Kentucky Faces Duke in Season-Opening Champions Classic: Preview, How to Watch, Listen and Follow

Kentucky vs. Duke
Tues., Nov. 9 – 9:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden
New York, N.Y.
Game Notes: UK (PDF) | DU (PDF)
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Radio: UK Sports Network
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Two of the most storied programs in college basketball history meet on Tuesday night when Kentucky faces Duke in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The blue blood programs have faced off 22 times, with the Cats leading the series 12-10. Included in that ledger are three classic NCAA Tournament games:

  • Kentucky beat Duke 94-88 to claim the 1978 NCAA Championship in St. Louis
  • Duke topped Kentucky 104-103 in the 1992 NCAA East Regional Final in Philadelphia
  • Kentucky beat Duke 86-84 in the 1998 NCAA South Regional Final in St. Petersburg

Duke has had the best of the rivalry recently. The Blue Devils have won four of the last five against the Cats and eight of the last 10. Kentucky most recently beat Duke in 2015 in the Champions Classic, when had 18 points and had 16.

But those are all games from the past and, as head coaches and Mike Krzyzewski would tell you, they have no bearing on this year’s game, one where will be treated to an early-season matchup between highly-ranked teams. Kentucky comes into the game ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll, while Duke is ninth.

Calipari likes the fact that this game can be used as a measuring stick in early November.

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The Champions Classic will be broadcast on ESPN. That’s DirecTV 206, Dish 140, U-Verse 602/1602, FiOs 70/570 and Spectrum Cable 31/506 in Louisville, 28/506 in Lexington.


Eligible subscribers can stream the scrimmage online via WatchESPN.


Tom Leach (play-by-play) and  (analyst) will have the UK radio network call on 840 AM in and both 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington or online at