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Champions Classic and Michigan State v Kansas Open Game Thread

Lots of good games on tonight, so we'll open up the game thread early.

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There's Oklahoma-Memphis on right now (on ESPN). Kentucky and Duke is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM Jayhawk time. You've also got Wichita State and Tulsa at 7 PM (ESPN3), Nebraska and Villanova at 7:30 (FS1), and Georgetown and Maryland at 8 PM (ESPN2).

The nightcap for everyone is Kansas-Michigan State, scheduled for a 9 PM tip-off. Obviously that will be affected by the game preceding it (UK-Duke).

Michigan State vs Kansas
Time 9:00 PM (Approximate)
Location Chicago, IL
Stadium United Center (20,917)
Series MSU Leads 6-5
Television ESPN
Radio Jayhawk Radio Network
Affiliate List
Satellite: SiriusXM Ch. 81
Online (Free): KUAthletics.com/radio
Live Stats Kansas Live Stats

The Jayhawks travel to Chicago, IL for the fifth round of the Champions Classic, where they will square off against Sparty. The Champions Classic is a double-header, and the Jayhawks have the second game tonight, tentatively scheduled for 9 PM Kansas time, or 30 mins after the Duke-Kentucky game.

So far on the year, Kansas is 1-0 after defeating Northern Colorado in their season opener, 109-72. Michigan State is also 1-0 after an 82-55 affair over Florida Atlantic.

MSU leads the all-time series with Kansas, 6-5. Sparty comes into this game ranked #13 in the AP poll, while the Jayhawks sit at #4. The Jayhawks prevailed in the most recent matchup between the schools, a 61-56 victory in the championship game of the Orlando Classic last November.

So far, Kansas is only 1-3 in the Champions Classic after last year's debacle against Kentucky. KU is scheduled to play Duke in New York City in the 2016 Champions Classic.