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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Champions Classic renewed through 2019

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Kansas head coach Bill Self have a joint meeting with an official after a double technical foul during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Kansas head coach Bill Self have a joint meeting with an official after a double technical foul during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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One of the biggest events in the Kansas men's basketball non-conference schedule will continue for at least the next three seasons.

The State Farm Champions Classic, which pits KU, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State in a neutral site, doubleheader matchup in November, will continue through 2019, ESPN announced Wednesday.

The Jayhawks will play Duke in this year's Champions Classic at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"It's obviously the top event of the regular season," KU associate athletic director Larry Keating, the Jayhawks' schedule maker, told ESPN. "You usually have four of the top 10 and it should be that way again. No one has ever thought of not doing it. Everyone knows the value of it. The four fan bases can get to all cities where the event takes place. It has been everything we thought it would be and more."

Kansas will face Kentucky in 2017 in Chicago, Michigan State in 2018 in Indianapolis and Duke in 2019 in New York.

KU is 1-4 in the event with its lone victory against Duke in 2013. Michigan State beat Kansas, 79-73, last year in Chicago.

Future Champions Classic Matchups

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 (United Center, Chicago)

Kansas vs. Kentucky

Duke vs. Michigan State

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis)

Michigan State vs. Kansas

Duke vs. Kentucky

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 (Madison Square Garden, New York City)

Kansas vs. Duke

Michigan State vs. Kentucky

Comments

Len Shaffer 6 years, 1 month ago

It's great that it's continuing. It will be even better if KU can start winning some of them.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 1 month ago

They'll have a shot to get another win this season against Duke.

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 1 month ago

With the exception of the UK game, we've been competitive in the rest of them. A win this year will go a long way towards forgetting the 4 losses already racked up.

Michael Leiker 6 years, 1 month ago

SOOOO close to being 3-2 in these...those two MSU losses were brutal

Dirk Medema 6 years, 1 month ago

The win was the result of a great second half (after sitting out much of the first with 2 fouls) by the #1 recruit. Maybe a good sign for this year, tho we could do without the fouls part. It will be a great early season test of a stacked frontline/marginal backcourt vs really good backcourt/unproven frontline.

IMO, the marginal backcourt will be Duke's downfall all year and the main reason they don't deserve the #1 preseason. It was a similar scenario in UK's Robert Morris season, though that was probably worse than Duke for several.

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