The No. 25 Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team is set to take on the No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats as part of the Champions Classic in Indianapolis on Tuesday night. The annual event pitting four of the top college basketball programs against one another each season is in its second decade now, held every year since 2011. It is currently scheduled through 2025 and involves Duke and Kansas in addition to Michigan State and Kentucky.
Tuesday’s matchup between Michigan State and Kentucky marks the fourth meeting between the two programs in the Champions Classic. In the first meeting between the two schools in the event, the No. 2 Spartans defeated the No. 1 Wildcats 78-74 on Nov. 12, 2013 in Chicago. Since then, No. 13 MSU has fallen 69-48 to No. 2 Kentucky on Nov. 15, 2016 in New York City, and then No. 2 Kentucky defeated No. 1 MSU 69-62 again in New York City on Nov. 5, 2019.
Overall, the Spartans are 4-7 in the Champions Classic, a game behind Kentucky, which sits at 5-6. Duke has had the most success at 7-4, followed by Kansas at 6-5.
The game against Kentucky will mark the 70th all-time for Michigan State against a team from the Southeastern Conference. MSU is 42-27 all-time against teams from the SEC.
The Spartans have a short flight tonight, but plenty of space with an A320. pic.twitter.com/NsLdXZg0e6— Kevin Knight (@SpartyOnHuskers) November 14, 2022
No. 25/RV Michigan State Spartans (1-1) vs. No. 4/4 Kentucky Wildcats (1-0)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15
Tipoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
Odds according to DraftKings Sports Book: Michigan State is an 5.5-point underdog with the Over/Under set at 141.5.
Play-by-Play: Dan Shulman
Analyst: Dick Vitale
Sideline: Holly Rowe
Radio: TCF Bank Spartan Media Network; Will Tieman (play-by-play), Matt Steigenga (color analyst)
Flagship Stations: Lansing: WMMQ (94.9 FM)/WJIM (1240 AM); Detroit: WJR (760 AM); Grand Rapids: WBFX (101.3 FM)
Affiliates: 24 affiliates listed at msuspartans.com
SiriusXM/SiriusXM app: Channel 83
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
All-Time Series: UK leads, 14-11
Series on Neutral Courts: Tied, 4-4
Last Meeting: Kentucky 69, Michigan State 62 (New York, NY, Nov. 5, 2019)
Current Series Streak: Two by UK (2016-present)
Michigan State Head Coach: Tom Izzo
MSU Record: 667-268 28th year)
Record against Kentucky: 5-4
Kentucky Head Coach: John Calipari
Kentucky Record: 367-101 (14th year)
Career Head Coach Record: 770-239 (31st year)
Record vs. MSU: 2-1 as Kentucky HC
Next stop: Indianapolis ✈️ pic.twitter.com/B53nvo5YTv— Michigan State Men's Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) November 14, 2022
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