Kentucky and Michigan men's basketball were set to face one another in a huge non-conference game over in London. As most expected would happen, the game, set for December at the 02 Arena, has been postponed.
The game, originally scheduled for Dec. 6, 2020, has been bumped nearly two full years. The two power programs will now head to London on Dec. 4, 2022.
It is unclear what it means for the two big programs, as well as the undercard game between Marist and UMBC. Based on the announcement, it doesn't look like Kentucky and Michigan will move this year's game to a stateside venue. The Wildcats and Wolverines are still set to play a three-game series, with the teams playing in Ann Arbor in 2021, and Lexington in 2023.
That could mean that there is a big gap in those two schedules. Of course, there are plenty of other questions lingering about the coming college basketball season at this point. We'll have to wait and see where things wind up.
“As we navigate these unprecedented times, the Basketball Hall of Fame has remained vigilant in placing health and safety above all else," Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO John L. Doleva said in the release about the postponement. "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."
After joking that he was disappointed that he wouldn't be able to meet the Queen this winter, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said his staff is "working hard to fill out the rest of our non-conference schedule." We'll see how feasible it is for Kentucky to find another major program to replace Michigan on this year's slate.
Ultimately, this doesn't seem like the right year to have games overseas, and any unnecessary international travel should be limited. Hopefully this game goes off without a hitch in 2022.