The State Farm Champions Classic, which matches four of the nation’s best programs against each other, began in 2011. The fifth installment was played Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the United Center in Chicago, showcasing No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 5 Duke (Kentucky, 74-63) and No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Michigan State. Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State made up three-fourths of the 2015 NCAA tournament’s Final Four.
In 2016, the doubleheader will be played in New York City. The marquee matchups will continue to culminate ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, which provides more than 24 consecutive hours of coverage to mark the start of the college basketball season.
The fourth installment of the Champions Classic, played in 2014 in Indianapolis, showcased three of the top five teams in the nation: No. 1 Kentucky routed No. 5 Kansas, 72-40, and No. 4 Duke topped No. 19 Michigan State, 81-71. The inaugural Champions Classic doubleheader was held in 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, followed in 2012 by games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Kansas 94, Duke 83