State Farm Champions Classic

November 12, 2013
6:30 PM
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The third annual State Farm Champions Classic will be held Tuesday, November 12 at the United Center in Chicago. The matchups and start times are:

6:30 PM - Michigan State vs. Kentucky

8:30 PM - Kansas vs. Duke

The State Farm Champions Classic Features:

  • Four of the top six teams in the nation in an ESPN.com early men’s preseason top 25: Kentucky is No. 1, Michigan State is No. 3, Kansas is No. 5 and Duke is No. 6.
  • Three of the top four all-time winningest men’s college basketball programs: Kentucky (first), Kansas (second) and Duke (fourth).
  • A combined 17 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships (since 1939): Kentucky (eight), Duke (four), Kansas (three) and Michigan State (two).
  • A total of 24 NCAA Final Four appearances in the past 21 years: Duke (seven), Michigan State (six), Kansas (six) and Kentucky (five).

Michigan State vs. Kentucky
Kentucky leads the all-time series, 12-10, but this will be the first meeting since March 27, 2005. The Spartans won that memorable game in Austin, Texas, 94-88 in double overtime to secure a berth in the Final Four. UK’s Patrick Sparks rattled in a three- pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime. The Champions Classic will be the teams’ first regular season meeting since a 79-74 Wildcats win on December 13, 2003. In a series that dates back to 1935, MSU and UK have played four times in the NCAA Tournament, with the Spartans winning three times. They have never met in a Final Four game.

Kansas vs. Duke
This will be only the second meeting between the schools in the last 11 years. Duke holds a 7-2 edge in the all-time series, including 4-1 in NCAA Tournament battles. The teams have squared off twice in the Final Four, first in 1988 when the Jayhawks prevailed, 66-59, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Kansas would claim the national title two days later. At the 1991 Final Four in Indianapolis, the Blue Devils got revenge with a 72-65 win in the national championship game. The most recent meeting was at the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational championship game, where Duke scored a 68-61 victory. Current players who appeared in that game include Andre Dawkins of Duke, and Nadir Tharpe and Justin Wesley of Kansas.

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Directions & Parking

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1901 W. Madison Street


From the


Take I-90 East to the Madison Street exit and make a right onto Madison Street. The building will be on your left.


Take I-55 North to the Damen exit and make a left, going northbound for approximately 7 minutes. The building will be on your right.


Take Madison Street west from the Loop.


Take I-290 East to exit 28A (Damen Avenue). Take Damen Avenue north to Madison Street. Make a right onto Madison Street and the building will be on your right.


Public Transportation

Public Transportation


Take the Orange, Green, Purple, or Brown lines to Madison. Take #20 Madison buses west.

To the United Center: The #19 United Center Express Bus runs on game days. Service begins 90 minutes prior to game time, runs every 10 minutes until 30 minutes until start of game. Board at stops starting southbound on Michigan and Randolph. Connections are made with Metra trains at Millennium Station, Ogilvie Center and Union Station. The #20 Madison Bus travels west on Madison Street, starting downtown at Wabash Street and runs every few minutes, making all stops to the United Center.

From the United Center: The #19 United Center Express and the #20 Madison buses run every few minutes, departing from the eastbound side of Madison Street. Buses make all stops.

Visit the Chicago Transit Authority's website, transitchicago.com for more information.

General Parking

General Parking


All prices are subject to change without advance notice.

All major credit cards accepted.
The United Center offers free parking for select family shows in all official United Center parking lots. All Parking Policies outlined below remain in effect.

Purchase parking via Ticketmaster in advance HERE.

For details on handicap parking, please see the United Center Accessibility Guide.

EV Charging Stations
EV Charging Stations are available in Lot H and Lot K. Charging is free. Please be courteous and maintain parking/charging for the posted time limits. 

Parking Policies
No in/out privileges.
No overnight parking unless related to event activites and approved in advance.
No solicitation allowed.
No consumption of alcoholic beverages on lot or in parked vehicles.
No tailgating or similar activities.


Suites Parking

Suites Parking

Two reserved parking passes will be valid in lots C and K. The other two reserved parking passes will be for parking in lots A, B, D, F or MXC. Holders of these passes will be directed to A, B, D, F or MXC lots by traffic police and parking attendants based on traffic conditions. Parking passes are good for one space each. Please attach parking pass to the rear view mirror of your car to allow traffic police and the parking attendant(s) to recognize you as an Executive Suite Holder.

For all special events, each Executive Suite Holder will receive two complimentary parking passes per event ordered. These two passes will be for reserved parking located in lots C and K. In addition, Executive Suite Holders will also receive the option to purchase four additional parking passes in lots C and K for special events.

Suite Holder parking passes are also valid for buses or limousines under specific guidelines.

Lexus Club Parking

Lexus Club Parking

Lexus Club Seat members have reserved parking in fenced, well-lit and clearly marked parking lots adjacent to the United Center for all Blackhawks or Bulls preseason, regular season and playoff games. All Lexus Club members who purchase tickets to other events may also purchase one preferred parking pass (in lot C or K) for such events. Details on how to obtain parking for other events are included with the fax transmission announcing each event.

Lexus Club Seat members with two to four tickets receive a complimentary, reserved parking space in a closed-in, paved lot for all Blackhawks or Bulls preseason, regular season and playoff games. Lexus Club Seat members with five seats or more will be provided with two parking passes.

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