Kentucky faces Michigan State in Champions Classic – all you need to know

Four of college basketball’s elite programs will gather at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night for the renewal of the Champions Classic. Kentucky faces Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET followed by vs. Kansas at 9:15.

Tue., Nov. 15 – 7 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden
New York, N.Y.
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For No. 2-ranked Kentucky, it will be the first true test for John Calipari’s young team, which features three McDonald’s freshmen in the starting lineup. The Wildcats defeated 87-64 on Friday and 93-69 on Sunday before heading to New York City.

Michigan State, preseason ranked No. 12, opened its season Friday with a last-second 65-63 loss to No. 10 Arizona in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu. The Spartans jumped out to a 17-2 lead but could not hold it.

“Michigan State just lost,” Calipari said. “So we’re going to be playing a mean dog up in New York.”

It will be an interesting test for such a young Kentucky squad.

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