Kentucky falls to Michigan State

Julius Randle - photo by Walter Cornett |
Julius Randle – photo by Walter Cornett |

Experience trumps talent.

At least at this point in the year.

Branden Dawson tipped in a miss with less than six seconds left, and No. 2 hung on for a 78-74 victory over top-ranked and its latest cast of young phenoms in the first game of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night. As James Young missed a 3-pointer, the State fans – including the Spartan in Chief, Magic Johnson, erupted. held up his index finger, indicating the No. 1 ranking the Spartans (2-0) are sure to have next week.

But this might not be the last these two teams see of each other. With four of the top five teams in the one-day tournament – and played in the nightcap – it’s no stretch to imagine this as a sneak peek at the Final Four.

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