Sean Merriman, web editor, November 18, 2015

Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine is an outstanding talent. On Tuesday night, the college basketball world took notice.

The Spartans' senior star became the fourth player in MSU Basketball history to record a triple-double, recording 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists while leading the Spartans to an impressive 79-73 win over Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center.

Valentine was one of several stars in Tuesday night's four-team classic, which saw No. 2 Kentucky run past No. 5 Duke, 74-63, in the opening game of the evening.

Here is a look at the top moments from Tuesday's memorable event.

Best player: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

The Spartans' senior guard was near unstoppable, recording a triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Valentine's triple-double was the 13th in MSU history and first since Draymond Green did it in the 2012 NCAA Tournament against LIU-Brooklyn.

Best play: Valentine's alley-oop to Matt Costello early on in the second half

Best stat: More Denzel Valentine, who scored or assisted on 22 of Michigan State's 28 baskets.

Best dressed fan: This Michigan State fan wearing a 1979 throwback Magic Johnson jersey.


Best player quote: Denzel Valentine on Matt McQuaid

"Matt McQuaid. Golly! I couldn't believe it. I was like 'Wow!' He just kept telling me 'I got you, big bro.' I don't think he realized we still had a minute left to play. But we got the win."

Best coach quote: Bill Self on Denzel Valentine

"I've always thought he was a good player. Tonight, I think he proved to everyone that he's an exceptional player."

Best photo: Postgame photo of Bryn Forbes, Tum Tum Nairn, Denzel Valentine and Javon Bess

Best tweet: Denzel Valentine talks on the phone with Magic Johnson following the Spartans' win

Best freshman performance: Matt McQuaid, Michigan State

Many thought that honor would belong to Kansas five-star recruit Carlton Bragg Jr., but it belonged to the sharp-shooting McQuaid. The Spartans' freshman guard scored nine points, six of which came on a pair of huge 3-pointers in the final 4:00 of the game.