🏆 Kansas at the Champions Classic

Kansas at the Champions Classic
11/15/11#2 Kentucky75#12 Kansas65New York
11/13/12#21 Michigan State67#7 Kansas64Atlanta
11/12/13#5 Kansas94#4 Duke83Chicago
11/18/14#1 Kentucky72#5 Kansas40Indianapolis
11/17/15#13 Michigan State79#4 Kansas73Chicago
11/15/16#7 Kansas77#1 Duke75New York
11/14/17#4 Kansas65#7 Kentucky61Chicago
11/04/18#1 Kansas92#10 Michigan State87Indianapolis

Beginning in 2011, the State Farm Champions Classic is a neutral site doubleheader series featuring men’s basketball powers Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State. The inaugural Champions Classic was held at Madison Square Garden in 2011 followed by the Georgia Dome in 2012 and the United Center in Chicago in 2013.

Kansas and Kentucky are 4-4 in the Champions Classic, while Duke is 5-3 and Michigan State 3-5. In 2011, Kansas and Kentucky’s Champions Classic meeting also became the matchup for the 2012 NCAA National Championship title game in New Orleans. The Wildcats defeated the Jayhawks, 75-65, in the Champions Classic.

In 2012, KU fell to Michigan State in Atlanta, 67-64. KU won its first game in the Classic with a 94-83 win against Duke in Chicago in 2013. In 2014, No. 1 Kentucky defeated Kansas 72-40 in Indianapolis. In 2015, Kansas lost to Michigan State, 79-73, in Chicago, and defeated Duke, 77-75, in Madison Square Garden in 2016.

In the 2016-17 season, Kansas defeated all the other three teams in the Champions Classic. KU defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 77-75, in the event and won at then-No. 4 Kentucky, Jan. 28, in the Big 12/ SEC Challenge. KU completed the feat with a 90-70 win versus Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Tulsa on March 19, 2017.

Kansas has won each of its last three Champions Classic contests. Last year, the Jayhawks defeated Michigan State 92-87 in Indianapolis. In 2017, KU defeated Kentucky, 65-61, in Chicago and in 2016 Kansas beat Duke, 77-75, in New York City. KU will face Kentucky in 2020 in Chicago, Michigan State in 2021 in New York City and Duke in 2022 in Indianapolis.

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