Nov 13, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts on the sideline against the Duke Blue Devils in the first half of the 2012 Champions Classic at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: John Calapari Creating his own Champions Classic


Per ESPN’s Andy Katz, Kentucky coach John Calipari is in the process of finalizing another Champions Classic format to add to his team’s future non-conference neutral court resume.

The three new top-tier programs, UCLA, North Carolina and Ohio state are set to play a similar format to the current threesome the Wildcats play on a rotating basis of Duke, Kansas, and Michigan State.

The four team doubleheader of each school playing one of the other three schools would rotate matchups and locations along a three-year span, with Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center, Las Vegas, and Indianapolis likely to host the three years of play.

Steve Alford of UCLA has confirmed the Bruins are in the event, but Ohio State coach Thad Matta didn’t say whether the Buckeyes had been locked in yet. However, sources at Kentucky have said all teams are in.

Kentucky plays Michigan State this year in the third and final year of the Champions Classic and will be followed by Duke versus Kansas, with the four schools all vowing to renew the series for an additional three years in 2014.

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