The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Michigan State Spartans in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.
The 2021-22 men’s college basketball season officially tipped off on Tuesday night in the Champion’s Classic. The very first game to take place inside Madison Square Garden was between the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks and the Michigan State Spartans.
The Jayhawks were the third-ranked team in the nation for a reason, as they picked up a huge 87-74 victory over the Spartans. College media members reacted to the first official win of the season.
Kansas beats Michigan State behind Ochai Agbaji’s 29 points
Senior guard Ochai Agbaji stepped up in a huge way for the Jayhawks on Tuesday night. Agbaji scored 29 points while shooting 9-for-17 from the field, 3-for-6 from the three-point line and was 8-for-8 on free throws.
As for Michigan State, their leading point-scorer was sophomore guard A.J. Hoggard. Coming off the bench, Hoggard scored 17 points, making 8-of-13 shots from the field. Additionally, he recorded four assists, two rebounds and one steal.
Michigan State’s main issue at the Garden was turnovers. Through two halves of action, the Spartans turned the ball over 16 times, nearly double the amount that the Jayhawks had (nine).
Kansas will look to carry the momentum from this huge win on Friday when they face Tarleton State. Michigan State will hope to pick up their first win of the season against Western Michigan on Friday.
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