For the second straight year, Kansas will face a big-time hoops program on a national stage in the season’s opening week. This year, it’s Michigan State in the Champions Classic in Atlanta on Nov. 13, and ESPN announced on Wednesday that the matchup will be part of the network’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
The KU-Michigan State game will lead off the Champions Classic at 6 p.m., followed by Duke-Kentucky in the second game. ESPN’s “College GameDay” program will also broadcast from the Georgia Dome before the games.
KU will have just two exhibitions and its regular-season home opener against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 9 to prepare for the Spartans.
Next season, the three-year Champions Classic cycle will conclude with two games at the United Center in Chicago. Kansas is slated to take on Duke, while Michigan State will play Kentucky.