Found October 25, 2013 on StraitPinkie.com:

The Kentucky Wildcats will play their final opponent in the 3-year long “Champions Classic” against Michigan State on Nov. 12th in Chicago’s United Center. The 3-year, round robin format will complete it’s cycle this season but Calipari has another similar tournament in mind. While it may not be called the “Champions Classic” Calipari has announced to bring the same 3-year format to the new tournament. The other schools playing with Kentucky would be Ohio State, UCLA and North Carolina. I would assume the time frame for this new tournament would be immediately after this season. As any Kentucky fan knows, John Calipari loves the big games and loves them early in the season. He wants his teams to play in the big arenas and football stadiums to get them accustomed to the setting. The huge games against top opponents early in the year is the closest thing a team can get resembling a Final Four setting. With the current “Champions Classic” ending, I’m not surprised to see Calipari’s move for a similar tournament. The games are rumored to be played in Brooklyn, Las Vegas, and somewhere in the Midwest. RELATED: Is Kentucky Replacing Indiana With UCLA? According to reports, both Ohio State’s Thad Matta and UCLA head coach Steve Alford have said they will be participating if the tournament actually happens. In early August, John Calipari told the Big Blue Nation via his Twitter account to welcome Steve Alford as UCLA’s new coach. He also mentioned that “big” things would be happening between the programs. At the time, I assumed the Wildcats and Bruins would be doing a home-and-home series and I had my negative views on the move. You can read more about that in the related link above. Further dissecting this tournament, Calipari has proven once again his love for these neutral site games over home-and-home series. The whole spat with Indiana and Tom Crean was because the two sides could not agree on the venue for it’s annual border war. Crean wanted to keep the series as a home-and-home, and Calipari believed the rivalry was heated enough to be placed in a bigger arena. With North Carolina back on the schedule this year, the Wildcats will travel to Chapel Hill for their first true road game. The Heels and ‘Cats will pick up their rivalry game after a year hiatus. Since North Carolina has supposedly agreed to this new tournament, the home-and-home series goes back on hiatus for another three years.

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