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The State Farm Champions Classic is a single-night event that features four of the most storied and accomplished teams in college basketball: Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Kentucky. The sixth annual event will take place at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016. The Kentucky Wildcats will battle the Michigan State Spartans in Game 1, followed by the Duke Blue Devils vs. Kansas Jayhawks in Game 2.

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Duke vs. Kansas

The 2013 Champions Classic meeting featured a match-up of freshmen who would soon become the top two picks in the 2014 NBA draft. The Jayhawks prevailed, 94-83, with eventual top pick Andrew Wiggins scoring 22 points (Duke’s Jabari Parker tallied 27). Overall, the Blue Devils have a 7-3 edge in this series, which dates only to 1985. Eight of the 10 contests have been played at neutral sites, including five NCAA tournament match-ups, three final fours and the 1991 NCAA title game. Duke’s second national championship was a 72-65 victory over Kansas in the title game at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

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Kentucky vs. Michigan State

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While this series dates to 1935, the teams have only met once in the last 10 seasons, and that was in the 2013 State Farm Champions Classic when Michigan State earned of 78-74 victory over defending NCAA champion Kentucky at the United Center in Chicago. The Spartans have won four of the last five meetings, though Kentucky still holds a 12-11 series edge all time. Four of the contests have come in NCAA regional finals, with MSU winning three of those, most recently a double overtime thriller in 2005 in Austin, Texas.