Following its 700th all-time victory in historic Allen Fieldhouse, No. 5/6 Kansas (1-0) will face No. 4/4 Duke (1-0) in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 p.m. (Central) on ESPN. The contest, to be played at the United Center in Chicago, will be the second of the Champions Classic doubleheader with the Michigan State-Kentucky game starting at 6:30 p.m. The Jayhawks defeated Louisiana at Monroe, 80-63, in their home opener Friday, Nov. 8, to earn the KU men's basketball program the milestone victory in Allen Fieldhouse. Duke posted a 111-77 home win versus Davidson, also on Nov. 8.
Duke will be the highest ranked team Kansas will have faced since the 2012 NCAA National Championship title game when KU lost to No. 1 Kentucky 67-59 in New Orleans.
Kansas is 1-0 on the season after defeating Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) 80-63 on Nov. 8. The Jayhawks shot 53.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the Warhawks 36-27. KU showed its depth with by outscoring ULM's bench 33-14 for the game. Freshman preseason All-American guard Andrew Wiggins led KU with 16 points, while sophomore forward Perry Ellis and sophomore guard Andrew White III each scored 12. Ellis led all rebounders with eight in the victory. Freshman guard Frank Mason got his first career start and paced KU with five assists, while Wiggins had a team-best three steals. Freshman guard Wayne Selden, Jr. (eight points, four assists) and senior forward Tarik Black (eight points, seven rebounds) joined Ellis, Wiggins and Mason in the starting lineup for Kansas. Key players off the bench with White included sophomore forward Jamari Traylor (five points, two rebounds), freshman center Joel Embiid (nine points, four rebounds in 11 minutes) and freshman guard Conner Frankamp (five points, three rebounds).
Located in Durham, N.C., with an enrollment of 6,484, Duke is preseason ranked No. 4 and 1-0 on the season after its 111-77 win against Davidson on Nov. 8. The Blue Devils are coached by Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time winningest coach in college basketball with a 958-297 overall record in his 39th season, including an 885-238 mark in his 34th season at Duke. Duke returns two starters and 10 letterwinners from last season's 30-6 team which finished second in the ACC with a 14-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Junior guard Quinn Cook is Duke's leading returning scorer at 11.7 ppg, followed closely by sophomore guard Rasheed Sulaimon at 11.6 ppg. Both are returning starters.
In the win versus Davidson, four Blue Devils scored 20 or more points, led by sophomore forward Rodney Hood and freshman forward Jabari Parker who each had 22. Hood led all rebounders with nine boards in the win. Cook scored 21 points with a team-high eight assists, while Sulaimon came off the bench to score 20 points and pull down seven rebounds. As a team, Duke shot 70.4 percent from the field in the victory.