Four of college basketball's top programs -- Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas -- have committed to create the Champions Classic, an early-season marquee event debuting in 2011 and televised by ESPN.
From the April 5, 2010 issue of ESPN The Magazine: Ryan McGee on the final possession in NCAA tournament games -- the classics, how you diagram it, where the fear lies, who needs the ball, who needs to sweat it out, and more.
North Carolina, which lost to Syracuse in the 2K Sports Classic Championship last weekend, dropped sharply in the latest ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball top 25 poll, slipping from No. 4 to No. 12.
Shannon Brown had 12 points off the bench, including three spectacular dunks on his 18th birthday, to help Michigan State (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today; No. 3 AP) beat Penn 77-52 Saturday in the first game of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic.