Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Kansas basketball draws late tipoff in Champions Classic clash with Duke in November


The Kansas men’s basketball program on Wednesday announced that its Champions Classic clash with Duke in November will be the late game in the annual hoops showcase event.

KU and Duke will square off at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 in Indianapolis, with Kentucky and Michigan State doing battle in the early game that night.

It will mark the seventh time in the 12-year history of the event that KU has played the late game.

Kansas played the late tipoff in six of the first seven Champions Classic games it played in and evened that out by playing in the early game during the past four seasons.

This year’s event, which is penciled into the prime slot, figures to draw even more national attention than most years given the fact that it will feature the defending national champs taking on Duke coach Jon Scheyer in his first high-profile contest since taking over for the legendary Mike Krzyzewski.

Until recently, the Champions Classic had been the official tipoff for the college basketball season. But both Duke and Kansas will have a couple of tune-ups before squaring off in Indianapolis.

Kansas owns a 6-5 all-time record in the Champions Classic and is 1-2 against Duke in the event.

Last year, ESPN announced that the Champions Classic had been extended through the 2025 season. Kansas will face Kentucky in 2023, Michigan State in 2024 and Duke in 2025. Sites for those next three matchups have yet to be announced.

Prior to last year’s Champions Classic win over Michigan State in New York City, KU coach Bill Self again sang the praises of the event that features three of the bluest blue bloods in college basketball.

“It’s a great way to tip off the basketball season,” Self said in 2021. “All eyes (are) on the four teams that are playing there. You do this for a long time because there’s certain things that kind of get your motor running and your juices flowing. This is a great way to do that, not only with players, but for coaches, as well.”


Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Man, I live about an hour and fifteen minutes north of Indianapolis, but tickets to the Champions Classic are out of my price range. What I wouldn't give if I could get down to Indy to see my Jayhawks in person.

Also, Kansas is actually 2-1 against Duke in this event. KU beat Duke 94-83 in 2013, and beat Duke again 77-75 in 2016. It was in 2019 that KU suffered its only Champions Classic loss to Duke, 68-66.

Mallory Briggans 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Defending National Champions .......................has a nice ring to it.

Andy Godwin 2 weeks, 5 days ago

I was at the 2019 loss in New York and yes, the price of tickets is high. That was one frustrating game to watch. A 2-point loss while turning the ball over 28 times. Hard to forget how sloppy KU played especially given they lost to Duke who shot as a team only 35.9% for the game. KU literally threw that game away on a national stage. I guess the highlight of the evening was meeting the Marlin Man (aka Laurence Leavy) at a KU organized pregame get together. Rock Chalk.

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