It doesn’t get much better than Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State getting chances to face off on the court during the non-conference basketball schedule.
So it’s a good thing the Champions Classic won’t be going away any time soon.
As ESPN‘s Andy Katz reports, the four powers are set for three more seasons and will play through 2019.
This year, the four will play at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15: Michigan State vs. Kentucky and Duke vs. Kansas. All four teams will be national title contenders — again.
Here’s how the following three years are scheduled thanks to the deal:
Nov. 14, 2017 (United Center in Chicago): Michigan State vs. Duke, Kansas vs. Kentucky
Nov. 13, 2018 (Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis): Michigan State vs. Kansas, Duke vs. Kentucky
Nov. 12, 2019 (Madison Square Garden in New York City): Michigan State vs. Kentucky, Duke vs. Kansas
The Champions Classic has been renewed through the 2019 season with games in Chicago ('17), Indy ('18) and NY ('19). pic.twitter.com/SrxbDejrzx
— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) August 24, 2016
The Spartans are 3-2 through the first five games of the Classic, which started in 2011. Michigan State lost to Duke in 2011, beat Kansas in 2012, beat Kentucky in 2013, lost to Duke in 2014 and beat Kansas in 2015.
The latest news continues what’s been a busy week for Michigan State basketball news. After former Spartans star Draymond Green won a gold medal on Sunday in the Olympics, Michigan State officially scheduled a game against Penn State at the Palestra set for Jan. 7, 2017.
Draymond Green becomes the third Spartan to win an Olympic Gold Medal in men's basketball. pic.twitter.com/V5Hw4f2kjM
— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) August 21, 2016