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Michigan State-Kentucky second highest-rated non-conference game on ESPN

Nov 13, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

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The first game of the Champions Classic doubleheader between No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Michigan State was the second-most viewed non-conference college basketball game ever aired on ESPN.

The game averaged just over four million viewers and scored a 2.6 rating. The current record came when No. 1 Memphis played No. 2 Tennessee in February of 2008, a game that averaged 5,281,000 viewers and had a 3.2 rating.

The nightcap scored impressive numbers despite being so late, as No. 4 Duke taking on No. 5 Kansas averaged 2,977,000 viewers and a 2.1 rating.

Michigan State beat Kentucky 78-74 while Kansas knocked off Duke 94-83.

  1. dracko19 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Me thinks this type of format will continue for years and years. Ratings=$$$. $$$=Keep that train rolling!!

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