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Michigan, Kentucky to play college basketball game at London’s O2 Arena in 2020

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari (Credit: Getty Images)

The Michigan Wolverines and Kentucky Wildcats will play a college basketball game at London’s O2 Arena in December 2020 as part of a three-year deal between the university athletic programs.

The teams will also meet at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor in 2021, and at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena in 2022.

Michigan coach Juwan Howard said: “What a unique three-game series. First, we get to showcase collegiate basketball overseas in London before playing that traditional home-and-home series in front of two of the nation’s best basketball environments.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari added: “[To] play this first game is London will be an unforgettable experience for our players and for our fans.”

The game in London will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and serve as a fundraiser for the Hall. It will be the first NCAA Division I college basketball game to be played at the O2 Arena, which has previously held numerous official National Basketball Association games.

Further details about the exact date, game time, television partner, ticket pricing, ancillary events, and ticket on-sale date will be announced next month.