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The Champions Classic Will Open The 2018-19 College Basketball Season

NBA executive reveals Duke is better than Kentucky.

The Champions Classic will kick off the 2018-19 college hoops season.

Next year's college basketball season will look a little different.

For one, the start of the season will be pushed up to November 6. Secondly, the annual Champions Classic featuring Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State will get the year started.

Duke will face Kentucky and Kansas will open with Michigan State. This will be the eighth year of the showcase, which feature four premier college hoops programs and began in 2011.

Next year's event will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, site of the 2014 Champions Classic. This year's games were hosted at the United Center in Chicago, and the event also has been played at Madison Square Garden and the Georgia Dome.

Duke and Kentucky have split a pair of matchups in the event, with the Blue Devils winning in 2012 and Kentucky in 2015. Ironically, the losing team in both games was the defending national champion.

Michigan State is 2-0 against Kansas, winning in 2012 and 2015.

Both Duke and Kentucky are 4-3 all-time in the event, while Kansas and Michigan State are 3-4.

This event is one of the best parts of the early college basketball season, and should be a terrific way to christen the 2018-19 campaign.

All four teams were ranked in the preseason top 7 this year, and we expect they will all be highly-rated once again next winter.