Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Duke agrees to high-profile November games

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has long been a proponent of the creation of early-season events that will generate excitement about college basketball in November.

For the next three seasons, the Blue Devils will participate in such events. Duke senior associate athletic director Mike Cragg, who handles the team's scheduling, confirmed this afternoon that the Blue Devils will compete in an event called the Champions Classic in November of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas are the other teams that will participate in the event, which has each of the four teams playing one game in a doubleheader each season, according to

•On Nov. 11, 2011, Duke will play Michigan State and Kansas will meet Kentucky at Madison Square Garden in New York.

•On Nov. 13, 2012, Duke meets Kentucky and Michigan State plays Kansas at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

•On Nov. 12, 2013, Duke plays Kansas and Kentucky meets Michigan State at the United Center in Chicago.

"Basically we've bantered about this idea for four or five years, for how we can create a signature event at the start of the basketball season," Cragg said. ". . .It should be, obviously, four great programs."

The games will be televised by ESPN.

Ken Tysiac


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