The State Farm Champions Classic is set for Tuesday night, but the event will look much different this time around. The same four blue-blood programs will once again be competing, but they will no longer be playing in the same building.
This is still one of the best nights of college basketball, especially this early in the season. All four teams could be Final Four contenders this season, and both games will feature a number of NBA stars.
Here is a quick betting preview of each game set to take place tomorrow in the State Farm Champions Classic:
Michigan State Spartans at Duke Blue Devils (-3.5)
The Michigan State Spartans will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday for a matchup with the Duke Blue Devils. Playing at home is a nice bonus for Duke, but not having the Cameron Crazies in attendance won’t make for a huge home court advantage.
Michigan State has started off the season with two wins, including an impressive showing against Notre Dame. The Spartans are scoring more than 81 points per game, while holding opponents to just 67 points.
Joey Hauser leads the team with 12.5 points per game, but this Michigan State team is incredibly deep. The Spartans want to play fast, and they will attack the rim all night long.
Duke picked up an 81-71 win over Coppin State in their first game of the season, but things weren’t always easy in that win. The Blue Devils are once again trying to get young stars up to speed, and that could take some time.
DJ Steward had 24 points in the season opener, and Jalen Johnson was perfect from the field. Duke does have more perimeter scoring this season, but defense could be a challenge in this one.
Look for Tom Izzo’s Michigan State squad to take advantage of an inexperienced Duke team on Tuesday night. Take the Spartans to win this game outright as they move to 3-0 on the season.
Kentucky Wildcats (-1.5) vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will host this showdown between the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks. Both teams enter this game with a record of 1-1, and each team has struggled a bit to begin the season.
Kentucky enters this matchup with Kansas scuffling a bit, after suffering a 76-64 loss to Richmond at home on Sunday. The Wildcats did not make a single three-point shot in that loss, and perimeter scoring remains a major issue for the Wildcats.
Brandon Boston Jr. leads the team with 17.5 points per game so far through two games, but the Wildcats still have some growing up to do. John Calipari once again has a team full of talented freshmen, and this will be a huge test for a young team that is searching for answers.
Kansas suffered a 102-90 loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs in their season opener, but the Jayhawks bounced back with a huge win over Saint Joseph’s. Kansas is a much more veteran team, but defense has been an issue for the Jayhawks early.
Guard Christian Braun leads the team with 19.0 points per game, and Marcus Garrett is also capable of having a big game. The Jayhawks do have some perimeter scoring, and that shooting will play a role in this game.
A neutral court will make for a great setting in this one, but Kansas is the better team at this point of the season. Bet on the Jayhawks to beat the Wildcats outright in this matchup.
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