DURHAM, N.C. – The State Farm Champions Classic, the marquee non-conference event featuring Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State, will continue through at least the 2019 season, ESPN announced Wednesday.
The neutral-site doubleheader will be played in Chicago in 2017, Indianapolis in 2018 and New York in 2019, and will continue to be the culminating games of ESPN’s annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.On Nov. 15, 2016, the sixth-annual Champions Classic will take place at New York’s Madison Square Garden with Kentucky and Michigan State playing at 7 p.m. ET and Duke squaring off with Kansas at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The Champions Classic features three of the top four winningest programs in men’s college basketball history in Duke, Kansas and Kentucky. The four teams in the event have combined for 18 NCAA championships and a total of 57 Final Four appearances.
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Since the event’s inception in 2011, a total of 31 players who participated in the Champions Classic have been selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
In each of the first five years of the Champions Classic, the event has averaged 2.5 million viewers. Duke’s matchup with Kentucky in the 2015 edition was the highest-rated regular-season game of the 2015-16 college basketball season, attaining a 2.0 household rating.
Future Champions Classic Matchups
Nov. 14, 2017 (United Center, Chicago)
Kansas vs. Kentucky
Duke vs. Michigan State
Nov. 13, 2018 (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis)
Michigan State vs. Kansas
Duke vs. Kentucky
Nov. 12, 2019 (Madison Square Garden, New York)
Kansas vs. Duke
Michigan State vs. Kentucky