Basketball

Tickets for 2015 State Farm Champions Classic on Sale Monday

Tickets for the 2015 State Farm Champions Classic will go on sale Monday, Oct. 12, at Noon ET. The fifth annual neutral-site men’s doubleheader – to be played Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the United Center in Chicago – features preseason-ranked No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 6 Duke at 7:30 p.m., followed by No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 19 Michigan State at 10 p.m., as the culminating event of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

Duke is the defending NCAA champion, while Michigan State and Kentucky also reached the Final Four last season. Kansas reached the third round of the tournament. Since the State Farm Champions Classic began in 2011, all four teams have made at least one Final Four appearance, and two have won national titles (Kentucky in 2011-12, Duke in 2014-15).

Ticket prices range from $50 to $200 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the United Center box office (open Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; hours may vary on event days).

The State Farm Champions Classic features:

· Three of the top four all-time winningest men’s college basketball programs: Kentucky (first), Kansas (second) and Duke (fourth).

· A combined 18 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships (since 1939): Kentucky (eight), Duke (five), Kansas (three) and Michigan State (two).

· A total of 27 NCAA Final Four appearances in the past 23 years: Duke (eight), Michigan State (seven), Kansas (six) and Kentucky (six).

For more information about the 2015 State Farm Champions Classic, visit the official web site at TheChampionsClassic.com, follow us on Twitter @ChampionClassic and “Like” the event on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChampionsClassic.

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