Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) tries to block out Michigan State center Adreian Payne (5) as forward Alex Poythress watches from behind during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 12, [auth] 2013, in Chicago. Michigan State won 78-74. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
CHICAGO (AP) — No. 2 Michigan State’s victory over top-ranked Kentucky is the second most-viewed nonconference college basketball game on ESPN, behind another1-2 matchup.
The Spartans’ 78-74 victory Tuesday night in the Champions Classic was watched by more than 4 million people. No. 2 Tennessee’s win over No. 1 Memphis on Feb. 23, 2008, averaged nearly 5.3 million viewers.
The network said Wednesday that the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, which didn’t start until nearly 10:30 p.m. EST, drew almost 3 million viewers for Kansas’ victory over Duke.