This glorious day of college hoops comes to a fitting close with the inaugural edition of the Champions Classic doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. While the other game has some coach trying to set a new record or something, Kentucky-Kansas is the only one we really care about. John Calipari hasn't met Bill Self in a game since Memphis played Kansas in that epic national championship three years ago.
Who has the edge tonight? The answer after The Jump.
Kentucky's ranking as second-best in the nation is justified, but KU remains a question mark with relative unknowns getting more playing time and Tyshawn Taylor's behavior tending to be a problem. But Self has proved doubters wrong before, coaching the post-national title Kansas team to a number three seed in the tournament. It'll be a chess match between two of the basketball's best head coaches.
Feels like a nip-and-tuck game throughout, but Kentucky's depth will prove to be too much for the Jayhawks to overcome. The game will be in the seventies and the Wildcats win by five.