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Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO -- Michigan State made sure Valentine's Day came about three months early on Tuesday night.

Denzel Valentine, the Spartans' senior star, became the fourth player in program history to record a triple-double to boost No. 13 Michigan State to a 79-73 victory over No. 4 Kansas in the second game of the State Farm Champions Classic.

Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and only a single turnover to lead the Spartans to a comeback after trailing by 11 with 9:21 remaining. Magic Johnson is the only other Michigan State player to record a triple-double against Kansas.

Tags: Champions Classic, Ryan Fish, University of Kansas, Michigan State University
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Thon Maker visited Kansas on Friday night and then played in front of Jayhawks head coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend this weekend.

The 7-footer from Orangeville Prep in Ontario (Canada) sat behind the Kansas bench Friday for their home opener, a 109-72 win over Northern Colorado.

"Thon does want to do an official to Kansas," his guardian, Ed Smith, told SNY.tv. "He was at their home opener unofficially."

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Kansas coach Bill Self sounds like he's ready to sit back and watch Cheick Diallo's attorney and the NCAA slug it out over the freshman big man's eligibility.

One day after Diallo's camp hired Alabama-based attorney Donald Jackson to handle the case, Self said he expects Diallo's attorney to do "whatever it takes" to get the former Our Savior New American star eligible to play.

"We're frustrated," Self said, according to the KC Star. "We fought our butts off. So I'm frustrated. But the whole thing is, the NCAA knew that this was going to happen.

Tags: Bill Self, Cheick Diallo, University of Kansas, Adam Zagoria
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