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Matchups

The fourth annual State Farm Champions Classic is a single-night event that hosts four of the most storied and accomplished teams in college basketball: Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas. Duke. Last year at Chicago’s United Center, Michigan State defeated Kentucky and Kansas overcame Duke.

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Michigan State vs. Duke

Duke has won eight of 10 all-time meetings against Michigan State, most recently a 71-61 win in the 2013 Sweet 16 in Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium). Their previous game launched the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 15, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils’ 74-69 win gave Mike Kryzyzewski his 903rd victory to pass Bobby Knight for the Division I record. The Spartans’ two wins in the series were in 1958 and 2005, the latter coming in a Sweet 16 matchup in Austin, Texas.

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Kansas vs. Kentucky

No non-conference team has more wins over Kansas than Kentucky, who holds a 21-6 advantage in the series. The Wildcats have won the last two meetings, most notably a 67-59 triumph in the 2012 NCAA Championship game in New Orleans. Earlier that season, Kentucky also prevailed at the State Farm Champions Classic in New York, earning a 75-65 victory. The Jayhawks’ most recent win was an 88-76 decision at the 2007 NCAA Tournament second round in Chicago.