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Wednesday / January 26.
  • Kentucky, North Carolina now set to meet in CBS Sports Classic

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    No. 21 Kentucky will now face North Carolina on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas after both team’s previous opponents were knocked out by COVID-19 issues, sources said.

    The game will tip at 5:30 ET.

    Kentucky was originally supposed to face Ohio State, but the Buckeyes announced Thursday the game was canceled due top COVID issues within their program.

    On Friday, UCLA announced its game with North Carolina was also canceled due to COVID issues within the Bruins program that triggered a pause.

    North Carolina leads the head-to-head with Kentucky, 25-16, with the Tar Heels winning the most recent game, 75-63, in 2020 in Cleveland.

    Previous North Carolina-Kentucky Matchups in the CBS Sports Classic

    Dec. 19, 2020:  North Carolina 75, Kentucky 63 (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland)

    Dec. 22, 2018:  Kentucky 80, North Carolina 72 (United Center, Chicago)

    Dec. 17, 2016:  Kentucky 103, North Carolina 100 (T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.