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New Big 4? UNC, Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio State in event

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CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 14: James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats defends a shot by Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during play at the Dean Smith Center on December 14, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 82-77. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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    2014 in Chicago

    North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Kentucky vs. UCLA

    2015 in Brooklyn

    Kentucky vs. Ohio State

    North Carolina vs. UCLA

    2016 in Las Vegas

    Kentucky vs. North Carolina

    Ohio State vs. UCLA



It’s not the old Big Four, but as nonconference college basketball events go, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better four.

North Carolina will join Kentucky, UCLA and Ohio State in a three-year annual round-robin beginning Dec. 20, 2014 in Chicago. The four heavyweights in the CBS Sports Classic have combined to win 25 NCAA titles. UCLA leads the way with a record 11 championships, followed by Kentucky (8), North Carolina (5) and Ohio State (1).

Each team will play the others over the three years.

UNC will open against Ohio State at the United Center in 2014. The Tar Heels will face UCLA in 2015 at the Barclays Center, also the site of the 2017 and 2018 ACC tournaments, and finish with Kentucky in Las Vegas in 2016.

“We’re excited to be part of an event of this caliber for the next three seasons,” Kentucky coach John Calipari wrote on his Twitter account, describing the combined NCAA titles as “remarkable.” “Not only that, some of the best fans in basketball will have the opportunity to see us play in 3 major venues vs. some of the top programs.”

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