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Let's face it. The Champions Classic was going to be loaded this year anyway.

Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State already had the Nos. 1, 2 and 3-ranked recruiting classes in 2016 according to Scout.com and 247Sports.com.

But now with Josh Jackson's commitment to Kansas, the Jayhawks are up to No. 7 on Scout and No. 13 on 247Sports.com.

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Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO -- Michigan State made sure Valentine's Day came about three months early on Tuesday night.

Denzel Valentine, the Spartans' senior star, became the fourth player in program history to record a triple-double to boost No. 13 Michigan State to a 79-73 victory over No. 4 Kansas in the second game of the State Farm Champions Classic.

Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and only a single turnover to lead the Spartans to a comeback after trailing by 11 with 9:21 remaining. Magic Johnson is the only other Michigan State player to record a triple-double against Kansas.

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) drives past Duke Blue Devils guard Matt Jones (13) during the second half at the United Center. Kentucky won 74-63. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) drives past Duke Blue Devils guard Matt Jones (13) during the second half at the United Center. Kentucky won 74-63. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO -- Duke and Kentucky seemed destined to meet last April in the NCAA Championship game. But while the Blue Devils went the distance and cut down the nets for the fifth time in school history, Kentucky was taken out by Wisconsin in the national semifinals.

In the first real test of the 2015-16 season, the Wildcats proved to be up to the challenge.

No. 2 Kentucky topped No. 5 Duke 74-63 in the first game of the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday night at the United Center. Kentucky's guards were the difference, as Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe combined for 46 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in front of more than 60 NBA personnel.

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The 2015-16 college basketball season is set to begin this weekend and that means NBA teams will be watching many of the top pro prospects.

More than 60 NBA personnel are expected at the Champions Classic Tuesday in Chicago, sources told SNY.tv.

Defending national champion Duke plays Kentucky in the first game of the doubleheader at the United Center and Michigan State meets Kansas in the other.

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