On the eve of the 2018 Champion Classic, happy to report we’ll be a part of the event through 2022.
🔵 2018 vs. Duke in Indianapolis
🔵 2019 vs. MSU in N.Y.
🔵 2020 vs. Kansas in Chicago
🔵 2021 vs. Duke in N.Y.
🔵 2022 vs. MSU in Indianapolis
The State Farm Champions Classic, perhaps the signature annual event of the college basketball regular season, will continue through 2022 with the Kentucky men’s basketball team a part of it.
The Champions Classic, a neutral-site doubleheader featuring UK, Duke, Kansas and Michigan State, has added three more years to the current series, which will be played in Indianapolis this season and New York next year. The additional three years will bring the event back to Chicago in 2020, New York in 2021 and Indianapolis in 2022.
UK, which will play Duke on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to tip off the season, will get Michigan State in 2019, Kansas in 2020, Duke in 2021 and Michigan State in 2022.
The event has been one of the most-watched collegiate events since its inception in 2011 with millions of fans tuning in every year. The series, which pits four programs that have a combined 18 national championships, 56 Final Four appearances and four Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coaches, has been tightly bunched. UK and Duke are tied with 4-3 records while Kansas and Michigan State are just a game behind at 3-4.
Kentucky is also still a part of the CBS Sports Classic, which is currently under contract through 2019. UK will play North Carolina on Dec. 22 in Chicago as a part of that series and Ohio State on Dec. 21, 2019, in Las Vegas.
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