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.
There is no doubt Michigan State is one of the top teams throughout college basketball this season. But that dosen’t mean there weren’t plenty of questions surrounding the Spartans heading into this season. Who would fill the role of departed center Derrick Nix? Will either of the two freshmen make an impact? How will the new rules implemented play into the way Tom Izzo wants to play defensively?
Kentucky entered Tuesday night’s matchup against Michigan State with the No. 1-ranking in the country and a ton of hype surrounding this young and extremely talented Wildcats team. But after 40 minutes of dunks, 3-pointers and a whole lot of fouls, it was the Spartans who came out on top in a memorable 78-74 victory.
There will be a new No. 1 next week, and assuming Michigan State can avoid an upset vs. Columbia on Friday night, it will be the Spartans atop the polls. But Michigan State didn’t want to hear about that following its thrilling 78-74 victory over No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday night at the United Center.
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Ohio State played Tuesday night, and that means Sam Thompson put on another individual highlight reel. And, once again, this one featured yet another alley-oop on an inbound pass under Ohio State’s basket. He did it Nov. 3 vs. Walsh, and he did it a handful of times last season. One of these days, opponents will understand they have to keep the atheltic junior from running toward the hoop on inbound plays.
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Down goes No. 1! No. 2 Michigan State dropped top-ranked Kentucky, 78-74, on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the United Center. The Spartans’ big win was just one of seven Big Ten games on the night. Get game recaps, stats and video highlights from all the games in this post.