INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The 2018-19 College Basketball season will tip-off on Tuesday with a host of must-see games, as No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Kentucky and No. 4 Duke all bow into action on opening night.
Without a doubt, the biggest matchup on Tuesday’s opening night is the clash between the loaded No. 2 Kentucky and loaded No. 4 Duke in the STATE FARM CHAMPIONS CLASSIC at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana.
The game between the Wildcats and the Blue Devils will tip-off at 9:30 PM ET and it will be live on ESPN. Live Streaming coverage will also be on WatchESPN.
Both teams will open the season with reasons to be excited with ESPN’s Basketball Power Index picking John Calipari’s team to edge to victory.
Duke will head into the season with the No. 1 recruiting class last season, which includes No. 1 RJ Barrett, No. 2 Cam Reddish, No. 5 Zion Williamson, No. 15 Tre Jones and No. 33 Joey Baker.
“Unbelievable talent. Unbelievable team,” Calipari said of Duke. “So if you win it’s huge.
“It’ll give you a cushion as you go forward. If you lose, you just put it in the rearview mirror, learn from it and go on to the next game.”
Kentucky will feature the No. 2 recruiting class with No. 9 EJ Montgomery, No. 12 Ashton Hagans, No. 13 Keldon Johnson and No. 22 Immanuel Quickley among the players coming in.
This game is the second game of the doubleheader at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, at No. 1 Kansas takes on No. 10 Michigan State in the opener at 7:00 PM ET.
Meanwhile, Jayhawks will start as the favored team in the clash against the Spartans according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.
“I think this is something to get everybody excited,” Kansas coach Bill Self told the Kansas City Star about the Champions Classic.
“You’ve got four of the preseason top 10 teams. It’ll be great competition.”
This is the 14th overall meeting between Michigan State and Kansas, with the Spartans leading the series 7-6.
Michigan State has also won the last two meetings in the Champions Classic in 2012 and 2015.
College Basketball AP Top 25 Ranked Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 6
No. 10 Michigan State vs 1 Kansas 7:00 PM ESPN/WatchESPN
Towson at No. 5 Virginia 7:00 PM ACCNE/WatchESPN 519 tickets as low Lenoir Rhyne at No. 6 Tennessee 7:00 PM SECN/ WatchESPN
No. 8 North Carolina at Wofford 7:00 PM ESPN2/WatchESPN
Morgan State at No. 9 Villanova 7:00 PM FS1
Eastern Washington at 16 Syracuse 7:00 PM ACCNE/WatchESPN
The Citadel at No. 22 Clemson 7:00 PM ACCNE/WatchESPN
Fairfield at No. 24 Purdue 7:00 PM
Norfolk State at No. 19 Michigan 8:30 PM BTN