It’s finally hoops season and what better way to kick off the year than with a meeting between two of the most storied programs in college basketball history. Tonight the 4th ranked Duke Blue Devils will take on the 2nd ranked Kentucky Wildcats in the State Farm Champions Classic.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s matchup.
- The Blue Devils and Wildcats are each 4-3 in the seven previous Champions Classics.
- A match-up between two of the four winningest programs in NCAA history, Duke and Kentucky have met 21 times. The Blue Devils have won seven of the last nine meetings, but the Wildcats lead the overall series 12-9.
- Coach K is 2-1 against John Calipari and 5-2 against Kentucky.
The Last Meeting:
The last time these two teams met was in this same event November 17, 2015. Kentucky won that game 74-63
Duke: Tre Jones, Cam Reddish, RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, Marques Bolden
Kentucky: Quade Green, Nick Richards, Immanuel Quckley, Reid Travis, PJ Washington
Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana
Approximately 9:30 pm EST
This game will be broadcast on ESPN with announcers Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Laura Rutledge.
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (David Shumate/John Roth)
ESPN Radio (Marc Kestecher/Bob Valvano)
81 / 81 (Duke broadcast); 80 / 80 (National)
Records last year:
Duke — 29-8; Kentucky — 26-11