CBS Sports Classic, with UNC facing UCLA, reportedly set for Atlanta next season

By R.L. Bynum

The CBS Sports Classic is reportedly headed south for the 10th edition next season.

According to Rocco Miller of The Bracketeer website, Carolina will face UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Atlanta, the closest city to Chapel Hill in the event’s history. Presumably, the Atlanta Hawks’ downtown arena will host the event.

According to the report, Kentucky will face Ohio State in the other game.

That is the weekend after the first part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving event in Atlanta, featuring four games on Dec. 10 (Loyola Chicago vs. Clemson, Memphis vs. Auburn, Wake Forest vs. LSU and Tulane vs. Buffalo). That event includes Georgia facing Notre Dame on Dec. 18.

The Tar Heels are 2–0 against UCLA in the event, winning 89–76 in Brooklyn in 2015 and 74–64 in Las Vegas in 2019. The teams were supposed to play in Las Vegas in 2021 but UCLA could not participate because of COVID-19, and the Tar Heels lost to Kentucky 98–69. UNC also beat UCLA 73–66 in a 2022 Eastern Regional semifinal game in Philadelphia.

Carolina has the best record of the four teams in the event at 6–3 and is the only team with a winning record. Ohio State is 4–4, Kentucky is 5–5 and UCLA is 3–5. All three of the Tar Heels’ losses in the event have come against Kentucky.

Last season, at Madison Square Garden in New York, a Pete Nance bucket sent the game into overtime before UNC beat Ohio State 89–84.

The only other year the event was in the South was 2017, when the Tar Heels knocked off Ohio State 86–72 in the New Orleans Pelicans’ arena.

As the scheduling tidbits have trickled in, here are the other parts of the schedule that we know:

— The season opener is Nov. 6 against Radford.
— UNC faces UC Riverside at home on Nov. 17.
— Carolina will play Nov. 23–26 in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The other teams in the field are Arkansas, Memphis, Michigan, Northern Iowa, Stanford, Texas Tech and Villanova.
— Carolina will meet Oklahoma in Charlotte at the second Jumpman Invitational, but the date hasn’t been announced

UNC in CBS Sports Classic

2014 — No. 24 Carolina 82, No. 2 Ohio State 74 in Chicago
2015 — No. 11 Carolina 89, No. 22 UCLA 76 in Brooklyn
2016 — No. 6 Kentucky 103, No. 7 Carolina 100 in Las Vegas
2017 — No. 5 Carolina 86, Ohio State 72 in New Orleans
2018 — No. 19 Kentucky 80, Carolina 72 in Chicago
2019 — Carolina 74, UCLA 64 in Las Vegas
2020 — No. 22 Carolina, 75, Kentucky 63 in Cleveland
2021 — No. 21 Kentucky 98, Carolina 69 in Las Vegas
2022 — Carolina 89, No. 23 Ohio State 64, OT, in New York


UNC schedule so far

Nov. 6RadfordHome
Nov. 17UC RiversideHome
Nov. 23–26X — Battle 4 AtlantisBahamas
Dec. 16CBS Sports Classic vs. either UCLA
(as reported here) or Kentucky
Dec. 20Jumpman Classic vs. OklahomaCharlotte
Dates TBA
Jimmy V ClassicReportedly UConnMadison Square Garden
ACC opponents
Home and roadDuke, N.C. State, Clemson,
Florida State, Miami and Syracuse
HomeLouisville, Notre Dame,
Virginia Tech and Wake Forest
RoadBoston College, Georgia Tech,
Pittsburgh and Virginia
X — Other teams in the field: Arkansas, Memphis, Michigan, Northern Iowa, Stanford, Texas Tech and Villanova

UNC roster

Here is a rundown of the Tar Heels’ scholarship players from the just-completed season, with their class should they return next season listed. UNC has three available scholarships.

4Sr.RJ DavisPG6–0175
0Soph.Seth TrimblePG6–3192
13Soph.Jalen Washington46–10225
55th yearArmando Bacot56–11235
Incoming transfers
5th yearCormac Ryan (Notre Dame)36–5195
5th yearPaxton Wojcik (Brown)36–5200
JuniorHarrison Ingram (Stanford)36–7230
SeniorJae’Lyn Withers (Louisville)46–9220
ESPN rankIncoming freshmen
10 (Class
of 2024)
Elliot Cadeau (5 star)PG6–0175
64Zayden High (4 star)46–9225
Eligibility over
Leaky Black36–9205
Pete Nance46–11230
Outgoing transfers
Caleb Love (Arizona)26–4200
Dontrez Styles (Georgetown)46–6210
Tyler Nickel (Va. Tech)36–7220
Justin McKoy (Hawaii)46–8220
Puff Johnson (Penn State)36–8200
Will Shaver (UAB)56–10260
In transfer portal
D’Marco Dunn36–5190
ESPN rank2024–25 freshman class
5Ian Jackson (5 star)26–5180
37Drake Powell (4 star)36–5185
48James Brown (4 star)56–9225

Photo via @UNC_Basketball


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