Michigan-Kentucky Series Delayed One Year Due To COVID-19

By 97.1 The Ticket
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- In conjunction with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the University of Michigan men's basketball program announced Wednesday (May 20) its London Showcase originally scheduled for Dec. 6 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

"We know precautions and new guidelines are being created and used every day due to the coronavirus," said David and Meredith Kaplan U-M head men's basketball coach Juwan Howard. "The Hall of Fame took the time to review what is happening around the world and explore all options -- all the safe options for the teams and most importantly the fans. The best thing is this tremendous event isn't canceled, it's just delayed."

"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.