Two of the top teams in men's college basketball will take their talents across the Atlantic next year.
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines have just announced that they will face off in London during the 2020-2021 season, the start of a three-year set between the two teams.
The teams will play at O2 Arena, the site of multiple NBA games over the last few years. This matchup is also part of an agreement between the two programs to play a home-and-home series in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, with the first edition occurring in Ann Arbor.
The London matchup is a fundraiser for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and will also feature a matchup between UMBC and Marist.
Though in-season college basketball tournaments have taken place in exotic places, such as The Bahamas and Mexico, it is more rare to see a single game in a foreign country outside North America. The PAC-12 has held games in China over the last couple of years, though NCAA football games overseas have been more prominent, such as Notre Dame and Navy's scheduled matchup in Dublin to start the 2020 season.
As if Kentucky and Michigan did not gain enough press this year from their top-five rankings, there will be an outpouring of financial support, as well as recruiting interest, for both programs in the wake of their trip to foreign soil.