Champions Classic Specifics Announced For Kansas Basketball


BRISTOL, Conn. – No. 6 Kansas will face No. 10 Kentucky in the 2020 State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 p.m. (Central) on ESPN, the network announced Wednesday.

Traditionally, the State Farm Champions Classic has been a doubleheader played at the same location with national powers Duke and Michigan State joining Kansas and Kentucky in the annual event which began 2011. With the worldwide pandemic, this year’s Champions Classic will have Duke host Michigan State in Durham, North Carolina, on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (Central), just before the Kansas-Kentucky contest in Indy. There will be no spectators in attendance at any of the Champions Classic contests.

Kansas is 4-5 in the Champions Classic and the Jayhawks have won three of their last four appearances in the event. Kentucky and Duke are each 5-4 and Michigan State 3-6 in the Champions Classic.

Kansas has won three of the last four meetings with Kentucky with UK holding a 23-9 all-time series lead. KU is 1-2 versus UK in the Champions Classic.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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