Sources: Champions Classic may tip off '18-19

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

CHICAGO -- The Champions Classic could wind up tipping off college basketball next season, multiple sources said.

The four-team event began in 2011 and features a doubleheader, round-robin between Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State. It's held four days after the season officially starts.

The Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee has discussed a new start date for the sport, centered on making the Tuesday before the second Friday in November the season's uniform start date. That would alleviate going up against college football in the first couple days of the basketball campaign. The season has begun on that Friday in recent years.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo, following their game on Tuesday night, said they would be in favor of playing the event to blow out the start of college basketball's regular season.


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