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Michigan vs. Kentucky showdown in London ‘up in the air’ amid COVID-19 concerns

The Wolverines and Wildcats are currently scheduled for a game in London on Dec. 5.

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The Michigan Wolverines and Kentucky Wildcats are scheduled to play on Dec. 6, 2020 in London in the first of a three-game series over the next number of years, but due to the global health situation, things might wind up being looked at differently there.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday morning, Kentucky head coach John Calipari told reporters that the trip to London is currently something that is considered “up in the air” with the coronavirus outbreak and travel issues currently taking place worldwide. Despite those concerns, he also noted that the schools probably have until around June to make a decision as to whether or not to pull the trigger on that trip.

It feels way to premature to wonder how all of this could affect fall and winter sports next year, but given the logistics of planning overseas travel, it would make sense that both sides would look to be proactive. Given that there are three games currently planned between these two programs, the idea of pushing the London game to 2021 or 2022 and playing this year’s game at one of the campus sites feels like something that would not be all that difficult to pull off.

As of now, 2020 is set for London with 2021’s game in Ann Arbor and the 2022 tilt in Lexington.