Champions Classic

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The Champions Classic is an event that tips off the NCAA Division I men's basketball season, it features four of the top college basketball programs in the United States: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan State.[1] The venue changes from year to year, with Madison Square Garden being the first venue, the first Classic was held on November 15, 2011. This would be the beginning of a three-year rotation, originally scheduled to end in 2013, where each of the teams would play each other once, the event is televised on ESPN.[2] The series is currently set to run until 2019.[3]

Three of the four teams from the 2014 Champions Classic advanced to the 2015 Final Four (Duke, Kentucky, and Michigan State) with Duke winning the National Championship that year.

Game results[edit]

Rankings are based on the Associated Press poll.

Date Location Winning team Losing team Attendance
November 15, 2011 Madison Square Garden
(New York, NY)
No. 6 Duke 74 Michigan State 69 19,979
No. 2 Kentucky 75 No. 12 Kansas 65
November 13, 2012 Georgia Dome
(Atlanta, GA)
No. 21 Michigan State 67 No. 7 Kansas 64 22,847
No. 9 Duke 75 No. 3 Kentucky 68
November 12, 2013 United Center
(Chicago, IL)
No. 2 Michigan State 78 No. 1 Kentucky 74 22,711
No. 5 Kansas 94 No. 4 Duke 83
November 18, 2014 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, IN)
No. 4 Duke 81 No. 19 Michigan State 71 19,306
No. 1 Kentucky 72 No. 5 Kansas 40
November 17, 2015 United Center
(Chicago, IL)
No. 2 Kentucky 74 No. 5 Duke 63 21,461
No. 13 Michigan State 79 No. 4 Kansas 73
November 15, 2016 Madison Square Garden
(New York, NY)
No. 2 Kentucky 69 No. 13 Michigan State 48 19,812[4]
No. 7 Kansas 77 No. 1 Duke 75
November 14, 2017 United Center
(Chicago, IL)
No. 1 Duke 88 No. 2 Michigan State 81 21,684
No. 4 Kansas 65 No. 7 Kentucky 61

Future match-ups[edit]

Date Location Match-ups
November 13, 2018 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, IN)
Michigan State vs. Kansas
Duke vs. Kentucky
November 12, 2019 Madison Square Garden
(New York, NY)
Kansas vs. Duke
Michigan State vs. Kentucky

Team records[edit]

Team Wins Losses Percentage
Kentucky 4 3 .571
Duke 4 3 .571
Kansas 3 4 .429
Michigan State 3 4 .429

References[edit]

  1. ^ Katz, Andy (December 8, 2010). "Marquee programs to meet early". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "New Event Pits Four of Basketball's Winningest Programs". Duke Sports Information. December 8, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Negron, Anna (August 24, 2016). "ESPN's State Farm Champions Classic Men's Basketball Doubleheader Renews through 2019". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/championclassic/status/799330851729375236/photo/1