Kentucky and Michigan basketball were set to play an early season non-conference game overseas in London. Wildcats head coach John Calipari says that the status of that game is “up in the air right now.”
The Wildcats and Wolverines are set to play on Dec. 5 at the O2 Olympic Arena in London. We’ve seen a number of overseas college hoops games in recent years, but this would be the first at O2.
Hopefully we’re past the point in the global health crisis by early December that college basketball isn’t greatly impacted. It may make sense to avoid too much unnecessary travel though. We could see this game moved to either Ann Arbor or Lexington, or a neutral site somewhere stateside.
According to college basketball reporter Adam Zagoria, Calipari says a timetable has been set, and everyone involved has until June to figure the situation out. Obviously a ton can change for the sports world and the world at large between now and then.
Cal says the Michigan game in London is ‘up in the air right now’ and they have until June to figure it out.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 24, 2020
Obviously this is set to be a very cool experience for those Kentucky and Michigan players and fans that were set to make the trip. The most important thing, of course, is the health of everyone involved.
Before the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament and other major sporting events around the world, conferences and leagues began playing events without fans in the stands. That could also be an option if the virus spread has slowed down, but is still a major concern. Of course, it may not make sense to make the trip to London if that is the solution. It is too early to know much at this point.
Earlier today, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that he is optimistic that the NBA will get back to playing games in some form by the end of May. Hopefully he is right, and the ongoing impact isn’t as severe as it has been so far this spring.