On Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, college basketball fans will be treated to a pair of games between four legendary programs. The appropriately titled Champions Classic will begin with Michigan State-Duke at 7 p.m. ET, and the nightcap is Kansas-Kentucky. (Both games will be on ESPN and WatchESPN.)
These programs are among the best in the country year in and year out, and they all have reached that level through different means. Here's how:
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