The Champions Classic Will Truly Show Who's Great

2013 Champions Classic

It's that time of year again. College basketball is back in business and what a way to start out the year. This year is full of high expectations and unbelievable amounts of talent. Some of the most talented players will be facing off against each other in the Champions Classic tonight. This spectacular showcase takes place in Chicago, Illinois, and features the incredible teams of Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Kansas. 

The first matchup consists of Michigan State Spartans facing off against the heavily touted Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats recruited five of the Top 10 players in the class of 2013 ESPN 100. They are a stacked line up led by the number three recruit, Julius Randle. Michigan State didn't recruit anyone in the top 100 of last year's class, but they rely more on the veterans of the team. They only have 3 new freshmen added to their line up, thus showing everyone else they are more mature. 

In the second matchup, you have Duke Blue Devils going up against the Kansas Jayhawks. This game is probably the most hyped up matchup between Jabari Parker of Duke and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. Parker was the number two overall player in last year's class and Wiggins was number one. The game will be heavily focused on them and how they perform, but don't forget about the rest of each team. Duke has four new freshmen, three who were in the top 50 of last year's class. Other than Jabari Parker, Duke will look towards the upperclassmen and rely on them to help lead the team. The Kansas Jayhawks are the talk of the town. Being able to get the number one overall recruit in last year's class was tremendous for Bill Self and his Jayhawks. Self was able to produce a lot of confidence in his team this year and will rely not only on Wiggins, but some of his upperclassmen as well. He will be relying on senior big man Tarik Black, who just transferred from Memphis, to help produce down low. He will also be relying on his starting point guard, junior Nadiir Tharpe, to run the court. The rest of the starting lineup consists of sophomore power forward Perry Ellis, and freshman shooting forward Wayne Selden. This game will be a fantastic matchup.

To wrap everything up, tonight is the Champions Classic. You have Kentucky versus Michigan State, and Duke versus Kansas. You don't want to miss out on these incredible games.