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Champions Classic

  1. Final thoughts from the Champions Classic

    Nov 14, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Scott Phillips and I were both in attendance on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic, and while we both wrote plenty of words off of those two games, there was a lot more to discuss that simply couldn’t fit into our stories. So we put it all here: Scott:¬†After all of the hype, the Champions…

  2. Dan Patrick Show: Has the student-athlete become extinct? (VIDEO)

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Ever since the NBA changed its rules regarding early entries, requiring prospects to be at least one year removed from high school before being eligible to enter the NBA Draft, many have debated whether or not these prospects are “truly” student-athletes. Dan Patrick discussed the topic on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, just hours…

  3. Jabari Parker dazzles national audience, but still a step behind Andrew Wiggins

    Nov 13, 2013, 4:00 AM EDT

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    CHICAGO — Jabari Parker seemed distracted as he wandered the nearly empty United Center hallway to the team bus after Duke’s 94-83 loss to Kansas in the second game of Tuesday night’s State Farm Champions Classic. You could hardly blame Parker for seeming out of it. The 6-foot-9 freshman phenom created a national buzz on…

  4. Champions Classic: Kansas outlasts Duke

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

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    CHICAGO — America certainly got what it wanted in the second game of Tuesday Night’s State Farm Champions Classic: A close game between No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Kansas that saw two of the country’s top freshmen square off. Both Kansas freshman forward Andrew Wiggins and Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker have entered college…

  5. Champions Classic: Appling and Michigan State use experience to top Kentucky

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — The matchup of No. 1 Kentucky against No. 2 Michigan State was the much-anticipated “undercard” of Tuesday night’s State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago, but for Michigan State and head coach Tom Izzo it was a chance to make an early-season statement. While many fans — and the estimated…

  6. Picks Are In! CBT’s Champions Classic Predictions

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

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    Today is Hoopsmas! 30 consecutive hours of basketball capped by the Champions Classic. It doesn’t get better than that. You can read our full preview of the Champions Classic right here. This post isn’t about previewing. It’s about predicting. Each of our writers take a stab at who will win tonight’s matchups: No. 1 Kentucky…

  7. Champions Classic Preview: Hyped freshmen, four top five teams, best event ever?

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Tuesday is an indisputably great day for college hoop heads around the country, as we not only get 30 straight hours of hoops, but the marathon session of basketball is capped off with the Champions Classic, the single best in-season event ever. That’s right. I said it. I’ll even take it a step further: I…