Spartans could meet Jayhawks in Orlando Classic final

Spartans could meet Jayhawks in Orlando Classic final
August 5, 2014, 9:45 am
Vinnie Duber

The Spartans are no strangers to big early season events. In fact, the list of those events in which the Spartans are participating in is getting pretty lengthy.

Well, add another one to that list in the Orlando Classic, which will be played during Thanksgiving weekend at Walt Disney World.

The intriguing part about this one? The Spartans could take on the Kansas Jayhawks in the tournament's final.

That'd be a huge early season matchup between two of college hoops' perennial powers. The two also participate in the Champions Classic this season in Indianapolis, but they won't face off with each other. Michigan State plays Duke and Kansas plays Kentucky in that event.

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But a potential showdown between the Spartans and Jayhawks is surely what the tournament organizers and all fans holding tickets want to see. To get there, Michigan State would have to win its opening game against Rider as well as the winner of Marquette-Georgia Tech. Kansas starts with Rhode Island and would get the winner of Tennessee-Santa Clara should it win its first game.

It would set up the 11th all-time meeting between the two programs. Michigan State holds a 6-4 advantage in the series, with the last showdown coming in 2012. The Spartans have won the last three, which included two meetings during the 2009 season, one of which came in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.