2022 CBS Sports Classic: Ohio State to face North Carolina
May 22, 2022
According to Stadium college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, Ohio State will face North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic in 2022, while Kentucky will meet UCLA. The annual college basketball event will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, December 17, 2022.
Goodman wrote on Twitter, "The CBS Sports Classic will take place on Dec. 17 and will be held at Madison Square Garden this season, source told @Stadium. Matchups: Kentucky vs. UCLA [and] UNC vs. Ohio State".
Despite the fact that it's only late May, it's never too early to talk about the upcoming 2022-23 college basketball season. Ohio State has yet to learn much about their schedule for next season. However, the Buckeyes have learned who their top rival will be.
CBS Sports Classic is an annual college basketball event in which the four teams involved face off against each other on a rotating basis at a neutral venue each season. For all eight years of the event, the four rotating teams have been Ohio State, North Carolina, UCLA, and Kentucky.
Since CBS Sports Sports Classic began in 2014, the Ohio State Buckeyes have a 4-3 all-time record. The Ohio State and North Carolina have only met twice in the CBS Sports Classic matchups, with the Tar Heels winning both games.
The Tar Heels, who were seeded eighth in this past NCAA Basketball tournament, reached the national championship before losing to Kansas. Hubert Davis coached the team for the first time in the 2021-22 season, finishing 29-10 after taking over the squad from the long-time program coach Roy Williams.
The Tar Heels won 82-74 at the United Center in the first match between Ohio State and North Carolina in Chicago in 2014. Tar Heels and Scarlet and Gray met again in 2017 at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center, with UNC winning by 86-72.
There have been 13 matchups between these two teams throughout their histories. North Carolina, the six-time national champion, leads the all-time record of 11-2 over Ohio State. In last season's national championship, however, North Carolina lost to Kansas 72-69, allowing the Jayhawks a 16-point lead.
The Buckeyes beat North Carolina the last time they played in 2019. The Scarlet and Gray blasted the Tar Heels 74-49 at Chapel Hill's Dean Smith Center on December 4, 2019. The Tar Heels lost their first game against the Buckeyes since March 27, 1992, ending a seven-game winning streak.
Much of the Buckeyes' non-conference schedule is still unknown at this point. But, they are set to participate in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and the Maui Invitational from November 21 to 23.
Ohio State will play one of its major non-conference matches under head coach Chris Holtmann. Holtmann signed a three-year contract extension earlier this week tying him to Ohio State until the 2027-28 season and increasing his annual compensation to $3.5 million.
Ohio State has won two games against Kentucky and UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic. The Buckeyes were slated to face the Wildcats at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that game was canceled, and the rescheduled game was won by Kentucky.