed by Ohio State taking on Kentucky. Both contests will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+ Premium.

Tickets for the CBS Sports Classic will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, July 28 at 1 PM, ET, and can be secured through www.t-mobilearena.com or www.cbssportsclassic.com. Fans interested in attending the event can register to receive direct email alerts regarding ticket news and other event updates at www.cbssportsclassic.com/tickets. Fans who register for these ticket alerts will be eligible for exclusive presale access.

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With each team returning major contributors and high impact transfers, all four programs rank in the top 16 of the CBSSports.com preseason rankings, according to CBS Sports college basketball analyst Gary Parrish. Fresh off its run to the 2021 Final Four, UCLA appears at No. 2, and is joined in the rankings by No. 12 Kentucky, North Carolina checks in at No. 13 and Ohio State stands at No. 16.

The CBS Sports Classic was previously contested at T-Mobile Arena in 2016 and 2019. Throughout the seven-year history of the CBS Sports Classic, the United Center in Chicago (2014, 2018), Barclays Center in Brooklyn (2015), Smoothie King Center in New Orleans (2017) and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland (2020) have hosted the annual doubleheader.

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.

North Carolina is 5-2 in CBS Sports Classic games, 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.

For additional information on the event, please visit www.cbssportsclassic.com.

CBS Sports Classic History at T-Mobile Arena

Dec. 21, 2019
Ohio State 71, Kentucky 65
North Carolina 74, UCLA 64

Dec. 17, 2016
UCLA 86, Ohio State 73
Kentucky 103, North Carolina 100

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com