Sights & Sounds: Best of Champions Classic

College basketball took center stage in the sports world Tuesday night as four of the nation’s top five teams were in action at the Champions Classic in Chicago. Michigan State edged out Kentucky in the first game of the night, 78-74, while Kansas got the best of Duke in the nightcap, 94-83. Let’s go ahead and point out the top moments from what was an unforgettable night of college hoops.

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Top Sight

This is a great view from atop the United Center during the Michigan State vs. Kentucky game. The arena was packed to the brim to watch four of the top teams in the nation battle it out on Tuesday night.

Top Sound

Keith Appling when asked about the win – “It’s a great win, but at the same time we didn’t accomplish anything tonight. There’s still a long season ahead of us.”

Tom Izzo interrupts, “Didn’t accomplish anything… What the heck are you talking about?”

Top Tweet

Two games featuring two top-five teams and both games were exceptional.

Top Individual Performance

Julius Randle, Kentucky

Yes, Randle’s incredible night came in a losing effort, but 27 points and 13 rebounds in his first major college basketball game in pretty darn impressive, any way you look at it. This kid is going to be a superstar.

Top Team Performance

Michigan State

Kansas was impressive, but it was Tom Izzo’s club that stole the show Tuesday night. The Spartans were there to answer every punch that Kentucky threw at them. Defense and experience wins championships, and Michigan State has plenty of both.

About Sean Merriman BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men’s basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.

Originally from Farmington Hills, MI, I have worked at the Big Ten Network since 2012 and took over my role as web editor and blogger in August, 2013. Follow me on twitter for constant Big Ten updates @srmerriman. Thanks and enjoy!!

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J. C. TEDELL on 11/13/2013 @ 6:05pm EST Said:

I agree with Keith, The second half revealed some old bad habits, especially not setting up for the best shot.