College Basketball at United Center


College Basketball at United Center

Join the pilgrimage of college basketball fans coming to the special United Center CBS Sports Classic double header, North Carolina vs. Ohio State and Kentucky vs. UCLA, on December 20, and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

If you like college b-ball (this writer shares your passion), this holiday United Center CBS Sports Classic double header is nothing short of a dream Christmas present! This fearsome foursome has won 25 national championships between them!

Kentucky is the winningest NCCA Division 1 men’s basketball team of all time. Coach John Calipari’s Wildcats, already rated #1 in preseason polls, view the CBS Sports Classic as a tune-up for the 2014-15 season. UCLA, as of now not ranked in the top 25, is projected to steadily rise in the polls.

North Carolina, almost always a perennial basketball favorite is rated #6 in preseason polls, while Ohio State is ranked #20. North Carolina is under a lot of scrutiny, as news reports say that members of the 2005 team allegedly took 35 bogus college courses. Last season, North Carolina defeated all top 4 ranked teams. Ohio State’s 6’5” freshman guard, D’Dangelo Russell has already taken the basketball world by storm, scoring 17 points in his first game.

The United Center is located at 1907 West Madison Street in Chicago. For tickets and more information, call (312) 455-4500, or go to


Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just minutes from the United Center, provides free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.