CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Landen Lucas #33 of the Kansas Jayhawks controls the ball under pressure from Deyonta Davis #23 of the Michigan State Spartans during the Champions Classic at the United Center on November 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Kansas 79-73. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

College basketball's "blue bloods" keep Champions Classic going through 2019

This really is the premier event of the regular season.

The Champions Classic has been a staple of the regular season with Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas all making regular appearances since 2011 when it started. The doubleheader of games takes place at Madison Square Garden each year in November at the beginning of the season.

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Those teams tend to end up in the AP top 10 by the time the games roll around so it's been a pretty special event year in and year out and now it will continue through the 2019 season with all four teams agreeing to participate through then. Last year's Kentucky-Duke game had a rating of 2.0, which was the highest for a regular season game last year.

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The Champions Classic was in New York City in 2011, Atlanta in 2012, Chicago in 2013 and 2015 and Indianapolis in 2014. Kentucky beat Duke 74-63 and Michigan State beat Kansas 79-73 last season in Chicago.


[h/t ESPN]