The Ohio State men's basketball team is already part of the ACC/B1G Challenge, will be part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games (versus a Big East opponent) starting in 2015 and now learned the rest of the details of what is being called the CBS Sports Classic starting in 2014 and will face off against North Carolina in Chicago (Ill.) on December 20th.
News has come out through the recent months that Ohio State would be part of a three-year series that would include the likes of North Carolina, UCLA and Kentucky and on Wednesday the rest of the details were released by CBS Sports by way of press release.
The Buckeyes and Tar Heels have played a total of 12 times in history and North Carolina holds a dominating edge, 10-2 in the series with the last game coming November of 2009, a 77-73 loss in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic in New York City (N.Y.).
The four teams account for 25 NCAA Tournament Championships, the Buckeyes are only responsibly for one of those in 1960, but it will be a marquee event that fans of the Buckeyes and fans of basketball will be looking forward to during the three-year span of this event.
The 2014 games will take place at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls, on December 20th and will feature a double-header of Ohio State vs. North Carolina (1 p.m.) and will be followed up by Kentucky taking on UCLA (approx. 3:30 pm).
The venue shifts to Brooklyn (N.Y.) in 2015 where the games will take place at the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, and will feature Ohio State versus Kentucky and North Carolina and UCLA on December 19th, 2015.
In 2016 the venue will be Las Vegas and while a location in Sin City has not been determined as of yet the matchups will be Ohio State versus UCLA and Kentucky taking on North Carolina, the games to be played on December 17th, 2016.
"We are excited to be part of the CBS Sports Classic the next three seasons," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said in a statement. "The four teams competing have a tremendous history of success in college basketball. We have partnered with terrific cities and venues to make this a great experience for our program, our student-athletes and our fans."
All games will be broadcast on CBS Sports as part of the agreement.