2021-22 Season

Hall of Fame London Showcase versus Kentucky rescheduled for December 2022

The Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase is back on and Michigan is set to face Kentucky on December 4th, 2022 in London. The news was announced in a press release today.

Michigan is also scheduled to play in the 2022 Legends Classic, a four-team event that features Arizona State, Pittsburgh and VCU, and in the Jumpman Invitational in Charlotte against either North Carolina, Florida or Oklahoma. Keep tabs on Michigan’s future schedules here.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday (Feb. 28) that the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase has been rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, highlighted with Michigan facing Kentucky at the O2 Arena in London, England — known as one of the busiest arenas in the world.

Originally scheduled for Dec. 6, 2020, the London Showcase was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the new date and schedule, the event will feature a doubleheader of collegiate basketball with Marist playing Maine at 3:30 p.m. London time (10:30 a.m. ET), followed by the Wolverines and Wildcats at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET).

“After all that has transpired over the last few years for us, and even the world, it will be a tremendous opportunity for Michigan, Kentucky and college basketball itself to get the chance to showcase this game,” said U-M’s David and Meredith Kaplan head men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard. “We had to wait, but it will be that “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for our young men and our fans. We are thankful the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has continued to provide this opportunity and make sure everyone is safe. This is going to be truly special.”

Tickets for the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 4, at 9:00 a.m. London time (4 a.m. EST) via AXS.com and The O2 arena box office. A special O2 Arena presale offering through American Express will be available starting Thursday, March 3.

A university presale available to current U-M men’s basketball season ticket holders and donors with 500 or more priority points will start Thursday, March 3 at 5 a.m. EST and run through Friday, March 4 at 4 a.m. EST.

U-M and Kentucky have met on seven occasions, with UK holding the 5-2 all-time series advantage. The Wolverines and Wildcats will meet up for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign when Kentucky came away with a victory over U-M in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final.

Television broadcast information will be released on a later date.

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  1. adamsmit86

    Yeah, we should probably pull a Calipari and pass on this London event now lol. Could be a big mismatch in next year’s game and the nonconference schedule already sets up to be tough for an inexperienced team. Add the travel on top of it and I’m not sure it’s a great recipe for a young team. Would have been more fun to do with a veteran squad.

  2. JBmoney

    Just have a feeling that we will be a bit more veteran of a team than we currently think

  3. umhoops

    What’s the downside? From a scheduling perspective and resume perspective, games like this or the Jumpman event are probably better practices. I’m a purist though and don’t like that Juwan hasn’t scheduled any real home-and-homes other than UCF which was … not good scheduling IMO.

  4. adamsmit86

    The downside is we start the season with a lot of losses again and are climbing uphill the rest of the season to try to scrounge up a decent record. Now if you tell me next year’s starting lineup has Diabate and Houstan plus a transfer then my tune will change. But if it’s an entirely new starting five with nobody that has played more than like 10 mpg in this system, I think they need more easy games to build confidence and learn

  5. umhoops

    This will probably be the 8th or 9th game of the year… so not really a Gavitt Games situation.

    The Legends Classic field doesn’t feel all that daunting for an early-season tourney (ASU, Pitt and VCU).

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