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Kansas Basketball to Face Kentucky in Chicago for 2023 Champions Classic

NCAA Basketball: State Farm Champions Classic-Kansas at Kentucky

On Tuesday night, No. 6 Kansas will take on No. 7 Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic, an annual event that started in 2011 and pits four of the most prestigious basketball programs in America against one another in two contests.

Before Kansas and Duke tipoff, No. 4 Kentucky and Michigan State will play in Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Next year, the event will be held in Chicago as it was announced today, where the Jayhawks will face Kentucky.


According to a tweet from Matt Tait, the Kansas beat writer for Lawrence Journal-World, the Jayhawks will play Kentucky in Chicago in 2023, but sites for their matchups with Michigan State (2024) and Duke (2025) have not yet been determined.

In tonight’s matchup, Kansas will face the Duke Bule Devils without their head coach Bill Self, who is serving a self-imposed four-game suspension to start the 2022-23 season amid the ongoing NCAA investigation of the KU basketball program.

Duke is favored by 1.5 points in what should be a highly competitive matchup. Despite the Blue Devils being favored by Vegas, the Jayhawks are actually the favorite in ESPN’s matchup predictor. KU is favored to win the game 56.4% of the time according to ESPN analytics. You can catch the game on ESPN at around 8:30 p.m. CT following the game between Kentucky and Michigan State.

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