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

For Kentucky, Michigan State will be the first true test for a team which features three McDonald’s All-American freshmen in the starting lineup.

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

Tue., Nov. 15 – 7 p.m. ET
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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 All-American freshmen in the starting lineup. The Wildcats defeated Stephen F. Austin 87-64 on Friday and Canisius 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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