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UCLA Set to Face Kentucky in CBS Sports Classic

Jul 21, 2022
Jaylen Clark (photo by Jan Kim Lim)

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball team will take on Kentucky, and North Carolina will face Ohio State in the annual CBS Sports Classic on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. The nationally-televised doubleheader will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
North Carolina and Ohio State will tip-off the opening game at approximately 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET), while UCLA's showdown with Kentucky will follow at approximately 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET). The two games will be broadcast on The CBS Television Network and available to stream live on Paramount+.
This set of matchups – UCLA and Kentucky, along with North Carolina and Ohio State – was last featured in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 23, 2017, when North Carolina defeated Ohio State, 86-72, and UCLA knocked off Kentucky, 83-75. The Bruins have won three of their last four meetings against Kentucky. The most recent meeting between UCLA and Kentucky took place on Dec. 23, 2017, at the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans.
Tickets for the CBS Sports Classic will go on sale to the general public in August. Fans who are interested in attending the event can register to receive direct email alerts regarding ticket news and other event information at Fans who register for these alerts will be eligible for exclusive presale access.
UCLA's contest against Kentucky on Saturday, Dec. 17, will take place three days after the Bruins play a non-conference game at Maryland (College Park, Md.) on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The Bruins announced a home-and-home series with Maryland in June of 2022.

UCLA last played at Madison Square Garden in New York City during the 2013-14 season, competing against Duke in the Carquest Auto Parts Classic (Dec. 19, 2013). UCLA lost that matchup, 80-63, and has gone 14-12 in program history in games played at Madison Square Garden.
This will mark the first time that Madison Square Garden will host the CBS Sports Classic, which was introduced during the 2014-15 season. Throughout the eight-year history of the event, venue hosts have included the United Center in Chicago (2014, 2018), Barclays Center in Brooklyn (2015), T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (2016, 2019, 2021), Smoothie King Center in New Orleans (2017) and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland (2020).
The CBS Sports Classic, featuring UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State, has been officially extended through 2026. This quartet of teams has won a combined 26 national championships, with UCLA (11), Kentucky (8) and North Carolina (6) ranking first, second and third, respectively, in NCAA history.
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Fans with questions about UCLA men's basketball tickets can contact the UCLA Athletics Sales & Service department at (310) 206-5991 or via email, at
UCLA's complete 2022-23 men's basketball schedule will be released in September.