11 records to remember from the Champions Classic

Indianapolis, Indiana Four teams, 19 national championships, 60 trips to the Final Four. The gilded foursome held their annual Let’s Do This rehearsal in November — and hopefully — again — in April on a Tuesday night. Also known as Champions Classic. And when it was done — Michigan was finished Kentucky 86-77 in double overtime, Kansas over Duke 69-64 – These were some of the souvenir numbers to take from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

how did it happen: Michigan State, Kansas have victories in the 2022 Champions Classic

46-26: Kansas scores against top 10 opponents in the Bill Self era for the Associated Press after defeating No. 7 Duke. Except where was Bill Self on Tuesday night? Oh yes. He’s still hanging out, watching the game on TV in his Indianapolis hotel room. He had to like what he saw. He stressed the Jayhawks in training to make sure they played as a team. Well, they’ve had 21 assists. “He’s been coaching them really hard,” said Norm Roberts, the shilling’s assistant.

2-1: Now the record for a new Duke coach after losing his first in his third game. Wait a minute, wasn’t that Mike Krzyzewski from 42 years ago? Yes, but now the same for John Scheer. Coach K lost to North Carolina. Shire landed in Kansas, and dropping a confidant was another part of his education, he notes.

“These guys need to feel me, we need to feel each other,” Shire said. “I thought it hurt us down the stretch. We weren’t in for a tough game. I think those moments are really important for us to be together. I promise every game we play there will always be something I feel I can do better.”

38-26: Michigan State’s record the past two years, which also included seventh- and eighth-place finishes in the Big Ten and rushing exits in the NCAA tournament. In modern basketball, the next step seemed obvious: getting into the transfer portal! Not in Tom Izzo’s world. Michigan State lost its top three scorers from last season but Izzo wanted to stick to himself rather than restart the lineup. Now look what happened.

In four days, the unranked Spartans defeated No. 4 Kentucky and almost did the same to No. 2 Gonzaga, losing by one point. His players said how much they can hold on to Ezzu. When the matter came up after the Spartans beat Kentucky on Tuesday night, Izzo had to take a second to gather his emotions, as if he was about to shoot a crucial free throw.

“That’s an incredible feeling. That’s what my funny show is for, and that’s what it will be for.” Loyalty is a two-way street.

“I’m proud of my guys and I think some of the culture that I lost during Covid and some of the things that happened in our place, I swore we were going to get that back and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

17Minutes: It took Kentucky’s Oscar Cheppui to get a double-double, once he entered the game against Michigan State after the first televised timeout. Barely four weeks ago he had knee surgery and Tuesday night was his first game. He recorded 22 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks before losing late in the first overtime. Without him, Michigan State finally passed the Wildcats. “For Oscar to do what he did, without playing for four weeks and never training, come on, that’s ridiculous,” said John Calipari.

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15-5Closing Round: Kansas put on Duke to take the game. The Jayhawks did what the Jayhawks often do, finding another level in a time of crisis. It worked well enough last spring. Or as Shire noted. “They’ve been here before.”

He specifically meant Jalen Wilson and Dajuan Harris, two Kansas leftovers who are national champions. We can already see where this will go in Kansas. Wilson scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while providing the drive. Harris has 10 assists and 1 turnover as he provides balance. The assist turnover rate after three games is 23-2. Obviously, their championship pedigree will mean something in a tight squeeze, like the second half against Duke. “I just felt it a little bit,” said Roberts. “These two men never gave.”

But 11 of the last 13 Kansas points the Jayhawks scored not in the rotation last season, including seven points in 78 seconds by freshman Grady Dick. Steady and savvy veterans plus fresh blood. Kansas is not going anywhere. Take Tuesday. The Jayhawks were 3-for-19 from a 3-point line, which could beat the team. Except Duke was 3-for-21. This is a brick complex of 6-for-40 from the perimeter, but the Jayhawks were the team that found a way in the end.

“That’s kind of our culture,” Roberts said. “The coach always talks about there’s going to be 10 games a year where you’re going to play the lights and nobody’s going to hit you. Then there will be 10 games that will be kind of average. Then there are 10 games that are going to be horrible, and you have to try to go 7-3 in those games. Our men know it, we preach it. Tonight was one of those matches where we didn’t shoot well but we stayed solid and stayed together and made it happen.”

3In the 12 years of the Champions Classic, only three teams have entered the event unranked in the AP Poll. All three have been Michigan State, including this season. The Spartans wouldn’t be out of the AP Top 25 for long, but this preseason disguise put a chip on their shoulders that pushed them against Gonzaga and Kentucky. “I think we always thought we could play with the best of the best, but this just kind of showed us that,” said Joey Hauser, who went from shooting 0-for-5 against Gonzaga to 23 against Kentucky. “This is what we made it.”

They beat the Wildcats by saving the game twice at the last second, forcing a dunk by Malik Hall; The first at the end of regulation, the next at the end of the first overtime. Both were stunning breakdowns on the Kentucky defense. But that perseverance is necessary with a dying march to a schedule that Izzo insists on playing every season. If Michigan State and North Carolina advance to next week’s tournament finals in Portland, the Spartans will have met three of the four top ranked teams in the country in the first three weeks. Also on the list are Villanova Fridays, a trip to Notre Dame later this month, and then a Big Ten trip.

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“That’s why I came to Michigan State,” Hauser said. “Coach Izzo is not afraid of anyone… That’s what we want to do, these are the games we want to be involved in. These are the games we feel we can win. We’ll play anyone, anytime, any day.”

Izzo has his reasons for the annual gauntlet. “I don’t break Mike (Krzyzewski)’s record, so I have nothing to play for as much as victories. I have something to play for as much as we do in my program, my university, and the players who come there to try things out.

“We set our goals this summer to play this thing. The goal was every day this summer, don’t take a day off. I thought that mentality really helped us.”

That’s why winning can’t be enjoyed for long, because another monster is always coming. “I don’t want to see us get too excited about it,” Hall said of Tuesday night. “It’s a great win, I want us to enjoy it, but we also have to keep piling them on.”

45-9Kentucky advantage in bench points against Michigan State. Featured. Except that was because Chipui and Sapphire Wheeler are coming off injuries and haven’t started. There were 38 points between them. Their absence hindered normal development, Calipari said, and could partly explain how the Wildcats left the hall so open to their dippers.

“We did enough to win the match, but we were confused at times,” said Calipari. “I told everyone we’re not ready for teams who are ready to finish off the end of the game. And that’s on me.

“We have a lot of things to discover.”

0-4: Calipari has scored in the past five years at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. What did Indy get against this poor guy? You can tell if he is suffering from a tension headache as soon as he enters the scene.

This is where the Duke Wildcats blew 118-84 in the 2018 Champions Classic, Calipari’s worst loss at Kentucky. That’s where Kansas edged the Wildcats 65-62 in the 2020 Champions Classic, played in front of a mostly empty house with the pandemic in full rage, and an early sign of the upcoming 9-16 season. This is where Kentucky lost the lead in the dying seconds against Michigan State on Tuesday night. twice. And for the silliest of all, this is where St. Peter’s Cinderella rally was born last March with an 85-79 first-round overtime win over Kentucky.

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18: Duke turnovers vs. Kansas. Put that together with a 35.8 percent shooting and the loss is no surprise. But it’s mostly a new roster with a new young coach, and there will be tough patches.

“I thought they made us work harder on defense than we made them work,” Shire said. “I think it will give us a great perspective on how hard we can work on and off the ball to get good shots.

“There’s no doubt that this is the best form of learning, just being in the moments. There’s no way to emulate it. It doesn’t mean I’m happy or that I enjoyed this loss in any way. You have to hate it, learn from it, and grow from it.”

11: With the fall of Duke, the ACC already had an 11 defeats-without-conference streak. For comparison, the Big Ten has two.

The struggles were widespread. Louisville is 0-3 for the first time in 36 years and is the first team in over four decades to open a season with three straight one-point losses. Florida State is 0-3 for the first time in the Leonard Hamilton era. Five of those six defeats combined for these two solid names have been at home, and the six they have been defeated are Stetson, Bellarmine, Wright State, UCF, Appalachian State and Troy.

Remember when Syracuse lost to Colgate last season for the first time in 59 years? It happened again. On Tuesday night, Jim Boeheim should have picked up his 1,000th career win with the Orange, Colgate showed up at Syracuse and buried 19 three-pointers. Also last week, Maine upset Boston College in its first victory over a Power Five school in 12 years, crushing West Virginia Pittsburgh by 25 points, the most lopsided victory over the Panthers since 1968.

The ACC’s record could be more shaky. Georgia Tech barely escaped Georgia State by two points, Wake Forest went into overtime against Utah Valley, and Notre Dame held off Radford by three points. Even top seed North Carolina had to struggle to dethrone Gardner Webb by six points. It’s the middle of November and not much should be done. And she is. . . marked.

66: turnover shared by classic champions teams, one more assists. Well, that’s early. They all understand that. Four blue bloods gather for one night to examine themselves in the mirror, then answer their questions on the road toward winter, hoping to go far enough to see each other come spring again.

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