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Champions Classic Details
Want your team to start the season with an easy matchup? Look elsewhere. The Champions Classic has been a welcome addition to the early-season college basketball schedule, getting the action underway with a pair of must-see battles.
The Champions Classic features four of college basketball’s marquee programs: Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Kentucky. Each year, the teams battle in a mid-November, neutral-site doubleheader, which has welcomed capacity crowds in New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Indianapolis since launching in 2011. The Georgia Dome set the tournament attendance record, drawing 22,847 fans in 2012.
Matchups between the top two ranked teams in the country have been a fun part of the Champions Classic. In 2013, top-ranked Kentucky battled No. 2 Michigan State at Chicago’s United Center.
The Spartans jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead, and held off a furious Wildcat comeback to hold on for a 78-74 win. Sparty point guard Keith Appling led his team’s charge with 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
In 2017, the second-ranked Spartans faced No. 1 Duke in another Windy City matchup. Senior guard Grayson Allen scored a game-high 37 points to lead the Blue Devils to an 88-81 victory.
The Champions Classic is a made-for-TV event that is produced by ESPN, but if you can see it in person, you certainly won’t be disappointed. College hoops fans won’t find a college basketball doubleheader with as much quality as this one until the Final Four – and even that’s debatable.
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