Kentucky, Coach Cal leads college basketball elite to New Orleans next December

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LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 07: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to De'Aaron Fox #0 and Malik Monk #5 during the game against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Rupp Arena on December 7, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats have had good fortune in New Orleans, one they hope continues on December 23rd, 2017.

Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, and UCLA will play in The Classic, a four team neutral site basketball tournament at the Smoothie King Center.

In 2012, the Wildcats won the SEC tournament championship at the Smoothie King Center, and weeks later won the National Championship at the Superdome.

Jay Cicero, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation said New Orleans is always a big draw for rabid Kentucky basketball fans.

The event is presented by CBS Sports.