Duke-Kansas, Kentucky-Michigan State: Top-ranked teams meet early

November 12, 2013

Andrew Wiggins (No. 22) of Kansas  drives during the game against Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. The freshman scored 16 points in the game. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center could be a preview to this year’s NCAA Final Four, with all four teams ranked in the top five nationally.

WHO: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State
TIP-OFF: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
TV: ESPN

In the first matchup, the second-ranked Spartans (1-0) take on the No. 1 Wildcats (2-0) and its squad of freshman phenoms led by the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew.

“I’m not sure I’ve been as excited about an opportunity such as this in a long, long time,” Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo said Monday (via Associated Press.) “I think it’s great for college basketball, great for the media, great for the fans and great for the programs. No matter what the outcomes of the games are, I think all teams will benefit in some way, shape or form.”

WHO: No. 4 Duke vs. No. 5 Kansas
TIP-OFF: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m.
WHERE: Chicago, Illi. (United Center)
TV/RADIO: ESPN, WTEM (980 AM)

The second matchup of the night will feature two of the most hyped freshmen in the country, Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Duke’s Jabari Parker.

Wiggins had 16 points, three steals and two assists in the Jayhawks’ 80-63 rout of Lousiana-Monroe on Friday. Parker, who attended the same Chicago high school as former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, scored 22 in Duke’s opener against Davidson.

“First game in college — are you kidding me?” Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Parker after the game (via Associated Press.)

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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