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Thursday / March 4.
  • Champions Classic to be split between neutral site and campus site; Jimmy V set for Indianapolis

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    For the first time ever, the Champions Classic will be split between one neutral site and one campus site.

    ESPN announced Wednesday that No. 9 Duke will host No. 13 Michigan State at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday, December 1 for the 2020 State Farm Champions Classic. The game will tip at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. I first reported news of the location on Twitter.

    The second game of annual marquee early-season event features No. 10 Kentucky versus No. 6 Kansas and will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. That game tips at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

    Both games will be held without fans.

    Duke played at Michigan State last Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Vernon Carey had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help No. 10 Duke dominate No. 11 Michigan State 87-75.

    The event has traditionally been a doubleheader that rotates between Chicago, Indianapolis and New York. This year’s event was originally scheduled for Nov. 10 in Chicago, but the pandemic pushed the start of the college basketball season until Nov. 25.

    JIMMY V HEADED TO INDY

    The Jimmy V Classic is set for Wednesday, Dec. 2, with No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 12 Tennessee (7 p.m., ESPN) and No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 8 Illinois (10 p.m., ESPN).

    This post has been updated.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.