The event was expected to be highlighted by a pair of collegiate basketball games with U-M facing Kentucky as well as Marist vs. Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in what were to be the first NCAA Division I games played at O2 Arena in London, England.
The London Showcase has been rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, at The O2 arena and will be televised domestically by ESPN/ABC. The event remains part of a three-game series with the Wolverines and Wildcats. With the London contest moved, Michigan and Kentucky will face each other at Crisler Center in 2021, followed by games in London in 2022 and in Lexington in 2023.
"As we navigate these unprecedented times, the Basketball Hall of Fame has remained vigilant in placing health and safety above all else," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "Unfortunately, the unknown combination of health, safety, international travel regulations and the economic viability for all parties involved has required us to postpone this highly anticipated event at The O2. We look forward to hosting a fantastic event in 2022."
U-M and Kentucky have met on seven occasions, with UK holding a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Wolverines and Wildcats will meet up for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign when Kentucky came away with a victory over U-M in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final.