The Final Four doesn’t come around until April, but as far as college basketball fans were concerned, November’s Champions Classic was the next best thing.
The United Center played host to four of the nation’s top five teams Tuesday night as Kentucky squared off with Michigan State and Duke locked horns with Kansas. While these games didn’t knock anyone out of the national title race, as they might in football, it gave coaches an opportunity to see where their respective squads stood among the country’s best.
Ultimately, Michigan State beat Kentucky, 78-74, and Kansas beat Duke, 94-83.
Read on to get some takeaways from the 2013 Champions Classic.