Tickets are good for both games of the annual doubleheader, which is set for December 18 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (July 27, 2021) – Tickets for the 2021 CBS Sports Classic, which will take place on December 18 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will go on sale at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT on Wednesday, July 28. The eighth-annual doubleheader will feature four top-20 programs when North Carolina faces UCLA at 3 PM ET/Noon PT followed by Ohio State taking on Kentucky. Both contests will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+ Premium.

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The CBS Sports Classic annually brings together four of the nation’s most successful college basketball programs and is one of the most highly anticipated events during college basketball’s non-conference schedule. 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.

The four programs participating in the CBS Sports Classic enter the season with collectively high expectations, each appearing in the top 20 of the’s preseason rankings. According to CBS Sports national college basketball analyst Gary Parrish, UCLA, which returns virtually its entire roster from its Final Four team from a season ago, appears at No. 2. Kentucky will once again welcome a top-10 recruiting class in addition to several high-impact transfers and checks in at No. 13. North Carolina and Ohio State, which each return experienced All-Conference standouts and welcome transfers that also earned All-Conference accolades last season, are ranked No. 14 and 17, respectively.

The North Carolina-UCLA and Ohio State-Kentucky matchups are poised to be the sixth and seventh meetings in the event’s history when both teams have been ranked in the top 25, and it would be the first time all four programs would be ranked at the time of the event.

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. Ohio State is 2-0 in the CBS Sports Classic against Kentucky, while North Carolina is also 2-0 against UCLA in the event.

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.

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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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Media Contacts:
Dan Mihalik, Intersport,
Randall Liu, CBS Sports,
Scott Ghertner, T-Mobile Arena,
Katharine Sherrer, T-Mobile Arena,